|Amsterdam, Netherlands |
really interesting place not just for its historic canals and more than
1,200 bridges but also for the abundance of art in museums, on historic
buildings and street art. The Netherlands is a country of tolerance
with legal cannabis coffee shops (go to a cafe if you want food) and red
Bicycles are the most common form of transportation
... keep your eye pealed or you might get run over. With 1.2 million
bicycles, they outnumber the citizens.
|Haarlem, Netherlands |
This attractive small town formed in the 10th century is full of history ... medieval times through World War II.
built in the 1400s, the Grote Kerk (Large Church) on the Grote Markt
(Haarlem's central square) is an imposing building where services are
still held today. The church is also known as St. Bavokerk. You can even
go to a brewery that was a former church in central Haarlem (the
Open Air Museum is located near Arnhem with antique houses, traditional
Dutch buildings, guides in costume, farms and factories from different
parts and eras of the Netherlands. The museum was founded in 1912 and is
44 hectares in area.
picturesque medieval, walled village located in the Rhine Gorge dates
back to the 7th century. Located in an important wine making region of
Germany, it provides great views along with good white wine.
Stayed in a 400 year old castle that is part of the village fortress wall that is now a hotel.
|Sankt Goar, Germany |
back to 500 AD, the town of about 3,000 people is famous for castle
Burg Rheinfels build in 1245. It is situated centrally on the Rhine
Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. If you like exploring
castles, Rheinfels is a good one with a rich history.
|Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany |
walled medieval town really does look like a place out of Grimm’s Fairy
Tales. Founded in 1170, the name means “Red fortress above the Tauber”.
It has a rich history including how during WWII, a US General who knew
about the historic importance and beauty of Rothenburg saved the town
from being demolished by artillery shelling.
|Dachau, Germany |
the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933 and 1945
because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of
peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow man." -- Message in
several languages on a commemorative wall at the Dachau concentration
June 14, 1738 tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the
Scourged Saviour. This miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the
sculpture. In the late 1740s, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German:
Wieskirche), an oval rococo church was designed and built. It was added
to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. The artworks are quite
|Reutte, Austria |
is a small town of less than 6,000 people. It is popular as a
destination in part due to its proximity to famous Bavarian Castles and
Ehrenberg ruins. One of the many things I like about Europe is that
there is art everywhere. Even in this small town, the local cemetery is
like an outdoor art gallery.
|Hohenschwangau, Germany |
Near the village of Hohenschwangau are 2 stunning castles.
Schloss Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping
Beauty Castle, was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and
homage to Richard Wagner.
(2) Schloss Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of King Ludwig II, was built by his father King Maximilian II.
|Reutte, Austria to Egna, Italy |
from Reutte, Austria to Egna, Italy via Fern Pass in the Tyrolean Alps
in Austria. The country side is very scenic. This album is a sample of
what you would see on this drive. Many photos were taken from the bus
while it was moving.
|Venice (Venezia), Italy |
is made up of a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and
linked by bridges. It is one of the most picturesque cities I have
visited and has a very rich history.
|Florence (Firenze), Italy |
is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. It was declared a
World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Noted for its Renaissance art,
architecture and monuments, the city is a huge indoor / outdoor art
gallery. It contains numerous museums and art galleries housing some of
the world's most important works of art.
|Rome (Roma), Italy |
is the capital of Italy with a history that spans more than 2,500
years. It is one of the most visited cities in the world due its many
attractions including UNESCO World Heritage sites, Roman Forum,
Coliseum, Pantheon, Vatican Museum and many more.
|Orvieto, Italy |
ancient picturesque city dating back to at least 300 BC, is situated on
the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. It is among the most
dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of cliffs
which are completed by defensive walls.
|Cinque Terre, Italy |
Lands” is five villages - Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia,
Manarola, and Riomaggiore - part of the Italian Riviera. The area is
part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A
boat ride along the coast from village to village is a great way to
spend a day.
|Stechelberg, Switzerland |
is a small village in the glacier carved Lauterbrunnen valley that sits
at the base of Jungfrau mountain. The hiking and skiing villages of
Gimmelwald and Mürren as well as the Schilthorn, are a short gondola
ride up the mountain. The area is beautiful and includes 72 waterfalls
in the immediate region. The album includes fotos of the countryside on
the bus ride from Gottard Pass to Stechelberg. Gottard Pass connects the
northern German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking
|Beaune, France |
wine capital of Burgundy and a town rich in heritage. The town is
surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages. It is
famous for its iconic Hôtel-Dieu from 1443 with its glazed tile roofs
and its 12th-century Notre Dame Collegiate.
|Paris, France |
in 3rd century by a Celtic people who named it Parisii, by the 12th
century, it was the largest city in the western world. It is France's
capital and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. In
addition to architectural landmarks including 12th-century Gothic
Notre-Dame cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle (13th century), Eiffel Tower
(1889), and Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914), it is home of
the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre.