Carnival — or "Masopust," as it is called in Prague — hosts festivities ranging from a fancy costume ball and special gallery exhibits to wild street fairs and parades throughout the Czech capital’s districts and surrounding villages.
Having spent the last two years stationed in Germany and enjoying the local food, wine and beer, we decided to venture out and spend a week touring the western portion of the Czech Republic called Bohemia.
I'm a fan of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake. This year I tried out the smaller, little-known, little-visited Lake Iseo. And I learned that sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
Cora is worth the hour drive from Kaiserslautern, but only for food products and drinks. Its grocery section is more varied and international than any super Wal-Mart’s and most typical German food chains, with prices to match.