The Wine Road Less Traveled

I’ve walked down a lot of them, let me tell you. The Weinstraße/Route du Vin/Wine Road in Alsace is my favorite; but I’ve also done the Mosel, spent a day in New Zealand’s Marlborough region and a week in the Aconcagua Valley in Chile, floated past the vineyards of the Douro river in Portugal, driven […]

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Werder’s Baumblütenfest

Together Against NazisAt the weekend we attended the second largest Volksfest in Germany, the largest being Oktoberfest of course. When I told my German students here in Munich that I went to the Baumblütenfest in Werder, they all looked at me and said, “Where? The what?” Apparently, the festival is not so well known south […]

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My Favorite Places on Earth — Alsace

We all have our favorite places on Earth, and I suppose some of us have our favorite places on Mars–but I haven’t been there. Yet. I go to Alsace at least once a year. For wine. But also for the quaint fairy-tale atmosphere in the dozens of tiny villages still very much as they were […]

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