Falling for the Highlands

A few years ago I fell head over heels in love with the highlands.  That is, the lochs (or lakes) -- Lomond and Ness, legends (Nessie), history (Rob Roy, William Wallace, a.k.a. “Brave Heart”, clans, ruins and castles ), snow-capped mountains (Ben Nevis) and Hairy-Coo-dotted Highlands of Scotland.  During a cold, windy and wet President’s …

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Rolling in the Sweet: Strudelmaking at Schönbrunn Palace

    Art, architecture, history, music, tempting cuisine and coffee houses galore –all aspects of Vienna that make it a cornucopia of delights in any kind of weather.  Take, for instance, a bleak and blustery November day, the kind ideal for touring Schönbrunn Palace, former summer home of emperors, now a museum and site for …

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When Necessity calls, head west, old men (and women)

"It's not about the destination for us; it's the journey" said Lam when asked "Where are you heading?" by a petite, fit, dark-haired young woman outside a convenience store.  She'd  heard the guys talking about the unique name and many bars that we had seen while riding through Funkstown, Maryland. We were on our way …

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Escape to Winchester, VA: Nourishments for the soul –Food, music and wine or, how Patsy Cline’s loving arms picked me up on my way down

This is the second of a 3-part series. I first fell for Winchester after a disappointing Thanksgiving.  The vision -- a romantic weekend for two, strolling hand-in-hand, good food, wine and candlelight--had  gone "poof"; much like a severely overcooked Turkey that explodes once the knife is inserted. Instead there were three: me, myself and I.  The evening of my arrival …

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Kaiserschmarren and Kaffeeklatsch: A Sunday afternoon delight

A long-held tradition in Germany has been the afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen, or Coffee and Cake, aka Kaffeeklatsch.  Inserted between the late afternoon and early evening hours it gives a breather to the busyness of the day, a time to get together with friends or family to relax, socialize and nosh on cake, pastries and coffee.  In …

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