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Photos and commentary from my travels around the globe

River Cruise – Vienna

 

Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Continue reading “River Cruise – Vienna”

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River Cruise – Salzburg

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is dominated by churches, castles and palaces. Its picturesque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading “River Cruise – Salzburg”

River Cruise – Melk

Melk Abbey  is a Benedictine abbey above the town of MelkLower AustriaAustria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Continue reading “River Cruise – Melk”

River Cruise – Regensburg

Regensburg, a Bavarian city on the Danube River in southeast Germany, is known for its well-preserved medieval core. The 12th-century Stone Bridge, a 310m-long icon with 16 arches, crosses the river to the old town (too bad because of construction I couldn’t get a good photo – try for it online). The 13th-century Regensburg Cathedral, a twin-spired Gothic landmark, is home to the Regensburger Domspatzen choir.  Continue reading “River Cruise – Regensburg”

River Cruise – Passau

Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Known as the Three Rivers City, it is overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower. The old town below is known for its baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, featuring distinctive onion-domed towers and an organ with 17,974 pipes. Continue reading “River Cruise – Passau”

River Cruse – Český Krumlov

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Český Krumlov is famous for its Old Town, with 300 protected medieval buildings, and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic.  Continue reading “River Cruse – Český Krumlov”

River Cruise – Prague

The next several posts will look back at our October 2015 River Cruise on the Danube from Prague to Budapest. We spent 3 days in Prague prior to boarding our riverboat for a 7 day cruise and 3 days in Budapest. Continue reading “River Cruise – Prague”

Pinnacles – our newest National Park

23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a landscape unlike any other. Travelers journey through grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life: Prairie and Peregrine falcons, Golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor.[see more about this park – www.nps.gov/pinn/learn/nature/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm] Continue reading “Pinnacles – our newest National Park”

Northeast Florida

After spending Christmas in North Carolina we headed south for a week in Northeast Florida (first week in January) to scope out the area and see if it was a viable location in which to relocate our second home. Continue reading “Northeast Florida”

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