Monday, September 29, 2014

Traveling with Elderly Parents

My mother would probably hate me for referring to her as elderly and to be truthful it feels sort of disloyal to admit her age, but she is north of 70 and despite her 20 year old drive to go, go, go, the hips just don't work as well as they once did.  She is slowing down and when we travel together I. HAVE. TO. SLOW. DOWN.  

This is not always easy as my travel norms require a lot of energy. My husband is notorious for parking the car far away so we can park for free or for less.  We NEVER stay right downtown and it is common for us to walk all day long, resting only at meal or snack times. Traveling with my mom required a new strategy if we were both going to have an enjoyable trip, so the following are a few tips I learned as we toured Colmar and Strasbourg, France

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Silent Sunday

I love this photo I took in Strasbourg, France.  There was a bit of contraction happening at the front which is why I kept the lens pulled out a bit, but I love it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Munich Monday: Berchtesgaden, Königsee and The Eagle's Nest

Berchtsgaden and the valley around the Konigsee have to be one of the most beautiful places in southern Germany.  The glacier fed, crystal clear lake sits at the bottom of the Obersalzburg mountain range creating dramatic vistas that rival any other's in Europe.  Add to that its place in World War 2   and you've got the perfect reason to visit.  Kehlstein, the German name for Eagle's Nest, was Adolf Hitler's vacation hideaway.  Today it is a privately owned restaurant serving up traditional German fare and commanding views of the Obersalzburg. 

Getting to the top of the mountain is easy enough.  You can not drive your car all the way to the top--you must park in the lot about half way up, then board a bus which will take you the rest of the way.    Tickets for the bus ride to the top can be purchased in the parking lot right next to the bus depot. Once you arrive at the top you must have your bus ticket validated and a return time stamped.  The recommended visit is 2 hours which was plenty of time for my mom and I to eat lunch and snap a few pictures.  Obviously, if you are interested in hiking you will need more time.   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Munich Monday--Oberschleisheim Schloss

I've written about Oberschleißheim Schloss a number of times because it is such a lovely castle complex and it is very near my home.  However, I've never shown you the interior.  I went again over the summer when my niece was visiting.  Truth be told, she wasn't as impressed, but it remains my mother's favorite of all the palaces in Munich.   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silent Sunday

This is a wall decoration in the Nonburg Abby cemetery in Salzburg, Austria.  Sort of disturbing and intriguing at the same time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The History of Barcelona Museum is housed in the palace Torre del Rei and if that weren't cool enough, under the palace are the remains of the ancient Roman town, Barcino. One floor down and you are transported to another world two thousand years old.  Viewable from a walkway above the ruins you pass through a wine factory, a laundry and dying facility, you will see ancient walls and even  a necropolis where they buried their dead. It is so impressive to me that the city has excavated portions of the ancient town and you can experience them with modern Barcelona above you.  This small museum is definitely worth an hour of your time.