August 23, 2017

Wiesbaden- Worth A Second Look?

Entertainment Kurhaus Wiesbaden GermanyA few years ago I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Wiesbaden Germany.  Being on business I didn’t have time to really explore the city but I wanted to share a few pictures of beautiful Wiesbaden.St. Boniface Wiesbaden Germany

Located a mere 23 miles east of Frankfurt, Wiesbaden is the oldest spa town in Europe and is located across the Rhine River from Mainz.Inside Kurhaus Wiesbaden Germany

One of the most beautiful buildings in Wiesbaden is the Kurhaus which is a casino and theater.  We had a lovely event on the back patio but it was the ornate interior that caught my attention.Entertainment Kurhaus Wiesbaden Germany

The lovely park was equally beautiful and would make a great place for a picnic on those warm summer days.Kurpark Wiesbaden Germany

Wiesbaden is not on the normal tourist track but I think it might be worth another look.

 

What do you think?

 

These photo’s are shared as part of Travel Photo Thursday.
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Maybe I’ll see you there.

 

 

3 must-see Roman ruins in Majorca

I’m taking a little time off and thought it would be great to explore an area I have never been to, Majorca.  Below is a guest post detailing some of the great Roman ruins you can visit on your next trip!  I’ll be back next week. . .

 

Majorca is well-known for being a great place to head if you love sun, sea and sand. However, if you’re also looking for something else to keep you busy during your holiday, you’ll find plenty of options.

The Balearic Island’s rich and varied history means there are a lot of historical monuments to see here when enjoying your holidays in Majorca including ancient statues, castles, cities and Roman sites.

Scene of Mallorca Majorca Spain

Mallorca by Scouse_and_Jules, on Flickr

Here are three of our favorite Roman sights you don’t want to miss while enjoying all Majorca offers.

Pol-lentia

Pol-lentia is an ancient Roman city that has been preserved for nearly 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest places on the island and perhaps the most antique location you’ve ever been to.

Founded in 123 AD Pol-lentia thrived as a Roman municipality for many years; however, once the Roman Empire fell, it fell into ruin.

After centuries of neglect, excavation work began on the area in 1920, helping to rescue the ancient city and redeem it, almost,  to its former glory. As a result, visitors can now walk around the site learning more about the history of Majorca and the conquests that have occurred over the years.

Pollentia Mallorca Majorca Spain

Pollentia - El Teatro by Richard Alen, on Flickr

Passing by stone buildings, courtyards and cobbled paths may also help history buffs learn more about the Roman enclave and gain a greater appreciation of how this community once lived on the island.

You can also visit the 1st century Roman theatre, which is the only one that still exists in the Balearic Islands.

Santueri Castle

This is another site in Majorca that has important Roman significance, as Santueri Castle was once used as a fortified commune by the Romans.

The Castle is situated near Felanitx and was built in the 14th century. Since its creation, it has been used by different groups of people over the years including the Arabs. Its position high on a plateau means it has a great vantage point looking over the rest of the island and the sea, meaning impending threats were seen from miles away allowing the citizens ample time to defend themselves.

Near Santueri Castle Majorca Mallorca Spain

Castell de Santueri by _basquiat_, on Flickr

Visitors nowadays can walk around the castle, learn more about who used to live here, in particular the Romans, and enjoy some of these views for themselves.

Son Real

Located on the coast, the estate was bought by the Balearic government in 2002, with the aim to protect the land and preserve its historical importance for future generations.

Mallorca Cove Spain

Mallorca at its Best!

The site was an old public farmstead and is now home to a number of archaeological remains, including the Necropolis.  It is believed this cemetery dates backt o the 7th century BC!
Son Real gives you the opportunity to learn more about the different people who have lived on Majorca over hundreds of years which include cultures from all around the world.

 

What are some other not-to-miss sights in Majorca?

My Home Looks Like the Hofburg!

For this edition of Travel Photo Thursday I thought I’d share a few pictures of Casa Beardsley.

“For a man’s house is his castle”
“Home is where you hang your head”
“Home is where the heart is”

Casa Beardsley is our home in Pleasanton, California which we moved into in 1987.  Yes it is an older home but I think it carries its age very well.  So come along as I share a few pictures with you!

The entryway of Casa Beardsley is where all visitors enter our lovely abode.  Be our guest!Hall Hofburg Innsbruck Austria

In the entryway you will also notice my favorite chandelier along with a few family photos on the wall including one of my daughter!Painting Hofburg Austria Innsbruck

Next is my office!  I like to keep it cheerful so all the creative juices keep flowing 🙂Hofburg Innsbruck Austria

This is our game room.  My family does enjoy its games!Hofburg Innsbruck Austria

Lastly is the dining room where we eat dinner every night while sharing stories about our day!Dining Room Hofburg Innsbruck Austria

Well, I hope you enjoyed our little tour.  Please exit through the  door on your right and if you feel so inclined donations are always accepted!

Ok, I’ll come clean. . . this isn’t really my house!  These are some pictures I was able to take while touring the Hofburg in Innsbruck Austria.

Dating back to 1460, the Hofburg was originally built in the Gothic style but it was Maria Theresa who had it rebuilt in the Baroque style between 1754-1773.  This was one of the favorite residences of the Hapsburgs and was Maria Theresa’s home when she visited Innsbruck.  The Imperial Apartments are at the center of a complex which formed the Imperial Residences and include the Silver Chapel, Hofkirche, cathedral and Hofgarten.  For all these reasons and more, I can recommend a visit to the Hofburg when you are in Innsbruck!

These photo’s are shared as part of Travel Photo Thursday.
For more great pictures, make sure to look into Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Irish Blessings to You on St Patrick’s Day!

I have not had the pleasure of visiting the land of Eire, Ireland!

Why I haven’t made it yet? I have no excuse other than I just have not allocated the time or money which honestly seems lame.  Every time I see beautiful pictures of Ireland it rekindles my desire to explore the country known for its beauty, history, music, pubs and people!

West Cork Coast Road, Ireland

West Cork Coast Road, Ireland by pallotron, on Flickr

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend which means it is time to celebrate all that is Irish!

Kylemoore Abbey Ireland

Ireland Kylemore Abbey by pavillon sully, on Flickr

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m sharing two Irish Blessings that depict the reasons I want to visit Ireland.

Ireland
It’s the one place on earth
That Heaven has kissed
With melody, mirth
And meadow and mist. 

Slieve League, Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League, Donegal, Ireland by josullivan.59, on Flickr

Hills as green as emeralds
Cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires-
And Ireland’s special pride
And rivers that shine like silver
Make Ireland look so fair-
But the friendliness of her people
Is the richest treasure there.


Have you visited Ireland?  What was your favorite part?

If not, what would you most like to see?

 

 

Unique Architecture of Les Invalides

To say there are a lot of significant sights to see while in Paris is a complete understatement.  One of these is Les Invalides.  On a trip a few years ago we spent some time wandering this sight famous for being the home of Napoleon’s tomb.

Courtyard and Dome Les Invalides Paris France

Courtyard and Dome

The dome, which can be seen for miles, is one of the tallest monuments in all of Paris.  Under the dome is where you will find Napoleon.  While viewing the tomb don’t forget to look up.  If you do, you’ll miss one of the most beautifully painted domes around.

Allegories under the Dome Les Invalides Paris France

Allegories under the Dome

Besides Napoleon there are many other war heroes from France buried here.  The complex at Les Invalides also houses the Musee de l’Armoree.  Touring this museum you will find many weapons, uniforms and other war materials and weapons which includes an amazing display of armor used throughout the eons.

Soldiers watching over Les Invalides Paris France

Soldiers watching over

The Baroque architecture of Les Invalides is also quite amazing and full of great details, one of which is this ornamentation.  Looks like soldiers are still securing Les Invalides!

Cascable on a French Canon Les Invalides Paris France

Wonder what he is thinking?

Distributed throughout the grounds are many canons.  What I found extremely unique and interesting is this Cascabel on this French canon.  What do you think this is all about?

Dome Les Invalides Paris France

Dome

Yes, there are many sights to see while in Paris and, in my opinion, that list should include Les Invalides!

 

What are some of your must sees in Paris?

These photo’s are shared as part of Travel Photo Thursday.
For more great pictures, make sure to look into Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Domestic Security in Wales a la Edward I

Castles. What images come to your mind when reading this word?  If you’re like me, you may imagine a beautiful structure that feels romantic and rich.  A place where grand parties or celebrations occurred and sumptuous food was enjoyed along with the best wine.

Harlech Castle Wales by Jelle Drok, on Flickr

We travel miles and miles to see what we think of as romantic castles but did you know most castles were actually built as a method of domestic security?  No other place is this more true than in Wales and the castles of Edward I.

Caernarfon Castle Wales by Jelle Drok, on Flickr

For years the Welsh warlords wreaked havoc against the English kings.  So much so that in 1267 Henry III recognized Welsh independence.  But his son, Edward I, had other ideas and spent years fighting to bring the Welsh back under English rule.  After his successful bids, he spent time securing his lands by building a series of strongholds we now adore as castles!

Conwy Castle by Eifion, on Flickr

Conwy Castle by Eifion, on Flickr

It was during this medieval period that Edward commissioned great architects to build or upgrade a series of impenetrable fortresses that would help protect his lands.  This so called “Iron Ring” was a modern attempt to protect the villages of medieval Britain.  By strategically placing the castles near the sea, Edward’s navy was able to send provisions to the people during uprisings thus ensuring his military success.

Beaumaris Castle Wales by Jelle Drok, on Flickr

Beaumaris Castle Wales by Jelle Drok, on Flickr

After the first uprising in 1277, Edward built castles such as Flint, Rhuddlan and Aberystwyth as well as began upgrading other Welsh castles.

It was after the second revolt that Edward extended his fortifications by commissioning the work of a master architect, James of St. George whose work is now recognized by UNESCO.  It was during this time that the castles at Harlech, Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris were built.

Conwy castle Wales Britain

Conwy Castle by Sarah Lionheart

The castles of Harlech, Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris are known as the big Four Castles of Edward I.  They are also the ones that have survived the years mostly intact.

Caernarfon Castle Wales Britain

Caernarfon Castle interior by Petrusbarbygere

Whether you spend time exploring the ruins of these medieval masterpieces or wandering through one of the more intact castles, the Edwardian castles allow us to explore and touch history.

 

Do you tour castles?  What are your favorites?