Origin Red Rocks, hotel, Colorado

Origin Red Rocks: Denver’s last chance hotel

The hotel before the mountains Origin Red Rocks is the sign of the new Denver.  It doesn't just represent a hotel before any motorist heads into the Rockies.  It's an ultra-hip boutique inn combined with Colorado's love for the outdoors. I've now been here just short of two decades.  In...

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam – a bicycle and canals blur

(Amsterdam was the start of the Viking river cruise I've been writing about these past few months.  I realized that when I started this series, I didn't write about it.  But I have now, before I end this particular trip.  Yes, I'm ending it with the beginning.) The haze that...

Staufen, Germany, castle

Biking the Black Forest near Breisach (part 2)

Last week, I wrote about the bike tour in the Black Forest, near Breisach, Germany.  It continues here... When an e-bike comes in handy Near Bad Krozingen, a spa town, our group headed toward a vineyard located a the top of a steep hill. For about 70% of that day,...

Bohrehof, Hartheim, Germany

Black Forest, Germany – a biking odyssey (part 1)

Here is one of two final posts on my Viking River Cruise, last heard from in Strasbourg, heading to the Black Forest and southwestern Germany. How the Black Forest and a silly song tie together Long ago, he owned these records from trumpeter Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band....

Strasbourg, France, patisserie, bakery, desserts

Strasbourg, France – fromage, vin et pain (part 2)

Continuing with the Taste of Alsace tour in Strasbourg from last week's post...we headed into the centerpiece of the town... [caption id="attachment_1585" align="alignnone" width="5184"] La Cathedral de Notre Dame de Strasbourg, a stunning Gothic structure[/caption] Cathedral de Notre Dame de Strasbourg Similar to the other Viking-sponsored tours, we learned some...

Strasbourg, France, gingerbread

Strasbourg, France – a feast of two cultures (part 1)

A tour starts with gingerbread In Strasbourg, an enticing mélange of spices wafted through the tiny pain d’epices shop, where Mme. Oster asked each of us what ingredients we could identify. “Cinnamon?” one woman said. “Yes,” affirmed the baker. “What else?” “Um…cloves?” offered another woman. “That’s right.” [caption id="attachment_1561" align="alignnone"...

Heidelberg, Germany, Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle – a lesser known monument to love

Did you know that Germany has a its own monument to love - the gardens at Heidelberg Castle? Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal. A seventeenth century emperor, Shah Jahan, commissioned the white marble mausoleum as a grand gesture to his wife, or at least his favorite one. Nearly 8...

Bellingham, Washington, Western Washington University

Bellingham – so far from home, so close to Canada

(I'm taking a brief detour from my Viking river cruise trip, because I'm on a college visit for my older daughter, in Bellingham, Washington) [caption id="attachment_1513" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Bellingham, from the Western Washington campus[/caption]   For obvious reasons, I don’t get political on this blog. But this entry necessitates such...

Middle Rhine, Germany, castles

The Middle Rhine: Fairytale land

The Middle Rhine River region of Germany is one of those places that can easily be stereotyped and hyped, but it truly lives up to its billing.   [caption id="attachment_1478" align="alignnone" width="5184"] Views of the Rhine River, from Marksburg Castle, Germany[/caption]   Castles and more castles Once the Viking cruise...



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