Travel is often about the details and oddities. The personality of a city comes out in these quirks. In a world of chain stores, the cute pedestrian streets end up having similar labels. And really how many cathedrals can you see before they start to blend together. Valencia certainly had enough for me to find. These are primarily odd signs I noticed.
In coming to Paris for just a short weekend trip, I tried to keep my list of “must-sees” limited. Both Ali and I have been here before, so the main sites we had already seen. This meant we could be more relaxed. I wanted to see an outdoor market so I started searching for possibilities. I ran across Rue Cler mentioned as an outdoor market. It was close to the Eiffel Tower, so seemed an ideal spot. Here is a look at it.
Baden-Baden is a resort spa town in the south west of Germany between Karlsruhe and Freiburg and has been for several thousand years. There are roman ruins of a bath house under the modern spa of Friedrichsbad. “Baden” is the German word for baths. The town feels appropriately resort-like and is a nice walkable town amongst the hills. Ali and I went to play with our new cameras before heading to Turkey, so I took tons of pictures.
Here is a look in pictures of our day around town.
The kiwi is the national icon of New Zealand. It is on their 1$ coin. They use it on tons of marketing. The people even refer to themselves as kiwis. So I knew I had to see one if I could on our trip to New Zealand. So in planning I set out to find the sanctuaries in the towns we went through. We ended up finally seeing them in Rotorua at Rainbow Springs, and here is a bit about the experience.
Milford Sound is not a place that lends itself well to words. Although this is true for New Zealand as a whole, at Milford it is especially so. The vistas are hard to describe. The scale is too big to compare anything else in life to it. Pictures come closer, but still fail in ways. However words, pictures and humor are all I got to show you, so here goes.
Auckland, New Zealand is called the City of Sails. This is somewhat hard to believe when you walk down Queen Street and around the city. However on a harbor tour, this becomes much more apparent. On my last day in Auckland, we decided to take a harbor tour and saw more why the City of Sails makes sense.
Feldberg is the tallest mountain the Black Forest, and only an hour and fifteen minutes from Freiburg. It is also a well known local ski area. There are buses from Titisee as well as from Feldberg-Bärental train statoin, the highest in Germany. Years ago as a student, I braved the frosty January air to climb the mountain. I am not a skier, so this was more like snow hiking. I like trains and wanted to see the highest station, so that is the route I took.
I never expected to see a steam train in New Zealand. I knew they had the modern scenic trains, but I don’t think of the county as train heavy. However a lot of the land was settled and opened up in the age of steam, trains were definitely a part of the landscape. As a part of our bus ride to Milford Sound we stopped at Kingston, the other end of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown King and Queen, huh?). There we saw the restored Kingston Flyer.