Destination Oktoberfest | Munich, Germany

2017:  16 September – 3 October Oktoberfest.  The one word that easily conjures up visions of dirndl and lederhosen-wearing visitors raising up massive steins of frothy beverages and singing to the top of their lungs. This is Oktoberfest, More than six million visitors attend THE world’s largest festival every year loaded with thrilling rides, fantastic fest …

Introducing Strasbourg | France

Strasbourg is the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany and between a medieval past and a progressive future, it pulls off its act in inimitable Alsatian style. Tear your gaze away from that mesmerising Gothic cathedral for just a minute and you’ll be …

Party Til the Cows Come Home | Viehscheid | Bavaria, Germany

Viehscheid, the annual gathering of individual well-fed animals being driven down from the summer resort in the mountains into the valley. In the respective localities, the animals are gathered together on the so-called Scheidplatz; the shepherd “part” – that is separating the cattle out of the crowd and where every farmer gets his cattle back. This unique, traditional …

Pirates of Penzance | Cornwall, England

Yes, there is such a reality as a place named Penzance.  It lies on the rocky coastline of Mount’s Bay overlooking the beautiful St. Michael’s Mount. A charming seaside town, here you can stroll along the magnificent promenade and enjoy art galleries, stylish restaurants, local merchants’ shops, cafés and pubs.  Whether traveling by road or …

Irish Blessings and Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s often said that on Saint Patrick’s Day, there are two types of people:  those who are Irish and those who wish they were. “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.” Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin – every year on March 17th, Dublin’s inner city experiences a period of unusual calm (when …

Olympia, Olympics and Ouzo | Greece

Have you every been to the Olympics?  Every been to Katakalon, Greece?  This is where the Olympics all began and is not to be missed. Katakalon, also known as Olympia, is a sanctuary of ancient Greece most well known for being the site of the very first Olympic Games in classical times.  The Olympic Games were …