Berlin Wall – A Piece of History Remains as a Memorial ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center and separating the East Berliners and citizens of East Germany, from the freedom of the West.  The wall came down in 1989, but a piece remains, protected, as a memorial and stark reminder. […]

Time Travel: Going Back To Carcassonne To See Flying Pigs

Time Travel

Entering the Butterman Time Travel Agency my options were suddenly greater than normal. Now I wasn’t just going somewhere but rather “some-when.” I remember visiting the medieval fortress and castle in Carcassonne, France. I questioned the validity of the legend that Dame Carcas was the city namesake due to her ingenuity which defended the walled […]

Non-Stop Kitchen in Belgium – A Funny Sign

non-stop kitchen

We were hungry and happy to see the non-stop kitchen sign in the window . . .  . . . and surprised to see the closed sign in the window. Non-Stop Kitchen Here are close ups to make it easier to see the non-stop kitchen and closed signs (yellow):    ©Rhonda Albom 2012 in Brugges, […]

Polite Police? Does It Have Another Meaning in Belgium?

Funny Police Picture in Brussels

Sometimes the best thing about not speaking the language when we travel is my self appointed free-range translation.  So, my question – are these two officers, in fact “Polite” Police or does “Politie” have a different meaning? Polite Police? Photo © Rhonda Albom 2012 What do you think is really going on in this photo.  […]

Arc de Triomphe, Military and a Parade

Military Parade line up

Once again we have arrived somewhere randomly, only to find it is a special day. Since we didn’t know what was going on, it all seemed a bit odd to us at first, especially in light of current world events. We are at the base of the Arc de Triomphe, just walking around and having […]

Night Photo of Sacre Coeur Against a Black Sky in Paris France

night photo of sacre coeur

I am almost embarrassed to admit that we had so much trouble finding Sacre Coeur.  After all it is on Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. Officially, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, but more commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris. Our […]

Photos: A Visit Up the Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Eiffel Tower

Some cliches are wonderful. Waiting in endless queues, fighting the crowds, being pushed around a bit, yet our visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower actually seemed worthwhile. We were lucky, we had timed tickets purchased in advance by an old friend who is now living just outside Paris, quite near the beautiful Palace of […]

Palace of Versailles is a Must See When Visiting Paris

Interior of the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris France

The Palace of Versailles is breath-taking.  Initially a small hunting lodge built by Louis XIII in 1623 it was eventually enlarged into a royal palace by Louis XIV. It is a masterpiece inside and out. A must see located just outside of Paris. We toured the interior before making it out to the world famous gardens. All of […]

Living Horse Museum in Europe’s Largest Stables

Musée Vivant du Cheval

Musée Vivant du Cheval is a living horse museum dedicated to equine art and culture. It was an idyllic destination, as our younger daughter loves horses, and it was on the way, and the weather precluded any outdoor activities. We had all day to make the four hour drive from Bruges in Belgium to meet our […]

Travel Tips and Photos for Beautiful Bruges Belgium

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“Everyone should see Bruges before they die.” (a line borrowed from the movie In Bruges) Have a look and you will see why. Even on cloudy and rainy days in Bruges is an attractive city in Belgium.   Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2012 Travel Tips for Bruges Belgium: We have […]

Brussels Hightlights: Chocolate, Atomium, EU, Manneken-Pis

Atonium

I think it is the chocolate that lured us to Belgium.  Without a plan, or a hotel room we found ourselves with only one day in Brussels, so we set out to hit the highlights. What can I say about a city whose most famous statue is a boy caught in eternal pee?  We had […]

Heidelberg Castle and Luxembourg City in a Day

Luxembourg-L. City view from  Bock Promotory - 04

I am pretty well convinced that some of our best days are those that are unplanned, like today’s visit to Luxembourg. We started the day with a hike to Heidelberg Castle and then intended to head north to take a few hour cruise on the Rhine river. The views of the ruins of the Heidelberg castle nestled […]

Salt Mines in Austria and Old Friends in Germany

Sliding into the salt mines at Salzwelten, near Salzburg Austria

As we left Salzburg, we headed south about 30 minutes to Satzweven, the salt mines, for a really enjoyable afternoon tour. Located underground at the border between Austria and Germany, these no longer active salt mines offer a bit of history and exploration. Salt is not only obtained from current oceans. As the earth changed and formed millions of […]

Salzburg Austria – Musical Home to Mozart and The Sound of Music

Salzburg Austria

Our final port on our Mediterranean cruise was Venice, from which we hired a car and drove to Salzburg Austria, home to both the Sound of Music and Mozart. This was a great choice. We found an affordable apartment and rested, as cruises tend to leave us needing a bit of recovery time. Now we […]

Toulon: A Cruise Port in the French Riviera

French Riviera

The French Riviera beaches are stunning, and the cruise ship port of Toulon is no exception.  It was our first port-of-call and we were ready to explore.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of the French Riviera I think of expensive hotels, posh restaurants and topless beaches. Lucky for us we had […]

Gaudí in Barcelona, Another Free Tour, and Photos of a Great Day!

Guadi in Barcelona

In the world of art and architecture, Antoni Gaudí and Barcelona go hand in hand. I took photos of some of my favorite buildings in Barcelona by Gaudí during an amazing  Gaudí free city tour. Starting with the famous Sagrada Familia, here are some of my favorites: Gaudí in Barcelona After the tour we went into […]

A Free City Tour of Old Town Barcelona!

Barcelona

Old Town Barcelona  is fascinating and fun!  It is hard to believe we have been living in Spain for nearly 10 weeks, in Palamós, only 80km north of Barcelona and we haven’t visited this amazing city before now. The Mediterranean cruise we are scheduled on leaves out of Barcelona in just a few days, so this […]

Canal du Midí is a Bridge of Water over River Orb: Béziers France

Bezier France pont canal

The world is filled with so many interesting things, and the bridge of water in Béziers, France is one of them.  I really wanted to see this strange bridge called a pont-canal or Orb Aqueduct. This particular one carries the Canal du Midí over the River Orb in Béziers. So the effect is a bridge […]

No Birdwatchers or Backpackers Sign: What Does it Mean?

funny road sign barcelona

Take a look, is this a no backpackers sign, or is it banning birdwatching, photography, peeping-toms, short pants with knee socks? All I know is that when I saw this funny sign last night in Barcelona, I wondered. I am not sure why it was there, or what message it was supposed to be sending.  What […]

Carcassonne, Is This Medievel French City Named for A Pig?

Carcassone France

Like many medieval walled cities, Carcassonne France has a beautiful castle with a moat. As the story goes, back in medieval times, the town was under siege.  The attackers thought by surrounding the castle and the walled city of Carcassone they would starve the inhabitants, therefore simplifying victory.  So, the people of Carcassone stuffed a […]

Toulouse, My Favorite City in France

Toulouse

We love Toulouse, and ended up staying several extra days. The city is charming, the history interesting, our accommodation wonderful, and just about everyone we have met has been friendly, lovely and helpful. That is until tonight when we met the stereotype.  Our hotel receptionist had recommended a restaurant, and even wrote down its name […]

Cite de l’Espace: Family Fun at this Space Theme Park in France

cite de lespace

We had a great day at Cite de l’Espace in Toulouse, France. We were not really sure what to expect at this space theme park as some of the reviews suggested it was mainly for kids.  With hubby being a rocket scientist, we also wondered if the day would end up either too simplistic for him, or […]

Funny Photo: Future Married Couple?

kids in toulouse

Toddlers can be very funny, without ever trying. I had to laugh when I saw this classic stereotype of a future married couple. The little girl was talking away and the boy stuck his fingers in his ears. Are they a future married couple? Travel Counter: We are going around the world!  Today’s shot was […]

Lourdes, France – A Town of Healing Water and Miracles

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Some places stay with me forever.  I am guessing that Lourdes will be one of them. Two days ago we hadn’t even heard of this special town in the mid-Pyrenees, and were planning our next stop to be in Toulouse, France. Then we met a Kiwi couple in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao traveling in […]

More Berlin Photos: Classic Sites and Graffiti

Berlin Graffiti

The flu has really knocked it out of me, and I have spent the last two days in bed.  Here are a few more Berlin photos from just before I got sick: If I had to pick one word to distinguish Berlin from the other places we have been so far, it would be Graffiti.  […]