Don’t visit Annecy (pronounced Ansi) if you are looking for big cathedrals or museums filled with important art. But if you are looking for a quiet, lovely, romantic spot to just relax and amble along cobbled streets past canals and pastel colored houses, all with lake and mountain views, then Annecy, France’s little “Venice of the North” is the place to go.
I think most international tourists zip through central France on their way from Paris to colorful Provence and the sunny shores of the French Riviera. But as I recently experienced, if you are traveling near the city of Limoges, stop and take in some of its culture and history. Continue reading “Photo Essay: A Day in Limoges, France – Don’t Stop Just for the Porcelain”
With over 6000 square miles to explore in Italy’s Dolomite mountain region, we decided to make our home base in the town of Castelrotto/Kastelruth near the area of the Alpe Di Suisi (in Italian, or Seiser Alm in German). This high alpine meadow claims to be the highest and one of the largest alpine meadows in Europe at an altitude of approximately one mile above sea level and covering an area of approximately 23 square miles. Continue reading “Photo Essay: Hiking in the Alpe Di Siusi High Alpine Meadow in Italy’s Dolomites”
The southern end of Germany’s Romantic Road, Fussen, Germany makes a nice home base when visiting the nearby Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. After a day of fantasy castle sightseeing, it was a pleasure to wander the colorful, quiet streets of the old town center and take in the historic sights and the colorful buildings. Continue reading “Photo Essay: A Day in Fussen, Germany and Its Authentic Gothic Castle”
Bavaria’s Wieskirche is a UNESCO protected church in the green bucolic foothills of the German alps that was built in the mid 18th century by two brothers, J.B. and Dominikus ZImmermann. The site became a pilgrimage destination to see the Scourged Saviour, a wooden statue that was purported to produce miracles to those who prayed to it. When the existing chapel that displayed the wooden figure became too small for the pilgrimage rush, the local abbey commissioned the larger church and shrine – and so the Wieskirche was built. Continue reading “Photo essay: Bavaria’s Wieskirche”
Horse drawn carriages driven by men wearing top hats; women wearing big floppy hats; antique cars; horses and hounds – it could be a set on Downton Abbey. But it’s the present day at Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. It’s the first Sunday in May and it’s the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase which is the annual fundraising event for the museum. Unlike the flat horse racing at the Kentucky Derby, which is also on the first Sunday of May, a steeplechase involves horse racing and jumping over barriers. Continue reading “Photo Essay: Point-to-Point Steeplechase at Winterthur Museum and Gardens”
Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 4
What do you do with an old, vacant and run down Coca Cola bottling plant?
If it’s in Paducah, you turn it into a destination. Continue reading “Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant”