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Quick Trips

The Black Forest town of Bad Wildbad is well known as a wellness getaway, and it’s where I experienced firsthand the German tradition of getting naked with strangers.

Eberbach Monastery winery in the hills near the Rhine has thrived since the Middle Ages

The Eberbach Monastery gives visitors a glimpse at nine centuries of winemaking and the life of the monks that made it.



‘Rug flops’ make for a colorful social event in Bahrain

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned “rug flop,” where carpet vendors literally roll out the red carpet for service members stationed in Bahrain.

Get an up-close look at a working gem site at Steinkaulenberg mine near Baumholder

Like a scene from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” gems line the cave walls in Steinkaulenberg mine in Idar-Oberstein, where visitors can get an up-close look at the only open gem mine in Europe.



Lorelei may not sing, but statue’s beauty is bewitching

The myth of a siren, the creature who lures sailors with her song to crash their ships upon rocky shores, is at least as old as Homer’s Odyssey.

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