Lago di Garda, or Lake Garda, is the largest lake in Italy. Located in the northern part of the country, the lake is just south of the Austrian border and west of Venice. Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to find a region in Italy that isn’t beautiful, but honestly…this area is stunning. Yes, it’s a tourist hot spot and definitely not a destination off the beaten path (which is what I usually look for), but you know what? I loved […]
Earlier this week, west coast of Iceland. I was so glad to be back in this amazing country, marveling at the magnificent views along the coastline despite the non-stop drizzle. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and played around with an HDR app to jazz it up since the light was so poor. I loved the result! The day absolutely felt like this.
I try to incorporate UNESCO World Heritage Sites into my travels whenever I can. So when I visited Iceland last year, I added Thingvellir National Park to the top of my destinations list. We rented a sweet VRBO house on the shores of Lake Thingvallavatn in the park where we spent several nights, drinking wine in the evenings by a cozy woodstove, watching birds dive into the lake for their dinner and marveling at our good fortune to find such […]
Iceland’s Skogafoss is located along the southern part of the Ring Road, the highway that circles the island nation. The beautiful waterfall is ~200 feet high. On the day we visited the wind blew like crazy, and it was hard to even stand upright. I had to venture out of the car to take this photo, though! If the weather had been nice, I suppose there would have been hundreds of visitors here. I would love to return on a […]
Here’s another example of street art in Reykjavic. This captivating seal is located in a part of the city known for graffiti. To me it looked like the local graffiti artists respected this work and (for the most part) refrained from covering it with spray-painted scrawlings; as you can see, they stop right at the border of the seal image. And as you can see from the images below, these street artists are a prolific bunch… In your opinion, is […]
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. I generally like to stay off the beaten path, but in this case I made an exception. There’s a reason so many travelers stop to marvel at this waterfall: it is simply spectacular. Years ago investors wanted to dam this river to produce electricity, but nothing ever came of it except a persistent urban legend in which the daughter of one of the investors threatens to throw herself into the waters […]
On my recent trip to Iceland, I saw Icelandic horses everywhere. Of course I had to research them, and they’re quite interesting. For example, did you know: Icelandic horses are descendants of horses brought to the island nation back in the 9th and 10th centuries by Viking settlers. Because they’ve been isolated from other breeds, they’re considered to be the most pure breed of horse in the world. Icelandic horses rarely succumb to disease. The health of the breed is […]
Fish are everywhere in Iceland: on the coins, in the news, in the history books (look up the Cod Wars), and on the menu. So of course it makes sense that artists would incorporate fish into their works…in this case, a fabulous mural on the side of a building in Reykjavic (and my new computer desktop image). Do you like it?
And here’s another post for the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns. During my trip to Iceland, I had a blast playing with my camera inside HARPA, Reykjavic’s magnificent concert hall.
WordPress challenged us this week to post interpretations of shapes, lines, textures, and patterns. Last week I was in Munich, where these festive Oktoberfest hearts caught my eye in the Viktualienmarkt.
Portugal has some of the most amazing beaches I’ve ever seen. I think I’d like to spend a portion of my retirement years exploring them. Tough to beat that plan, don’t you think? To see great images of seas around the globe, hop on over to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Sea. And you can see more bodies of water that I’ve admired here.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Architecture. This is one of my favorite shots from my visit to Dubrovnik last year. You can walk on top of this wall and look out over the city and the Adriatic. I didn’t adjust the color on this image; this is how it looked on the day we visited. Simply magical.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Pathways. I love this photo, and there’s a story behind it. Some of you may remember that I broke my foot in 2011, just a few days before leaving Germany for Portugal. I was determined to carry on with my planned vacation, and I made it to Portugal. But sadly, you can’t travel over sand on crutches, and I could only enjoy the amazing beaches from afar. One day we found this boardwalk, and […]
Glad to see that Jake is back with new Sunday Posts. In case you don’t know the drill, talented graphic artist Jake provides us with a theme, and bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Window, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations and join the fun here. This side street in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar neighborhood offers an array of delightful windows, including the images of stars lining the Wall of Fame. […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Entrance, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here.
On the eastern edge of the Adriatic Sea lies Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, an area rich in history and natural beauty. I visited Dubrovnik last year, lured by tales of Croatia’s Mediterranean climate and lifestyle and budget-friendly accommodations. Although I adored Dubrovnik, I’m more of a nature girl than a city girl, and so on our third day in Croatia I was ready to explore beyond the city walls. By then we had seen dozens of posters and pamphlets advertising boat […]
We’re a family of animal lovers. Every single one of us. So on one of my trips to Germany to see my family, my cousin planned a visit to Gut Aiderbichl, an animal sanctuary near Salzburg that’s a dream come true for neglected, abandoned, and abused animals. (Some trivia for you: Austria has the most stringent animal protection laws of any country in the world.) Celebrity Michael Aufhauser purchased the land, situated in the stunningly beautiful, rolling Austrian countryside. Supposedly […]
It’s that time of the year. The holidays are over, but winter is still here and warm weather seems like a long ways off. I’m daydreaming about a warm-weather escape that includes some kind of activity on the water. Ah, Greece comes to mind. I hope you enjoy these photos, especially if you’re also dealing with the winter blues. Anyone planning a warm-weather escape by the water?
During my trip to Croatia, I couldn’t help but notice the large numbers of cats out and about. We saw cats everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Although I am a dog person, I have to admit that the cats of Croatia have a way of charming a tourist with a camera (especially the upside-down kitty on the bench).
Travel to the Italian village of Alberobello, down by the “boot heel” in the Puglia region just south of Bari, to find a unique, delightful form of architecture: the trulli house. These ancient limestone houses are built without mortar (a scary thing in an earthquake-prone country) because, according to the UNESCO World Heritage website: “Tradition has it that drystone walling was imposed upon the new settlers so their houses could be quickly dismantled. This served two purposes: recalcitrant householders could […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Concept, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. I read about the concept of love padlocks but never actually saw them until I visited Dubrovnik. Granted, this is a very small collection compared to some of the ones pictured here, but I think it’s touching nonetheless. […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons. See other bloggers’ interpretations here. A view from a window in Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany, 2003. Three seasons in one image!
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Peaceful, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. I discovered a peaceful part of the world when I traveled to the west coast of Ireland in 2009. Even the animals seem mellow.
The highlight of my trip to Croatia was visiting Mljet (pronounced Mee-yet) National Park, located on a stunningly beautiful island in the Adriatic off the Dalmatian Coast. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentions this island in the Odyssey, and according to legend Odysseus was marooned here for 7 years. The locals smile and say, “But of course, why would he want to leave?” Indeed. This is the view as we approach the island after a 2-hour boat ride from Dubrovnik. […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Foreign. Share a photo that means Foreign to you! One of the best things about travel is trying new foods and beverages. While perusing the shelves at our local grocery store on our first night in Croatia, I was attracted to the delightful combination of consonants on this bottle’s label (very different from English names!) and also the lemon. Lemon beer? Foreign and so interesting…I had to try it. And it was delightful: citrus-y, a […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is City, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. I’m still sorting through my vacation photos from Croatia, and so Jake’s Sunday Post is a good opportunity to post another image from Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic. Enjoy! More images soon. 😉
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is On Display (check out other bloggers’ photos here). While in Dubrovnik, we visited the local market, where vendors sell their wares in the square as they have for centuries. I loved these bottles of homemade grappa!
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is People. Check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. I am back from my vacation in Croatia! I had a great time exploring Dubrovnik, and Jake’s challenge made me think of the large numbers of people who visit this city. The cruise ships dock around 11 a.m., and the main […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Near and Far. Share a photo that means Near and Far to you! Blogger friends, I’m off for my annual vacation. This year’s destinations: Munich and Croatia. I will catch up with all of your blogs when I return, and I hope to share some lovely photos with you. I have wanted to visit Dubrovnik for years! You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of this week’s theme here.
Here’s my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme of the week: curves. While visiting family in Germany, my cousin Sabine took me to the top of the Rheinturm, Dusseldorf’s tallest structure. The view from the top is fabulous. You can catch an aerial perspective of the famous Gehry Buildings, or you can watch traffic on the Rhine River and bridge below. Although if you’re afraid of heights, you may have difficulty here… So what does all of this have to do […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Black & White (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here). Last year I experimented with an online tutorial describing how to change a color photo to black and white. I used this photo of a cat that I took in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, and I liked […]
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located off the west coast of Ireland. When I travel, I always try to find an “authentic” experience, and while researching our trip to Ireland I read somewhere that families in Dublin send their children to these islands during the summer to learn about Irish culture. And so I became fascinated with the prospect of visiting the Aran Islands to experience authentic Ireland. We planned our vacation around this activity, making […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Wrong. As in, there’s something wrong here. Share a picture that means WRONG to you! At first glance, this looks like a nice scene: vacation homes overlooking the island of Spinalonga, which features some old buildings that probably have historic significance. Tour boats and yachts dock there. The water is a gorgeous azure color. Lovely! But the island was home to, among other things, a leper colony as recently as 1957. It seems wrong (and […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Road (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here). I looked at the map, and driving along the southern coast of Crete looked totally doable. After the village of Mirtos, the main road turns into a secondary road, and after Tertsa, the secondary road becomes a dirt road. This dirt […]
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is flowers. I live in a high desert region, and flowers here tend to be not so flamboyant and attached to spiny cacti or other prickly plants. So when I travel to a place with a climate conducive to growing bougainvillea flowers, I enjoy every minute that I spend looking at this beautiful plant. Someday I hope to have a greenhouse in my backyard, and then I will try growing one of my own. Thanks […]
While visiting Crete, I stayed in this fabulous little apartment complex at the top of a hill overlooking Mirabello Bay. The views were amazing, and the hike up the hill from the village after dinner alleviated any guilt about splurging on extravagant dinners! My stay coincided with a full moon, and I loved going out after the sun went down to watch the moon reflecting on the water. I also saw bats flying over the olive trees and skimming the […]