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The Old Medieval Town of Riquewihr, France

The Old Medieval Town of Riquewihr, France

Next up in Alsace, France, we drove to Riquewihr—which is noted as one of the most beautiful villages in France (we agree). It’s 7 miles away from the popular city of Colmar, and supposedly looks, more or less, like it did back in the 16th century. Riquewihr was one of the few towns in the area not badly damaged during WWII-so it’s a beautiful place to experience some preserved history. The town is surrounded by a huge medieval wall,...

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What is up with Storks and France?

What is up with Storks and France?

One thing that’s hard to miss when you visit the Alsace (Northeast) Region of France is their obsession with STORKS! Yes, I said STORKS! We started spotting them in Ribeauvillé:   The stork is delivering a baby in this window display! So, what’s the story behind all of the storks?! After some research, I discovered that the stork is a popular subject of many legends told to children...

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Ribeauville, France in the Alsace Region

Ribeauville, France in the Alsace Region

In Fall 2012 we spent quite a bit of time in Southwestern Germany visiting my husband’s Aunt and Uncle that live near Kaiserslautern. Fortunately, this is also very close to the French border, and specifically, the Alsace region. It is a gorgeous region known for its vineyards and wine production. We don’t drink…but we love admiring vineyards! We started our day exploring some beautiful cities in the Alsace Region by going to...

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A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

Finding affordable accommodations in Switzerland is not the easiest task in the world. When we were headed there in October 2012, we searched and searched for a place that wasn’t too far South from the majority of things we wanted to see, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. We fortunately found an airbnb.com rental in Eggiwil, which is a municipality in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Eggiwil is about 45 minutes Southeast of Bern, and...

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An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

We had to make a trip to the American Embassy in Frankfurt in order to update the girls’ passports, which were getting too close to expiration to use for our upcoming travel plans. We had made an effort to update their passports several months earlier when we visited the states, but were disappointed to learn that we had to re-furnish the girls’ original birth certificates. Long story short—the originals were packed away in another...

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Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

We spent a day visiting the Ludwig II’s most noteworthy castles in Bavaria. Ludwig II became the King of Bavaria (what is now Southern Germany) when he was only 18 years old, and he is most remembered for his contribution to Germany’s extravagant architecture, and not to politics.  He poured his own private funds (and those borrowed from his family and whomever would give him loans) into elaborate construction projects, and when his...

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