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Bavaria: The perfect place for peacefully pedaling

By Charlie Stadtlander, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs   SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The valleys rise up around you green and fertile. A castle looms, perched on a hill like a bird of prey that eyes you as you wind your way along the curve of the river. There are no cars…

August 18th, 2015 Travel

Camping in Croatia: Land of Winnetou

ŠIBENIK, Croatia — Ask any German who Winnetou was and you’re bound to get a smile.   The fictional character Winnetou was a Native American hero based on the books by Karl May, one of Germany’s bestselling authors. Later, in the 1960s, the character was played by French actor Pierre…

August 10th, 2015 Travel

Brazil in the middle of Germany

For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress, and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very different: the color and…

July 9th, 2015 Travel

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

July 2nd, 2015 Travel