From Picasso to Beuys in Bamberg, Germany, at Villa Dessauer

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Wide-ranging art exhibit at Bamberg, Germany's Villa Dessauer, a historical mansion. Picasso, Beuys, Dali, Chagall, Lindner, Hundertwasser, Kandinsky, and many, many other famous artists are displayed.

Crana Historica Fest in Kronach, Bavaria, Germany

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A visit with my friends in Kronach, Bavaria, just up the road from Bamberg. The occasion: Crana Historica, a medieval festival with castle battle reenactments from the 30 Years War against Sweden, plus camps, peasants, nobles and vendors from the Middle Ages.

Edvard Munch Art Exhibit at the Schirn Museum in Frankfurt, Germany

Another great daytrip from Bamberg, Germany, in Bavaria, to Frankfurt. Destination this time: the Edvard Munch art exhibit at the Schirn Museum. Trains and photos and a beer in the old Roemerberg with half-timbers and medieval style.

Daytrip from Bamberg to Forchheim, Germany in Bavaria

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Daytrip from my digs near Bamberg, Germany, to Forchheim in Bavaria, a small, medieval town with old-school Fachwerk (half-timber) buildings and all manner of old German sights. You'll see the new Bamberg Radhaus (bike garage) and learn some history of the area, too!

Fasching / Karneval (or Mardi Gras, German Style)

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Bamberg, in Bavaria, Germany, holds its own when it comes to Fasching, the German version of Karneval or Mardi Gras. Here, I give you photos of the Fasching parade, including shots of the parade participants before the procession. Costumes, candy and fun; what else do you need for the last big hurrah before Lent?

The Bavarian Forest, Part II

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The rest of the story of my trip the Bavarian Forest in Germany with dear friends. While there, we feasted on fresh-caught trout, saw hand-blown glass gardens, visited a huge church, rode a gondola to a ski area (though it was summer), and celebrated my German "mom"'s birthday.

The Bavarian Forest, Part I

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A trip with my German "parents" to the Bayerische Wald, or Bavarian Forest: staying at Steinbruchsee inn, delicious food, gorgeous nature and hand-hewn woodworking, not to mention loads of taxidermy! Part 1