The Trevi fountain is a gorgeous beast. It’s Baroque style is breathtaking, I dare say there is no other fountain more gorgeous, it is even more beautiful at night. …
One of the most amazing parts about living in Italy has been being able to take a short train ride for a day in Venice. We love it and still find it as magical as the first time we visited this floating city, though we get lost a lot less frequently these days. This weekend my family decided to take such a day for ourselves to enjoy each other’s company while in one of the most amazing places on the planet. Here are a few snapshots from our latest visit to Venice….
A few days ago I shared our day at the sight of the Highline 179 Bridge and Ehrenberg Ruins. We spent so much time walking up the mountain’s path enjoying nature and a story (or four) told by me to our boys about fairies and then at the actual sight of one of the ruins there; we didn’t make it across the bridge.
Our second day at the sight was no less exciting and terrifying – holy cow the bridge is high and long.
Over the Independence Day weekend, we took a drive to the Bavarian region of Germany. Once there we did some exploring and came across the Highline 179 Bridge. Or rather we drove beneath it and my husband was was like, “I’ve got to cross that bridge!” I snickered and was like, “Yeah right, I’m not going UP there.” However, my husband has this great way of getting me to do things that are out of my comfort zone, so the next day we found ourselves at the little town where the bridge is located.
This is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. No joke-they’ve got the people from the Guinness Book of World Records backing them up. Highline 179 Bridge and the Ehrenberg (i.e. castle) Ruins are located near Reutte, Austria on the Bavarian-Austrian Border.
This is the view of the bridge from a parking area. Up the road we’re on is a little village area with a restaurant, gift shop, museum and playground. You can also purchase your tickets for the bridge there.
The Olive tree of Vouves is an a gorgeous tree I had the pleasure of visiting when in Crete. It’s located in the village of Ano Vouves in the Chania region. It is one of the oldest olive trees in the world, and it still bears fruit. The true age of the tree can’t be determined but tree ring analysis ages it to at least 2,000 years old, however locals claim it’s between 4,000 – 5,000 years. Either way it’s a gorgeous and worth the trip if you’re interested in going out and exploring rural Crete. The tree has a girth of about 41 feet and a diameter of 15 feet.
Besides the tree there’s a museum in a quaint 19th century edifice, you can visit that houses traditional olive making tools, the courtyard the tree is housed in is surrounded by other olive making tools or presses and random stuff.
The most impressive is the tree itself. Crete has been inhabited since forever, and olives have been a staple food product for ages. Having the opportunity to sit for a few moments with a living piece of antiquity is something to behold.
The peaceful surroundings and landscape is an ideal place to sit and ponder the history this tree has “seen”.
A while back…May 2014, I had the pleasure of taking a “girls trip” or “Mommy Get-Away” with some friends. My husband was recently returned home from a sixth month deployment and I was overdue for a little “girl time”. We set off from the Venice Treviso airport on Mother’s Day for a short flight into the Chania region (Chania International Airport) of Crete. Renting a car was easy, though slow going. We stayed in Kastelli, Kissamos, in a picturesque apartment/resort, where each night the Mediterranean sea sung us it’s perfect lullaby. Although May is the off season, I thought it was a great time of year to visit this Grecian Island, because it afforded us more time with locals who were very welcoming and kind and lots of wide open space.
We arrived in late in the afternoon, and enjoyed our first sunset. It was spectacular.
Being the book nerd I am, I couldn’t help but think of King Minos, his Minotaur and those many tributes from Athens, and though I found no labyrinth, I had a new appreciation and understanding as to why King Minos demanded tributes…
My first meal, a mojito and Greek Salad.
On Our first full day, we set off to explore some of the beaches of Kissamos.
Falassarna is a popular beach for tourists and locals during the summer months and because of the wind, it’s a great place to wind surf.
When we finally made it down we discovered it was deserted. (Another perk of the off season).
While my friends worked on their tans, I sat beneath an umbrella, where I had my pick of umbrella and chair for €10,00.
It was a windy day, which is not uncommon for this beach.
After working up an appetite, we dined at Taverna Mouraki. Where we enjoyed this amazing view, and a free desert.
We closed out our first full day, back at our resort with this sunset.
Tomorrow I’ll share, a tale about a 5,000 year old olive tree.