Encounters with Beauty and Grace

Portraits

Day Trip: Bernkastel-Kues

Day Trip: Bernkastel-Kues

Bernkastel-Kues.  This pretty German town is nestled between the Moselle River and soaring hills covered in vineyards.  If you like to hike, there are dozens of well marked trails catering to both lollygags and adrenaline seekers.  One element shared by whichever path you choose, opportunities […]

Museum Wiesbaden: Where Beauty Resides

Museum Wiesbaden: Where Beauty Resides

Beautiful Art Nouveau collection on display at Museum Wiesbaden including Klimt, Mucha and Tiffany….so good (and extensive), it’s worth multiple visits! Ferdinand Wolfgang Neess has donated his entire collection (over 500 objects) to Museum Wiesbaden. This permanent exhibit is more than paintings, light fixtures, sculptures […]

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

( “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard )   Café Maldaner is often crowded and customer service is hit or miss. I still believe it’s worth a visit, or in my case, a dozen. Spinning through the turnstile doorway transports you to a bygone era […]

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

  The woman’s lithe figure moved with ease from tables topped with flickering candles and vases cradling stems with pink petals.  A ribbon of white satin framed a neckline that would leave swans envious.  Her black apron was starched, stain-free and blended seamlessly with the […]

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

  Wine is sunlight, held together by water – Galileo Galilei   Antonie and Andreas Pietsch are cultivators.  Soil embedded under rugged fingernails, skin bronzed by the outdoors and cheeks rosy from external elements.  Like the 2.2 hectares of gnarled vines the couple tends and […]

Literaturhauscafé: M.F.K. Fisher Would Approve

Literaturhauscafé: M.F.K. Fisher Would Approve

**Update: Literaturhauscafé has a new tenant, Holger Schwedler.  Mr. Schwedler also owns Wingert Vinothek.**    “The Menopause of spinsters – A very boring place with a nice garden. If you haven’t found the love of your life, here is the place where you can enjoy […]

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

  I was on a mission to find a peony.  As I entered Blumen Dekker I learned peony season had come and gone. The owner, Jaap Dekker, ushered me to a bucket filled with roses in full blossom. With a discerning eye he plucked the flower that […]

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Dieter Ege’s gunmetal rimmed spectacles complemented his well-groomed gray mane.  A tailored suit rested on shoulders with impeccable posture while a crisp white collar framed a poised jawline. For 30 years Mr. Ege has managed a historical property in Wiesbaden, the Schwarzer Bock Hotel.    […]

 Dale’s Cake Café

 Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  […]

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin. ( Mary Poppins – Bert the Chimney Sweep )   Sitting on a pedestrian street in the shadows of the Marktkirche cathedral is a pint sized shop Mary Poppins and […]