Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak, there are a few places to eat and drink. Don’t be a fool and forget a good pair of pants. Despite the warm weather down […]
Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel 3 inches tall (which I think is a healthy thing to feel every once in a while to put humans in their proper place).
Nuremberg is a sweet little German town, surrounded by an old city gate and a few rivers. Perhaps I shouldn’t say little because it happens to be the second largest city in Bavaria, just after Munich. It dates back to the Middle Ages, 1050 to be exact. It’s been ravaged by the plague and home to much cultural growth during the Renaissance. Nuremberg was a hot spot during WWII, and almost completely bombed to smithereens. You may also remember it as […]
Maybe you remember that I was in Munich for Oktoberfest. Well, I got to go back and spend a little more time in the beautiful city. Of course, I made my way to the original Hofbrauhaus. It dates back to the 16th century and smelled a bit of barf, understandably so. There are plenty of little outdoor shops to peruse during the day in The Viktualienmarkt. And you can get a great view of the city if you climb the bell […]
Bavaria may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been on planet earth. Driving the winding roads, awestruck by nature, you can’t help but feel like you’ve traveled back in time. (See a video of what that experience is like here.) We stayed a night in the ancient Roman city of Füssen, and it felt like one of the most peaceful places in the world. It’s located right by Ludwig II’s castle, Neuschwanstein. The beautiful Romanesque Revival construction was meticulously planned out and […]
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most unique cities I’ve seen to date. The canal system leaves a beautiful footprint that people have creatively filled with homes, an abundance of art museums, and coffeshops aplenty. I love seeing cities that continue to thrive amidst their historical foundations–believe it or not, this place has some history. Their earliest known records date back to 1275. Although compared to other Dutch cities (like Rotterdam, which I’ll get into later), Amsterdam is quite […]
Here it is! My last day in San Francisco. We took the ferry to Sausalito then made our way to the Golden Gate Bridge. This wonder of the modern world is so much bigger than I remembered (spanning 4,200 feet). It opened in 1937 and has had a pretty good run since that time (especially considering how the Bay Bridge faired). Watching the weather roll in from that vantage point is really quite remarkable. Cars whiz by, the wind is out of control, and clouds […]
What we now call Lake Louise, the Stoney Nakota First Nations People called the Lake of Little Fishes. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the later. This body of water is rich in color (and for a really cool reason). As glaciers move, they grind up the bedrock below (creating rock flour). As the ice melts, it carries these tiny silt sized bits downstream, creating striking, milky masses of water. You can hike around this beauty in no […]