Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

   The lady from Leyton was notoriously elusive, especially in death.  My only means to get close to the woman newspapers hailed in the 19th century as, “the greatest woman cook in the world” were three parchment remnants.  Two books accompanied me on this journey, 

Château de Malmaison: Napoleon & Josephine

Château de Malmaison: Napoleon & Josephine

Many tourists traveling to Paris look for a dose of sugar coated history by heading to the Palace of Versailles or the Palace of Fontainebleau. Both famous residences are dripping with opulent eye candy, but there is a hidden gem waiting patiently to be unwrapped by 

Barefoot in Paris: Père Lachaise 

Barefoot in Paris: Père Lachaise 

Cemeteries train the eye to glance downward. As if the thought of death weren’t somber enough, most are flat and gray.  The only breath of life – occasional wilting flowers that rest beside headstones. If you have the opportunity to visit the cemetery, Père Lachaise in Paris, you’ll find it 

Expat Observations: An American Among Germans

Expat Observations: An American Among Germans

  It’s been two years since I moved to the land of lederhosen and schnitzel from Austin, Texas.  In no certain order, below are my observations….      – Germany has an equivalent to the Mason-Dixon Line, and dialects change accordingly – Germans have an aversion 

Turning Lemons into Oranges

Turning Lemons into Oranges

A dream vacation to the tiny Greek island of Santorini was booked.  It was surreal to imagine what I’d admired in the glossy pages of a magazine becoming a reality. I found a chartered flight on Condor Airlines, booked a traditional white cave residence and had 

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 of a 

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 

Brimming With History: The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Brimming With History: 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. Stepping 

A Sanctuary For Book Lovers: Buch-Café Nero39

A Sanctuary For Book Lovers: Buch-Café Nero39

  Christopher Deyer and his wife Antje Probst surround themselves with objects they love and value – books.  In 2014 the couple opened a shop where bookworms would feel at home, Buch-Café Nero39.  They chose a beautiful location off a quiet street.  The store’s interior includes 

She Only Planted Purple Flowers

She Only Planted Purple Flowers

“Morning Awakening” by Eva Gonzalès (April 19, 1849—May 6, 1883) I fell in love with 21 kindergarteners before I could remember their names. And the feeling was mutual. While the teacher began her day in the back of the room on the computer, the first fifteen minutes of