Take a trip down the winding roads of Germany’s Fränkische Schweiz region between Bamberg and Bayreuth until you come to Gössweinstein. As you enter the narrow streets of the town, on the left you will see a road leading up to the restored medieval Gössweinstein castle. It is believed to be one of the oldest in the area — from about 1,000 — and although only a small part of its interior is open to visitors, the view from its walls of the surrounding area is worth the trip up the hill.
You can’t find wine this good just anywhere. Germany is world-renowned for white wines, especially Rieslings. The fertile, granular soil, temperate climate and long hours of summer daylight in Germany’s southwestern regions are ideal for growing the grapes for these elegant, aromatic varietals.
One of my fondest childhood memories is spending fall afternoons picking apples at my grandmother’s farm in Virginia. After spending a day at some orchards near Mainz, Germany, I discovered it’s just as much fun as an adult.
As winter approaches, many folks like this Southern boy are looking for places to enjoy the great outdoors before the snow arrives. So when my neighbors invited me to accompany them to a place they called Monkey Hill in Salem, Germany, I didn’t hesitate to tag along.
Let’s face it, there is more than one way to look at graffiti.
Most of it is quickly and poorly done, a smear on public property, an eyesore to most who see it.
Some, however, is a work of art, a boldly painted mural on a legally designated spot.
When you think of castles, do you envision Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” castle? The regal Heidelberg Castle? The towering Neuschwanstein? Forget it. All romance.
For a more accurate — but chilling — description, ask Dr. George Neblett, professor with the University of Maryland, University College.
When the DOD determined last year that 659 overseas civilian employees, mainly in Europe and the Pacific, were receiving housing allowances in error — a contention refuted by the workers themselves — a one year LQA extension was provided to help employees plan for a future without the subsidy. That extension expires in early May.
Collective lamentation over the falling defense budget has been part of the Washington soundtrack for several years, but it’s not a tune you hear in the office of the new head of the Defense Department’s elementary and secondary schools.
After weathering a number of North Korean provocations during her first year on the job, South Korea’s president may be learning the same lesson as her predecessors: Her influence with North Korea is limited because so much depends on Pyongyang’s willingness to change and cooperate.
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