Ancient paintings in the church of St. Clemens, Marklohe

The church of St. Clemens (12th century) in the hamlet of Marklohe, near Nienburg an der Weser, Lower Saxony features some of the best-preserved ancient paintings in Germany. One of only 10 churches with a complete and undestroyed mural dating from pre-Reformation (1522) times, the mural depicts scenes from the Bible with an emphasis on […]

Weser Renaissance architecture in Hameln

The town of Hameln in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) is a jewel of so-called “Weser Renaissance” architecture. The city’s streets are lined with fantastic half-timbered and stone houses, most dating from the late 1400s and early 1500s. Some photographs showing these treasures can be appreciated here. We stopped for a night on July 31 on our […]

Runkel Castle on the Lahn River

We stopped to visit Runkel Castle on the 31st of July on our way between the Rhein Valley and Hameln. This fascinating castle is one of our favorites in Germany, because it is relatively unknown and fun for all ages to explore. A historical timeline follows, with thanks to the official town web site. (Not […]

Postcard from Inistioge, Ireland

This colorful scene was captured on the road out of Inistioge in June.

Welcome to Munich

Dennis Cain and his daughter Morgan at the Hofbrauhaus in central Munich. Jim welcomed the Cain family as they arrived in Stuttgart via the ICE from Paris, where they’d spent the last three nights touring with Jenean Derheim. Previous to that, they were four nights in London. Jim’s taking the family on a trip to […]

Best Fish & Chips in London – Twice

We loved Masters Superfish so much that we ate lunch there twice. The fish is superior and fresh. While the place has zero curb appeal and is plain inside, the obvious investment is in the quality of the food. It was one of Margaret’s main goals – have fish and chips in London. The driver […]

Good Morning Mr. Beefeater

T Margaret Reisinger passes a Beefeater on the grounds of the Tower of London. There are 12 such guards within the Tower. Historically, they looked after prisoners. The name “Beefeater” comes from the fact that up until about 100 years ago, they were paid part of their salary in beef. With the economy of the […]

London

We started our London visit with an open-top bus ride around the city on one of those red hop on, hop off tours. The tour is narrated in English and it’s actually a pretty neat way to see the bustling city, riding high up above the traffic. The weather cooperated and we had gorgeous conditions […]