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Heidelberg’s Famous Schriesheim Festival

Heidelberg, Germany is one of those lucky places that was not bombed during WWII, and celebrates its good fortune with regular festivals. Luckily for visitors, the city has retained much of its Old World charm and is fun to visit. It is a city but a rather small one; easy to drive around but much easier to use a bike. There is a pedestrian center where one can find anything from large department...

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Tulip Time In Holland

There's nowhere like Keukenhof Gardens in springtime to introduce the beauty, color, scent and creative potential of flowers to children on a family visit to Holland. However, local travel in the Netherlands is not easy... by car. I have never seen such traffic in and around an entire country; New York and D.C. are nothing compared to what we saw this spring in Holland....

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Alsace Wine Route Of Northern France

Our family loves to explore the region surrounding our home in Heidelberg, Germany so we took the advice of a well-traveled friend working with the USO and visited what she thought was the most quaint village in this area -- Riquewihr, in the province of Alsace, France.Alsace is located on the west side of the Rhine River and since it's part of the European Union, as is Germany,...

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Germany’s Romantic Road

The scenic rural area that lines Germany's so-called Romantic Road provides unusual opportunities for family touring, making it one of Europe's favorite road trips. Just about anyone who has ever traveled to Germany will be familiar with the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is one of Germany's most visited towns and is set high on a plateau along...

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German Wandern: Family Hiking in Bavaria

A Bavarian vacation takes a family and their dog from the urban wonder of Munich to the German mountaintops. It seems that almost everyone who comes to Germany wants to see Bavaria, the southeastern part of Germany encompassing Munich. The famous capitol city is surrounded by the Bavarian Alps, making it popular with tourists. We have been there several times ourselves....

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Alpine Dreams In Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Take a family of hikers in Europe and join them as they conquer the Swiss Alps over an exhilarating spring weekend. I had always dreamed of being in the Alps, not just seeing them from miles away but actually being where the Alps are. Like, on them. We have climbed to the top of Pike's Peak and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon but I never knew you could be so close to mountains...

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The Angels And Demons Family Tour Of Rome

Using a bestselling mystery, a guidebook, and a Hollywood film, this family is determined to discover Italy's rich history.We just completed a marvelous “vacation” in Rome, Italy.  I use quotations because if a vacation means sitting and relaxing for a week, well, Rome might not be the place for you.  There is so much to see and do that you will never be bored, the sights...

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Austria’s Seefeld

This family explores Europe's small towns and festivals on nice n' easy ski weekends.From our home in Heidelberg, Germany we are exploring as much of Europe as possible on long weekends. Our February cross-country ski weekend to Seefeld, Austria began for me with a bike ride to the local Bahnhof (train station) to buy our train tickets. Yes, you can do this on-line at

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