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    Festival of Lights at Schloss Schwetzingen, a true German Gem

    Honey Bear and I received a little tip that Schwetzingen, a place 15 minutes outside of Heidelberg, was putting on a firework show and we should head down to check it out.  An hour later we found ourselves checking out several nice options for dining on the Schlossplatz.  Realizing we weren’t hungry we continued walking around the Schlossplatz and found ourselves in front of two interesting sculptures, one of a woman selling asparagus and one of a couple riding a pig. We found this local article that explained the city celebrated its 1250th birthday in 2016 with an iconic sculpture created by Peter Lenk; The man riding the pig is Elector Carl Theodor…

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    Cooking with Chef Jan

    Now that we have our Spargel from the market (see last week’s post), it’s time to head to the lovely Chef Jan’s kitchen to see what we can do with it! Thank you for watching!   I had a lot of fun shooting these videos with my friend Chef Jan.  The hardest part came down to figuring out how to take 60 minutes worth of information and cut it down to 6 minutes or less-there simply was too much personality in the room to pack into such a short time.  Then again, that is why cooking with Jan is such a joy! Hopefully you enjoyed the way they turned out-I certainly did! Like…

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    Shopping for Spargel with Chef Jan

    “You know what we should do?” “What?” “We should make a video-about spargel!” The idea seemed so easy at the time.  But when the Good Idea Fairy visits you and your friend in a charming unassuming French cafe, you take it all in with your cup of coffee and you get down to business making a video about a vegetable. Of course I have never done a video before, so there was a bit of a learning curve.  One where hours of frustration resulted.  Mostly with trying to get a highly recommended video editing program to work without crashing.  After losing hours of sleep I ended that relationship.  And since…

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    Mainz Walking Tour-Part Six

    Traveling down from the citadel we rounded the corner to view the Romisches Theater ruins. Then we made our way to the Museum for antike Schiffahrt or the Roman Antique Ships Museum. Notes about the camera:  I found myself loving how the camera handled the trip!  I still have a few things I need to figure out but I can see myself eventually investing in the most recent version. Notes about the tour:  Even though I have popped into Mainz throughout the year, I found it was easy to get turned around.  Surprisingly the tour straightened me out!  It not only put the city into a context I could understand but helped me…

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    Mainz Walking Tour-Part Five

    The Mainz Walking Tour continues! Next it’s up to the Zitadelle… and the Stadthistorisches Museum Mainz. Continue with the Mainz Walking Tour-Part Six. Walking in Mainz Part One-St Augastine Church Part Two-Mainzer Dom and Gutenberg Museum Part Three-St Christoph’s memorial Part Four-St Stephan and Marc Chagall’s stain glass windows Part Five-(this page) Zitadelle and Stadthistorisches Museum Mainz Part Six-Romisches Theater and Roman Antique Ships Museum

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    Mainz Walking Tour-Part Four

    The Mainz Walking Tour continues! I’m not very big on churches. Usually if you have seen one, you’ve seen them all.  As you can see Mainz is a bit of a surprise in that regard.  St Stephan was the next church we went to.  Here we found the theme of Marc Chagall‘s desire for oneness expressed through the stain glass windows.  The scenes of each of the nine windows focus on the shared beliefs of Christians and Jews. Continue with the Mainz Walking Tour-Part Five. Walking in Mainz Part One-St Augastine Church Part Two-Mainzer Dom and Gutenberg Museum Part Three-St Christoph’s memorial Part Four-(This page) St Stephan and Marc Chagall’s stain glass windows Part…

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