Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chillin’ in Schwäbisch Hall

Two weekends ago, we took a drive south into Baden-Württemberg to stay in the beautiful town of Schwäbisch Hall.  Now, we didn’t realize until just before we headed down here that there really isn’t a Hall in Schwäbisch Hall.  I … Continue reading

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We Love Strasbourg!

Maybe because it’s so walkable and pretty, maybe it’s because it’s only a 2-1/2 hour drive from Wiesbaden and maybe because it’s just so….French, or Alcacian, or a little bit German.  Anyway we love Strasbourg and spent the weekend there … Continue reading

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A Visit to Maria Laach

A few weekends ago, we took a day trip to Maria Laach Monastery, near Andernach in the Rhineland. This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1093 and the abbey buildings themselves were built between that year and 1177, then added on … Continue reading

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Re-Uniting with Old Friends in the US

The last two weeks of February we took a trip back to the US to see old friends and to listen to some terrific jazz.  First to Newport Beach where we heard some of our favorite musicians: John Clayton, Jeff … Continue reading

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Essen: Kind of a Dismal City

This is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and we enjoy every day we are here.  We have already been to most of the major cities and places tourists would normally visit.  So, it’s natural that we keep venturing … Continue reading

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Jay’s Quest for German Proficiency

Goethe Insitut in Frankfurt It may seem like we live this never-ending jet-set life, spending countless weekends in romantic European cities and towns, sipping wine and munching on schnitzel and bratwurst.  But no, there is another side to our lifestyle here. … Continue reading

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