Top Travel Destinations in Germany

Maxine Hepfer, a Staff II Analyst with the Transaction Advisory Services branch of Ernst and Young, LLP, reviews the portions of company audits having to do with real property and performs due diligence for real estate sales and acquisitions. A world traveler, Maxine Hepfer has visited nearly every city in Germany.

Germany is a top destination for many travelers, who must choose which, among many cities, they want to see. Some of the most popular are the following:

1. Berlin: The biggest city in Germany and the country’s capital, Berlin has a storied history, including its division during the Cold War. Since East Berlin and West Berlin have reunited, the city has evolved and become one of the most exciting in Germany, known for its art, architecture, and night life.

2. Munich: Munich is another of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of Bavaria, a region near the Alps. It has a reputation for being one of the greenest cities in Germany and is also home to Oktoberfest.

3. Frankfurt: Over the years, Frankfurt has become a major European hub, due to its confluence of roads and trains and its international airport. It is also the country’s financial center and home to the International Book Fair every October.

Eating Italian Food – Keep It Light

A staff II analyst in the transaction advisory services group of Ernst & Young, LLP, Maxine Hepfer is responsible for reviewing the real property portions of company audits and advising clients on real estate acquisitions, sales, and portfolio management. In her free time, Maxine Hepfer enjoys eating healthy food and is particularly fond of Italian cuisine.

Due to the large amount of pasta and heavy sauces used in many Italian dishes, Italian cuisine is not often regarded as very healthy. However, there are ways to make it lighter. Instead of choosing a pasta dish, focus more on soups and salads. Traditional minestrone soup is good for you because it is packed with vegetables and beans. Caprese salad and Caesar salads are also healthier choices for an Italian meal. If pasta just sounds too good to forgo, focus on eating pastas with red sauces instead of cream sauces, which contain more butter and heavy cream.

Another good way of making Italian food a bit healthier is to combine courses. Typically, a traditional Italian meal includes a second course that consists only of meat, but by combining meat with another course, such as pasta, the total amount of food ends up being less than the two courses separately. Furthermore, seafood dishes like calamari are a healthier option than some red meat dishes. However, this is only true for seafood that is cooked in wine broth or olive oil and has not been fried or breaded.