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Europe » Austria » Vienna July 5th 2015

We enjoyed a beautiful day on the Danube River exploring the Wachau and Danube Valleys. The scenery was spectacular with the small villages and castle ruins dotting the shoreline as we traveled from Spitz (the famous wine growing town from which 1000 buckets of wine were harvested...1 bucket=56.5 liters) to our final destination the Benedictine Abbey in Melk (winner of the "Best Historic Destination of the World" in 2008).... read more
Prinz Eugen
Danube - Departure Spitz
Danube River

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 4th 2015

Happy July 4th U.S.A...but no parade in Vienna. We decided to sleep in and do some odds and ends today. Mary needed to purchase a new suitcase; who knew that cobblestones and suitcase rollers don't mix. Mom and I went grocery shopping. Thank goodness the packages had pictures on them. For all I knew I could have been purchasing a can of sardines! We were able though to squeeze in a few hours of sightseeing and stop for a Torte in Café Sacher. The Capuchin Church is very unassuming from the outside, but its importance lies underneath...the Imperial Crypt for members of the Hapsburg dynasty(149; including 12 emperors and 19 empresses). Oddly, it's only the bodies and not the organs that are buried here (guts are in St Stephens Church, and hearts are in Augustinian Church). ... read more
Capuchin Church - Imperial Crypt
Albertina - Monet

Europe » Austria July 3rd 2015

We journeyed to the countryside of Vienna today. Enjoying food, wine, and of course shopping in the little town of Grinzing. We traveled along the hillside of Kahlenberg, going from one vineyard to the next until we reached the Klosterneuburg Abbey (a stunning baroque monastery). The Abbey has been one of Austria's most important religious and cultural centers for 900 years. The combination of practiced faith, the unique art treasures, and the oldest vineyard in Austria gives the monastery its unmistakable charm. Our day came to a spectacular end with a concert in St. Stephens Catherdral where we heard the young virtuoso Yury Revich (2015 International Classical Young Artist of the Year) play scores from Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, Bruckner, and Bach.... read more
Ginzing - shopping

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 3rd 2015

Today was SUMMER palace day...Schonbrunn and Belvedere. Just like Versailles, the Schonbrunn began as a hunting lodge in the 17th century. In the 18th century, Empress Maria Theresa mainly influenced the building activities of what we see today. The Belvedere was the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Today the Belvedere houses the Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day...including Klimt's 'The Kiss'. Our day ended with a walk through Stadpark, and dinner/concert at the Kursalon... read more
Schonbrunn - artwork (heater)
Schonbrunn - Gloriette
Schonbrunn - Neptune Fountain

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 3rd 2015

We have arrived! Another year has passed and the traveling girls have gotten together again.... read more
Home Sweet Home in Vienna
Ballgasse 8
Stairs to 3rd floor

The past four days, we have been exploring Yosemite National Park. The pictures below do not capture the true beauty as seen by the human eye, but hopefully they will give you some idea of the wondrous grandeur of this place. "As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can." - John Muir... read more
Inspiration Point (Tunnel View)
Enjoying the view
Arch Rock

The Sierra Nevada Mountains is home to the WORLD’s largest trees – the Sequoia These majestic 3,000 year old giants only grow in specific micro climates between 5,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. Unlike other trees which taper at the top, the width of the Sequoia is almost the same at its top as it is at its massive base. Its branches look like twisted arms reaching out towards the world. They reminded us of the Ents in Lord of the Rings. Pioneering conservationist John Muir explored and named the Giant Forest. “When I entered this sublime wilderness the day was nearly done,” he observed, “the trees with rosy, glowing countenances seemed to be hushed and thoughtful, as if waiting in conscious religious dependence on the sun, and one naturally walked softly and ... read more
Winding Road
Wildlife is everywhere
Tunnel Rock

North America » United States » California » Cambria July 5th 2014

Decided we needed a little R&R... We spent the day at the beach, watching surfers, poking around the tide pools, gawking at the elephant seals, and shopping in the quaint little town of Cambria.... read more
Tide Pool Mary
Sea Treasures
Sea Anenome

As a child, in the mid-1800s, William Randolph Hearst would come to this San Simeon family-owned ranch to camp under the stars. As a successful businessman, Hearst began building his Mediterranean Revival mansion at this location and filled it with treasures from around the world. The project continued from 1919 to 1947 when his doctors said that he could no longer live in such a remote location. The plan was for a group of buildings that would revolve around a towering main structure in a manner reminiscent of a Spanish hill town. You can see the estate miles away perched on top of the mountain. As you twist and turn up the 5 mile driveway, you pass pastures upon which exotic animals - zebras, giraffes, emu, etc…- once grazed. Casa Grande (the main house) was built ... read more
Casa Grande
Casa Granda

North America » United States » California July 4th 2014

Today’s adventure takes us far away from the city and the tourists and lands us in the wild, rugged, unpopulated wilderness coastline of Central California...The Big Sur! First stop is Point Lobos State Reserve which encompasses coves, headlands, meadows, tide pools, and the nation’s first undersea ecological reserve, with kelp forests. The incredible view was being captured by a group of painters. Here we met Stan, a knowledgeable, witty, local who told us all about the animals and vegetation in the area. After driving thru the Carmel Highland, where impressive houses perch on granite cliffs above the sea, we reached the Big Sur coastline. This is an exhilarating driving experience, a twisting cliff hugging drive along the Central California coast. Every hairpin turn discloses another beautiful vista high above the ocean and bridges cross narrow, deep ... read more
Point Lobos - tidepools
Point Lobos - tidepools
Point Lobos - tour guide

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