Blood, Sweat, and Haggis

I went to the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games at the Maryville College campus for the first time ever. Despite three layers of sunscreen, I was baked to the core by an unforgiving sun and am struggling to regain energy, but every minute was justified. The SMSF began in 1981 and changed locations…

Schloß Neuschwanstein and the Mad King

The Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles both sit high in the mountains over the village of Hohenschwangau in Southern Bavaria near the Austrian border. Neuschwanstein is also known by the rest of the world as the Disney Sleeping Beauty castle. Look familiar? Designed by and built for “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 1880s, the castle was…

Heidelberg, Schön War’s!

After a whirlwind week of road tripping from München to Bad Kötzting and then to Neuschwanstein in Schwangau, I was ready for a solo retreat to Heidelberg. Heidelberg’s official song “Ich Hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg Verloren” translates to “I lost my heart in Heidelberg” and was first recorded in  1925 by Fred Raymond. This…

Berlin, Immer Berlin

Berlin is the city that makes my heart skip a beat. The very buildings, monuments, and street names define and narrate my lifelong obsession with Germany and its history like an interactive storybook. First with the Weimar Republic era when the artists, filmmakers, musicians, architects, scientists, and great writers who emerged during this time birthed…

Knoxville

Knoxville is my current city of residence and has been for quite some time. Even so, I continue to seek out lesser known beauty and adventure with my four-legged BFF. We recently set out on a walk around downtown with intent to create a visual tour.      

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

  Dachau the city is a small and perhaps purposely beautiful community with impeccable landscaping, floral walkways, and cottage homes. The steets stretch under a large canopy of shade trees and are peppered with cafes, service stores, and boutiques. From our dwelling in München, we took the S2 line toward Peterhausen for approximately twenty minutes.…