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February 28, 2019

Germany: Munich, Oktoberfest

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Inside the Bräurosl tent, which serves Hacker-Pschorr beer.

I’ve long wanted to attend Oktoberfest but could never arrange the time. Finally in 2018 there was an opportunity. A visit to Munich during Oktoberfest both fit into our travel schedule and we started looking early enough to be able to find a hotel room for two humans and one canine for three nights during the festival. (more…)

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February 27, 2019

Germany: Linderhof Palace


Linderhoff Palace

Linderhof Palace or in German Schloss Linderhof is the smallest of the three palaces built by “Mad King” Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig’s other palace building projects included Herrenchiemsee, built to resemble Versailles, and the fanciful and more famous ferry-tale castle Neuschwanstein. At the time of Ludwig’s mysterious death Linderhof Palace had just been completed. It is the only one of the king’s castle building projects that he lived to see completed. (more…)

February 21, 2019

Germany: Wieskirche


Wieskirche

About 30 minutes by car from Fussen Germany is the Pilgrimage Church of Wies or in German, Wieskirche. Wieskirche stands in the rolling verdant pastures at the foot of the snow-capped German Alps. It’s a pretty church in an idyllic location. (more…)

Germany: Fussen


A surviving picture of Neuschwanstein

Fussen Germany is the tourist base for exploring two of Mad King Ludwig’s castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The castles, particularly the fanciful Neuschwanstein said to have been an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, have been featured in numerous international travel shows. And it shows. When we visited in September, the later part of the tourist season, the area was full of tourists. (more…)

February 18, 2019

Germany: Lindau (Bodensee)

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Lindau Germany

Due to circumstances not entirely within our control, 2018 turned out to be for us a year for European road journeys. In September we hit the highways for our fourth and final road long trip of the year. From our base in Saint Jean de Losne France we headed east. Our first stop was Lindau. (more…)

February 15, 2019

France: Rennes

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Art in Rennes

The capital of the modern region of Brittany, the city of Rennes is located about four hours by car to the west of Paris. It’s an historic place. The commune’s history goes back more than 2,000 years. (more…)

February 13, 2019

France: Cancale, Oysters and Tides

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Oysters being harvested in Cancale France.

Cancale is famous for its oysters. Indeed it’s a good bet that most of the many visitors to this commune of 5,300 people in northeastern Brittany have come primarily to consume shellfish. There may well be other good reasons to visit Cancale but they are easily lost to the attraction of the seafood. (more…)

February 12, 2019

France: Dinan

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Viaduct de Lanvallay crosses over the Rance.

Dinan is a walled town in the northeastern corner of Brittany France. The commune sits on the banks of the Rance River. Roughly 15 miles to the north near St. Malo is the river’s mouth. (more…)

February 11, 2019

France: Crêpes and Galettes in Brittany

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A crêpe with lemon, butter, and sugar

Crêpes, made with wheat flour and sugar, and their savory cousins Breton galettes, made with buckwheat flour, are commonly available throughout France. Galettes with a salade verte on the side and a bottle of cidre doux is often our go to meal when we want something comforting and easy in France. They are usually readily available and fast, at least on the French scale of quick meals. (more…)

France: Brittany, Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte


 

Cap Fréhel’s current lighthouse, the third built in the area

Cap Fréhel is located on the rugged northern coast of Brittany. The Breton coastline is famous for its 148 lighthouses, 80 of which are still in operation. Cap Fréhel has had three. (more…)

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