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A visit to the Rhineland

I spent a weekend in Mittelrheintal, a region of vineyards and castles, wine and tourists. I went to the history museum in Bingen to check out the St. Hildegard exhibit and it turned out they also have the grave goods…

france

I’m back from an herb trip to France. It was a beautiful experience in a fairytale land, with a circle of wise healers. We met a high-altitude wild lavender harvester, went to a museum of antique stills and distilled our…

hazel

Hazel is the plant that has most enthusiastically welcomed me to Europe. In my first days in Berlin, I took this photo and posted it on Facebook, asking if anyone knew what it was. I quickly figured out for myself…

The Parks

I’ve been surprised to find that many of the parks here are so overgrown. Like many aspects of life here, they don’t correspond at all to the stereotypes of Germany we hold in the States – orderly, uptight, exacting. That…

Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden

When I travel, I like to see health food stores, natural history museums and botanical gardens. So the first real tourist destination I made it to in Berlin was the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden. I got off the train at the…

Running Into An Old Friend

I knew that the balcony flowerboxes in Germany were legendary and made sure that the flat we rented had them. Even if my balcony were in full shade, I figured I’d make the best of it. As it happens, my…