Vielen Dank Mark Schmidt!

Our good friend Mark Schmidt, the same person we have purchased our last three company vehicles from, offered us a ‘test drive’ today in a new VW Beetle convertable. I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough. Jenean, newly arrived from America, poses with the skyline of Rothenburg in the background.

Trier, Germany's Oldest City

The Romans extended their empire all the way into England and this is well known. What is not so well known is that the capital of the empire north of the Alps (not counting England) was Treverum, later known as Trier, Germany’s oldest city at more than 2,000 years. Trier boasts a wealth of excellent […]

Over a Barrel with this Quiz

My Volkswagen diesel van takes a little oil from time to time. This is normal for a high performance rig like the one we drive around Europe. Sometimes I have to buy a liter (a little less than a quart) of oil at a gas station. It costs a fraction more than at the dealer […]

Tale from the Past No. 1

From time to time, I’ll recount a story from BB (Before Blog). Here’s one from Ireland: My wife and I were traveling through the back roads of County Tipperary, careening along narrow little roads one van following the next. I was in the lead. We were getting lost and having fun doing it. After half […]

The Backroads are the Best

I’m a big believer in taking the little roads, and I mean the Little Roads whenever possible. These are called ‘Class D’ roads in Germany. Class ‘A’ roads are the Autobahn. Class ‘B’ roads are state highways. On to the more interesting, ‘D’ roads are the little paved former footpaths which connected the villages. These […]


One of my favorite places to bring guests for lunch and a stroll afterwards is the miniscule village of Beilstein on the Mosel River. This hamlet survives entirely on tourism. Of course, it wasn’t always this way, as the castle ruin and vineyards surrounding the village tell a story of a bustling crossroads of trade […]

High Above the Rhein

One of my favorite places to bring my guests is a place that I’m really not supposed to drive to. The road in is clearly marked “For Farmers Only.” I’ve always wanted to add a line in magic marker, “and for James Derheim, sometimes.” The road winds its way through fields and vineyards, coming to […]

Special Offer for Tours in 2008

Those booking trips with European Focus Private Tours for 2008 can enjoy interest on their tour deposits. For all trips booked before July 1, 2007 we are offering a flat 7% interest (starting on the day you make your deposit and ending on the day your trip commences, APY) for all trips of at least […]