28
Nov 16

Exploring Vienna

This was our first full day on our round the world adventure without jet lag so we decided to explore Vienna. Thankfully the old city center is small enough to be circumnavigated in a day. The morning was cold and after some wonderful local food and amazing Viennese coffee we headed for St. Stephen’s Cathedral and managed to sit in the pews for the last portion of the midday mass. Built in 1147 it is the spectacular crown jewel of the city and a must see.

St. Stephen's. Vienna, Austria. 2016

St. Stephen’s. Vienna, Austria. 2016

The weather had changed by the time we were back outside, much colder and snowflakes were tickling my nose. Many of the streets were lined with booths for local artisans selling holiday food and drink, arts and crafts. I bought Christy a small toy Squirrel and she was over the moon.

Garden Walk. Vienna, Austria. 2016

Garden Walk. Vienna, Austria. 2016

I wanted to see the area near the old city wall, which was demolished and replaced by the Ringstrade in 1857, where the Ottoman army of Kara Mustafa laid siege to the Vienna in 1683. It was hard to image looking at it, that the most ferocious carnage in European history prior to the 20th century took place in the location I was standing. It was now filled with happy holiday revelers, travelers, wide expanses of lawn, museums, shops and lovely little cafes.

Candlestick and Quiche. Vienna, Austria. 2016.

Candlestick and Quiche. Vienna, Austria. 2016.


28
Nov 16

Around the World. The Journey Begins

The overnight flight from the USA to Switzerland was relatively uneventful except for a patch of turbulence that set me on edge. We had a few hours to spend in Zurich so naturally we walked around the most active, vibrant and beautifully lit parts of the city. That’s one of the perks of rail travel, the main train stations are often located in the most interesting downtown areas.

Nocturne. Zurich, Switzerland. 2016

Nocturne. Zurich, Switzerland. 2016

After putting our luggage in lockers at the train station, we set off to explore and Zurich did not disappoint.The city was done up for the winter holidays as the misty air, lights, and architecture provided a feast for the eyes, so the street side smell of roasting nuts filled the nostrils and brought to mind music, celebration and joyous times.

After we walked for a while and saw the sights we settled down for a pizza Margherita and something to drink near the station.The train was on time and the trip continued without a hitch.


23
Nov 16

The Fog Drinkers, a Redwood Interlude

It’s difficult to capture the majesty of the forest. Forests feel different, magical, and the air makes you feel alive in a way that very few things can. Coastal Redwoods derive much of their water from fog droplets, may live as long as 1800 years and grow upwards of 350 feet. Stand among these ancient trees and you can almost feel them breath and hear their whispers in the wind.

Redwood. Arcata, California. 2015

Redwood. Arcata, California. 2015

Leaves. Arcata, California. 2015.

Leaves. Arcata, California. 2015.

Fronds. Arcata, California. 2015

Fronds. Arcata, California. 2015