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Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country

Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To With our knees in tatters and our waists a little slimmer – grilled cheese sandwiches notwithstanding – we had one more day left on our trip, and were determined not to climb another mountain. However…

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Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The Highlights

Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The Highlights

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To And now we come to the true highlight of our trip to Europe, which we planned everything else around – the Swiss Air Force’s annual air power demonstration, known as the “Axalp Fliegerschiessen”. This being…

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Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound

Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To In possession of our new M2, we sped off (with much engine roaring) to Zurich, which is a scenic three-and-a-half hour drive from Munich. The best route runs along Lake Constance, which is worth at…

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The ultimate European hiking/driving/aviation vacation

The ultimate European hiking/driving/aviation vacation

Back in October this year, Stu and I went on what has to qualify as one of our best vacations ever: We picked up our new BMW M2 in Munich, drove it to Switzerland, hiked up some pretty serious mountains to see the ultimate air show, and relaxed a little by the shores of Lake Tegernsee. It. Was. Epic. I’m going to break this trip report out into five separate posts: European Delivery, or how to drive your own car…

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A trip to Québec City, and you’ll get a kick out of the French word for “selfie”

A trip to Québec City, and you’ll get a kick out of the French word for “selfie”

My mother comes over from Germany once a year to visit me, and I try to take her somewhere neither of us has been before. Usually, that involves my dragging her to whichever place is next on my bucket list :-). This year, that meant heading to Québec City.  I’ve had so many people recently tell me how wonderful it is there, I just had to go and see for myself. A word on logistics: There are few direct flights…

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How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

So here’s my dirty little secret: after almost 12 years of living in the Northeastern US, I have not been to Niagara Falls. And sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who has not witnessed this miracle of nature. Which was why, when Stu came to visit me in Toronto for the weekend, I decided it was now or never. Niagara is only a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto, so it’s an easy day trip, and there’s plenty of time…

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Teaser: Our next big adventure

Teaser: Our next big adventure

We just received this in the mail: It heralds our next big adventure in October. We’re actually hitting two birds with one stone in a very Stu-centric vacation, by doing European delivery of a BMW, and going to Switzerland to experience the Axalp Fliegerschieβen. What’s that, you ask? Let’s start with European delivery. We actually did this three years ago – you order a BMW (or any other premium German car) from your local dealership, customize it to your liking,…

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Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

I’ve been itching to go to Elements restaurant in Princeton, NJ pretty much since it opened back in 2008. It’s since then garnered all kinds of accolades, most recently as the best farm-to-table restaurant in New Jersey, according to Travel and Leisure. When our fourth wedding anniversary conveniently fell on a Wednesday this year, I was able to grab a reservation at short notice – an impossibility on the weekend. We decided to push the boat out and go for…

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The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

Sometimes we’re so busy traveling remote corners of the earth, or planning our next trip, we forget that there’s actually all kinds of good stuff going on right on our front doorstep. Case in point: The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting at Beneduce Vineyards, which I attended for the first time this year. When my wine buff friend Lara asked me if I wanted to come along, I didn’t need much convincing. Spending a warm spring day at a…

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DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

My employers, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to assign me to a project in Toronto for the next couple of months – starting today. For once, Stu was quick to volunteer to come up for the weekend sometime (funny, there just wasn’t the same level of enthusiasm when it was Bloomington, IL). While business travel doesn’t offer much opportunity to play the tourist, we’ll try to do some exploring and report back! I’ve been to Toronto on business before,…

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