France, Alsace, wine

Discovering Alsatian Wine

The first hint for enjoying Alsatian wines is to forget what you think you know and like about white wines. Riesling wines are not necessarily sweet, for one. And there’s a range of wines on the sweetish side that have their place at the table with any and all courses of a meal. A visit […]

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A Brief Stop in Breisach, Germany

One of the disappointments of visiting Germany for a church art freak like me is that so much of Germany was destroyed during World War II. That’s especially true of the tall church towers, which were often used as targeting bullseyes for Allied bombers and artillery men. Moreover, although small towns along the French German […]

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Giant Tortoise, Isla Isabela, Galápagos, Ecuador

I don’t think this guy has a name, like his predecessor Lonesome George, but he’s enjoying the good life at the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isla Isabela in the Galápagos. One of the things we learned while in the Galápagos last week is that there were, at one time, 15 species of Galápagos tortoises, and […]

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