Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Exploring Munich

After wandering around, admiring the architecture, we went to the Residence Museum, where we spent almost two hours exploring the Residence and the Treasury. Well worth the visit,  even if by the end, I was a bit overwhelmed by all there was to see and learn.

Seeing the blue skies as we left the Residence, we decided to head back to Marienplatz to take less gloomy pics of the New Town Hall, or Neues Rathaus.

From there, we made our way to the touristy but fun Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall where we enjoyed a lunch with local brews.

hofbrauhaus, munich

Not a bad start for our first day in Munich after a long flight from the states with very little sleep!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello, Munich!

old town hall, Altes Rathaus,munich

On New Year's Eve, a friend mentioned an upcoming trip to Munich. She was able to get round trip airfare for $300. She said I should join her (maybe after I said I wanted to go with her?) and I soon found myself on the website she used,, purchasing my own $300 plane tickets. Two months later, we landed in Munich and took the train to Old Town. Getting off at the Marienplatz station, we went up near the Viktualienmarkt. The above picture was our first view of the area, and I think we both fell a little in love.

old town hall, Altes Rathaus,munich
We were looking at the "Old Town Hall", which was restored after the original building was severely damaged during World War II. Then we turned around, only to see the "New Town Hall".

new town hall, Neue Rathaus, munich

We were a little excited.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Not Just Lake Louise

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park
Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta?  Lake Louise is great, but check out these other lakes!

Thank you to Krystal Gottsman for sharing the above photos.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Brooks Vineyard in Amity, Oregon

Brooks Vineyard

Brooks Vineyard

The second winery we visited, Brooks Vineyard, was another hit for us.  Their Pinot Blanc was absolutely delightful, another white wine for a favorite!  I also enjoyed several of the red wines, but the Blanc definitely stood out, much to my surprise.  I might have to start buying white wine more often.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley

pinot noir grapes, cristom vineyards

Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley

Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley

Venturing outside of Portland, we visited two wineries, including Cristom Vineyards in Salem.  Wandering the vineyard, we sampled some of the grapes left over from harvest.  The pinot noir grapes were so good!  Why can't we buy those at the grocery store?!  The wine tasting was an education on Oregon wines and we learned a lot.  We also enjoyed a variety of wines. While I usually prefer red wines, their Pinot Gris ended up being my favorite.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Brewery Stops in Portland, Oregon

After walking along the river and exploring the rose garden, it was time for a bite to eat and something to quench our thirst.  Portland has several breweries, but we only had time for one or two.  We chose Deschutes and Fat Heads.

At Deschutes, we enjoyed their Obsidian Stout, and at Fat Heads, their Belgian Chocolate Stout Nitro.  Both delicious.

Both places also had a nice selection of appetizers and we indulged.

After the food and beer, we walked south, intrigued by all the food carts on SW 10th Ave and SW Alder St, but too full to eat another bite, unfortunately.

deschutes brewery, portland oregon

Friday, October 14, 2016

International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park

After leaving the river walkway, we visited the rose garden in Washington Park.  Roses aren't my favorite flower, but I was incredibly impressed by the variety and beauty of these flowers. My photos in no way do this garden justice.  Highly recommend visiting this treasure.