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Quaint German Towns in the Harz Mountains

Some of the most picturesque towns I have seen were in central Germany. Wernigerode and Quedlinburg are two small but quaint towns located in the Harz Mountains. These two towns were particularly memorable for their unique and cozy looking timber buildings and beautifully paved walkways.

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After spending a night in a cozy half-timbered house, we woke up early to some wonderful German hospitality and breakfast. It was not long before we were strolling leisurely around Wernigerode.

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The atmosphere in the streets was very peaceful and pleasant. There were plenty of unique cafes and patios everywhere in this small town.

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This is Wernigerode’s Town Hall.

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This is a market area located next to the Town Hall.

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This is Wernigerode Castle, which is located above the town. It is interesting to note that this castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle have similar architectural styles.

Wandering around the Wernigerode Castle and its gardens as well as viewing the town from high above was a wonderful experience.

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The next day, we visited Quedlinburg. Just like Wernigerode, this town was also very pleasant and picturesque with all its splendid looking buildings.

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This is a half-timbered house, which I thought was very unique and cozy.

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This is Quedlinburg’s market square.

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A view of the rooftops in Quedlinburg.

If you are interested in visiting small and quaint towns and a few castles, I would recommend a short trip to the Harz Mountains. A walk through Wernigerode and Quedlinburg, has left me with everlasting beautiful memories of these picturesque towns.

Learning to cook Thai food in Bangkok!

Getting ready to cook Thai food in Thailand for the first time!

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Both Jason and I love eating Thai food. So, while we were in Bangkok, Thailand, we figured why not take a cooking course and learn to make a few of our favorite Thai dishes for ourselves.

Early in the morning, we met up with our friendly cooking instructor and headed off to the vegetable market. We were shown how to carefully select all the fresh vegetables and ingredients for our dishes. We had decided to make Green Thai curry with chicken, Pad Thai with chicken, papaya salad, and sticky mango rice.

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These are some of the most basic ingredients in most Thai dishes: lemongrass, galangal and chilies. I recall how much patience and hard work it took to crush and grind all the ingredients with a pestle, to make the green curry paste in particular. At the end, all the effort was worthwhile. The Green Curry dish tasted fresh and delicious!

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We were also on a mission to cook delicious Pad Thai with chicken!

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Once the noodles were mixed with the chives, bean sprouts, chopped tofu, chicken, and shrimp paste, they were set aside in the wok. An egg was cracked, and then mixed with the noodles!

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My Pad Thai chicken dish turned out to be fairly yummy! We ended up spending about 3 hours cooking all our dishes and then enjoying them until our bellies were just too full! This was a fun and definitely rewarding experience for us. If you are interested in learning how to cook Thai food while in Bangkok, I would highly recommend “Lemongrass Cooking” with Carole.