Coasting Along…

 

IMG_4148

For the past 8 days, we’ve been hugging the North Sea coast in England.  With its balmy breezes and calm waters, the North Sea is …(Oh.  Wait.  That’s the Caribbean Sea).  With it’s fierce, cold winds and turbulent waters, the North Sea is the perfect vacation getaway … for the English.  I’ve come to this conclusion because of the many, many resort villages perched along this permanently furious body of water.  Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 3 }

Scottish Horse Power

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

Scotland may be a small country but it’s one that believes in grand gestures, like commissioning the world’s tallest and largest equine sculptures.   Known as The Kelpies, these mythical water horses celebrate the contribution of horse power to the history of Scotland. Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 1 }

Moving Experiences

The Falkirk Wheel, at rest

The Falkirk Wheel, at rest

The British have an unequalled fascination with (and apptitude for) enormous structures that move.  (In addition to Henry the 8th.)  Witness “The Eye” in London, a huge ferris wheel on the River Thames that is now iconic.  We found a few more mind-boggling engineering feats operating in Scotland and Northumbria. Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 2 }

Scottish Fringe and a Tattoo

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting at the top of a dormant volcano in the very heart of the city, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline in this vibrant Scottish capital.   500,000 people live in this, the 4th most beautiful city in the world (according to the readers of the Rough Guide – a trustworthy travel companion).  While the city may be beautiful, the weather leaves a bit to be desired.  As Dr. Johnson noted during his travels to Scotland in 1775 “the weather is not pleasing”.  (He was a master of the understatement!)  But more on that later….

Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 10 }

A Midsummer Bike’s Dream

Sturgis - The Mother of All Motorcycle Rallies

Sturgis – The Big Daddy of all Motorcycle Rallies

In August, when a young (and older) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love – it’s probably motorcycles that they’re loving!  From all corners of the globe, motorcycle enthusiasts of the male and female variety  (let’s just call them ‘bikers’) make the pilgrimage to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.   Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 10 }

So, In Conclusion…(part 1)

Mercedes Benz Museum

All good things must end (except chocolate).  After careening around Bavaria for a couple of days, we returned to Stuttgart for the final leg of the “Porsche Spring Treffen” (we learned that ‘treffen’ only means ‘meeting’, not death-defying driving experience.  How disappointing.)   Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 6 }

The Legacy of Jakob the Rich

IMG_2547

Public housing projects are not usually on a tourist’s itinerary, but when we heard the story of The Fuggerei, we found it irresistible. Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 6 }

Praise the brakes & Pass the beer!

IMG_2591

“Let’s fly, Eagles!”  These 3 words will be forever burned in my memory as the Official Start of the Birthday Which Shall Not Be Named.   Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 15 }

Munich Miscellany

IMG_2424

Sometimes public art should stay private

Today, a gathering of random observations (because my brain has been addled by Bavarian pretzels and can’t come up with a unifying theme for this post): Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 4 }

Somewhat Batty in Bavaria

Schloss Herren Chiemsee

Schloss Herren Chiemsee

When it comes to deranged despots, it’s hard to beat Germany’s history.  One of my personal faves is Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria (he of Castle Neuschwanstein fame). Continue Reading →

Continue Reading · Comments { 7 }