Loch Ness – Do you believe?

Years ago I visited Loch Ness. There is something about the area and the lake that fills it full of mystery and shadows.  I was pleasantly surprised with the region and how beautiful and wild it was.  I went for Nessie but I stayed for the beauty.

I snapped this little photo choosing to believe the wake was left by the illusive Nessie.

Railroad Museum – Old Sacramento

I had the opportunity last weekend to visit the Old Sacramento Railroad Museum with my extended family and my new baby. This museum has a wonderful collection of old locomotives and railroad equipment. They even have a mock up of the controversial bullet train planned to go from Northern California to LA. The museum is located in the interesting and fun Old Sacramento district. Upstairs the museum is filled with a very large collection of train toys. The toys were far more interesting to the baby than I thought they would be. The Thomas the train tables and toys will surely be a go-to when he is older! They were a hit with the many toddlers and their exhausted looking parents.

Malkværnskansen Monolith Bornholm, Denmark

Malkværnskansen Monolith sits on the picturesque Danish island of Bornholm.  Google and Wikipedia tell me these stones are a modern erection memorializing a battle in 1645.  Sweden invaded the island ultimately returning it to Danish control after a peace treaty.  The island was even occupied by German and Soviet troops during WWII.

The stones are situated on the coast looking out to the glorious ocean which surrounds the small and now peaceful island.

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Little Church on Bornholm Island, Denmark

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My brother Sean and I embarked on a trip to a tiny island south of Sweden which is actually a Danish island called Bornholm.  (Apparently it has gone back and forth between Danish and Swedish rule and currently it is Danish.)  My mother’s family comes from this tiny island.  Our ancestor Magnus sailed from here around the southern tip of South America and up to San Francisco where he homesteaded land near Coloma prior to the gold rush.  He then sailed back and collected his family and made the journey again.  Sean and I visited the island and found ancestors buried outside this lovely little church.  The island is charming and lovely and quiet with very little tourism.

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Black Forest memories

One of my great friends lives in Stuttgart.  We met while going to school at Trinity College in Ireland in 1999.  I have had the pleasure of visiting her a few times and she has come here to California a number of times.  On one of our road trips in Germany she took me through the black forest.  She always thought the forest was boring as a child but had grown to appreciate its beauty since.  As a mountain lover myself I enjoyed every moment of it.  I found it beautiful and interesting and not touristy or heavily trafficy and therefore was an excellent place to visit.  (Not to mention Black Forest ham and cake hail from this region of the world so what’s not to like?)

This giant Coo Coo clock resides deep within the black forest.  It’s kitschy and random and I love it.  Did I bring a clock home?  Yes, of course I did as a gift for my mother and she loved it!  I didn’t have room in my luggage for anything this big however.

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Somewhere in Italy

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I took these photos years ago in Northern Italy. I cannot remember for the life of me where it was taken or what this place is. (Taken at a time in my life when I didn’t track my every move in a journal and GPS on photos didn’t exist!)  I think of this place from time to time because it is so beautiful  and peaceful.

Anyone have any idea where and what it is?

*Update! Thanks to other bloggers we have identified it as Hermitage Santa Caterina del Sasso! I knew we would figure it out! 

Coba

COBA.  Co-ba.  Co-BA.  It’s a strong sounding name, isn’t it?  Coba, say it with me, with an accent like you are Antonio Banderas.  Co-Ba.  Coba is a cool place.  It is lush and green compared to some of the other local Yucatan Archaeological spots like Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Mayapan, and Tulum.  The greenery provides some privacy for each structure lending excitement to each corner making one feel as though they are an early explorer.

Raised stone pathways (sacbes) that are present throughout the site setting it apart from other local Yucatan sites.  They combined residential areas together and lead off in the direction of other neighboring sites.

An in-tact ball court makes me want to learn the game and play it or at the very least play a modern game there on the site of the ancients.

Nearby Lakes/Lagoons add to the rain forest charm…and the mosquitoes.

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I really enjoyed this site primarily because it is not perfect.  It is still somewhat in disrepair, the number of visitors is smaller, it is quieter…more wild.  It’s hard to visualize 50,000+ inhabitants living in the area when it sometimes feels like I was the only one there.  The site is dying for a murder mystery or an Indiana Jones/Dwayne Johnson-style adventure movie to be shot here…

It’s places like these that keep me wanting to go back to Mexico, Central America, and South America searching for more archaeological sites.

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