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Blaubeuren's Blautopf - California Globetrotter


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Blaubeuren’s Blautopf

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You know when you’re scrolling for hours upon hours on Pinterest because you.just.can’t.stop? Ya, that happens to me quite often! And one of those days, I found a pretty picture of a small house with bright, turquoise water and I knew I had to pin it. I never thought I would actually make it there, but there it sat for a long time in my Germany Bucket List on Pinterest.

I saved it because I knew one day I would find a reason to go. Well this weekend, we finally decided to take a little road trip (3 hours away – which is like an eternity for Germans and therefore should actually be turned into a weekend vacation, but us Americans can get’er done in a day) to see Schloss Lichtenstein. Not wanting to just go to the castle, I searched through my Germany pin board for things which might be near the castle we could squeeze in, not far from either Ulm or Tübingen.

Low and behold: the small town of Blaubeuren.

Now, I assumed this would be a ten minute stop, snap a picture and get back in the car and continue on to the castle.

Nope. How wrong I was…

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The Medieval Wine Town of Esslingen am Neckar - California Globetrotter


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The Medieval Wine Town of Esslingen am Neckar

IMG_4073When Americans think about traveling to Europe, they have an image in their heads of fairy-tale like towns that will transport them back to a time long since gone. They imagine towns with cobbled-stoned streets, colorful half-timbered buildings and perhaps a Knight in Shining Armour. But many don’t realize, nor can imagine the wrath of destruction that destroyed so much of Germany during the Second World War. However, there were a few towns and cities that managed to escape the fury of one of the most ruinous wars Europe had ever seen. The small town of Esslingen am Neckar is just one of those perfect examples of medieval towns that escaped unscathed.

Just a short train ride away, or even a quick 15 minute drive from Stuttgart, Esslingen am Neckar is a town few have ever heard of. But have no fear, it’s worth every ounce of effort to make it to this adorable little town.

Nestled in a valley surrounded by endless rows of vineyards along the Neckar river, Esslingen is the epitome of historic German towns. Continue reading

Europe's Most Breathtaking Libraries - California Globetrotter


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Europe’s MOST Breathtaking Libraries

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Whenever I heard the word “library”, I always got cold shivers down my spine as I remembered the long, tedious hours of study hall back during my high school years. It meant endless hours of boring homework instead of hanging out with my friends.

Then one day, I saw a list of the world’s MUST-SEE-LIBRARIES and the curious travelaholic in me decided to click on the link. I was stunned into silence and I began wishing that I had gone to a university that had a stunning library. Maybe I would have loved studying a little bit more!

The first known library was discovered in the first ancient civilization in southern Mesopotamia in Sumer, which is now modern-day Iraq. Here, clay-tablets dating as far back as 2600 B.C. were discovered. Other libraries filled with personal books were in Greece in 5 B.C. The Library of Alexandria in Egypt was the largest and more important library in the ancient world. Continue reading

Top Places to Visit in Germany! - California Globetrotter


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Top Places to Visit in Germany!

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If you’re considering traveling to Europe, you should definitely add Germany to your Bucket List! Germany certainly has plenty of castles, fairy-tale villages and places of wonder that really need to be seen, drooled over & shared!

I receive a lot of people who always ask for some great suggestions of places to visit in Germany. So now, I share with you my favorite destinations in Germany, and even a few I hope to make it to!

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Superlatives of 2015

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Every year has its ups and its downs, the highlights and the negatives from which we grow and learn or we can’t wait to do again. When traveling, these positives and negatives can make or break a vacation. With each trip you book,  you learn something new for the next holiday. No matter how we look at it though, they are memories we will look back on and cherish and we will either say “I can’t wait to do that again!” or “I wish I had known better!”

Here are the best and the worst memories and everything in between from our travels in 2015. Continue reading


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A Year in Review: My Top 10 Instagram Pix

2015 has been a whirlwind year that has literally flown by, faster than any other year in my nearly 30 years! Social networking dominated my life this year and my new most creative and addictive outlet has certainly been Instagram!

This year I took blogging and Instagramming to a whole new level that was originally just a mere form of cheap entertainment in 2014. What started out just as a nice way to share my travels with friends and family turned into a full blown travel blog, always on the hunt for the next adventure. That hunt included being sucked into the world of Instgramming! Originally, my Instagram account was used to post random, life, everyday pictures but has since evolved into a collection of all of my best travel photos.IMG_3643

Now, everything about my travel life is Instagrammable. I have an image in my head of how I want my picture to be taken. My clothes are Instagrammable. My beer is Instagrammable. Even my shoes are Instagrammable.

It’s not about the number of likes or the number of followers I have. I’m certainly not one of the most popular Instagrammers out there, but I don’t worry about that. I do it for me more than any other reason. I feel proud to go back and look at how far my picture taking and editing skills have come and I love to reminiscence about the places I can’t believe I have been! Every time I look at my gallery, I am more and more inspired to keep going, snapping amazing pictures of beautiful places and of course, my dresses!

So this is why I have put together my top 10 best travel Instagram pix! Continue reading

Burg Hohenzollern - California Globetrotter


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Burg Hohenzollern

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Perched high upon the top of a mountain in the Schwäbisch Alb, built for strategic defense against intruders, sits the Burg Hohenzollern. Built first as a fortress in the 11th century, it has been destroyed and fallen into ruins only to be rebuilt a third time, in it’s current form.

The difference between a Burg and a Schloss is that a Burg is built for protection against invaders while normally a castle is built for comfort and beauty, such as the case of a 10-month siege by the free imperial cities of Swabia in 1423. The first castle built here was possibly known as the “Crown of all Castles of Swabia” and was known to be the “most fortified house in all Germany”. Continue reading

Ulm & Wiblingen Monastery Library - California Globetrotter


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A Day Trip to Ulm on the Hottest Day of the Year

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This past weekend has been a scorcher! Temperatures have climbed up to 99F/36.5C. People are swarming the local pools, eating ice cream as fast as they can and hiding in the shade. Unlike us, we decided to spend the afternoon driving in our new air conditioned car.

We made a day trip road trip, first checking out the Wiblingen Monastery Library just outside of Ulm before stopping for lunch and a quick walk around through the town of Ulm. Afterwards, we drove further west to wander around the Burg Hohenzollern. Continue reading