Another picture from the trip to the Ahr Valley last November. I took think while doing a short hike on the Red Wine Trail, which is a nice trail through the vineyards and steep hills of the Ahr Valley. There are excellent trails and this November day was warm for the time of year.
The Ahr Valley in Germany is known for its dramatic landscape and its wines. This picture is of a winery in the town of Altenahr. In the low November sun the colored windows were shining brightly and was a nice contrast to the brick.
I am posting this at the exact moment 15 years later that United 93 crashed near Shanksville, PA. I can’t believe it has been 15 years since that horrible day. I know how present in my mind the experience of that day is, yet now see how everyone has moved on, Ground Zero has been rebuilt, and a generation is coming of age for whom this day is something in the history books. Of course we should move on, but we should also never forget.
Stavanger is one of the wealthiest towns in Norway, given that it is the center of the oil industry. I was expecting something much more urban, given it is the fourth largest city in Norway. Instead, I found a cozy little coastal town. The old city is made up of white houses and is beautiful to stroll through. There are residences mixed in with tourist shops selling local goods. A quaint surprise of a town.
I’m a city person, but I do enjoy getting away and being in nature…as long as I can return to a shower and clean bed in the evening. When in nature, I am always fascinated at how simple things are, how different life is, and how we take so much like technology for granted. I took this picture while hiking in Norway. There was a heard of goats just chillin’ on the mountains that form the side of the Geiranger Fjord. It was striking at how different they live, and the farmers life is from mine.