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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…)

January 13, 2019

France: Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Château de Bussy-Rabutin, also known as Château de Bussy-le-Grand

Surrounded by a moat, the small attractive Château de Bussy-Rabutin is situated up the hill in a forested drainage above the village of Bussy-le-Grand. The back-story of the château is interesting. Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy from 1618–1693, was disgraced for supposedly having taken part in an orgy at the Château de Roissy, near Paris, during Holy Week. Bussy was ordered by King Louis XIV to retire to his estates. (more…)

December 20, 2018

Spain: Cuenca

Cuenca’s lower town

Roughly two hours by car to the east of Madrid Spain, the historic fortified city of Cuenca sits on a rocky spine above the Jucar and Huécar rivers. Spanish countryside is not always attractive, but this area of the country, particularly with the changing fall colors, is appealing. It’s a relaxing drive from Zaragoza, save the last section of twisty, difficult to navigate roads climbing up into the old town. Hill towns are generally not easy to drive in. (more…)

July 8, 2017

Sicily: Viadotto Guerrieri

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One of Sicily’s many road viaducts

As we left Modica Sicily last December we passed under a high viaduct. Pulling to rental car to the side of the road, we paused to take a few pictures. Latter, with a little research, we learned that we were looking at Viadotto Guerrieri, one of the oldest and highest viaducts in Italy. Completed in 1968 at a height of 394 feet it is notable even in a country that is quite fond of spectacles of civil engineer. (more…)

March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or

The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

June 24, 2014

London: Kew Gardens

Inside the Palm House

Inside the Palm House

The UNESCO World Heritage designated Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is located along the Thames in southwest London. Pictures of the Victorian-era Palm House, Kew’s iconic structure, certainly draw in many tourists. Seeing the wrought iron and glass enclosed Palm House is worth the visit on its own.


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