You can tell that this vineyard is in California and not in Germany because there are not nearly enough sturdy umbrellas to cover the entire terrace area with protective shade. Regardless of that, this place (the Robert Sinskey Vineyard), was excessively lovely with good snacks and very good wine.
I do love how you just poke your head around some corners and find things like this. This was somewhere in the Franconian Switzerland, but that’s all I can figure out. It’s okay, I like a little mystery.
How many Krapfen is an acceptable amount to eat during the tastiest season of the year? I’ll let you know if I reach it…
This winter walk a few years ago was much different to today’s white-frosted one. Hope everyone’s got their shovels handy…
If one is going to visit the La Verna Sanctuary, might I recommend not doing it on a hot summers day? Instead, go in January. But only if it’s misty, mysterious, and if you have proper time to wander through the forest and around the buildings, wondering if the monks get the same eerie feeling that you do.
Stained glass, vaulted ceilings, that’s all well and good… but why aren’t there more statues of angels stepping on heads? Good thing there’s at least one.*
*Feel free to leave all the biblical stories involving angels trampling heads in the comments. Religious stories are not my forte.
We’ve been trapped inside most of this weekend due to some much-needed rain in the area. While the break from the heat is nice, it is a wee bit sticky outside. It doesn’t quite compare to the dripping humidity that we experienced on this hike a few years ago, but I do wish there was some water around to stick my feet in. The bathtub isn’t quite the same as an Alpine stream.
I always make time to get to the Italian Market in the spring and fall, but this picture just reminded me that it used to pop up in summer too. I think it was part of a Venetian weekend in Nürnberg, but I’ll be darned if I can find any information on it now… maybe it no longer exists? Help me if you know! Need more truffle sausage!
These were taken on one of my trips back to the U.S. in 2013. It was BV’s first time in the States, and one very important stop was at my last workplace, Old World Wisconsin. While I sadly didn’t work in the General Store, I did drive the tram past and direct people there regularly. It’s a wonderful place, and if for (some strange reason) you’re lost in south-eastern Wisconsin, I highly recommend a stop.
August is my birthday month, and for the last few years that has involved hiking. There were a handful of other August trips in the last 8+ years abroad, but since no photos from them are jumping out at me, expect a whole lot of mountain on Sundays this month.