Category Archives: Travel


Athens: A modern day glimpse at ancient history

  ATHENS, Greece — Influences of American and European culture as we know it started centuries ago with toga-clad Greeks as they meddled in mathematics, dabbled in democracy and flirted with philosophy, creating an unprecedented civilization.   Advances to the technological age could not have happened without our neighbors to…

September 26th, 2016 Travel

Mallorca: Chill out and tap into the collective mood of nonchalance

  Mallorca, about the size of Rhode Island, is the largest island in the Balearic archipelago situated off the east coast of Spain, graced with warm Mediterranean sunshine and tempered by cool ocean breezes. Its landscape — ranging from limestone caves to gnarled moonscape all the way back to white…

July 18th, 2016 Travel

Prague a city of architecture and epicurean delight

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you haven’t been drawn into the bustling city of Prague yet, get ready to be mesmerized by the elaborate architecture.   Although the city can be touristy at times, it still maintains its charm and romantic appearance. With architecture that varies…

May 3rd, 2016 Travel

Day trip to Dinkelsbuehl

  By Alexis Tucker,   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overlooked, history-lover’s treasure, Dinkelsbuehl is a medieval town charmed by stories of the past and a day-trip for those of us in the Bavarian footprint.   Surrender of Swedish troops after interference of children in the Thirty Years War is among…

March 30th, 2016 Travel

Hangin’ loose in Ischgl

    ISCHGL, Austria — Here, we are all party animals. Fueled by local brew and inspired by mountain-shaking music, table dancing, the thin air and, oh yeah, the best skiing in all of Europe, we pound our chests and howl at the moon.   This is the melting pot…

March 22nd, 2016 Travel

Grafenwoehr day trip: A wild animal park & palace

By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Have you ever seen a majestic deer up close? Would you like to feed dozens of them in an open field as a palace sits in the background? You can do just that at the Wild Park at Schloss Tambach any day between…

March 15th, 2016 Travel

Dublin on a budget in a day and a half

  DUBLIN — Thanks to a miraculous aligning of discount Ryan Air flights, sunny weather and an approved three-day pass, we booked a spontaneous trip to Dublin, Ireland.   If you’ve never thought about traveling there, you should consider. The country boasts food that is a contemporary blend of American,…

March 7th, 2016 Travel

Kallmünz: Daytrip to medieval castle and town

By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not hard to fall in love with the town Kallmünz, located just over an hour from Grafenwoehr.   The town’s colorful buildings and reflections cast on the water while crossing the medieval stone bridge are humbling. You would think that the Naab,…

February 21st, 2016 Travel

Fairytale views at the Donaustauf castle ruins

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you can experience views of the Danube River and a snowy covered Walhalla, Germany’s Hall of Fame which resembles the Abe Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. , to fill your day with beauty and wonder.   The castle…

February 10th, 2016 Travel

College students eligible for gov’t-funded travel to visit active duty parents overseas

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — College students with parents stationed overseas may qualify for a government-funded round trip visit plus the shipment of unaccompanied baggage, according to Army and federal regulations.   The Army regulation on overseas travel, chapter 5, and the Joint Federal Travel Regulation, paragraph 7155, grant military students…

January 31st, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Things You Didn't Know, Travel