Encounters with Beauty and Grace

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EP’s Diva: From Scraps to Splendor

EP’s Diva: From Scraps to Splendor

  “What I like to think, and perhaps it is an adolescent thought, is that anything can happen. As long as you think that anything can happen, it will. We’re all allowed to have our dreams.” ~ Anjelica Huston Like an exotic bird in a […]

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 […]

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

My heels and head were confused as I entered. The GPS read Wiesbaden, but my eyes saw Paris. Clusters of blood red roses accentuated by flickering candles topped tables draped in crisp white linen. Reflective silverware became bookends to napkins shaped like crowns.  Hundreds of […]

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 […]

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Sultry vocals of Nora Jones drift overhead in Wingert Vinothek.  Disheveled stacks of wine crates, books by Proust, eclectic art,  lit candles, wooden tables and comfortable leather chairs create an atmosphere of relaxed pleasure. Owner Holger Schwedler, an economist and lecturer of wine studies, could easily […]