• Germany,  Travel

    Trier – Experience Ancient Rome in Germany

    city view of Trier from upper floors of Porta Nigra

    Germany’s oldest city is Trier – it dates all the way back before the Roman Empire! Trier was founded by the Celts (the Treveri tribe) in the late 4th century BC, although there is some evidence of a settlement as far back as the Neolithic period. Trier was then conquered by the Romans during the 1st century BC under the rule of the first emperor, Augustus. In 16 BC, the city was renamed Augusta Treverorum, “The City of Augustus among the Treveri.” By the 4th century AD, Trier was one of the largest cities in the whole of the Roman…

  • Tips for Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber view of Plönlein
    Germany,  Travel

    Rothenburg – A German Fairytale Town

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber is considered one of Germany’s most quintessential German towns. Famous for its timber-framed houses, it remains one of only three fully walled-in cities in Germany. Part of the Romantic Road in the Franconian region of Bavaria,…

  • Reichsburg Cochem sits atop Cochem's main riverfront street
    Germany,  Travel

    Tips for Visiting Cochem

    A Brief History The ancient, picturesque town of Cochem sits on the banks of the Mosel River. Cochem and the surrounding Mosel River Valley are famous for some of the steepest vineyards in the world and the Reisling produced there.…

  • Burg Eltz sits on a hill surrounded by trees
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Burg Eltz – Plan Your Visit

    Set upon a high rock in a valley above the Mosel River between Trier and Koblenz lies Burg Eltz. Located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, it is one of only three castles that survived untouched by wars on the left…

  • Burg Hohenzollern sits atop Berg Hohenzollern in the Swabian Alps
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Burg Hohenzollern – Plan Your Visit

    Upon Berg Hohenzollern, an isolated outcropping of the Swabian Alps, sits the fairytale fortress, Burg Hohenzollern. The ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern is located 31 miles south of Stuttgart in the state of Baden-Württemberg. There have actually…

  • Detroit Skyline over Detroit River
    Planning

    A Change in Plans…

    This is a hard post for me to write. I’m a planner. As I write this, I have about 14 separate to-do lists running through my brain. And that’s pretty much my standard. “Go with the flow” is not really…