Surprising Hamburg

Spending time in Europe as a tourist is not cheap. When we lived in Crete, we took advantage of our location to travel all over Europe, and between budget airlines like Ryan Air and Airbnb in small towns we were able to keep expenses low. But today, even with the great airfare we scored from …

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Savor Autumn

I walked into our local Home Depot yesterday and was immediately accosted by a forest of pre-lit Christmas trees and animated Santa figures.  For a fleeting moment I panicked thinking , "Wow!  I haven't finished (or even started ) my Christmas shopping."  I felt strangely off balance, like I'd been whisked ahead into December.  For …

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Hidden Heidelberg

On every leg of our journey, God gave us protection, provision and especially people who made our journey memorable. The German people work hard and play harder. If there is a way to make a game of it all, they will figure it out - strict rules included, of course. They can be stoic and …

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Biking through Wine Country

The Freiburg/Marbach area of Germany is famous for its wines made from Riesling (white), Topplinger (red) and Lemberger (rose) grapes. The hills in this region are covered with terraced vineyards between small towns nestled at the water’s edge of the Neckar. One of our favorite stops was at Besigheim. It oozes charms of the old …

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Navigating the Neckar River

Today I celebrated my birthday in Eberbach on the Neckar River in southern Germany. We are five days into our bike tour and feeling stronger than ever. Two days ago I couldn’t honestly say that, but tonight I think I turned a corner. Or maybe I'm just in denial about being another year older. Either …

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Wander, Linger, Savor Germany

Biking the Neckar (Baden-Wurttemberg region) And we’re off - again!  The wanderlust kicked in and so did the itch to return to our home away from home - the island of Crete. Living abroad for five years in a place of such unpredictable joys and challenges comes with its addictions. We keep going back again …

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