A delightful visit to the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley.Read more "The Loire Valley – Le Château de Chenonceau"
Die Pinakothek der Moderne is supersized eye-candy and it contains some pretty impressive works of art too. It is the newest of three world renown Pinakotheken in München, Germany, hence its local nickname “Dritte”, the third. The German term Pinakothek is of Greek origin meaning literally storehouse [formative element: thek] of painted tablets [pinax, genitive case: pinakos], […]Read more "The Third"
kilometers of sheer driving misery. Our home exchange with a couple in Munich had been under construction since last summer through the usual avenue of exchange websites in which both parties are members. First, one exchanges emails and if all goes well one’s homes. After the initial contact, we agreed on dates and other logistics and […]Read more "One Thousand Three Hundred and Three"
Ancient Romans were a very religious bunch, their second king the Sabine Numa Pompilius is said to have negotiated directly with deities on behalf of his people. King Numa was especially fond of the nymph Ægeria, a minor Roman goddess, possibly an aspect of the Goddess Diana. Ægeria was in charge of healing, sacred knowledge, inspiration, […]Read more "Bacchus versus Vesta"
Every now and then one gets a chance to see something extraordinary, something mindboggling. Visiting the Alhambra is definitely one of those occasions. Do you know what the Alhambra is? It is the crowning glory of Granada’s Al-Andalus period, the vibrant testament to Islamic culture in western Europe before it was absorbed into and supplanted by Roman […]Read more "ALHAMBRA satt"
“Puro arte. Aire puro. Puro sol. Pura agua. Pura pasión.” Semana Santa awaits!Read more "GRANADA – Pura Pasión"
Last Friday night we started another home exchange. The difficulties and adversities we experienced during the month leading up to this visit in a little town on the river Amstel will be the subject of another post. Today we are simply very happy to be here in this gorgeous city of canals and very tall, […]Read more "Amsterdam – The King’s & My Birthdays"