Ranking Military Bases– Baumholder Germany

photo of lichtenstein castle

Baumholder has been my favorite duty station in the 23 years we have traveled with the military. Forty minutes from the French border, the Weinstrasse (wine road). It was less than 90 minutes from Frankfurt, central to a lot of cute towns like Idar Oberstein and less than an hour from Frankfurt Hahn, an international airport and Ryan Air. And Baumholder was in the middle of it all.

The First Time I Saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris


As long as I live there are a few things I will never forget. I will never forget the day I met my husband or the day my children looked into my eyes and knew who I was. The first time my husband left for war was the worse. And I will never forget the first time I saw Paris. Never.

Welcome to My Apartment in Baumholder, Germany

My apartment in Baumholder

Don’t get me wrong, I loved our little apartment in Baumholder, but that town was well-known for its contrary weather. We fondly and not so fondly referred to it as the rock. We lived in an old stone mansion that had been renovated into four large apartments. We shared the second floor with a retired German officer. The first floor was split between a US Major and his wife. Across the hall was a 90+ year old German widow.

Dead on the Autobahn- How I Killed My Husband’s BMW

autobahn travel

BOOM and a puff of smoke. Was that us?? A moment later the car died on the side of the road. I coasted the once mobile BMW down the hill and off the autobahn near Saarbrucken. Get out of the car I screamed at the top of my lungs– to myself. Because both my companions […]

More Than the FRA: Gateway Airport to and From Frankfurt

More Than the FRA: Gateway Airport to Frankfurt When I thought about writing an article about Frankfurt, I had to stop and think. I’ve been to Frankfurt maybe 6-7 times in the past year and a half. But I’ve never really seen anything besides the airport. And that seems to be the case for most travelers. However, they really […]

Discover Idar-Oberstein: There’s Gems in the Hills

Idar Obersteing in Germany

Discover Idar-Oberstein: There’s Gems in the Hills The small town of Idar-Oberstein boasts a six-hundred-year history of mining and gem-cutting that has made it one of the leading cut-gem trading centers in the world. Rich in agate and jasper deposits, Roman invaders found precious stones in the area more than 2,000 years ago. Mining for […]