What to expect when walking the Cumbria Way

I’ve been eyeing a walking trip in the English Lake District for several years now. The time never seemed to be right, but I finally made a time to go do it. The cool thing is that my dad came with me. The trail was not exactly what we expected, but it was a lot…

German is an exacting Language

Ragging on the German language is hip. Though it has been hip for several hundred years (looking at you Mark Twain). It is not lyrical or even friendly in its tone and can come off very harsh almost rude. Many of the linguistic constructs seem to make little to no sense, especially to English speakers.…

Positano and Amalfi : Pretty From the Sea

Even though we spent most of the week happily ensconced in Minori, we ventured to Amalfi Town and Positano one day. We figured if we were in the area, we wanted to see the towns. They are indeed quite pretty, but mainly pretty from the sea. In the town, there are hordes of tourists and…

Minori from above

Minori on the Amalfi Coast in Italy was our favorite stop on the summer Beyond Vacation trip. We spent a week in an apartment 87 stairs up from the street. This gave our little terrace a wonderful view of the town from above. As I have done a few “from above” posts lately (Nice and…

Minori : Morning Views of a Quiet Retreat

During our week in Minori, I got up early one morning to take pictures of the town before the people came out. So here is a look at Minori in it quietness. Our Terrace Terracotta tiles often too hot to step on during the day are night cool and smooth under my feet as I…

Pigeons and Penises : Rock Formations in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a rocky region near the center of Turkey. It is a region of sweeping vistas and gorgeous scenery. Most of these scenes are due to the nature of the rock in the region. The rock of Cappadocia is very soft. It has been eroded over centuries into valleys like the Ihlara Gorge and…

Meteora Monasteries

Meteora means roughly “above the clouds” and relates to the words meteorology and meteorite. This is such a good description of the area. The spires of rock near the town of Kalampaka once held many monasteries and havens in the caves and fissures of the rock, now only 6 buildings remain active. These orthodox monasteries…

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Meteora in central mainland Greece is made up of six active monasteries atop rock pillars. The Monastery of the Holy Trinity typifies this very well. It sits on top of its own own small spike of rock and like the rest only accessible via steep stairs carved in the rock. It was the smallest of…