February 17, 2018

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?





Fabulous Friday – European Tidbits

Europe is a fun and fascinating place and on the Fabulous Friday I thought I’d share some fun and interesting facts about the European Continent!

Dune Pilat Southwest France

Dune Pilat by Cehagenmerak

  • Europe is the 2nd smallest continent yet is the 3rd most populated
  • There are no deserts on the continent of Europe
  • In 1989, Hungary became the first communist-block country to open its borders with Western Europe
  • At one time, 80%-90% of Europe was covered in forests.  Today it is about 3%
  • Paris is Europe’s largest city
  • Dune du Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe.  It is 100 meter high, 500 meters wide and stretches 3 kilometers along the Southwest coast of France
  • Due to the movement in the sand of the Dune du Pilat, France is moving inland 7 meters each year
  • The little blue cartoon creatures known as Smurfs are Belgian, created by Peyo
  • There are palm trees in Switzerland
  • Europe is home to the worlds smallest country – Vatican City – and home to the largest country – Russia
  • The natural boundary between Europe and Asia is the Ural mountains
  • Ireland consumes the most beer per person with Germany coming in second

    Ural Mountains

    Ural Mountains by Hardscarf


What other interesting tidbits about Europe do you have to share?

Rhine Falls – Europe’s Biggest

Waterfalls are spectacular sights no matter how big they are.  There is something to be said about water cascading and frothing down a mountainside or around rocks.  Simply beautiful!

Today’s pictures were taken many, many, many, many years ago.  I won’t tell you exactly how many but it was at the end of my honeymoon.  On our way back into Germany we stopped by Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls.Rhine Falls Switzerland2

Now I know they aren’t as massive as Niagara or Iguazu Falls but they really are very pretty and impressive.

The Rhine Falls are at the Upper Rhine near Schaffhausen Switzerland and are actually a series of 3 falls, Zurcher, Schaffhauser and Muhle Falls.  The 15,000 year old falls have approximately 750,000 liters of water powering over them every second.  That’s a lot of water!  Viewing the falls can be done by platforms located on either side or by boat.Rhine Falls Switzerland

I remember feeling the thunder and hearing the thumping of the falls as well as mist on my face as I viewed the falls cascading all around me.  Simply beautiful!Rhine Falls Switzerland3

So if you’re in the area, I can recommend you stop by.  .  .

What are your favorite European waterfalls???


For more great pictures, make sure to look into Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Every Thursday they post new photos from their travels and invite others to join in!

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Fabulous Friday: Discovering a Unique Festival in Germany

Markgroningen Germany is home to a very unusual festival.  The Schäferlauf (“Shepherds’ Race”) is held during late August in this small town located a little north of Stuttgart.

Markgroeningen Town Gate Germany

Town Gate

Late in August Shepherds from all over Baden-Wurttemberg and beyond descend on this tiny village to take part in this festival that has roots back to at least 1445.  Back in the day, the Shepherds Guild held its annual meeting here where they would hold court, resolve conflicts and free apprentices.

Today this festival is a little more fun!

To start off the weekend, festival goers can enjoy a sheep herding contest which covers all aspects of herding sheep.

Shepherds Run Markgroeningen Germany

Shepherds Run

The actual Shepherds’ Race takes place on Saturday.  Dressed in traditional clothing, daughters of shepherds’ race 240 meters across a field of stubble towards the finish line.  Next up are the boys.  Each winner receives a sheep (of course!)  and is crowned Shepherd Queen and Shepherd King.  This royal couple then holds court over a dance in their honor that night.

Sunday, adults and children can enjoy racing as well as many other fun activities and events – stilt-walking anyone?

Markgroningen Germany

Markgröningen by dierk schaefer, on Flickr

During the weekend there are colorful processions, music, traditional games and lots of local crafts.  The weekend is usually closed by a colorful display of fireworks.


Have you been to the Shepherds’ Race?

What unique festivals have you been to or heard about?

Fabulous Friday – When flying, do you prefer the window, middle, or aisle seat?

I can distinctly remember my first ever trip on an airplane.  I was 8 years old and we were flying from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City to visit my mom’s family.  Oh boy was I excited!  And dressed up too!  No sloppy jeans for us.  My mom and I were in new dresses and my brother wore a little tie.

Oh how things have changed today!  Everyday you can hear someone complaining about the airlines, the food, TSA or the seats.  Its bad enough the amount they charge for First or Business class seats but now they even charge extra for extra room in coach.

Middle Seat Cartoon

From Paul Fell http://www.executivetravel.com

My co-worker is flying to Hawaii and the other day we got started talking about seat preferences when on an airplane.

She really likes the window seat because she can see what is outside especially as the plane is descending for landing.  But if she is traveling with her husband she usually selects the dreaded center seat so he can have an aisle.

I prefer an aisle seat solely because I get the feeling of having more space since one shoulder is not next to someone or something.  My second choice would be a window.  That said,  I usually select a center seat when traveling with my husband.  That is, of course, until he spilled red wine on me during a flight to New York City.  The aisle across from him will work just fine, thank you!

by Daquella manera, on Flickr

I book corporate travel as part of my “job” and most co-workers prefer aisles but some opt for windows.

No one books that center seat!!

On this Friday and just for Fun I thought I’d ask . . .


When flying, do you prefer window, middle or aisle seat?

Does this change if you are traveling with a friend, significant other or spouse?

Fabulous Friday – Gengenbach Calling!

A couple months ago I told you that pictures talk to me in a post titled Hallstatt Calling.  Today I am being called by another town – Gengenbach!

Gengenbach is a wonderful town in the Black Forest area of Germany and has been described as “a pearl among the cities of the half-timbered houses.”

As you will see, this bucolic village is a site for sore eyes.

Aldstadt Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

According to the Gengenbach tourist office “History breathes from every street, where the past meets the present: the preservation of traditions and customs is a responsibility its inhabitants readily and lovingly embrace.”

Indeed, Gengenbach has been around quite awhile.  The first settlement dates back to 73 AD and the town hall was built in 1784!

Gate in Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

Tradition is king here.

Christmas Market Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

There are many festivals held each year and the surroundings teem with fresh produce, rivers full of trout and vineyards.

Folk Costume parade Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

Yes there are culinary traditions to be had in Gengenbach accompanied with a variety of locally produced wine.

Schnaps Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

Gengenbach is surrounded by valleys, hills, lakes and rivers making this area a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

Deer Farm Gengenbach Black Forest Germany

After looking at these photographs provided by the Gengenbach Tourist Bureau, tell me Gengenbach isn’t calling you too?



Fabulous Friday – 5 Exceptional Posts!


Today’s Fabulous Friday shout out goes to 5 very different blog posts.  These posts have nothing in common except the fact they all touched me in some way.  They had me laughing, remembering my childhood, longing to sit outside, making a mental note to be a better parent and one even had me sitting on the edge of my seat!

If you haven’t already read these entries, I encourage you to do so.

Hope you all have a Fabulous Friday!


1)   Fearful Adventurer’s “Holy Sh*t I’m Going to Die” series is a great fun read full of exciting, scary adventures that even made me chuckle a bit.  I can’t decide whether I enjoyed “Psycho Driver”  or “Death on Ice” more.  “Death on Ice” was more edge of my seat-ish while “Psycho Driver” had me laughing when the driver started singing “I killed the tourist and then I stole her passport. ”  Either way, I highly recommend these exciting stories!

2) Canada’s Adventure Couple has a great post titled “A Dolphin Encounter in New Zealand” that had me reminiscing about my childhood.  The post details an adventure they had swimming with the dolphins but not in a hotel’s lagoon.  Oh no, they actually swam with these amazing animals in their own habitat.  When I was a wee lass one of my favorite TV shows was Flipper (I’ve really aged myself with this one!).  I loved Porter, Sandy, Bud and, of course, Flipper.  I always wanted to jump in the ocean like Sandy or Bud and have Flipper swim around with me holding on to his dorsal fin!  Crazy I know but Sandy was hot and Flipper was just plain cool!

3) My Melange wrote a post “Historic Cafes of Venice” detailing one of my favorite things to do – sitting outside with a coffee or other beverage soaking up the European atmosphere.  In her usual way, Robyn, detailed the cafes on St. Mark’s Square in Venice in just the way that makes you want to go there. . . now!  Such a great feeling remembering the enjoyable times I’ve spent at some European square outside taking it all in!

4)  As We Travel’s post titled “The 5 Worst Movie Travel  Companions” is a great way to reminisce about these 5 movies containing a character that defines “worst travel companions”.  I have seen most of these movies and couldn’t argue with their choices.  I actually thought there were more than one character in some movies that would have been an equally good choice.  Not sure I would want to travel with John Candy’s character in Planes, Trains & Automobiles nor do I think any of the characters in Little Miss Sunshine would make my list of travel companions (except for Grandpa and Little Miss Sunshine).

5. Hectic Travel has a post in the Dear Uncle Calvin category that really makes you stop and think.  Yes we all have an Uncle Calvin type in our lives but why do we let them have so much control?  Further, why do some of us end up being the Uncle Calvin?  I don’t think there is a parent or relative around that doesn’t want their child(ren) to follow their own dreams.  Why then do we sometimes have such a difficult time letting them do this?  I know it is fear but I found this post making me more aware to NOT be Uncle Calvin!

Have you read any of these blogs?  What are your thoughts on them?



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