Photo essay: Bavaria’s Wieskirche

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”

Photo POSTcard: “Prost” in Munich

You had better be very thirsty if ordering a beer at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. A standard glass of “helles” (light) or “dunkel” (dark) is a liter of brew. Continue reading “Photo POSTcard: “Prost” in Munich”

Photo POSTcard: Following in Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps

Croque monseur-fancy grilled ham and cheese topped with a sunnyside egg.

I would not presume to follow in Ernest Hemingway’s literary footsteps-but I can follow in his culinary footsteps at Deux Magots, one of his hangouts when he lived in Paris.

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Photo POSTcard: The Louvre at night in the rain

Paris-The city of lights-Beautiful, romantic, iconic in the rain……unless you are lugging your suitcase trying to find your hotel. Continue reading “Photo POSTcard: The Louvre at night in the rain”

Beautiful Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat church

Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat is a beautiful Romanesque style church in the town by the same name in the Limousin region of central France. It is one of 78 structures in France protected under the UNESCO “Routes of the Santiago de Compestela”.  France has four historic “Ways of St. James” as the early Christian pilgrimage roads leading to the town of Santiago de Compestela in northern Spain were called. Santiago de Compestela was believed to be the burial site of St. James, and thus became a pilgrimage destination.

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Photo POSTcard: French Resistance Remembered

70+ years after the end of World War II, the French Resistance is still remembered. Graffiti on a barn door in the Limousin area of central France symbolizes the victory of the French Resistance over the invading German forces. The V stands for Victory and the double cross is the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the French Resistance, chosen by General Charles Du Gaul to represent the resistance movement.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A very High Tea

High Tea at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Room. So quintessentially British. Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries and your choice of one of their 50+ special teas YUM!

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