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Christmas Markets part 2 - 2017 - Germany

Stuttgart and Heidelberg 2017

snow 32 °F
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Castles and Cars

We spent a few days checking out the main towns of Heidelberg and Stuttgart. Heidelberg is a cozy little university focused town, but is also know for it's picturesque castle. Stuttgart is a larger metro that is the birthplace of the automobile (Daimler, Mayback, Benz, and Porsche) and has a few lesser known castles of it's own.

Highly recommend:

  • Heidelberg castle
  • Heidelberg Christmas markets
  • Stuttgart Christmas markets
  • Stuttgart Königstraße (King's Street) pedestrian area

Other sites to check out:

  • Philosophers Walk
  • Heidelberg old bridge
  • Stuttgart new and old castles
  • Mercedes Benz museum
  • Porsche museum

Trip Map

Pictures

Heidelberg markets and some food you can get there:
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Heidelberg castle, views from across the valley and by the old bridge:
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Heidelberg castle up close:
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Stuttgart Mercedes musuem, from the original modal to older cars to new expensive cars and fast racing styles:
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Videos

Running down some stairs across the river from the town and castle:

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:18 Archived in Germany Tagged markets nature travel germany christmas festival europe 2017 Comments (0)

Christmas Markets part 1 - 2017 - Germany

Saarbrucken and Mannheim, Germany

overcast 41 °F
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German country tour

In one day, and a couple hours worth of train rides, we left Luxembourg and checked out a few cities in the south western part of Germany: Saarbrucken and Mannheim. Saarbrucken is the capital of the smallest German state, Saarland, and within shouting distance of the French border. Mannheim is the "city of squares" in Germany, since it's main city center area is set up in grid pattern. Each block has a number and letter designation (like R4) and their address is based on that since there are no street names.
The people were friendly and sites were interesting. However, we didn't find anything that would be considered Must-See, knowing that we did rush through both areas in a day.

other sites to check out:

  • Saarbrucken castle, church, and gardens
  • St Johanner Market
  • Mannheim Wochenmarkt
  • Planken pedestrian mall

Trip Map

Pictures

Saarbrucken castle and church
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Saarbrucken modern art museum display
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Mannheim palace
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:16 Archived in Germany Tagged art trains markets travel germany christmas festival europe 2017 Comments (0)

Christmas Markets 2017 - Luxembourgh

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2017

rain 50 °F
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the Grand Duchy

Luxembourg is the world's only remaining grand duchy ... just meaning that the ruler is royalty with the title of Grand Duke. It's the 7th smallest country in Europe, and 28th smallest overall. It's quite the blend of French, German, and Belgian culture. Luxembourg City is one of 3 official capitals of the European Union.
We decided to check it out as part of our German Christmas markets tour in 2017. The main reason being that I found really cheap flights going there instead of the main German airports, but it's less than an hour bus ride to the border. It also allowed us some time to get over any jet lag and relax a few days before the crazy German markets tour. We were pleasantly surprised, and they have incorporated their own markets (like much of central Europe now).

Highly recommend:

  • Bock Casemates (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Place Guillaume II square
  • Christmas markets

Other sites to check out:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Grand Ducal Palace (only open for tours a few weeks in the summer)
  • Villa Vauban & the Municipal park

Trip Map

Pictures

A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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One of several Luxembourg City christmas markets
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A decorated tree in the markets.
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The decorated cathedral of Notre Dame (Lux version).
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The UNESCO site of the Bock casemates.
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A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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Videos

Our ride up a glass elevator:

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 12:22 Archived in Luxembourg Tagged markets travel christmas festival wine europe luxembourg 2017 Comments (0)

A tiny home adventure 2017 - Colorado USA

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sunny 84 °F

Tiny Festival

We're checking out the Colorado Tiny Home Festival. There will be tiny trailer homes, yurts, shipping container houses, and more.

We're going to learn how to build them, why people choose the tiny lifestyle, ways to simplify your home, and overall minimalist living. Not sure if a tiny home is in our future, but this weekend should give us a good idea.

Pictures

Time to get a tiny bit excited.

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A view of just 1/2 of the festival grounds - there's 16 small homes in the picture (plus I'm standing on the roof of one.

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Just the frame and some imagination.

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Full appliances:

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Tiny trailers (probably only good for a long weekend trip):

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View from the bedroom loft:

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A couple views from the outside:

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 15:43 Archived in USA Tagged colorado usa festival tinyhome Comments (0)

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