March 26, 2017

Romantic Lago Maggiore

Unfortunately, I haven’t spent much time in Italy but the time I have spent included a leisurely few days around lovely Lago Maggiore.

For this edition of Travel Photo Thursday, I am sharing a picture taken many years ago while I was on my honeymoon in Northern Italy on Lago Maggiore.Lago Maggiori Italy
Lago Maggiore is a glacial lake in Northern Italy.  Part of the Italian Lake District,  Maggiore is in a beautiful location and offers beaches, a Mediterranean climate, palm trees, beautiful lakeside cities and the Alps as your backdrop!  This region is as inviting as it sounds.

In the distance you see one of the Borromean Islands, Isola Bella.  This island is still owned by the Borromeo family and has been the meeting place for many Heads of State.  The island is a great place to spend and afternoon touring  it’s Baroque Palace and wandering the gardens as they slope down to lake level.

 

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Cesky Krumlov – I Want to Go There!

Have you ever seen a picture and said to yourself  “I have to go there!”?  I have and Cesky Krumlov is one of those places.

Cesky Krumlov View Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov View by Marjolein Knuit

Surrounded by rolling hills and the Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov’s cobblestone streets wind past centuries old townhomes, inns, shops, and cafes.  The fact that this charming city has kept its medieval character is one of the reasons it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov by 風Mark, on Flickr

But is Cesky Krumlov more than just a pretty picture?

Here are ten things to do in Cesky Krumlov that might entice you to visit, if a pretty face isn’t enough.

  1. Beer!  You knew this was coming, right?  The Czech Republic is known for its beer and Cesky Krumlov is no exception.  With a brewing history dating back to the 1300’s you can find good beer here and even a brewery.  The Eggenberg Brewery is the beer making center of Cesky Krumlov and also offers tours, tastings and more!
  2. The Vltava River winds its way through Cesky Krumlov and offers many opportunities for enjoyment.  You could enjoy a tour on the river floating on a wooden raft while experiencing a unique perspective of the city. Other options include aimlessly floating around on an inner tube or being more adventurous by canoeing down the river.  It doesn’t matter which way you spend time on the river, it’s just important that you do!

    Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

    Vltava River by rakugo, on Flickr

  3. Enjoy a Myth and Legend night tour of the city.  Discover some of the myths, legends and mysteries that haunt Cesky Krumlov.  Listen as you pass the castle tower and you will hear its story.  Visit sites where witches were burned and alchemists lived.
  4. St. Vitus Church is a Gothic beauty that dates to the 15th century.  Sitting on a knoll created by the river, it is one of the main features of the city.  Maybe you can even catch a concert of classical music or climb the tower for one of the best views of the city!

    St. Vitus Church Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

    St. Vitus Church by Totya

  5. The Torture Museum is situated in the cellars of the town hall.  This museum displays devices of torture, wax figures and unique depictions of a witch burning and execution by sword.  Interesting but maybe not for everyone. . .
  6. The Graphite Mine is located a little outside town but is a fun excursion.  Dressed as miners including miner’s lamp, you travel into the mine to learn all there is to know about this mine which has been in existence since the 18th century.
  7. Krumlov Castle is the 2nd largest castle in the Czech Republic.  This castle has everything an upstanding castle should have – towers, theaters, gardens, Renaissance balcony, Chapel, portraits, Royal apartments and a moat!  Enjoy one or all of the tours offered of this amazing dramatic series of structures overlooking the town.

    Cesky Krumlov Castle Czech Republic

    Cesky Krumlov Castle by Docsj

  8. Marionette, Wax and Regional Museums along with the  Fairy Tale House offer all those young at heart a chance to learn a bit about the different personalities of Bohemia, enjoy historical marionettes and puppets as well as learn more about the history that has made Cesky Krumlov so wonderful.
  9. Hike up to Mount Klet for outstanding views of the city and countryside from the highest point in this part of Bohemia.  Your hike begins at the rail station climbing up to the lookout tower where you will find a restaurant and observatory full of telescopes.
  10. Walk around Cesky Krumlov’s many hills, squares and alleyways which beckon you to discover the charm of the city.  Along the way you will explore the hidden nooks discovering its treasures.  This is where you will  experience the real Cesky Krumlov.

 

Is Cesky Krumlov just a pretty face?

Tell me about a picture that beacons you?

Sleeping like a King in Austria

Castles were built for a reason and that was not to save damsels in distress or protect citizens from fire breathing dragons as poetry, fairy tales or Disney wants us to believe.

No, castles were built as military defense.  They were not designed for comfort and were actually very dirty and smelly.  In fact, during medieval times King’s very seldom lived in their castles.

But this all changed once medieval times ended.  Returning to Europe from the Crusades, knights brought with them better military techniques making castles obsolete.  At this time, comfort became more important than security and castles were abandoned.

Now nobility turned their sights towards building magnificent and large manor houses and chateaux that resembled castles many with towers and ramparts.  The palaces that replaced castles were residences reflecting the architectural style of the times.

Today many of these Castles and Palaces have been turned into hotels allowing visitors a chance to sleep as Kings or nobility did many years ago but in more comfort and warmth.  The towers and dungeons that witnessed so much history are now home to dining rooms and bedrooms fit indeed for a King.

Let’s take a look at a few of these Castle hotels in wonderful Austria.

Hotel Schloss Durnstein

Schloss Durnstein Danube River Austria

Courtesy of Schloss Durnstein

Sitting high above the village looking down on the beautiful Danube sits this enchanting hotel. The historic castle, where Richard the Lion-Hearted was held, is now in ruins but the Renaissance style castle we see today was built in 1630 by one of the oldest families of Austria.  Today the lovely hotel Schloss Durnstein is full of antiques, gorgeous chandeliers and fine art.  The outside terrace is a place you could lounge forever sipping local Austrian wine or enjoying delicious food all while watching the Danube flow towards Vienna!  If you wish, there is a tunnel that takes you down to the Danube where you can enjoy a walk along the river.

Schloss Matzen

Schloss Matzen Austria

© Schloss Matzen

This castle holds a magical spot high in the Alps of the Tyrol region.  Records date this land back to Roman time but the first tower of today’s castle was built in 1167.  The informal Schloss Matzen still holds its medieval charm and is full of gothic cloisters, marble doorways, high beamed ceilings and decorative wrought iron hinges.  Most of the rooms have thick stone walls, high ceilings and are decorated with antiques.   There is even one with a marble fire place and an unbeatable view of the valley on three sides!  The property can be explored on your own or by guided tours available.  The Roman watchtower, Baroque chapel, knights’ dining hall and 2 dungeons can be toured and there are old manuscripts and rare books in the library to be perused.

Hotel Schloss Monchstein

Hotel Schloss Monchstein Salzburg Austria

© Hotel Schloss Mönchstein, Salzburg

Watching over beautiful Salzburg is the Hotel Schloss Monchstein.  Originally built by the archbishops of Salzburg as a guest house, today the Monchstein is definitely a place for the famous and beautiful.  The grounds of the hotel are as beautiful as the rooms.  You can stroll paths through a park-like area full of flowers and singing birds.  This is a perfect place to end a day of sightseeing and enjoy the magnificent view.  The elegant guest rooms have been graced by Czarina Katherina of Russia and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.  The Monchstein is a great place to wander even if you don’t stay here!

Schloss Kapfenstein

Schloss Kapfenstein Austria

Schloss Kapfenstein by Steindy

Built in 1065 as a mountain fortress to fend of armies coming from the east, this castle sits overlooking the Styrian wine country and as far as Hungary and Slovenia.  Schloss Kapfenstein is a family owned establishment that is a comfortable place to stay while discovering this tranquil and unspoiled part of Austria.  Truly a family endeavor, this charming castle offers beautiful rooms, and exquisite food that is served with award winning wines produced from their own vineyards.

There you have it, four of the many castle hotels in Austria.  Wouldn’t it be nice to treat ourselves and sleep as royalty?

 

Which one would you like to lay your head in?

My Favorite Castle – Linderhof

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Castles of King Ludwig II – Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee.

For Travel Photo Thursday, I am sharing a few pictures taken at my favorite of Ludwig’s castles, Linderhof.

To me, Linderhof is the most spectacular castle I have visited.  I even like it better than Versailles!  The architecture is amazing as is the interior design.  I love all the whimsical details both inside and out.  The Hall of Mirrors, gardens and Grotto just amaze me!  The opulence of it all tell us a lot about this indulgent King.

Linderhof Terrace with Statue of Venus at top

Linderhof Terrace with Statue of Venus at top

Grounds of Linderhof Castle Bavaria Germany

Grounds of Linderhof

Cascading Waterfall Linderhof Castle Bavaria Germany

Cascading Waterfall

 

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Yes Virginia, there are Waterfalls in Europe!

Back in May I wrote a post titled Rhine Falls – Europe’s Biggest and the most common reaction was that readers didn’t seem to know Europe had waterfalls like these!  At the time, the only other waterfall I could name was Trummelbach so I decided to look into it and see what waterfall experiences there are in Europe.

I’m happy to say, there are quite a lot of waterfalls in Europe.  Most don’t come any near the Rhine Falls or other falls you are familiar with but they all are quite beautiful and in areas that are well worth a visit.  So here are 7 European waterfalls you might want to take a look at.

Dettifoss waterfall Iceland

Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

Dettifoss waterfall is in Northeast Iceland and is the most powerful in all of Europe.  The falls are part of the Vatnajökull National Park and on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river (I know, thats easy for me to say!).  Dropping into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, which is a smaller version of the Grand Canyon, this falls look as magnificent as they are powerful!

Reichenbach Falls Switzerland

Reichenbach Falls by Audriusa

Near Meiringen in central Switzerland are the Reichenbach Falls.  Sitting on the Aar River the falls can be reached by the Reichenbachfall-Bahn funicular.  At the top you will be treated to magnificent views that include the tiered falls as they make their way down 250 meters.  If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you will know this is the place where Sherlock dies in “The Adventures of the Final Problem.”

Trummelbach Falls Switzerland

Trummelbach Falls by by Doogsta, on Flickr

Trummelbach Falls are Europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls.  Located near Lauterbrunnen Switzerland, the water falls down from the glaciers of the mighty Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch.  These falls are accessible by underground elevator, tunnels and paths.  It is said that the water makes the “mountain shudder and makes a thundering noise.”

Langfoss Waterfall Norway

Langfoss Waterfall by Frokor

Langfoss waterfall is located in Norway and enjoys a year-round flow as the water comes from the lakes and snow pack up above.  These beautiful falls cascade down into the Åkrafjorden.  Unlike the normal waterfalls, the water just seems to rush over the rocks never loosing contact with them.

Plitvice Waterfalls Croatia

Plitvice Waterfalls by paradise on flikr

Plitvice waterfalls are located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia and are one of the main draws to the country.  This series of amazing waterfalls connects 16 lakes in the park.  There are many falls in the park and at times it seems that water is everywhere and seeping out of every piece of rock or dirt.

 

Krimml Waterfall Austria

Krimml Waterfall by Emha

Krimml waterfalls in the Salzburgerland part of Austria actually cascades down in 3 different levels.  The longest falls in Europe are best viewed by the paths leading up to different viewing points.  Coming from glacial water, Krimml falls tumbles into the Salzach River and makes its way to the Black sea via the Danube.  These falls are very popular all year round.

High Force Waterfall England

High Force Waterfall England

Yes there are even water falls in England!  Proof is the High Force falls on the River Tees in County Durham.  The entire rives falls over the cliff forming two separate falls.  England’s biggest falls are very beautiful.

 

Do you enjoy waterfalls?  Tell me which one would you most like to visit?

Bavaria + King Ludwig = Castles

If you asked people for a word that makes them think of Bavaria, I bet castles would be a popular response.

The castles of Bavaria draw millions of people to them each year. Three of these castles were the creation of one person – Ludwig II King of Bavaria.  In fact, one of them is the most visited spot in all of Germany!

Swan King, Fairy Tale King, Mad King Ludwig and Crazy King Ludwig are all nicknames for Ludwig II.  Flamboyant, eccentric and extravagant are words used to describe him.  Whatever you call him or think about him, he built 3 amazing castles that are still attracting visitors to his beloved Bavaria today.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria Germany

King Ludwig II

Ludwig II was born into aristocracy and rebelled against it from an early age.  He disliked large public functions preferring visiting and talking with townspeople in the countryside of Bavaria.  He was passionate about the arts and it would be easy to say that Richard Wagner was his favorite.  Whether he actually was crazy is much disputed but his gift to art and architecture is not.

Ludwig’s castles are a sight to behold and are examples of Romanesque, Rococo, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles.

Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle by Taxiarchos228

Neuschwanstein is a dramatic castle sitting high up on a hill.  Even if you don’t know the name, you have seen pictures of this awe inspiring castle.  The Romanesque beauty was the first castle Ludwig II commissioned.  The towers, turrets and spires give homage to medieval times.  Ludwig’s affection for theater, led him to have the castle modeled by a set designer and not an architect.  In fact, many of the walls are painted with characters of Wagner’s operas.  This much visited castle was never finished and remains so today.  As evidence, the Byzantine throne room has no throne because the king died before ordering one.

Neuschwanstein Throne Room Bavaria Germany

Throne room at Neuschwanstein by LoKiLeCh

The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic!  Every way you look is a feast for the eyes.  It truly is a beautiful building and it is easy to see why you may feel as you are living in a fairy tale while visiting.

Linderhof Castle Bavaria Germany

Linderhof Castle by Softeis

The smallest of King Ludwig’s castles is Linderhof, just a short distance from Neuschwanstein, and is also the only one to be finished.  The king fancied himself as King Louis XIV of France and designed this castle in his inspiration.  The ornate Rococo style castle is truly an over-the-top example of extravagance.  This glistening dream world has colorful walls, painting, gilded decorations and amazing furniture of the period.  The Hall of Mirrors is the most extravagant room in the castle.  The white and gold paneling coupled with the mirrors offers an illusion of largess.  But this castle also offered innovative engineering with its dining table that rose to and from the kitchen!  The garden areas of the castle are just as eccentric and ornate as the inside.  The over-the-top theme keeps going with the cascading waterfall, Moorish kiosk and the Venus Grotto!

Linderhof grotto Bavaria Germany

Linderhof Grotto by by Softeis

Linderhof Castle is a true contrast of styles: exaggerated on the outside and extravagant on the inside but you will love it!

Herrenchiemsee Hall of Mirrors Bavaria Germany

Herrenchiemsee Hall of Mirrors by digital cat , on Flickr

The third and final castle built by King Ludwig II is surrounded by beautiful mountains acting as a stunning setting for Herrenchiemsee sitting on an island in the middle of lake Chiemsee near the Austrian border.  This never completed grandiose castle is quite impressive and was modeled after Versailles.  From Prien, you will take a boat to the island where you may take a horse drawn carriage to the castle.   It is said, the most spectacular room is the Hall of Mirrors but the Grand Staircase is equally impressive.  The rooms of Herrenchiemsee offer some of the best examples of 19th century interior decoration still in existence today.  The collection of porcelain is exquisite.   In this castle you will find many brilliantly painted ornate rooms, a bathroom with a small pool for a tub, another table that rises to and from the kitchen and the same type of formal gardens you come to expect from Ludwig II.  The gardens at Herrenchiemsee offer a park like atmosphere complete with pools and fountains!

Herrenchiemsee Garden Fountain Bavaria Germany

Herrenchiemsee by Sir Gawain

While visiting Ludwig’s castles, we can still dream, wonder and be in awe of his vision while enjoying some of the most amazing countryside Bavaria has to offer!

 

Have you been to any of Ludwig’s castles?

Which one is your favorite?

Happy Cows in Switzerland

Switzerland is famous for a lot of things – beautiful mountains, gorgeous lakes, wine, fondue, yodeling, quaint mountain villages, cheese and chocolate are a few.

But how do they make such great chocolate and cheese?Happy Cows Gruyeres Switzerland

Happy Cows!


I mean if you lived and ate here wouldn’t you make great tasting milk which then makes amazing cheese and chocolate?

Scene Gruyeres Switzerland

This is why Gruyeres is so famous for it’s cheese!  Chocolate is very nearby too!

 

 

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Rococo – Flirty & Decadent

So far we have experienced Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture in Europe.  Continuing with this series, let’s take a look at the Rococo style.

One thing I have noticed while researching architectural styles is I find myself saying “Oh yea I remember seeing that!” Have you felt that way too?  If so, you’ll feel the same way with Rococo.

Ottobeuren Abbey Bavaria Germany

Ottobeuren Abbey by Mrilabs

The Rococo style of architecture was popular between 1720-1789 and is a dainty and elaborate version of Baroque, also referred to as Late Baroque.  Rococo rooms were decorated as a total package including furniture, artwork, mirrors and tapestries that enhance the architecture.

Rococo Architecture St. Andriy's Church Kiev Russia

St. Andriy's Church Kiev by Koshelyev

The Rococo style:

  • Stressed asymmetry
  • Had less emphasis on religion
  • Was very decorative and used shell like curves
  • Colors were pale and considered more “classy”
  • Included walls that were flat, smooth and rectangular in shape
  • Walls had carvings and gold gilding over door frames

    Wies Church Bavaria Germany

    Wies Church Bavaria Germany by MichaelXXLF

The style is most associated with the aristocrats of the time and is considered to be a rebuff to the over bearing Roman Catholic Church. First growing quickly in France, this style is both graceful and artistically elegant and more concerned with indulgence and appreciating life. This lighter and graceful style was favored by Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI. Rococo architecture was completely in harmony with the lavishness of Louis XV’s rule and is seen as a prelude to the French revolution.

Rococo Architecture Versailles Grand Trianon Paris France

Versailles Grand Trianon by Kallgan

Since it was seen as a “French Style”, Rococo architecture was never really adopted in Great Britain.

Popular architects of the time include:

Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli who was an Italian born architect that lived most of his life in Russia with his father, who was also a famous Italian sculptor.  Most notable works are the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and Catherine Palace.

Philip de Lange was born in France but was a leading architect in Denmark and the Netherlands.

Matthaus Daniel Poppelmann was a German born architect who helped rebuild Dresden after a massive fire in 1685.  His most famous work is Dresden Castle.

Asam Brothers were sculptors, stuccoists, painters, and architects, who working together, became one of the most influential ambassadors of the Rococo style.   Probably their most famous work is Church of St. John Nepomuk, also known as, Asamkirche, which is located in Munich.

Dominikus and Johann Zimmermann are Bavarian architects, painters and stuccoists whose famous works include the Weiskirche and Steinhausen Church.

Belvedere Palace Vienna Austria

Belvedere Palace by David.Monniaux

Judgment of the Rococo style came from all over but included French philosopher Voltaire.  The demise of the style came from critics saying its flirty and decadent style was immoral.

 

What do you think of Rococo architecture?

Have you seen it before?

Magical Mittenwald – Bavaria at its Best!

Mittenwald is one of those scenic Bavarian villages that you’ve been waiting to visit.

During my trip to Europe later this summer, I will be making a stop in Mittenwald on my way to Innsbruck.  Why?  Simply because it is known to be a picturesque Bavarian village and I can’t seem to get enough of them 🙂

Mittenwald Bavaria Germany

Mittenwald by Bayern tourismus Marketin gGmbH

But there is so much more to Mittenwald than just a pretty face!

Mittenwald lies in a beautiful valley created by the Isar river and is surrounded by majestic mountains.  Goethe visited in 1786 and declared it “A living picture book!”  I believe part of this was due to its idyllic location and the other part must be all the frescoed buildings lining the Obermarkt.  The frescoes covering the buildings of Mittenwald tell the story of this historic town.

Frescoes of Mittenwald Bavaria Germany

Frescoes in Mittenwald by Alaskan Dude, on Flickr

There is also the St. Peter & Paul church built in the Rococo style between 1738 – 1740. The church is full of frescoes inside and out and is the center of the village.  It also hosts an organ festival during late summer.

Loveley Street Mittenwald Bavaria Germany

Lovely Street in Mittenwald by bangli 1, on Flickr

The highest private brewery in Germany is located right here in Mittenwald.  Yumm more beer!  They offer tours complete with a tasting at the end 🙂

The surrounding mountains and lakes are begging you to explore them.  There are many hikes in the valley and even to the mountaintops.  Whether you want a hike of a couple hours or an all day trek, walking in the nearby woods or mountains will charm and fascinate you.

Mittenwald Bavaria Germany Mountains

Mountains of Mittenwald by TeunSpaans

Of course, if hiking your way to the top of mountain isn’t in the cards for you, maybe the Karwendel Cable Car or Kranzberg chairlift would be more suitable.  The Karwendel Cable Car rises to 7,360 feet where you will find a nature reserve and an incredibly scenic vista.  The Kranzberg chair lift whisks you up to almost 4,000 feet and some of the most beautiful walking areas.  Spend your time walking through alpine flowers, pass lakes and even a restaurant or two.  If you’re here during the winter this area offers great skiing and boarding opportunities too!

There is one thing Mittenwald is very famous for that you might not expect in a Bavarian village – Mittenwald is known worldwide for its violin making!

Being on the Roman trade route from Venice to Augsburg, Mittenwald was a very prosperous town during the medieval age. When shipping became more popular, Mittenwald’s economy sank.  Thanks to its own resident, Matthias Klotz, Mittenwald once again flourished!

Klotz Violin 1794 Mittenwald Bavaria Germany

Klotz Violin 1794

Being trained by masters in Italy, Klotz brought his renowned craftsmanship home to Mittenwald. It was during the 18th century that this tiny village received international acclaim for violin making thanks to Matthias Klotz!

While in Mittenwald you will find many things related to violins.   You may wish to explore the Geigenbaumuseum where you will learn about the local history of violin making while listening to beautiful music.  Or a visit to one of the many Master Violin Maker’s workshops may be in order! Here you can witness violin making firsthand.  If you haven’t had enough of violins at this point, stop by the Violin Making School which as part of its curriculum includes training in all string instruments.

Mittenwald Bavaria Germany

Mittenwald by Hesse1309

Yes, there is much more to Mittenwald than her pretty face and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes!

 

Have you been to Mittenwald?

What is your favorite Bavarian village?

Fabulous Friday – Posts that . . .

Yah its Friday!   For this addition of  Fabulous Friday I’m  sharing an eclectic list of 5 blog posts that really touched me.

Radoslav Minchev, on Flickr

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the posts that . . .

. . . made me smile
I think we all have done something that made us think “We Must Be Hilarious to Watch“, right?  If you haven’t read this post by AlmostFearless I urge you to do so.  I could actually visualize all the back and forth and running!  It isn’t that I have had the same situation exactly but I have experienced being on the wrong platform for a train and I have traveled with children.   At a minimum, we can all relate to being late for a plane (or thinking we would be).  The writing style carries you along through the story as you wait for the next misstep to strike!  Read it, it will bring a smile to your face 🙂

. . . made me hungry
Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic published a post titled Learning to cook like a Porteño. First off, just the name of her blog makes me hungry.  I love me some bacon!  But reading this post and gazing at the amazing foods they cooked during their cooking lesson  definitely sent my tummy to a rumblin. Yum, who could pass up empanadas or that amazing stew called Locro?  I couldn’t, could you? Oh gosh I’m hungry again.

by jules:stonesoup, on Flickr

. . . had the best picture
Petra Jordan, The Lost City by Day from Canada’s Adventure Couple is a jaw dropping vision of perfection in the desert!  In all honesty, I have never given Jordan much thought but after seeing these amazing pictures it is a destination that is going on my list!  Amazing just doesn’t seem to do these pictures justice but they are just that – amazing.  I can only imagine how breath taking Petra is in person!  If you like great photography, you won’t be disappointed.

. . . was about foods I definitely won’t eat
I don’t really think I am a picky eater until I travel and especially in France or when I am reading blog posts like Strange Foods from Around the World by FreshroadsSurströmming, Fried Tarantula or Hákarl are just a few of the foods detailed in the post.  What I want to know is, who eats this stuff? For a stomach turning adventure in food, check this post out!  Trust me, you won’t leave hungry.

Balut by rieh, on Flickr

. . . made me laugh and feel better about myself!
Last week European Travelista posted a blog, Mystery Picture Take 2!, containing a photograph I had taken a few years ago but couldn’t remember what is was of.  I received a lot of comments regarding my plea for help and Marilyn Terrell of Intelligent Travel – National Geographic was able to set me straight!  The picture is of Villa Arnaga in Aquitaine region of France, which is on the Atlantic coast.

But this wasn’t the comment that made me laugh!  Nancie of Budget Travelers Sandbox added “Laughing here……………if I had a dollar for every time I can’t recognize a place in a photo I’d be a millionaire.”  This really made me laugh 🙂 By itself this doesn’t seem all that funny but for some reason it really tickled me and confirmed that I was not the only person who had this affliction!  Thanks Nancie.

 

Well that’s it for this edition of Fabulous Friday!

What posts touched you in some way this week?