Prague is the City of Eternal Sunshine

Prague – a city undisturbed by the wreckage of World War II, asleep during most of the years under Communism and just “recently” reawakened in the late 1980s is now hosts to zillions (it seems) of tourists who come to admire its fabulous architecture, history and alas, sometimes indifferent service for the most part and […]

Welcome Back Elisabeth, Margaret greetings Christina

Three-time guest Margaret Reisinger and her daughter Elisabeth Anda and her daughter Christina enjoy the hamlet of Civita di Bagnoregio, Umbria, during their 12-day adventure in Italy led by our newest guide, Jeff Gabardi.

Next Adventure Starts May 6 – Prague to Santiago di Compostela and Lisbon

Our next Grand Adventure will begin with Jim meeting two-time guests Bob and Betty at the Prague airport. We’ll spend three nights in Prague before heading back into Germany with an overnight in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then on to Meersburg, Switzerland, France, Spain and finally Portugal. This adventure will end on May 25 with […]

After all of the Genealogy, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and a lunch stop in Ulm

The Packwoods had just completed a rather intense week of experiences visiting their ancestral villages in Rheinland-Pfalz. As the trip wound down, we made a stop for a couple of nights in the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber before continuing on the 4th to Dachau, where their escorted trip ended and their independent […]

A New Relative in Waldsee Found

Thanks to a short article published in the local newspaper, Gini Packwood and her husband Bill were able to touch a letter written by Gini’s great-grandmother in 1923. The letter was sent to her sister, Elisabeth Graef, back in the village of Waldsee, Rheinland-Pfalz. Clara Graef Spindler had left this village suddenly many years prior, […]

A Chance Encounter in Waldsee Results in a New Relative Found

Gini and Bill Packwood have a new friend in Ludwigshafen, an industrial community located south of Frankfurt am Main. About a year ago, Gini Packwood ordered a “Familienbuch” published by the community of Waldsee. The book was painstakingly researched over a period of six years by octogenarian Paul Schwaningner. The book lists her entire family […]

Visit to Neupotz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Gini and Bill Packwood’s day in Neupotz was arranged like a military campaign by enthusiastic Burgermeister Emil Heid. He had our schedule, starting at 10, broken down into segments right down to the 15-minutes spent in the tiny local history museum currently located in the attic of the Rathaus. Of course, conversation, questions and just […]

Still Making Wicker Baskets in Neupotz

Karl Heid will turn 80 in a couple of months but he’s still busy making wicker baskets the “old-fashioned” way in the village where he was born along the Rhein River. His hometown of Neupotz has a history dating back to pre-Roman times. Surrounded by the serpentine “Old Rhein,” the village has maintained an uneasy […]