Sunday Snapshots: Popping

Franconia, 2016

There are few things that I love more than this time of year, with every field, garden, and even highway rest stops, full of bright red spots of poppies.

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Sunday Snapshots: Hills on Hills

Ireland, 2016

On this day two years ago we visited the Hill of Tara, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The little hills and ridges are the remains of ancient earthen structures, and it feels like the sort of place where you shouldn’t be allowed to tramp all over it… but you are. The 360 degree views of the surrounding Irish countryside are spectacular, even on a gray and windy late-December day like we had. We don’t often take bus tours (as evidenced by this post), but we did on this occasion and it was worth it for the color commentary of our fellow travelers alone. Maybe that’s a story for another day…

Sunday Snapshots: Sunlit Snow

Reit im Winkl, Bavaria 2016

We’re planning on driving south next weekend to get our fix of mountains, snow, and snowshoes. Since we waited to go until March in 2017, we found less snow and more mud, but we tried to make at least a few hikes out of it. Though we still had a good time, I’m hoping this year’s trip looks less wet, and more like this…

Sunday Snapshots: Swans Up

Bad Windsheim, Mittelfranken 2016

I used to take a veeeery long train ride out to the small town of Bad Windsheim to teach. The classes were nice, but the train ride was brutal. The silver lining was always being able to take the long stroll back to the train station on the sunny days, admiring all of the Fachwerk houses, and other unique details that make this town just a little bit special.