Category: Destinations

Find Out the 25 Things Only an American Expat in Germany Can Truly Understand

Okay, so it has been two years since we moved from the US to Germany. Before we moved, we took German lessons, researched the area online, made some early visits to find a place to live, & talked to fellow German colleagues living in the States as well as American colleagues who had already moved ...

Here’s a Way to Celebrate Your New Year’s Eve – take a cruise from Barcelona to Morocco to the Canary Islands

While living in Germany, Amanda & I are taking full advantage of the number of vacation days and holidays we get, as well as how close so many countries are to where we live in southwestern Germany.  To take full advantage of seeing as many places as possible, while at the same time getting some ...

Wow the Views from Montserrat Are Breathtaking

Our cruise ended in the city that we started in beautiful Barcelona.  Our flight back to Germany was not until 4pm, so we took advantage of the time to visit the majestic site at the Montserrat Monastery about 30 miles northwest from Barcelona.  And, we are happy that we did.... 15 second time lapse video ...

Explore the Prehistoric Caves in the Seaside Village of Nerja along the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain

After leaving the Canary Islands, our next stop was in the beautiful Costa del Sol (Sunny Coast) city of Malaga in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. Amanda had a shopping day, while I chose to visit the nearby city of Nerja 30 miles to the west and explore its famous caves.  The views ...

The Beauty that Volcanos Can Create in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands

Our next stop after the Canary Island of Tenerife was to another Canary Island of Lanzarote. Of all of our cruise ports of call, both Amanda & I had low expectations for Lanzarote. But, after our 10 hour excursion, this island with all its unique volcanic landscapes far exceeded our expectations turning out to be ...

I Can See Why Tenerife in the Canary Islands Is a Popular European Tourist Destination

After our stop at the island of Madeira, our next cruise stop was to the largest of the 7 Canary Island and the island of Tenerife. Instead of an island excursion, Amanda & I chose to walk around the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (capital city).  With such truly beautiful island scenery, I can ...

Take a Street Luge Ride & See the Sights of the Portuguese Island of Madeira – Oh, and It Is the Home of Ronaldo

As we left our first destination in Morocco, our next cruise stop was to the port city of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.  Our excursion today included a cable car ride down the mountainside over the city of Funchal, followed by a tour into the interior mountain highlands.  Madeira was settled by Portugal ...

Get to Know Magical Morocco While Traveling from Casablanca to Marrakesh

In preparing for our trip to Morocco, I wanted to learn as much about the country and the two cities we would visit to fully prepare for our journey. My only image of Casablanca was from the 1942 movie, which I quickly learned was filmed entirely on a Hollywood movie set. Even the movie's cafe ...

See How a Medieval Castle in Heidelberg Makes for a Festive German Christmas Market

Amanda & I were looking to visit a local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) this past Sunday afternoon, and we had not visited Heidelberg together during December. Since Heidelberg is only a 20 minute drive, we headed out at noon, as a thin layer of fog filled the Neckar River Valley. Arriving somewhat early for the Market ...

How Did Today’s Christmas Traditions Start in America? Here’s a Hint German Christmas Markets.

Christmas in Germany is my favorite time of year! As a child growing up in the US, I always loved Christmas, and now living in Germany I feel as if I am living inside of a Christmas storybook come to life, since most of the images we Americans have of Christmas have their origins from ...

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