Potters Pots and Pottery – the Province of Chhnang-Cambodia

Potters and Ox-carts Today, scheduled to see a floating village, Chnok True, however turned out the way in was impassable because of the flooding; disappointing. Our guide assured us we would see another floating village on our way across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. Entry into the town; on the roundabout a huge ceramic pot representing […]

Udong Stupas – Intriguing Burial Sites

Ancient Stupas Today we are leaving Phnom Penh for good. It has been our base for the first five days of our tour through Cambodia with Wendy Wu tours. The heavy monsoon rain of the previous day has eased.  We head north to Battambang this morning with a stop to see the ancient Stupas  at […]

Ettal Abbey and Pilgrimage Church

Another day with the dark impression of mountains  fighting their way through the gloom of thick grey mist and rain. A short journey to reach Ettal Abbey and Pilgrimage Church. Ettal lies in a narrow mountain valley at the foot hills of the western alps, 900 meters above sea level. In medieval times despite being near a strategic […]

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort – Oberammergau Village

An overnight stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the hotel Obermujle gave us  our first view of  Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 2962 m (9,718 ft) above sea level, and the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountain range.  Zugspitze is on the Austrian – German border and lies south of Garmisch- Partenkirchen. It was quite exciting to […]

Extravaganza – Schloss Linderhof | King Ludwig

King Ludwig II built a third castle in the Graswang Valley where his father Maximilian II owned a hunting lodge called “Konigshauschen”. This would become Schloss (Castle) Linderhof a smaller version of Versailles; the only castle King Ludwig II lived to see completed and lived in for a short time. King Ludwig planned a new […]

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Neuschwanstein – Schwangau

Hohenschwangau Castle The royal castle or Schloss Hohenschwangau is a splendid medieval castle and lies above the villages of Hohenschwangau and Schwangau. Take a leisurely ride in a horse-drawn carriage from the village of Schwangau to visit the castles. Great views of Schloss Hohenschwangau, the family home of King Ludwig as we approached Neuschwanstein. Details and photos of the […]

Beautiful Schloss Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Neuschwanstein  is near the village of Schwangau starting point for the  pathway up to the castle. Last parking is the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle. The walk to Neuschwanstein takes about 40 minutes and provides a pleasant stroll through forested grounds and exciting views of  both Neuschwanstein and  Hohenschwangau castles. A gentle ride in […]

Abbey of St Mang’s – Fussen – Bavarian Alps

Arriving at Fussen late in the afternoon we checked into the Hotel Luitpoldpark; very nice. It was still daylight so we had time to explore the town. Walking through the main street we enjoyed looking at the quaint old buildings, some with frescoes, hanging wrought iron signs, a violin on an outside wall, and attractive […]

Beautiful Rococo Wieskirche|Beautiful Bavarian Alps

Beautiful Rococo Art  What appeared to be a small white church sitting in the middle of green fields, is an incredible surprise when you enter. I stared in amazement, it was spectacular – like being in a different world!  The decorative art form in this church said to represent the art of Rococo in its highest form. […]

Augsburg – Fuggerei Village Settlement

Countryside outside Augsburg One couldn’t help but admire the beautiful countryside as we drove to Augsburg. The countryside is so green and clean. Red roofed villages,houses painted white, pine forests on the hillsides, crops of cereal, legumes and yellow flowering rapeseed (used for fuel) in the foreground. Augsburg is considered the gateway to the Bavarian Alps […]

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