One of my favorite vacation spots is the Hopfensee in Bavaria. The landscape is simply breathtaking and it is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. This picture was taken on a hot August evening a while after sunset. The very last light of the long European summer day was dwindling away.
When visiting a historical spot, I always have a sense of history weighing on my shoulders. Here in Schloß Hohenschwangau I picture King Ludwig II moving through these rooms and looking out the window. He is widely thought to have been a disturbed man, I wonder if he felt the same soothing effect of the mountains that I did. Such a view is simply breathtaking.
The Seven Sisters Waterfall is located in the Geiranger Fjord in Norway. It is a beautiful sight, the steep walls of the fjord and the water cascading over it making for a dramatic landscape. The waterfall is 820 ft/250 m. The folklore says that the streams of the waterfall each represents one of seven beautiful sisters. The waterfall on the other side of the fjord is shaped as a bottle, supposedly because it asked each of the seven sisters to marry him. When they all declined, he became an alcoholic. The Norwegians are very creative with their fairy tales, I guess such a landscape simply inspires the imagination.
No matter how much one plans a trip, unexpected things will happen. More often than not, these have led to the most pleasant experiences in my travels. I have shared a few photos from Krka National Park in Croatia. I was so stunned by the park’s beauty, I am sharing another. Some days everything comes today. The light was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the park is gorgeous. That makes it easy to take good pictures. I normally wouldn’t have gotten this shot, either, but our little tour boat broke down. Since we were stationary, I was able to get this shot. I really like it because it looks like something from the set of a movie (actually this park was the setting for the Winnetou films).
Croatia really impressed me. The people were welcoming, and the sights were amazing. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I do like to plan my trips to ensure the main sights are visited, but I also like time for exploring. Looking at a map, I thought the town of Novigrad, about 20 minutes north of Zadar, would be worth a visit. There wasn’t much there, but it was a picturesque little town. On the way there, we passed by this small church out on a small island in this bay. It was called Sv. Duh and was not in any tour book or Website I had read. We spent about 20 minutes here just taking in the beautiful weather, the mountains, and this beautiful, ancient and small church.