Traben Trarbach in 1941

I am always interested to see things depicting the Mosel towns and villages in days gone by.

Here is some footage of Traben Trarbach dating back to 1941. You’ll see a couple of Swastikas and the old iron bridge that was destroyed during WWII, so it hasn’t always been as peaceful as it is now!

German Men Sit Down to Pee

I mentioned in a previous blog posting a Kindle book I was reading and I promised to give an update on it once I had finished reading it so here we go…

The book is “German Men Sit Down To Pee And Other Insights Into German Culture” and as you will guess from that, it is a jovial look at the Germans and their unique ways. It is written by James Cave, a well travelled Irishman with experience of German life, and Niklas Frank, a German who is experienced in dealing with bewildered expats.

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The Top 10 Weirdest German Foods I Have Learned to Love

I have to admit, like this guy I too find some German food a bit strange. However, what strikes me the most that unlike so many other cuisines, it remains true to its roots.

Back home in Britain, our national and regional dishes seem to have been unceremoniously raped and pillaged by celebrity chefs. You know, the ones telling us to cook a traditional Sunday roast in “EVOO” (took me ages to realize what that was), and to replace the roast spuds with quinoa garnished with flat leaf parsley and truffle oil. The final straw for me was when that Heston geezer got Little Chef to start dribbling balsamic vinegar around the edges of their full English.

In contrast, German food – as weird as some of it may seem to us ‘auslanders’ – does remain pretty unadulterated. It is pretty much as Großmutti would have cooked it years ago. And not a drop of chilli oil truffle oil or pink Himalayan salt in sight!

(The following content is reblogged from “Oh God My Wife is German:)

Oh God, My Wife Is German.

When you think of German food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lots of meat? Sausage? Bread? Sauerkraut? (Endless fields of pig bodies to satisfy Germany’s disturbing and straight up demonic appetite for all things swine?) Before moving to Germany, I thought of these things too, because I had no idea just how weird and diverse German food really is — or that I would someday learn to love the nightmarish display of grotesqueries at the grocery store.

What follows is a list of the 10 weirdest foods I have learned to love as an American expat living in Germany:


1.) Zungenwurst
Also known as Blood Tongue, this little childhood trauma is made from pig’s blood, tongue, fat and sometimes oatmeal or breadcrumbs. (They probably throw a live piglet in there too, just to keep things cute.) The first time I tried Zungenwurst, I hacked it back…

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Dining with dogs (Reblog from Spoonfuls of Germany)

It was not the response I expected: Years ago when I still lived in Germany, I took a Canadian friend who was visiting me in Frankfurt to a restaurant highly regarded for its German cuisine. I was glad I had made a reservation, it was Sunday evening and the restaurant was packed. My Canadian friend, […]

Please note this is a reblog from Spoonfuls of Germany, which is a great site and I do recommend you check it out.

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