A Guide to “Losing Your Heart” in Heidelberg, Germany

What to see, do, and eat in Heidelberg, an enchanting university town in southwestern Germany.

Germany’s Sommertagszug Tradition: Greeting Spring & Bidding Farewell to Winter

In parts of Germany three weeks before Easter, it’s customary to celebrate spring’s return with a Sommertagszug or summer procession. Though this year’s round of such fests was held last Sunday, for me, the 14th of March will forever be synonymous with Sommertagszugs since ‘Pi Day‘ 2010 is the date my husband and I first met andContinue reading “Germany’s Sommertagszug Tradition: Greeting Spring & Bidding Farewell to Winter”

Fasching Festivities, German Style

For the ten years I called picturesque Heidelberg, Germany home, I was lucky to have a bird’s eye view when Fasching festivities took the university town by storm, as I’m sure they did today. Fasching, Germany’s equivalent to Mardi Gras or Carnaval, includes pre-Lenten activities celebrated between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. My former apartment, housed onContinue reading “Fasching Festivities, German Style”

Capturing the Colour from East to West

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us from the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.” -Hans Hoffman Two lovely and talented photographers nominated me to submit entries into the Capture the ColourContinue reading “Capturing the Colour from East to West”

Love in the Air at the Heidelberg Castle

The Heidelberg Castle grounds are one of my favorite spots to stroll. When I was just a young babe in a Kinderwagen, my mother posed for a now-iconic family photograph at the castle’s main overlook spot (Scheffelterrasse), with me in tow. Twenty years after that shot was snapped, I moved from the United States —Continue reading “Love in the Air at the Heidelberg Castle”

Above the Rooftops of Heidelberg: Views from the Church of the Holy Spirit

With a golden sun overhead yesterday, Shawn and I ascended to the Heiliggeistkirche’s platform. I hadn’t made the climb up the 600 year-old Gothic church’s curvy staircase since 2002 so I was pleasantly surprised by the splendid panorama! On the sandstone perch overlooking the Altstadt or Old Town, ladybugs congregated. Swallows soared. The Church of the Holy Spirit’sContinue reading “Above the Rooftops of Heidelberg: Views from the Church of the Holy Spirit”