Schloss Hohenschwangau

Most people travel to this part of Bavaria to see the famous castle Neuschwanstein. We did the same and spent all of our time there. This is a lesser palace known as Schloss Hohenschwangau. Next time we will skip the
Neuschwanstein tour and spend some time inside this beautiful building and then tour the exterior of Mad Ludwig’s Castle.. It is interesting to know that neither Neuschwanstein or Schloss Hohenschwangau are considered castles but rather 19th Century Palaces although they commonly called “schlos” which is the German word for Castle.

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 Schloss Hohenschwangau

Schloss Hohenschwangau

Friday Night Fever!

This weekend marks the mid point of the French Open. It is also Friday and time for the world’s largest skating event called Pari-Roller. Similar events occur in other european cities, but none as large as the Paris event which happens every Friday night but should be special tonight because of the French Open. The skaters begin to gather at Gare Montparnasse around 9:30 and get the week’s skating route. At 10 P.M. close to 10,000 skaters have gathered and begin to skate through the city until 3 A.M. Some dress in costumes, some are part of teams and some just come to watch, like me. This guy was the best and you can buy a T-shirt by clicking here.

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View From the Top

Yesterday I posted an image taken along the road to Haleakala. The road is dramatic because you start at sea level and climb to over 10,000 feet. You start at beach weather and end in winter weather so you need to be prepared. Once you finally make it to the top of Haleakala you are rewarded with one of the great views on planet Earth.

To me it looks like I imagine the mountains on the moon look and not surprisingly the moon astronauts trained there. One minute it is foggy and you can’t even see the crater and the next voila! The place is just magical and if you are brave you can even ride on horseback through parts of the crater.

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The crater at Haleakala

The crater at Haleakala

The Road to Haleakala

A must see destination in Maui is Haleakala which is an inactive volcano at the island’s center. Most visitors get up in the middle of the night to see the sunrise over the crater. If you do that however you miss another wonderful sight. This is west Maui in the morning sun.

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The Road to Haleakala

The Road to Haleakala

The Hunter’s Lodge

Jäger is the German word for “hunter”although many might think it is was invented just for the movie “Pacific Rim”. This Jägerhaus or Hunter’s Lodge is a restaurant and pub at the foot of the mountain in Schwangau Bavaria on the road leading to Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Neuschwanstein, also known as Mad Ludwig’s castle was used as a model for Disney’s Cinderella Castle.

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 Jägerhaus

Jägerhaus

Boat and Clouds

The one thing you can be sure of when visiting Maui is that it will rain every day. However, Lahaina is on the “desert” side of the island and gets less rain than the interior or the south and east sides of the island. Still it will rain. The good news is that because of the prevailing trade winds it is rare to get anything more than a short shower or thunder storm and ten minutes later the sun comes out and it’s pool or beach time.

This picture was taken from a boat out of Lahaina before a short and cooling shower.

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Boat and Clouds

Boat and Clouds