Candied Almonds at the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Before I moved here, I didn’t associate Christmas or even Germany with candied nuts, but I do now. Amongst all of the Gluhwein and sausage stands at a Christmas market, there are always a number of candy stands. You can usually identify them by the bunches of heart shaped cookies with writing on them hanging…

Venice : City of Fantasy and Illusion

Venice is a fantasy city for me. It leaps directly out of the pages of a book. Actually it is probably the other way around, the intrigue and romance of Venice has influenced so many books. One thing that links the fantasy and reality is the concept of Illusion. Foggy dark alleys, confusing sounds with…

Munich From Above : Climbing the Peters Tower

The center of old Munich is dominated by big things. The most well known is probably the Rathaus with its rows of pointy spires and Glockenspiel, but there are others in the area. One at least that you can climb is St Peter’s Basilica and its tower. Also called Old Peter, the church is nestled…

A Day in Munich’s Viktualienmarkt

I love German cities, how the touristy bits are often right around from the markets. Oh and I love markets. So when we wandered into the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, I was happy to explore. It is a big place and has a number of sections, though the rough categories fall into meat, fresh foods and…

Climbing Freiburg Cathedral : Freiburg from Above

I like looking at cities from above. There is always a high spot to survey the land, either a tower or hill. In Freiburg, although there is castle hill with a wonderful view, there is also the tower of the Cathedral. 265 steps brings you to the top of the single red sandstone tower with…

Brain Dump : Groceries in Germany

Food is one of those central things to life. It is pretty low on the hierarchy of needs. We gotta eat. Sometimes though, this oh so basic thing can get really confusing and complicated when it comes to living in another country, even one as modern as Germany. So here is pretty much everything I…

Hamburg from above

So many cities in Europe have a tall place to look down at the city from. Hence the from-above series on GroundedTraveler. This post is Hamburg. To get these views, you need to go to the top of the tower at St. Michel’s church. Often you need the TV Towers, but increasingly we are encountering…

Wandering Hamburg’s Speicherstadt

Hamburg is a port city from one end to the other. The Speicherstadt, storage-city, is an area of town composed of towering brick warehouses in lines between canals. The area has been renovated in recent memory to have bars and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. Quick History The Speicherstadt was…