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Hitting a deer with your car is bad for everyone. In fact, if you get through the situation uninjured, you are pretty lucky. There are over 1.5 million accidents involving deer per year. Deer accidents send 10,000 people to the hospital and kill about 200 people per year. Who knows how many deer die, Read More

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So you thought your car is safe out there on your favorite parking spot? You say its covered, locked and has an alarm? Well it may not be as safe as you would hope … Martens, adorable little ferret looking animals call Germany their home, and while usually harmless to humans, they will defend, Read More

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You’re out in town and the weather is nice, sunny and warm… Perfect timing for a visit at one one the numerous Ice cafes along Germany’s roads… It doesn’t matter if you walk along the pedestrian streets or you are in a busy main road, bella Italia with its yummy ice cream dreams are, Read More

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It’s hot outside and you made your way into one of the many cafes or beer gardens in Germany, and while you are familiar with the common liquor and cocktail names, you find a lot of names you have never heard of. So let’s dive right in: One word you need to get yourself, Read More

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I wrote this piece, having the military family and the lifestyle that goes along with it, in mind. Here it goes; I would like to say a couple lines about pet adoptions. This is not meant as criticism of people but more as a reminder what to look for. I know from experience there, Read More

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Vatertag – Father’s Day in Germany Father’s Day in Germany is celebrated differently from other parts of the world. It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Originally, during the middle Ages, Father’s Day was a religious celebration to honor God the Father. While, Read More

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May is a strange weather month in Northern Europe. The past few Aprils in Frankfurt have had a high number of quite warm and sunny days, even if they start out with cool temperatures in the mornings. As May began, however, the temperatures have headed south, or, gone down. You have the heat running,, Read More

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  On May 1st  Germany celebrates the Labor Day so stores and government closes for the day, plan accordingly. In April 1933, the recently installed Nazi government declared May 1 the “Day of National Work,” an official state holiday, and announced that all celebrations were to be organized by the government. Any separate celebrations, Read More

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In Germany the maypole is a tradition going back to the 16th century. It is a decorated tree or tree trunk that is usually erected either on 1 May – in Baden and Swabia – or on the evening before, for example, in East Frisia. In most areas, especially in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Austria,, Read More

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So what in the name of…. Is Walpurgisnacht ???? Well it’s a little old fun tradition, I know we have so many, but never the less here is another one. While not observed in all areas of Germany, especially in the more rural areas you may want to keep an eye out for kids, Read More

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Ingredient List: 1.1 lb Asparagus 1 pinch of Sugar 1 tbs Butter 1.8 oz flour 1 Cup chicken of beef stock 1 pinch of nutmeg 1 egg yolk 1 tbs liquid cream 1 handful of fresh parsley

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  In the months April to June Germany offers a tasty surprise for the gourmets under us. White Asparagus Asparagus is known as the “royal vegetable” in Germany, a nickname gained because (as in France) it was only available to the nobility. It was during the reign of Louis XIV the French Sun King,, Read More

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As the title already says, I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Easter fest. Also be aware that Easter Monday (Day after Easter Sunday) is a federal Holiday and stores will be closed in Germany… so plan accordingly

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Good Friday is a federal holiday, so stores and Government will be closed for the day, so plan accordingly. Even in today’s age, many customs are still maintained:German Christians will only eat fish, since in earlier times fish was much cheaper than the then expensive meat and it is said the fish is one, Read More

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If you’re out on the road right now you may notice strange traffic signs with frogs on them. It’s toad travel season. While not headed for the beach these little amphibians travel quite some distance. The mild weather wakes the toads form their winter homes in the dark woods and they start crawling towards, Read More

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Fashing Krapfen The ubiquitous food of Carnival season is donuts (in German: “Krapfen”). You can expect to see donuts piled high in the bakers and be offered them every day throughout the next month by colleagues and friends. The donuts come in all varieties, glazed with sugar, chocolate or icing containing sweets such as, Read More

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Valentinstag (14. Februar) Though celebrating Valentine’s Day has only become popular within the last few decades in Germany, there are several traditions the Germans have taken on whole-heartedly. This includes giving cards, sweet treats and flowers to their loved ones on this special day. The origins of both the man known as Valentinus and, Read More

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If you are new to Germany and have stopped at a German store lately , you may have wondered if they had a sale out on Halloween stuff. Sorry to disappoint the bargain hunter in you, but fasching season is here ! Often considered the 5th season here in Germany , Fasching is one, Read More

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  (Heilige Drei Konige ‘January 6th’) Holiday only in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt Epiphany (known as the Holy Three Kings in German) is the end of our famous “12 Days of Christmas,” which begins on December 25th and ends on January 6th.  Germans traditionally take their Christmas tree down on Epiphany and the customs of, Read More

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New Year’s Eve, or Silvester in German-speaking countries, is celebrated with dances (Silvester Balle), Fireworks and bells.  It’s also the saint day of Silvester, a fourth-century Pope. At the stroke of midnight, much like in America, celebrants wish one another ein gutes neues Jahr and toast the year with champagne or German Sekt.  After, Read More

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Today is December 28th… German stores are now allowed to sell fireworks. By law the stores are not to sell them any earlier and only until the 31st of Dec.. There are a few rules and regulations you should know about before heading out to by some new years cheer. Fireworks are the German, Read More

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December 24th-December 26th: Christmas Eve (Heiligabend) is typically a very quiet time in Germany.  If you listen, very carefully,  in the stillness you will hear the animals speaking.  Other legends hold that the rivers turn into wine, mountains open to reveal precious gems and church bells can be heard ringing  from the bottom of, Read More

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Christmas would not be Christmas in Germany with out the colorful bearded soldiers made of wood.  Nutcrackers are a global phenomena, with exports reaching places like Japan and Australia. Nutcrackers in the form of wooden carvings of a soldier or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. Most of the wooden, Read More

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As long as I remember back, one of the best parts of Christmas is the countless evenings you spent in the kitchen with your mom and siblings. Rolling out dough, sneaking cookie dough here and there, and decorating your heart out on a cookie that ends up in dad’s belly. Usually by the first, Read More

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The Christmas pyramid is a unique, hand crafted item found in Germany which is not part of the mainstream of Christmas tradition in the United States.  The pyramid is a kind of tiered carousel with Christian motifs made of wood.  The motifs can include examples of everyday life, but historically they celebrated traditions associated, Read More

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The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of the year. We enjoy eating, drinking and spending time with loved ones. During this season , fires and injuries associated with holiday decorating are much more prevalent. Each year, US fire departments respond to an estimated average of 250 home fires that began with, Read More

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Today is Nikolaus Day in Germany. So do not be surprised when you notice lots of little boots sitting outside German houses, it is not free kids shoe day. The tradition is a pretty old one and here is the scoop on the History of Nikolaus day and good ol’ Saint Nikolaus. Though they, Read More

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As a little Girl I remember my mum cutting of branches of my grandmas cherry tree and placing them into a vase, around Christmas we would have blooming cherry blossoms in the living room. Back then it was one of those little wonders that make children believe about anything your mom would tell you,, Read More

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Originally a traditional catholic fest, Advent is now part of the traditional German Christmas time. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 and is celebrated with the lighting of the first candle of the advent wreath. In Germany this is the time when everyone, Read More

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The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would count down the first 24 days of December physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate, Read More

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What would Christmas in Germany be without its famous Christmas markets? The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market, first held in 1434, is one of the oldest Christmas markets. It attracts between 1.5 and 2 million visitors a, Read More

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This is kind of my baby here and since we faced a lot of these issues ourselves, I thought it would be a good Idea to share. German food wrappers are, just like the American brands, required to show what is in the product. But the nutritional info is a bit different as in, Read More

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  Snow tire Law: There is no set date to where you have to put on snow tires, but the law clearly states that under icy conditions (Black ice, Snow, Slush, Ice and Frost) you must not drive without snow tires on your vehicle. In Germany we go by the rule “O. to O.”,, Read More

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Allerheiligen & AllerseelenThe first two days of November are Allerheiligen (Nov. 1) and Allerseelen (Nov. 2). Related to Halloween, Both holy days are devoted to all of the saints (known and unknown) and to all of the “faithful departed,”. In medieval English, All Saints Day (Allerheiligen) was known as All Hallows. All Hallows Eve, Read More

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1. You REALLY think AFN is quality entertainment. 2. Iceberg lettuce looks like a giant Brussels sprout. 3. You realize that Ausfahrt isn’t the biggest city in Germany. 4. You don’t remember that windows are supposed to have screens. 5. Your dinner menu changes six times before you leave the commissary. 6. You reach, Read More

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So don’t forget your clocks get  turned back one hour. On Sunday the 30 Oct the time changes at 3am, so Sunday morning all the clocks need to be changed back one hour. That means we get to sleep one hour longer !!!!

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For those of you that plan ontaking your kids on one of the US Bases/Posts for some Halloween fun: We have done this now for the past 10 years and being German myself, I always loved it. Going through the housing area in Mannheim  was like one of those 80’s movies you see as, Read More

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In case you have been missing out so far, check out the Halloween event Album on Facebook for all upcoming events If you know about an Event, or would like yours added, send me a message on the living in Germany Fb page Halloween Event Album

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I seen these pet rescue Cards online and thought what a great Idea! Especially living in a country where family and friends are not always notified right away, this is a great way to make sure your furry friends are taken care of. They were all in English, so i made a German version, Read More

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It is that time of the year again and autumn is slowly creeping in on us. When I opened the window this morning heavy fog was laying over the hills and forests surrounding us. There is lots going on in Germany during fall. The Oktoberfest  is probably the best known event in Germany during, Read More

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So you are in Germany and you found a dog/cat and you want to make sure he will be taken care of. Well in Germany unlike back in the States it is actually a felony to take a found pet home and not notify the proper authorities. What normally happens when you find any, Read More

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While you may not live off base, your child may end up in contact with local kids. Especially when it comes to the teen years it’s a good idea to know what is allowed for kids here in Germany and when will the police be dropping your youngster off at your doorstep. So let’s, Read More

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PCS season is in full roll right now, and this page is hit daily with horror stories of Moving out problems. A lot of these issues can be prevented if you take the time at contract signing and handover of the key day, before you even move in! I know a lot of people, Read More

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Our Friends from the organizers of the Frankfurt Holihai, were so kind to donate us some tickets for a Giveaway 🙂 So I thought, why not have you guys work for them a bit. PHOTOCONTEST TIME !!!!! Send us your funnies or coolest Germany themed picture, of you ,or you and your better half, Read More

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The long Winter nights are finally over and we are ascending into the Summertime !!! On March 27th  we change the time from  2 am to 3 am. Be sure to mark your calendars and change your clocks accordingly… Saturday to Sunday night the time changes and we get one hour less sleep.

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Spring is approaching fast and what time is better to have a romantic wedding then spring. If you are an American wanting to get married in Germany, you have to be aware of quite a few things: Germany is not the place for an impulsive, spur of the moment wedding between Germans and Americans., Read More

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Ever sat in front of the perfect parking spot, but were unsure if you are allowed to park there? Well you’re not the only one. In Germany parking can be a pain, so there are some hints and tricks. If you want to sightsee in one of the many cities in Germany try looking, Read More

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Life in Germany, or Europe, for that matter, can be adventurous.  Unchartered territories and surprises will come into your life.  It’s important to know the differences between a native and a foreigner.  Regional culture or customs are an unspoken way of life, and can be surprising to someone just moving to Europe.  We’ve come, Read More

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With today’s times of social media and networking , getting in contact with friends and family is done fast and almost instantly. But what if something happens??? It may not be on your mind right now, but did you ever think of what happens when you are in an accident and are incapable of, Read More

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No matter if Kinderfasching or Big people party, you have to know these 3 dances to be a proper German Fasching celebrator. Any respectable kid in Germany is drilled to perform these beauties at early age. Polonäse Blankenese: danced at anytime during a party get up and ready as soon as the song comes, Read More

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s been celebrated for centuries and is known worldwide. However, many people still do not understand what Fasching is in Germany. The main Days of the season begin early this year, mark your calendars Weiberfastnacht-04.Feb 2016Rose Monday-08.Feb 2016Fashings Tuesday-09.Feb 2016Aschermittwoch-10.Feb 2016 Fasching is, Read More

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I know a lot of people know the sirens from back home, being used for Tornado alarms or wildfires.We too use sirens, but not just for bad weather. So here are the common uses and signals for the German sirens, you really only have to worry about the first one, that’s the warning for, Read More

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Since many service members and their families stationed in Europe will spend Christmas away from extended family, there is no better way to spend the holidays than celebrating with the country that invented many of the Christmas traditions Americans enjoy today.  One of the locations that most service members, their families and many Germans, Read More

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Flowerpot treats: you need: Ceramic Flowerpot1/2lb coconut fat or palmin (lard)1.5 pound of feed mix (chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, raisins and other seeds)heavy string2 long sticks and one bigger short stick first you prep the flowerpot. Take your string and tie it  to your bigger short stick so you have a loop to, Read More

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The cold month’ are at full blast, the frost is laying an icy cover over trees, grass and bushes and most of the migrating birds have long gone to warmer places. A lot of the birds here in Germany stay through the winter though, and they are very thankful if you provide a little, Read More

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My page has been growing more and more each year, and it’s been an amazing experience to meet and talk to so many new people. This year I would like to use those connections to help some of the ones that sadly often get forgotten. The money I raise over the Holiday season is, Read More

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There are some 15 species of hedgehog in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet—insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As a hedgehog picks, Read More

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Technorati Tags: Oktoberfest,Munich,Beer,Germany This years Opening Days are Sept 19th to Oct 4th. Oktoberfest is a 16- to 18-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with some, Read More

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Even Germany has its own Geyser, in Andernach Geyser Discovery Centre Visiting the Geyser Erlebniszentrum (Geyser Centre) you are going on an expedition which offers you the opportunity to inform yourself about the natural phenomenon of the cold water geyser in Andernach. Interactive exhibits, experimental stations and a multimedia show open up a new, Read More

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Welcome to the world of fireworks on the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Germany!For 70 years now, a lot of towns along the Rhine and Moselle rivers arrange the annual wine festivals.The actual highlights are the fireworks in the evening where exploding firecrackers and brilliant cascades of light from Germany, China and other countries, Read More

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On our way to Bremerhaven the day prior I noticed a sign on the side of the autobahn “Bergen-Belsen Memorial site” and remembering back to my history classes in high school, I was quite sure that that was an old KZ site. So on the third day during our trip to Phantasialand we stopped, Read More

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A place you have to stop by when your up north is  Bremerhaven: Since we just went there last year I thought I would share my adventure . Bremerhaven Since we only needed one day for the Serengeti Park, we decided it would be nice to drive up to the North Sea and look, Read More

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With it being  warm outside and bbq season  well on the way I thought I would share my German noodle salad recipe. Unlike a lot of the traditional American salads, it is all without mayonnaise and very lean. This will make a large bowl , so if you want a smaller size , just, Read More

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Today we will spend some time on the Road, cause we are heading up North. While visiting the north sea is not a quick daytrip but should really be a weeks vacation I didn’t want to keep the sights and beauty of that part of Germany. So over the next 3 days I will, Read More

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Today we are heading towards Stuttgart. Hohenzollern Castle is located a mere 50 kilometers from Stuttgart and one of the few German castles that is still inhabited by a royal family. The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters (2,805 ft.) above sea level, 234 m (768, Read More

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Today we are exploring my hometown, Heidelberg. Located right on the banks of the Neckar river Heidelberg is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Just walking down the streets of the old town takes you back into  the rich history the city has to offer. The romans where the first to officially mention, Read More

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Discovering the Altmühl Valley The Altmühl is the slowest flowing river in Bavaria, which is not to say that nothing goes on there. On the contrary, the Altmühl Valley is one of the most diverse regions in Germany. The Altmühl Valley, which is Germany’s largest natural park, was created in 1969 with the aim, Read More

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This one here was submitted by one of my readers , Christina: Places that are must see for me that are close to the Graf/Vilseck area include:Hall of Liberation, which was built to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon. The building took 20 years to complete and was dedicated 18th October 1863. This is truly, Read More

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While Americans are famous for their hotdogs, here in Germany we like our dogs’ cold… No we are not talking about refrigerated wieners or Dachshunds playing in the snow, but about a very well-known and beloved German dessert. Now if you are watching what you eat and are an avid calorie counter you should, Read More

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So you got your orders and told your friends and family you are going to the old world… Germany to be exact. Your loved ones will be sure to give you lots of tips and tricks and before you know it you will be packing suitcases full of toilet paper, just because Auntie May, Read More

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Have you been to the small town of Schwetzingen yet? No? !!! It’s a must! Especially in the spring and early summer the town is a buzzing marketplace, farmers stands lined up one after another selling bundles of fresh white asparagus and strawberries. The “Marktplatz” ,just recently renovated, with its many cafes and restaurants, Read More

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Today, we are exploring the city of Speyer. With a beautiful old city center many small streets and beautiful old houses along a lovely little stream, Speyer is one of those places that you picture when you think of Germany. Located in the center of the old town is the beautiful cathedral . This, Read More

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