An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” Hilaire Belloc Here’s the thing about summer breaks in Italy – they are really long. I’m talking June to September long. That’s three months long. Which is …

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Let me take you back in time to a cold midwinter’s eve early in 2011. It is early in our second calendar year living in a small German town in Southern Baden-Württemberg, and we are in the midst of our first pre-Lenten celebration in Germany. It is the last night of Fasching and the witches are jumping over a bonfire. …

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When we travel, I become the designated family passport carrier. This makes sense, because at home I am the caretaker of all the paperwork that enters the house. Over the years, I’ve developed systems for controlling paper flow and important document storage, but I was still searching for the perfect system to handle all of …

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Believe it or not, Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich this weekend. Yes, it actually kicks off in mid- September. What began as a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese in October 1810, has grown to a beloved cultural festival. From mid-September to the first weekend of October, a festival is held at …

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Friday Photo: Monochromatic

September 18, 2015


It’s been a couple of months since my last Friday photo. Our move is complete, and we’ve got internet in the house. This week, the WordPress photo challenge is Monochromatic. I’m heading back to Munich this week, to Tierpark Hellabrunn. While there, we spent some time observing the polar bear. I couldn’t help but notice how monochromatic the enclosure was.

You can find more definitions of monochromatic at the WordPress Photo Challenge: Monochromatic.

 

 

If someone told me they could only visit one European City, I would send them to Prague without reservation. It is the first European city we visited, and one that has captured our hearts. We have visited many cities since, but Prague remains in the number one spot on our list. There is a magic …

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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 …

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How would you like to spend the day in the Stone Age? Walk on wooden streets, suspended just above the water. Visit the tiny huts and larger community buildings people once called home. Would you like to discover how these families lived, ate, and survived? Along the Northern shore of the Bodensee (or Lake Constance), …

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  So what do you do with the monuments after the revolution? In most cases, these most visible reminders of the past are ceremoniously destroyed, disposed of, and forgotten. But not in Memento Park. Located just outside Budapest, this park preserves the past in a truly unique collection of statues from the communist era. The …

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