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Hiking the Zugspitze

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

The Zugspitze is not an impressive mountain. Topping out at only 9,718 feet it is the foothills of the Alps, even though it is the tallest mountain in Germany. But, the climb from base to top takes at least 6 hours.

The Season for Blooming

Written by Payton Lee in W. Europe

The Tulip flower is a sign of spring. Once the snow melts away and the ground temperatures rise, these flowers are some of the first things we see. New life, new season, new beginning. The Tulip flower is a unique bulb that pops its head up after a long hibernation. It’s brilliant green leaves seem to protect the delicate stem and head of this simple flower. But once that head opens up to reveal a brightly colored display, we understand why it would be so protected. The tulip flower has quite a history with the Dutch heritage. Although the flower was first seen in Asian countries, Turkey is where the flower was first cultivated. The …

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A 400yr Tradition of Keeping the Faith Strong

Written by Payton Lee in W. Europe

A quaint German village named Oberammergau lies nestled in the Bavarian region. Its people are skilled wood workers and artists. They produce some of the most beautiful wooden toys, trinkets and culinary pieces I have ever seen. There is also a monastery in a near by town that is attached to a brewery or visa versa. The monks have many talents and they figured out a way to survive the season of fasting. Although small in population this place is world famous for a tradition that they have held for over 400 years. It is the tradition of their passion play. Back in 1634 the Black Plague was devastating much of Europe and it was …