a couple of weekends

We have been traveling locally on the weekends and I keep meaning to post photos but get busy doing other things. So here it is…two weekends of local travel! (Warning :: Lots of photos!)


<< Burg Reichenstein Castle  & Bacharach >>










One of the things I love about where we live is that we are close to the Rhine. There are so many castles/cool little towns/cathedrals/and a wine route along this river that we can easily make a weekend of it without involving our luggage or hotels and it feels like we are on vacation!

On this trip down the Rhine we visited Burg Reichenstein Castle. This is one of the smaller castles we have been to but worth a visit and it has a hotel & restaurant. Circa 1290, and originally belonging to some Dukes of Bavaria (i think…cant find my pamphlet!). Just down the road from the castle we discovered the quaint little town of Bacharach.  We strolled around here for a bit, but since it was Sunday everything was closed. I loved this little town though and intend to go back at some point to explore further!

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<< Schloss Vollrads & Johannisberg | Rheingau Riesling Route >>


I am a sucker for a cool sign and I really like this one!!

Originally we just thought we were visiting a nearby castle. To our surprise we found ourselves on the riesling route and visited two! It was one of the best Sundays ever and we intend to hit more spots on the route (hopefully as soon as this coming Sunday, I mean why wait?!)!!

A map of the  Rheingau Riesling Route.

Rheingau Riesling Route






There were a dozen (give or take) of these babies sitting outside of Johannisberg and I would happily drive any one of them!!! Of course, that wasn’t really an option. *sigh*

The view from the estate grounds.




IMG_5321We were on the wine route, so of course we bought wine at the places we stopped! Oh…and some jellies.


The Fabulous Weekend Getaway That Wasn’t

I planned a weekend getaway for the family that was going to be fabulous, only it didn’t turn out that way. I was so excited, a weekend of burgers + movies for the kids and a day spent in France for all of us. It started with a seedy hotel room that looked like it had been flooded at some point, which led to us just driving back home. No big deal, we can still leave for France early Saturday and make a day of it. So we didn’t get away for the weekend, I can’t complain when I am still going to be spending a day in France!IMG_2035

<<  Eating donuts in the car + headed for France.  >>

So, Saturday morning comes and I wake up and notice sunlight coming through the curtains. My first thought: “Why hasn’t my alarm gone off?”. Turns out I set my alarm clock for pm rather than am (Ooops!). No worries…it’s just an hour later than planned. We threw ourselves together in record time and headed out. First stop, fuel + breakfast. Our choice: donuts + juice + coffee. Perfect.

We hit the road. An hour into the drive it started to drizzle. Meh…we are still an hour away, it could be dry & sunny in France for all we know. We were hopeful.


We arrive. It is raining now. It is cold. The umbrellas are not in the back of the car. Nice!

Oh well…we’re here, it’s France, let’s do this!


<<  Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune  >>







<<  Kammerzell House >>

The house on the corner is the Kammerzell House,  one of the most ornate and well preserved medieval buildings in the area. It belonged to the Holy Roman Empire at one time.


<< Strasbourg Cathedral >>

The second most visited cathedral in all of France. It is indeed spectacular and I am afraid my photos do not do it justice. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral built entirely during the Middle Ages.


<< Strasbourg Cathedral // Astronomical Clock >>

The current clock dates back to 1843 and houses a a perpetual calendar, a planetary dial, a display of the real position of the Sun, the Moon, and solar + lunar eclipses. There is also a procession of figures featuring Christ and the Apostles, which occurs every day at 12:30 while the life-size rooster crows three times. We just happened to catch this little event for the day!



While visiting the cathedral the temp must have dropped, we could see our breath in the air before us and the rain had gotten worse. I didn’t want to give up and leave France just yet. I suggested having lunch someplace we could warm up, refuel, and give the rain a chance to let up.


Where we lunched. Pizza, pasta, bread, & beer.02152014FRANCE21The rain did let up, but only briefly. We walked around a little longer, got a few more photos and decided it was time to get out of the rain. Everyone was cold, wet, and I wasn’t feeling so great. We climbed into our warm + dry car and did a little exploring through the city, stopping at a museum before finally heading home.


<< The Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg >>

Or the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art if you prefer.



So our fabulous weekend got off to a bad start, we woke up late, it was cold, it drizzled, and it rained but France was beautiful. It could have been fabulous despite all the little unpredictables except that Sunday…it became clear that we had food poisoning. And with that…the ‘fabulous’ was taken right out of our weekend getaway!!

France, we loved you and we will be back….hopefully on a dry + sunny day and maybe with our own picnic basket of food.

Wiesbaden Market

One of my favorite things about Germany is its markets and every town has their own. I was going to mine quite often but hadn’t been since December, so today I went (mainly because it has been so gloomy & i wanted flowers to brighten up the place…i was not disappointed!),

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<< On the way home. >>

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I took this photo because it is the second time I have seen a large & colorful cow on someones balcony + my little guy really loves cows!

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<< What I brought home with me. >>


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TRAVEL | Worms, Germany

Worms (pronounced Vorms) is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It sits on the Rhine River and is about 60 kilometres south-southwest of Frankfurt, Germany. A must see attraction in Worms is Worms Cathedral (Wormser Dom). Worms Cathedral is one of three great imperial cathedrals on the upper Rhine , the other two being in Speyer & Mainz. This cathedral has four round towers, and two large domes. The cathedral is 110 m (just under 361ft) long and 27 m (roughly 88ft) wide. The nave (main body of the church which provides the central approach to the high altar) is 26 m (roughly 85ft). Only the ground floor and parts of the western towers belong to the original building which was consecrated in 1110, the rest was done in the 13th & 14th centuries and later (parts of the cathedral, the domes for example, have been rebuilt over the years).

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Seeing all three of the imperial cathedrals is high on my list, but so is visiting as many Christmas markets as possible! I have three years in Europe, it will go quick, and Christmas is just once a year! The markets all have some similarities but they are also unique. I also discovered that each place has its’ own take on glüwein (mulled wine) and some of it is pretty potent! I find myself having to try it at each market and for a € or so extra I also get a collectible mug.2013DEC18 WORMS5


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 We also made sure to walk around and view monuments and other historical sights while in Worms. It was a great day trip & I got a new mug!


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