Day 3: Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite

We reluctantly left the comforts of the Old Dungeon Ghyll and headed out to the highest day of our portion of the Cumbrian Way. There are higher passes on the complete way, but they are beyond Keswick where dad and I stopped. We ate our hearty English breakfast and picked up our packed lunch at…

Dry Stone Walls

When you think about the English countryside, what images come to mind? Sheep? Yes, of course. Beer and pubs? More town than countryside, but I’m totally there. How about this image of the rolling green hills partitioned by wandering stone walls? That was definitely in my head as Dad and I started out on our…

Day 2: Coniston to Dungeon Ghyll

The first day of our Cumbria Way hike exhausted us completely, but we had heard from the guys at the pub that our second day should be easier. The woman who brought us heaping plates of eggs and sausage for breakfast agreed. Now that we have hiked the day, I would agree it is indeed…

Day 1: Ulverston to Coniston

This was our first day walking the Cumbrian Way, so we really didn’t know what to expect. It was a super long day and crossed a lot of varied landscapes. It was also the learning day. Learning how to read our map and navigate with book directions. It was learning what a stile was and…

Food in Cumbria

One of the great joys of travel is exploring local food as you go. My dad and I walked a portion of the Cumbrian Way this June and encountered a lot of great food. England isn’t particularly well known for its food, but I think that is a shame. We found a number of great…

Candied Almonds at the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Before I moved here, I didn’t associate Christmas or even Germany with candied nuts, but I do now. Amongst all of the Gluhwein and sausage stands at a Christmas market, there are always a number of candy stands. You can usually identify them by the bunches of heart shaped cookies with writing on them hanging…

Munich From Above : Climbing the Peters Tower

The center of old Munich is dominated by big things. The most well known is probably the Rathaus with its rows of pointy spires and Glockenspiel, but there are others in the area. One at least that you can climb is St Peter’s Basilica and its tower. Also called Old Peter, the church is nestled…

A Day in Munich’s Viktualienmarkt

I love German cities, how the touristy bits are often right around from the markets. Oh and I love markets. So when we wandered into the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, I was happy to explore. It is a big place and has a number of sections, though the rough categories fall into meat, fresh foods and…