November 21, 2014
This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge is Achievement. My interpretation of this week’s theme takes me back to Baden-Württemberg, to the city of Ulm.
Ulm is home to the Ulmer Münster. This building is a grand Achievement to say the least. Construction on the church began in 1377, and continued until it’s completion in 1890. For a period, it was the tallest building in the world, and to this day it remains the tallest steeple in the world. Many mistakenly refer to the Münster as a cathedral, but it was never the seat of a bishop. Although it was initially built to serve the Roman Catholic Church, as Ulm became Protestant during the reformation, so did the Münster.
One of my Achievements that day was climbing the 768 steps to top of the steeple. It was at times narrow, often steep, and enough to leave you breathless, but it is definitely worth the visit. There are signs to guide you, and many parts of the climb have a separate staircase for ascending and descending visitors – although many people do not heed the signs. The last section, was probably the most nerve-wracking for me. There is one final staircase to the last vantage point. Visitors press themselves against the sides to allow one another passage through the steep narrow stairs. The climb is worth it, the view from above is spectacular. From here, you can see much of the city below you, including the Donau (Danube) River. At that point in my journey in Germany though, the only thing I recognized from above was the IKEA located a slight distance away.
Looking up at the tallest steeple in the world.
Walking beside the beautiful church.
Looking down over the church as I begin my climb to the top of the steeple.
One of the creatures I encountered as I made my way up the tower.
Someone is always watching over the city of Ulm.
A metal flower adorns the gates of a cathedral.
I noticed as I was driving around yesterday, that my little Bavarian town has begun the process of decking the halls for the holidays. Before living in Germany, I maintained a strict rule of absolutely no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. It becomes a little more difficult to resist the early pull of the holidays when …
This week, the travel theme at “Where’s my backpack?” is Belonging. As a military family, this is a theme that is on our mind, not only when we travel, but each time we fit the contents of our lives into moving boxes and prepare for life in a new community. One of the top questions in everyone’s mind is, …
November 14, 2014
A rake sits on the edge of a field in Bavaria
A view from the dock in Key West, FL
Advertising on the side of a building in Munich
Apotheke in Amberg, Germany
Pigeons sleeping outside our hotel window in Giovinazzo, Italy
This week, the WordPress photo challenge is Minimalist. Here are a few from some of my travels. You can find more takes on the minimalist theme here.
November 7, 2014
The WordPress photo challenge this week is Descent – I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane to a place I called home for a few years. Won’t you join me as I descend to the Southernmost Point of the Continental United Sates?
The Southernmost Point at Christmas
While we’re here, you can watch the descent of the sun in the sky along the beautiful coastline:
Key West Harbor at Sunset
Key West Sunset
But that’s not the only thing that makes a descent into the waters around the small island:
The USS Vandenberg preparing for its final voyage. A descent into the ocean to become an artificial reef.
Parachutes into the water in Key West
Performance at the opening of an airshow in the Keys
Preparing for a landing
If you read many articles dealing with TCK’s – Third Culture Kids, you’ve probably come across the name Tayo Rockson. Tayo calls himself a TCK on a mission, and what a mission it is! I want to bring East and West together and have them sit side by side with North and South to trade stories of adventures …
Not every adventure needs to take you to distant lands. Sometimes, our favorite thing to do on a weekend is to locate a hiking trail a little closer to home, wherever our home may be. In Bavaria, we love the trails in the Oberpfalz, the Upper Palatinate. Slightly larger than West Virginia, Bavaria is biggest …
November 1, 2014
Summer’s sun becomes Autumn’s blooms
The last breath of the summer’s tea roses
An evening stroll in Munich’s English Garden.
Autumn glows in Munich
Colors of late summer and early fall adorn the windows in Bavaria.
A view of the colorful houses of Bavaria through the trees
A leaf covered bench
Autumn morning fog along a river in Bavaria
Autumn used to mean Halloween and Thanksgiving. Now we have the Erntedank fest, St. Martin’s day, and the beginning of the Weihnachtsmarkt season.
The travel theme this week at “Where’s my backpack?” is Autumn. You can see what else Autumn has in store here.