Eguisheim: A Christmas Market in the Most Beautiful Village in France

Eguisheim: A Christmas Market in the Most Beautiful Village in France

Consistently ranked one of the most beautiful villages in Southern France, Eguisheim is a small town in the Alsace region of France (Southeast France). It's closest to Colmar and Riquewihr, villages that also rank among the most beautiful. After crossing the border from Switzerland to France and driving a short distance to our destination, we were immediately welcomed with 'Bonjour' and could see wine cellars all throughout the village. When we parked, two girls stopped us and we had no idea why. Then they spoke in english that they wanted to give us their parking pass since they were leaving. Not only that, we pulled into a great spot right up front as well! What a nice gesture, and who says French people aren't nice!

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Tour Dresden's Striezelmarkt, the Oldest Christmas Market in Germany

Tour Dresden's Striezelmarkt, the Oldest Christmas Market in Germany

It's hard to explain the magic that is felt at a German Christmas Market. All your senses are awakened, and you get a sense of nostalgia, happiness, and merriment by just visiting one with friends. From the hints of cinnamon and spices, the smell of warm loaves of bread, hot mulled wine being passed around to keep patrons warm, Christmas lights and decorations that can be seen in all directions, children's choirs and brass bands playing Christmas tunes, it all comes together to form a magic that puts a smile on everyone's face.

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A Winter Visit To The Dresden Frauenkirche Christmas Market

A Winter Visit To The Dresden Frauenkirche Christmas Market

I did a loonng bus trip to see the Dresden Christmas market last weekend. I've been wanting to see Dresden but knew that I didn't have the time to take a long weekend trip solely to visit on my own. So I decided to do the longest bus trip ever to at least see Dresden one time. Now that I'm rested, I'm glad I went, but I don't think I'll be doing any long bus trips anytime soon! It seems I have this recurring 'ride a bus for half of the day' thing going (like that one time in Croatia). In total, it was about 13 hours on the bus + 90 minutes doing a sightseeing tour to get a glimpse of the city. So 14 1/2 hours on a bus in 24 hours. Never. Doing. That. Again.

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Beer Tastings and Christmas Markets

Beer Tastings and Christmas Markets

Last weekend for Thanksgiving we had a few exciting things on the agenda, Christmas markets and beer. We went to my favorite, the Esslingen Christmas Market, on Friday and then did a beer tasting at an Irish Pub on Saturday. The beer tasting wasn't a tasting so much as drinking 5 different beers, all good by the way! 

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Biking, Biergartens, and Sunny Afternoons In Germany

Biking, Biergartens, and Sunny Afternoons In Germany

One of my absolute favorite things to do in Germany is spend an afternoon with friends hanging out at a biergarten. And after many years and beers later, I have found that German beer really does live up to it's hype. In the states most of the beer I would try was too hoppy, or worse, was way too carbonated. After one beer you'd be so full you couldn't even eat. Ever felt that way? Well, for whatever reason, whether it's the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law) or voodoo magic, the beer here is delicious and goes down like water. And it's actually cheaper than water too (really, and yes you have to pay for water)!

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Plitvice Lakes Day Trip and Photo Tour

Plitvice Lakes Day Trip and Photo Tour

Back in May I visited Croatia for a short weekend. Roughly 52 hours to be exact. You can read a bit about it here. We took one of our two days to explore the Plitvice Lakes and opted for a tour instead of driving ourselves. The Plitvice Lakes are northeast of Zadar. We flew into Zadar, then took a 4-hour bus ride south to Split, and then the next day took a 5-hour bus ride north to get to the lakes. Logistically this was a nightmare because it meant we were on a bus for a solid 18 hours of our trip. This was completely my fault, and I apologized profusely to my friend. Luckily she's very easy going and didn't mind all the travel (at least that's what she told me).

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A Blind Booking Trip to Vienna, Austria

A Blind Booking Trip to Vienna, Austria

What happens when you get six friends together and head to Vienna for a long weekend? A lot of fun and a little bit of shenanigans, that's what. While we toured a little and stopped into some shops, we managed to fit in a few pub crawls and meet many people along the way!

I went once in January with a friend but it was snowing and we were basically frozen the entire weekend. We still had a blast, but it was very very cold and with the icy snow fall it was difficult to really take in the city. Most days I wore a pair of long underwear under my jeans, leg warmers, warm socks, boots, two jackets, and a hat and was still shaking in the cold.

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Our 3-Day Highlands Tour With Viator: Day 1

Our 3-Day Highlands Tour With Viator: Day 1

What do you do when you want to plan a trip? More than likely you will first decide where it is you want to go, then find flights, then a hotel or other accommodation, and figure out what there is to see and how you'll get there, among a growing list of other items as well. This summer we really wanted to see Scotland and (like many places) knew very little about the place. In fact, I really wasn't sure if Scotland was it's own country or not until we visited (at which point I really learned all about that!).

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Bucket List Item Complete: Paragliding in Switzerland!

Bucket List Item Complete: Paragliding in Switzerland!

The other weekend we drove a mere two hours down to the Swiss border and then another hour(ish) to reach Interlaken, our destination. I've lived in southern Germany for almost three years and had yet to drive to Switzerland. Why? Because I figured Austria has plenty of beautiful alps and lakes and is probably less touristy and much cheaper than Switzerland. To be honest, cost was really the bigger hindrance for me. I like a good deal, and the country of Switzerland is not in a business to provide deals to tourists. Switzerland also uses the Swiss Franc, and while generally the exchange rate is 1 to 1, the actual numbers to purchase things are much higher (as in a Starbuck's coffee will cost you 8-10 Swiss Francs, depending on what you order).

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Surfing in Munich

Surfing in Munich

I was in Munich a few months ago and before we left had been reading up on the English Garden (englischer garten). Along with being larger than Central Park, the English Garden also has many beer gardens and surfing as well. When I was reading through the information I had to do a double take to make sure I read it correctly. Sure enough, there's a river flowing through the park and a wake has been created which is set up perfectly for a surfer wanting to catch a few waves in the city. I grabbed some photos and video of people lined up to take their turn. If you're in Munich it's a pretty cool sight to see.

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