Sunday Special – Mosel Wine Region, Germany


I’ve still got wine on my mind so today we’re going to head to a wine region of Germany that is known for its high quality Riesling varietal of wines: Mosel. This region is located in the west of Germany near the borders of Luxembourg and France, in the valley of the Mosel (Moselle) River and its tributaries of the Suur and Ruwer rivers. The steepness of the hills in this valley make mechanical grape collection near impossible so it must all be done by hand. Although the the hand-picking is seven times slower than with a machine its gentle effect on the grapes is passed through to the wine. This results in Rieslings that are world renown. Wineries are plentiful with the hardest part being how to decide on which ones to go to.

Not only is the Mosel Valley home to numerous wineries it is a beautiful region with some Roman history (it is believed it was the ancient Romans who first introduced wine-making to the area). Make your way through hiking trails that provide lookouts with incredible views and then head to storybook towns and villages lined with cobblestone streets. Relax your way through this region that takes life at much slower pace so you can unwind and relish the experience. A few of my girlfriends and I are tossing about the idea of doing a girl’s wine trip at some point. Perhaps Mosel will be on that list of choices.

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The State Wine Growing Domain in Trier, Germany – Photo is Public Domain

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Cochem, Germany in the Mosel Valley РPhoto credit: Kai Pilger, Cochem and Reichsburg, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Mosel Valley, Germany РPhoto credit: Michal Osmenda, Vineyards in Beilstein, Mosel, CC BY-SA 2.0

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The Map Project – Berlin, Germany


Here is the next installment of The Map Project. Below is a photo of my contributors and the map they follow. Today we will be hearing from Deklan and his impressions of Berlin, Germany. Thanks Deklan and I wish I had tried the pastry.

The Map Project and the cool authors of it's posts

The Map Project and the cool authors of it’s posts

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Hi. It’s Deklan. Eeva flew from Dublin to Berlin on March 23, 2015. Her arms must have been tired!

When she was in Berlin, she sent us a picture of the Brandenburg Gate.¬† It looked really¬† big and cool.¬† Berlin is the capital city of Germany.¬† It has a population of 3.5 million people. It is Germany’s largest city.¬† It has an area of 899 square km. It is 9 times bigger than Paris.

The Berliner is a famous pastry. It is a doughnut filled with marmalade. Wow! Those sound good!

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

Berlin has more bridges then Venice- yep. Really. Berlin has around 1700 bridges.  The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometer section of Berlin wall.  It is painted with 101 images by artists from 21 countries. It is the longest open air gallery in the world.

Berlin has 175 museums too. And Berlin has the largest train station in all of Europe.

After Berlin, Eeva travelled to Prague, Czech Republic!

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All photos owned by Wanders The World/Eeva Valiharju

SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – COLOGNE CATHEDRAL, GERMANY


My first trip to Europe was with my dear friend Izabela. After spending three weeks in England I met up with her in Amsterdam. That began our super fast fun 3.5 week tour of The Continent. One of our stops was in city of Cologne (Koln), Germany. The hostel we stayed in was on one side of The Rhine River and we crossed a bridge twice daily. One our way to the city centre we would amble past the stately gothic Cologne Cathedral. This stunning building that took centuries to build looms along the Rhine and is a source of pride for its cities inhabitants. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited sites in all of Germany. 


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Although I found the exterior intricate and stunning, it was the inside that wowed me. Ornate, elaborate and a bit foreboding I found myself looking skyward to its detailed ceilings, in awe of the art of its architecture. A small person in a giant world. 

Photo credit: Flickr – Sanjib Behera

SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – BERLIN


Some structures remain the same over the years while other change, figuratively speaking. Today’s city has one of those monuments. ¬†Constructed between 1788 and 1791, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate¬†was originally erected as a city gate and represented peace. Years passed as did governments and rulers. Since then the gate has symbolized¬†triumph, victory, militarism, division and now freedom and the re-unification of Berlin and Germany.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany


Brandenburg Gate, which in was closed off in 1961 as part of the Berlin Wall that separated West Berlin from communist East Berlin was opened after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 2001 the gate was renovated and restored to it’s original glory.

This photo is from Wikimedia Commons. It was taken and is owned by Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de