Cruising on the Romantic Danube

By Saul Schwartz Imagine yourself sitting on a cruise ship, glass of wine in one hand and your hubby’s in the other. Watching the scenery go by in a serene, tranquil fashion. Waking up to new adventures and explorations in yet another wonderful place. Going on a cruise is not a necessarily a Caribbean endeavor.…

Berlin 1 Week City Guide

By Saul Schwartz Follow in the footsteps of America-based Saul Schwartz and his family as they learn what the capital of Germany has to offer. From free walking tours to a day in the museums, Saul suggests an exhaustive itinerary of Berlin’s finest attractions. Whether you want to dig deeper into the Jewish legacy of…

Hidden Beneath the Seats – The Artisan’s Playground

The History and Mysteries of Europe’s Misericords Part III by Dave Douglas Davis If you’re in luck and look closely, maybe next time you’re in a church, you can spot a so-called Misericord, or Mercy Seat, under the seats of the folding choir chairs. They were used by the monks throughout the Middle Ages as…

The Legend of Roland

The story about the brave and reckless knight Roland and his legendary sword Durendal is rooted in historical facts. His story inspired the romantic movement in medieval France and song were sung about him, praising him as the perfect knight. But how much is true? Is fiction better than fact? Fact Roland really was a Frankish…

Happy Birthday Bicycle!

At the rate technology advances these days, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the fact, that an analog device such as the bicycle is only 200 years old. Today. Draisine June 12th 1817, the German Karl von Drais rode the world’s first bike from his home in Mannheim to Schwetzingen 7 kilometres away and back…

Heidelberg – a romantic intellectual

Heidelberg is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and will spellbind you from the moment you drive towards it from the other side of the Neckar river. Located in southwest Germany in the region of Baden-Württemberg, this charming city is surrounded by steep hills and stunning nature, underscored by a winding river…

Cosy Christmas in the Harz of Germany

Close your eyes. Imagine yourself standing on cobblestones in a medieval city centre, where half timbered houses look like a gingerbread cottage from a fairy-tale, gently illuminated and with a sprinkle of snow on top. Bonfires light up the faces of smiling people and carousels swirl the kiddies round and round, while their family get…

Hitler’s secret wine cellar found

A secret cellar at a castle in Germany revealed a number of rare champagnes and cognac. The secret cellar was discovered while renovating the Castle Moritzburg, around 150 km from Berlin. It was restaurant-owner Silvio Stelzer who found the basement in the castle’s park. He took over the castle in Saxony in 2007, but didn’t find…

Moselle for bikers – The Maare-Mosel cycle trail

The Moselle region is one of Germany’s picturesque areas in the southwestern corner of this diverse country. Named and defined by its life-giving river: The Moselle. From Koblenz to Trier the river twists and turns about 200 kilometres. Just north of the Moselle lies the Eifel region. Millions of years ago, this low mountain range was a scene of extensive…

Moselle for bikers – The Moselle cycle route

The Moselle region is one of Germany’s picturesque areas in the southwestern corner of this diverse country. Bordering Luxemburg and just a one-hour drive from France and 2 hours from Holland, this region is defined by its life-giving and name-giving river: The Moselle. From Koblenz to Trier, the river twists and turns about 200 kilometres. Ah,…