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KOMMERN, Germany -- The Rheinnischen Freilichtmuseum features about 65 historic buildings from around the Rheinland that were moved to the 200 acre park. Museum employees dress  in period costumes display skills in trades such as baking, blacksmithing, farming and broom making. Admission for adults is 5.50 euro. Discounts are offered for families, children and groups. (Photo by Frank L. Johnson) Step back in time at Rheinland open air museum
Looking for insights into how people lived and worked in this rural area of Germany during the past 500 years? Then take the easy 90-kilometer drive north of Bitburg to the wonderful Rheinnischen Freilichtmuseum, Open Air Museum of the Rheinland. During our years of traveling, my wife and I have visited a number of other open air museums Sturbridge
0 4/06
2009
BINSFELD, Germany -- A group of volksmarchers enjoys the first rays of sunshine during a march through the Binsfeld forest. Volksmarches follow a circular route starting and ending at the same clubhouse, tent or community center. The customary sign-up fee is 2-3 euros. (Photo by Iris Reiff) Volksmarching: a perfect way to enjoy spring, make new friendships
With spring temperatures rising, volksmarching is an ideal form of exercise for the whole family and an excellent way for Americans to get to see more of their host country while meeting their German neighbors. Volksmarching evolved from public running races sponsored by sporting clubs in southern Germany in the early 1960's. Competition was fierce
0 4/06
2009
SUFFOLK, England – Tech. Sgt. Sator “Sandy” Sanchez, 95th Bomb Group, sits atop a B-17. The new plane was emblazoned with a caricature of him, the name Smilin' Sandy Sanchez and the number 44. This was the first, and only, such tribute to a crewmember in the entire 8th Air Force. It was also the only B-17 known to have been named for an enlisted Airman. (Courtesy photo) The history behind Sanchez Hall
Everyone who has studied the Promotion Fitness Guide even a little bit should know something about Tech. Sgt. Sator "Sandy" Sanchez. March 15, was the 64th anniversary of Sergeant Sanchez's death. It is also the 43rd anniversary of efforts by 52nd FW Sabers to honor an Air Force hero; among one the most highly decorated Airmen of World War II. Born
0 3/13
2009
LANDSCHEID, Germany -- Traditionally, Germans eat Herring on Ash Wednesday, to mark the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts 40 days, until the Saturday before Easter. The number 40 is said to come from the bible. It rained 40 days and 40 nights during the Deluge; it took 40 years before the Israelites were allowed to move to the Promised Land; and Moses, Elijah and Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff) Lent: costumes and traditions
Times of fasting are as old as written history. They were introduced thousands of years ago, prior to the beginning of the Christian calendar by the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian cultures. Lent began Ash Wednesday Feb. 25 this year, and lasts exactly 40 days, until the Saturday before Easter. If not done for health reasons, fasting time is
0 3/02
2009
PREIST, Germany -- A local teenager lights a “Huetten” bonfire during the 2008 Lent festivities in the Eifel community of Preist. Eifel tradition says winter spirits go away with the lighting of the fire allowing spring to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff) Illumination of cross signifies hope for a good harvest
If anyone is wondering about the bonfires they will see during the next few days -- many with a large cross on a pole - they should know that in the old days, carnival customs often included chasing away winter. During parades and plays, men wrapped in straw or twigs were led through the villages -- a custom dating back to the late Middle Ages and
0 3/02
2009
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Bitburg and Wittlich -- Fat Thursday Storming of the Rathauses city halls, 11:11 a.m. Speicher-- Fat Thursday Storming of the Rathaus city hall, 2 p.m. Trierweiler -- fasching ball, Saturday, Feb. 21, 7:33 p.m. Welschbillig-- 15th Welschbillig mens' ballet festival, Feb. 20, 8:11 a.m. Rosemonday children's fasching session, 3:11 p.m. Aach --
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Eifel area fashing parades
Eifel area fashing parades, listed by towns in alphabetical order:Trier City, Rosemonday parade, Feb. 23, noon, through the heart of the city Trier-Irsch, Sunday parade, Feb. 22, 2:11 p.m. Trier-Zewen, Sunday parade, Feb. 22, 2:11 p.m. Trier-Euren, Sunday parade, Feb. 22, 2:11 p.m. Trier-Pfalzel, Sunday parade, Feb. 22, 2:11 p.m. Trier-Ehrang,
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2009
COLOGNE, Germany – Cologne, located on the Rhine River, is Germany’s third largest city. Towering above the city are the steeples of the world-famous Koelner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral.(Courtsey photo) Cologne attracts people from far and near
Cologne, located on the Rhine River, is Germany's third largest city. Towering above the city are the steeples of the world-famous Koelner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral. This splendid church is a perfect example of high Gothic style architecture -- few large buildings in the world have been built in such a uniform way. It took 632 years to construct
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Beat winter woes with weekly activities
The doldrums of winter can send your spirits plummeting if you let rain, snow or dreary gray skies prevent you from doing much besides watching movies and American Forces Network reruns all season. But there are plenty of activities you can partake in this winter that don't require an excess of money, time or effort - just a little creativity. Set
0 11/24
2008
An A-10 Warthog stands ready on the flightline for its next Operation Enduring Freedom mission. The A-10 is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester) Fear the 'Hog'
Airman 1st Class Marissa Burke doesn't fear the "hog." Coalition ground forces fighting the war on terrorism don't fear it either. They love to hear the distinctive hum of the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack fighter twin turbofan engines overhead. It means help is only a radio call away. But those who dare tangle with the hog definitely tremble
0 7/07
2008
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