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Pulling off the 101 to the Devil’s Punch Bowl

Pulling off the 101 to the Devil’s Punch Bowl

Nestled into the central Oregon Coast in the tiny town of Otter Rock is the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Signage off the 101 is spotty so slowing down to really watch for the turn off is necessary. While there are so many great vantage points to check out along the coastal highway, the Devil’s Punch Bowl has always been a particular favorite of mine. Looking out over the water here just feels magical. The landscape is rugged and wild, and there…

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A Ferry Trip to Port Townsend, Washington

A Ferry Trip to Port Townsend, Washington

When we were home last year, we had the chance to take a ferry ride to the Washington peninsula- a favorite for me- and drove toward Port Townsend. Living in Central Germany, the first thing I always want to do when we’re back on the West Coast is to see water. I get antsy waiting in the ferry line, and then a sense of calm always washes over me as we board. I love the gentle rocking of the waves,…

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Exploring Local Beer Fests

Exploring Local Beer Fests

In Germany, every village has a local Kärwa, short for Kirchweih or the celebration of the sanctification of the church. The dates vary depending on when the local church was sanctified so to say, and I suspect when the neighboring village has their festival (you wouldn’t want both on the same weekend). But nevertheless the whole Dorf (village/neighborhood) turns out en masse, in trachten to boot. Most Kärwas boast a few food stands, and some kids attractions, but the main…

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Exploring Schloß Mespelbrunn

Exploring Schloß Mespelbrunn

With our current influx of summer visitors, we have been exploring many places both old and new. Schloß Mespelbrunn was a new castle to add to our ever expanding repertoire of European castles. The castle is about 40 minutes south of the main Frankfurt airport, making it a good stop for those traveling through the Frankfurt area. You enter through a cute country village following the signs down side roads to the schloß. At the end of one such road…

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Exploring Regensberg: Walhalla

Exploring Regensberg: Walhalla

A few weekends ago the hubby and I decided to day trip somewhere new. We checked our handy-dandy Pinterest board and Google maps to see what looked doable for a single day out. Regensberg topped the list. It was not for any photos inside the city-though it is a cute town to explore-but for the monument in a little dorf (village) outside Regensberg called Walhalla (pronounced Valhalla). There are two ways to access Walhalla- you can choose to climb several…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Paris-Tour Eiffel

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Paris-Tour Eiffel

The hubby and I spent our 10 year anniversary in Paris. The tower is an icon, so I thought I would start the Paris series here. It has been featured in art work. There are a million photos. There is little else that can or needs to be said. Nevertheless it still feels like something you need to see on your fist trip to the City of Lights. So we decided to embrace the cliché- they did get to be…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague- The Bone Church

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague- The Bone Church

The last of my Prague posts, although this technically isn’t IN Prague. After our last wander through the town, we drove about an hour to the little town of Kutna Horna to visit the Sedlec Ossuary. The drive through the countryside was pretty, and well worth it. The Ossuary, or Bone Church as it is called, is situated in a suburb of Kunta Horna, CZ. In 1278 a monk was sent to the Holy Land by the King, and returned…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Expat Anniversary

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Expat Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the day we left the US. It’s crazy to think we’ve been calling Germany home for almost 12 full months. I thought I would celebrate with a few pictures from our travels this last year. Scotland Paris, France Germany Prague, Czech Republic Italy And home to Seattle, Washington, USA It has been a great year abroad, and looking forward to another one!

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague’s Jewish Cemetery

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague’s Jewish Cemetery

I am finally getting around to the last of my Prague posts. As I mentioned previously, if you’re in Prague for the weekend and would like to see the Jewish Quarter, you’ll need to make time on Friday or Sunday as everything will be closed on Saturday for the Sabbath. Luckily, because we chose to drive from Nürnberg, we had the flexibility to play it by ear. The Jewish Cemetery is Prague was one of my first pins on Pinterest…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague Castle

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague Castle

Happy Friday! After wandering through the main square, seeing the Tyn Church and Astronomical Clock, which I posted about here, we (and by we, I mean the hubby) decided to head up to the castle. I will start by highly recommending that you figure out which subway/metro stop takes you to the castle, as the walk up the hill is definitely a hike. It was a pretty walk, but something more enjoyed on the way down than the way up….

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