• Mini Beach Vacay at the Rursee
    Day Trips

    Mini Beach Vacay at the Rursee

    “When the weather is nice, Germany is awesome.” My husband heard this not too long ago while watching Silas Nacita on YouTube, and he quotes that statement all the time. Personally, I think even when the weather is crappy, Germany is still beautiful, but you can definitely do more on sunny days. We recently had an especially sunshine-y few days, and something about it just felt like beach weather. It made you want to lay on the sand and look out at sparkling water. Rheinland-Palatinate is not particularly close to any beaches, though. Ostend, Belgium is probably the closest, but that’s a 3.5 hour drive, and we just didn’t feel like…

  • Hohes Venn Holzweg

    A Walking Guide to the High Fens Nature Reserve

    The High Fens are home to one of the most unique landscapes in Europe. When you think of the Eifel, what’s the first word that comes to mind? I’m guessing for most of you it’s something along the lines of nature, forests, or farmland. Raise your hand if you said, “bogs.” Nobody? I’m not surprised! Bogs and moors are typically not images most people associate with the Eifel. And that’s exactly why I was so intrigued when I learned about The High Fens Nature Reserve. The High Fens: A Brief Overview The High Fens Nature Reserve (which is also called Hohes Venn in German and Hautes Fagnes in French) is…

  • Winter Hike Mosel Loop in Bremm Germany

    Hiking in Snow is a Great Idea – NOT!

    Hiking Calmont (in Winter) A few weeks ago, my husband and I had a discussion about the topography of the Eifel.  Twice a week, I drive to a city over an hour away where I teach a couple of university courses.  I’ve noticed, especially the past couple of weeks when we had snow, that there are spots along my drive where the weather is much more severe.  So, we got into this topic of the Eifel’s topography and realized that along my route I drive over a pretty decent amount of elevation changes.  My husband, who is very research oriented, got way deeper into the geography of the area and…

  • Day Trips

    Backroads of the South Eifel

    From the Gateway of the Eifel to the Edges of Volcanoes It’s no secret that the Eifel has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in all of Germany.  With Fall quickly approaching, we decided to spend a few hours driving some of the prettiest stretches of backroads between the southernmost tip of the South Eifel up to the Vulkan Eifel area.  We only skirted the Vulkan Eifel, though, as the focus of this drive was really on the area referred to by Germans as Südeifel. I spent the days leading up to our drive scouring the motorcycle forums because, let’s face it, they know all the best streets.  Unfortunately –…

  • Life Abroad

    Die Drei Jungfrauen von Auw an der Kyll

    The Three Maidens of Auw an der Kyll There is something especially magical about Eifel forests.  Whenever we take a walk through one, I can’t help but look out into the darkness and imagine knights riding through on horseback or medieval vagabonds sitting around a campfire.  My husband teases me about looking at much of the Eifel through Hollywood-tinted glasses, but, as I always tell him, stories come from somewhere.  I mean, it was just a few weeks ago that he, too, stopped on one our walks, looked around, and said, “Is it any wonder we have so many legends and fairy tales in this area – with landscapes like…

  • Hiking

    Stausee Bitburg

    The Heart of the South Eifel When people think of tourism in Germany, their minds most likely shoot to one of three places: Bavaria, the Rhine River, or the Moselle region.  The Eifel usually doesn’t make the cut – even for temporary expats who live in it.  I remember my childhood years in the Spangdahlem area as a constant sea of travel to anywhere that wasn’t the Eifel.  Bavaria, the Black Forest, Amsterdam – these are the types of places we travelled to.  And what I’ve found is that, when I talk to my parents now about places within 30 minutes, 10 minutes, sometimes even down the street from where…