Monthly Archives: October 2015

Beilstein and the Metternich Castle

Towns that are at least 1,200 years old are not a big deal around Germany. One of these ancient gems, a true UNRAD (Under the Radar Destination), is Beilstein, a town along the Mosel River in Rheinland-Pfalz, founded before 800 … Continue reading

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Bad Camberg: Half-timbered buildings and the Naturopathic Priest

Half-timbered buildings abound in Germany and after a while we become so accustomed to seeing them that they are no big deal.  But in the middle ages, when many of these structures were built, they represented cutting edge building technology. … Continue reading

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Zell: Tales of the Black Cat and the Wine Queen

Zell is one of those picture-perfect wine towns nestled along the banks of the Mosel River in Germany’s Rheinland-Pfalz. Jay especially remembers Zell from his days at the University of Oregon where he was introduced to the city’s primary product, Zeller Schwarze Katz, … Continue reading

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Bad Schwalbach: The Empress and the Beer Baron

Just 22 kilometers from Wiesbaden is the 19th century German spa town, Bad Schwalbach. Today, no one pays much attention to this community of 10,000 but in the late 1800’s the mineral baths and beauty of the place attracted royalty … Continue reading

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Under the Radar Destination: Alzey

There has been a lot of discussion in travel blogs lately about how over-crowded popular destinations have become and how this has degraded the travel experience. We talked about this in an earlier posting: https://neverlefthome.com/2015/05/07/crowds-and-travel-now-and-future/ It’s true that the savvy traveler must … Continue reading

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