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.


Somewhere in Italy


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!