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The first wave of “winter” has hit Florida. By winter I mean it’s 50 degrees. For the first time in 8 months, I may have to take off my flip flops and put on a pair of proper shoes. It’s overcast, drizzly, there’s a blustery wind. And I love it. It feels like Germany. Which in a lot of ways still feels more like home….

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Reichsburg Cochem, aka Cochem Castle, sits high above the village of Cochem. We visited during our week in Mosel. The original castle at Cochem was believed to to build around the year 1000. It, along with most of the city of Cochem, was destroyed by the French in the 1600s. The castle remained in ruins until 1868 when it was purchased by the wealthy Ravené…

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Burg Eltz is the impressive combined residence of three families—the Rübenach, Rodendorf and Kempenich families. A sort of medieval duplex, if you will, in Münstermaifeld, Germany, not far from the Mosel River. We took a side trip here on our week stay in Mosel. Part of Burg Eltz dates from 1157, but the three houses that form the main body of castle were completed between…

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So Dublin Castle, not really a castle. What it is/was is the seat of government when the British ruled Ireland (until 1922). There was once a Danish Viking fortress here (in the 930s), Norman fortification (1170s) and later an English castle, but all that is left today are archeological relics and the Record Tower—the turret-like structure which dates to 1228 (from the English castle). Most…

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Malahide Castle is outside Dublin (in Malahide), a short train ride away. Up until 1973 it was a private residence. The same family lived there from 1185, and it’s purportedly haunted. Sounds cool and it gets good reviews, but have to say: not impressed. On the tour you go thru a few rooms in the castle. They are full of great art and antiques, but…

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