When conjuring up images of the perfect beach, chances are good it’s one blessed with soft, white sands and generous servings of nature’s green growth, as opposed to concrete and urban sprawl.
Nothing makes me happier than to finally hear birdsong in the cool, misty mornings of spring.  Nature seems to reflect the renewed sense of excitement in the air. Stark tree branches fill with leaves, pollen dusts the sidewalks and flowers have finally returned to the world.
Once you arrive in Germany, it’s easy to be swept up in planning your travel adventures. Glamorous cities such as Berlin and Munich often beckon. However, sometimes the real gems are hidden right in front of you, within a day-trip distance.
Spring in Europe is almost magical. After long months of dreary cold, the days begin to slowly warm and lengthen. Barren trees and fields sprout buds and begin to change from brown and gray to shimmering hues of green and gold.
In the peaceful farmland and stately forests of the eastern part of Germany, just a few miles from the Czech Republic, you will find the remains of Flossenburg Concentration Camp. This was one of hundreds of camps run by the Nazis during World War II.
Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye, the list goes on of the must-see historic treasures of London, England. While the flashy settings you’ve seen in movies are truly incredible, take time to step onto the quieter streets to discover some of my favorite hidden London gems.
In Hunsrück floats Germany’s most beautiful suspension bridge, the Geierlay. Walk through the forest to arrive at the 360-meter-long and 100-meter-high bridge over a valley and breathe in the fresh air.
Being stationed overseas offers military members and their families the opportunity to travel the world with more ease and less expense than if they were living in the States. When my husband and I arrived in Germany, we set out to travel as much of Europe as we could during our four-year tour.
It’s as if someone took a box of crayons and let loose on the landscape during Holland's tulip season. Vivid strokes paint the countryside with purple, yellow, orange and red.
So you’ve managed to put those tricky lodging and transportation pieces together and it’s official — you’ll be making your way to Normandy for the blowout celebrations commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings!
Still wondering what to do in your down time on your trip to Normandy? You could be on the go from dawn to dusk and still not exhaust all there is to see and do there. Here are a few more places well worth your attention:
Take in Bayeux’s famed tapestry
For many, champagne has become the go-to drink for milestones in your life. Got a job promotion? Celebrate with a glass of bubbly. Giving a speech for a wedding? Toast with the finest sparkling wine.
Tiergarten Nuremberg is a very special destination that attracts more than one million visitors per year, making the almost 70-hectare facility one of the top tourist highlights in Germany.
With ski season in full swing, the plethora of available ski resorts from which to choose is overwhelming. While traditional skiing is truly wonderful, have you considered taking your skills to the next level?
In the early, pre-dawn hours of darkness Tuesday, June 6, 1944, more than 130,000 Allied troops made their way across the frigid waters of the English Channel and through clouded skies from southern England to the cliffs and dunes of Normandy in northern France.
When the Allied forces launched an attack to liberate Europe from German military occupation, the impact it would have on history was nothing but a dream.