Today, I am (almost) fully back to my regular blogging habits. After my vacation (see below) and being back at work for a few days, we spent a couple days in Vienna. Last Saturday afternoon, right after we returned from Vienna, we helped my son move, for he starts the next level at university to receive his master’s degree. “Almost” because today is my youngest son’s 20th birthday, and, after work, we are going to celebrate that. So, still, I am not back completely. However, let’s start with a review of my summer vacation:
I had to wait a while, but now my vacation is finally here. This time there is no lying on the beach and no swimming in the sea. Ok, there are beaches and the sea, but it will be way too cold for swimming. The only thing that invites us to swim in the fresh air are warm springs.
Yesterday, we spontaneously hopped into the car and drove to Germany. Although we often talked about going there again, it took us about 30 years to make it happen. But yesterday was the day. The weather was fantastic, and we were very excited to be at that beautiful place again.
The last part takes us from the Italian east coast back northwards and close to the Swiss border to lake Como. Rimini was about to awaken when we arrived. the beaches are still empty but you can tell from the installed umbrella holders what may be going on during the main season. Over a large part of the promenade, people were busy setting up food stands. The view from our hotel room was gorgeous day and night. We could even spot San Marino from our balcony. I would like to come back when there is more going on to feel the pulsing life, but I don’t think I was one of those lying on that beach together with thousands of others. The old town again is typically Italian and it is almost like one big market. I love that.
What do I need to say about Florence… I don’t think a lot. I have been to Florence four years ago already. It was wonderful to return and see old and new places. Still, the Piazza del Duomo, the Pallazzo Vecchio, and, of course, the Ponte Vecchio are the most famous and impressive parts of the city. We found a great spot the Piazzale Michelangelo from which we had a gorgeous view over the whole city of Florence. But enough babbling, welcome to Florence:
Two weeks ago, we spent a week traveling through the northern part of Italy. It is not a secret that I love this country that borders Switzerland and is, therefore, only about 2.5 hours away from us. I will share the trip in three posts to give you some impressions without flooding you. So, this week will be dedicated to beautiful Italy.
Only two weeks ago (over the Easter weekend), we went for a short trip to Italy. But already long before, we had planned a coast-to-coast tour around the northern part of Italy that we started yesterday.
Yesterday, the weather was gorgeous again, although quite cold, and we considered going to the mountains. I needed fresh air and sunshine to recharge my batteries at least a little. However, we knew that skiers would have flooded every little hill, and there would be hardly any free car parking, but crowded alps instead. We decided to walk around a small lake that belongs to a small medieval town, which is only about 10 minutes away from us by car. Once there, we couldn’t resist walking through the beautiful town as well, and up to the castle.
As long as our children were little, we went on vacation in October during the school vacations. Until the youngest turned six, we went to a family hotel in a mountainous region in Salzburg, Austria. Later we made these weeks our beach vacation and went with them to Greece, Trukey or Egypt.
As promised, here I am, back with some photos of another picturesque place of this planet. This time, we stayed in a vacation apartment in a camping resort directly at the lake. It was a different kind of vacation, very uncomplicated and therefore even more relaxing and rejuvenating. The weather was gorgeous. We rented bikes and explored a part of the closer area, chilled at the pool, took walks at the promenade, and visited a few beautiful places.
Mistakenly, I had this post scheduled for yesterday and had it online for a few hours. For those who have not seen it yet, here it is again on the right day😂
Buon giorno, amici! It’s only been two weeks since I returned from our family vacation in Corfu. But as I said in my post: set an anchor in the future! I took my own words to heart and booked a few days at a camping resort on Lake Garda in Italy a few weeks before we left for Corfu. So, in a couple hours we’re heading southward again to enjoy sun, warmth, and a relaxing time.
YYesterday, we short noticed took a trip up to Paxmal. It is located above the city of Walenstadt at around 1’260 m (4134 ft) above sea level in front of the mountain chain of the Churfirsten, Switzerland. It is a monument built by Karl Bickel (1886 – 1982) from 1924 – 1949. Bickel recovered from tuberculosis and promised to set a monument for peace. Amazing how this man built that monument all by himself, fulfilling his promise.
Over here, it is the first day for the kids to go back to school. For us, it is the first day of our vacation. It is not six weeks like the school kids had, but I am more than happy with two weeks. Right now, we are already at the airport to catch our flight to Corfu (Greece). The trip was planned last year as a gift my husband and I made each other for our 50th birthdays. We wanted to have a vacation together with all our (already grown-up) kids and my mother. But “Life Corona happened while we were making other plans”. Therefore, we are looking even more forward to the coming days.
You haven’t seen or heard much from me in the past half week. The reason is that I checked off another item on my bucket list.. Beause of Gary’s Swiss Sunday posts, the desire to see the Matterhorn grew and grew. On Thursday the time had come.
It is Monday, and there is supposed to be an inspirational Monday post on my blog. Sorry, but I couldn’t make it. And I don’t want to sugar coat it – I might not have the peace and time for writing and scheduling my usual posts until the end of the month. Instead, I will share some impressions from our weekend at the Bregenz Forest, a week ago. For the coming three weeks, I will try to get to you as much as possible and post some inspirational thoughts. But now, enjoy the trip!
Last year, I booked a short vacation to the island of Sylt for my mom and me for June. Due to Corona, we could not go because of the lockdown at that time. But we were luck to postpone that trip. While you are reading these lines, we are already on the way or have even arrived.
Last Saturday we visited the little medieval town of Meersburg at the Lake Constance. As you may guess, the name of the place comes from the impressive castle. We had a beautiful when even very hot and extremely humid day (35°C/ 95°F). We went there with the whole family. It was a birthday gift for my uncle, who turned 80 this year. But let’s begin with some pictures of the Meersburg first.
As you can tell from my absence, there is no dull moment in my life. But thank God, these days it is also because of our trips to beautiful places in the neighboring country, Switzerland. Last Tuesday we went to the city of Locarno at the beautiful Lago Maggiore. Locarno is a city in the canton of Ticino that is touching the Italian border. In that Swiss canton, people are speaking Italian. In Switzerland four languages are spoken: The biggest part of Switzerland speaks German, the western cantons speak French, the big southern canton Ticino speaks Italian, and there is a little minority in one a big eastern canton that speaks Rhaeto-Romanic. But let’s start the tour with some photos of the ride to Locarno.
I am still enjoying my vacation at home and making spontaneous half-day trips or day trips to special places in the closer or further area of where I live. You know, Switzerland is only a stone throw away, Austria about 10 minutes, and it is about 45 minutes to Germany.
Hi, folks. I am dropping in for sharing some pictures of a short noticed walk in our mountains. The weather forecast is not very reliable lately. From partly cloudy to thunderstorms, you hear everything. (Right now, while I am writing this post, we are having a thunderstorm). But how lucky are we to live in an area where we are so close to beautiful places. We decided to drive to Malbun that is the ski and hiking region of our country. From there, we walked up to the Sareis for having a coffee and ice cream. Downwards we took the chairlift. Here are some photos from the walk and the area around.
Although clouds passed by and took turns with sunny moments, it was always warm.
Arriving at the destination at 2000 m/3600 ft, we enjoyed a beautiful view of the mountains and mountain chains around there before I finally got to my ice cream and coffee 😋
And down we went again. I was joyfully sitting into that chairlift… completely forgetting that I am afraid of heights. After we passed the meadow at the beginning of the ride (as you can see on the photo where I gladly show my feet), the ground disappeared, and I felt like hanging above an abyss. Although basically I knew, I was caught of gard. It was a terrible moment that I cannot even describe. I had not expected my reaction which shocked me too. I managed to keep my panic attack under control but therefore spent half of the ride with closed eyes… lol. So the pictures you see were taken by my husband.
On the way down to the valley, I needed to stop to take pictures of the gorgeous view of the upper part of the Rhine valley. A beautiful area, I am blessed to live.
This Monday, we made a trip to the Jungfraujoch. It is on an altitude of 3454 m/11333 ft. The mountain Jungfrau itself is at an altitude of 4.158 m/13,642 ft. Next to it are the Eiger at 3.970 m/13,015 ft) (you may know that mountain from some dramatic documentaries about groups climbing them in the 1930s, many people died), and the Mönch at 4.110 m/13,474 ft. The photo next shows all the three: on the left (sorry, not complete on the picture) the Eiger, then the Mönch, and on the left the Jungfrau.
Today, I am sharing another part of the beautiful area I live in that is only a 20 minutes drive. Last October, we went up to the Chäserugg in Switzerland. It thought about the name because “Chäs” in Swiss German means cheese. When I did some researches on the internet, that interpretation was only one of the options. It could also come from the word “Kaiser” (Emporer). Nothing confirmed, though. However, it is a mountain with an altitude of 2262 m (7421 feet). To the intermediate station, we went by a cable railway. Then we had to change the vessel and continued with a big ropeway to reach the top station. Enjoy the view!
I think all of us make good use of some distractions. Why not sharing something funny, uplifting or beautiful? It can be a joke, a picture with a beautiful view, a song, a video, a story or whatever comes to your mind. It only needs to be positive with only positive words for creating positive feelings in everyone who visits.
Hello, everybody! I spent part of last weekend in a spa hotel in Tyrol, Austria. Because of my busy life, I enjoyed it, even more, to relax for at least a few hours. The hotel was amazing, and the huge spa area there is spread over 3 floors. I was in all the steam baths, the different pools (including an outdoor infinity pool), relaxed in the different lounges on normal beds, water beds, heated beds… YAY!!
I just have to quickly share a video. A huge thunderstorm went down followed by a scary and harmful hail storm while we were looking for a restaurant for dinner tonight. It shocked me that while we were standing under a roof close to me a pigeon just fell on the street hit deadly by the hail. The hail stones got bigger. It became really dangerous and we had to take shelter inside a restaurant. I took this video to illustrate what I mean. Read more ›
Today we had the best weather. No clouds and almost no wind at all. A relief after the strong winds of the past days. We spent all day on Gozo Island. Gozo is a small island next to Malta. We took the ferry. After a 20 minutes ride we arrived at Mgarr. What is always the first you can see is a church. Perhaps you have noticed that in my previous posts too. Malta and Gozo together have 365 churches. Read more ›
The photo above shows the view from where I am sitting while preparing this post.
Once a year in Birgu/Vittoriosa the Candle Night takes place. A huge part of the historic city is only illuminated with candles. That means candles everywhere. The houses are beautifully decorated with candle as well. There are also food booths and stages all over.
We did not make it through the whole area. It is really huge! We were so lucky to be at Malta at this time. Read more ›
Hey, friends! I hope your day has been well so far. I had a great day. We toured through the north of the island sitting in a bus with open roof top. The weather has been gorgeous as you can tell from the pictures. I stop rambling now and simply share the beauties of Malta. Read more ›
Hi friends, I am quickly dropping in and want to share some first impressions of the area of our hotel. We spent walking around until the early afternoon and then I was glad I could rest a little in the sun. That was when I replied to your comments 🙂
Today we arrived in the capital of Sweden. It is a really lovely city and like each one, we visited by now very, very clean and well fostered. We went through the old town, visited the Royal Palace, strolled through the shopping miles, and went on a little boat tour.
Hi again from a country where every village sounds like a piece of furniture. Since Rich keeps you updated about my mission here in Sweden I had to submerge for a few hours. But I share some secret photos with you of the places I was…
The weather went down today. We were lucky that it was dry although pretty windy and cool in the morning. We drove to the locks of Berg. There are 10 locks altogether leading from the lake to the river (and the other way around of course).
Today I bought a new pair of sunglasses. It turns out that whenever I travel the world lately I either forget them at home or I take the wrong pair along. When I wanted to put on my sunglasses today and opened up the case I looked a bit surprised (not as surprised as I looked when I found the condoms in my daughter’s room…). I took along the sunglasses of my daughter. But the ones she wore when she was 11. My collection of sunglasses is growing.
But now I want to share our day in Uppsala with you and the trip from there to Linköping. It was a 4 hour’s drive. We were led through forests and along lakes and ponds. Sweden is spread with ponds and lakes all over this huge country. But now enjoy the photos:
After we arrived in Stockholm (with more than one hour’s delay) we drove up to Uppsala – a famous university town. It was a 25 minutes drive but the weather changed like I know it from England. Tomorrow we will explore the cathedral, the old town, and the castle before we continue to our next destination.
Last Sunday we went to Bregenz. Bregenz is the capital of the western federal state of Austria. It is located at Lake Constance. The most famous attraction is the biggest lake stage in the world. During the summertime, huge opera productions are performed on that stage. In 1994 I was blessed to see the opera Nabucco. Do you remember the Jame Bond movie A Quantum Solace? It was a different setting but it was the stage in Bregenz. And btw. other than shown in the movie Bregenz doesn’t have an airport… that was a fake!Read more ›
Yesterday was a totally foggy day in our valley. We planned a week ago to go to Malbun which is the place in our country where people go skiing. Driving up the mountain villages we reached the fog limit. Then driving through the tunnel we arrived in a different world. Our daughter’s boyfriend and our youngest son went skiing while my husband and I went for a walk through the beautiful landscape. The sun was beautiful and mirrored my happy mood. Read more ›
On the day of Halloween we went to Balboa Peninsula. This beautiful place lies along a wide beach and is the extension of the Newport Beach beach. At the end of the beach of Balboa Peninsula you have a view to Corona del Mar and also to the harbor of Balboa Island. I was often sitting at a view-point at Corona del Mar looking towards Balboa Peninsula and always wondered how it might be over there.
We had a beautiful morning – only few people around.
After that we drove up to Hacienda Heights. It has become a tradition to go to this Buddhist temple when I am in So Cal. I love that temple. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures in the big temple house. It is beautiful. There is such a special atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Since I took pictures all the other times I did not take too much this time. Therefore I share some photos with you from former visits.
It has been a while since I posted my last impressions of my days in California after the I CAN DO IT convention and my book signing. Btw., you would not believe what is happening at the moment in my life. On Sunday I gave my last workshop for this year and it was awesome. I am very excited about scheduling my workshops for next year. Yesterday I got a call from my publisher and perhaps I get the chance to give workshops in a big business hotel in our capital beginning next year. It is still in discussion but things are in motion like the offer for another marketing campaign with Kimberly Rinaldi. I met her at the book signing in Pasadena and she just got back to me. What a year!!!
You all know what Venice (Italy) is about and probably most of you know that Venice Beach has its name right because of the canals which remind to Venice. But have you ever been to or heard of Naples? The village is located next to Long Beach in Alamitos Bay. It was built on three islands.
Forget Venice, forget Venice Beach! Naples is the most beautiful, enchanting, and romantic place at a canal system. It is also a lot bigger than Venice Beach. Most of the houses are more kind of mansions, with beautiful designed front yards.
When we arrived in Naples it was almost sunset and not a lot of people were outside. The romantic aspect was even raised when a gondola came by. I definitely have to come back and spend a little more time at this inspiring place. And perhaps take a gondola ride. Oh, and very important: It smelled well and is super clean wherever we walked!
Last week on Tuesday we left Santa Barbara. On our way down to Costa Mesa, we stopped at Ventura beach and harbor. On one side of a long headland, you find a beautiful beach, on the other side there is the harbor with shops and restaurants. Very nice place!
Boston was the last stop of our vacation. When we left Buffalo that day severe weather conditions reached the northern east coast of the US. I took the first turn of driving. During the first two hours I had a hard time to make it through the heavy continuous rainfall. At times I thought to just pull over and wait till the worst is over. Sometimes I couldn’t see anything. Anyway, after two hours the rain got lighter and a littler later it even stopped at times. When we arrived at Albany the worst rainfall was over and my husband grabbed the steering wheel. Up to 50 miles before Boston we had a good ride and even sun in some areas. But then it got dark again – really dark!
Now I finally get to my beloved area we lived for more than a year in 1998/99. To me it was the most wonderful year in my life. Only my little family and I in a country I always yearned to live for a while. My dream came true and it turned out better than I could have ever dreamed of. Of course, there where times I felt a little sad when I thought of traditions with my parents and sisters which I could not keep up that year. But that did not matter at all because all the other impressions like our new friends, the new traditions we built up, we all integrated in the daily life, my daughter going to pre-school and speaking fluently English with 3 years, our first son born over there…. what a year! We are still in touch with our friends and also with the director of my daughter’s pre-school. She was so sad when I told her that we are going back to Europe and my daughter would leave.
My last report has been some days ago. But now I am back on track! I love to share some impressions of the rising City of Buffalo. Buffalo used to be a center of industry up to the 80s. During the 90s and the crisis it all fell apart. Buffalo Downtown was pretty dead and empty. The suburban instead started to grow. When we came back to Williamsville (in the suburban of Buffalo) this July our friends told us to go and see the beginning changes in Buffalo. They are working hard on making the city a new place to explore. Also it started to become a center of medical research – most of all in neurology. All the old factories are remodeled as lofts for the medics and scientists.
The Canadian Side of the Niagara River provides a lot of beautiful views, spots and places. One of our days we spent driving to the Spanish Aero Car. We took a ride on a cable car leading us over the Whirlpool of Niagara River. Once you get caught of the dangerous current, you can’t escape anymore.
Yippie!!! Today is the day and I am finally at the point where I can share my recent memories about Niagara Falls with you. When we lived in Williamsville (in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY) Niagara Falls was one of the points of interest where we lead all our visitors to. It was only 45 minutes away from home. I loved to go there no matter what time of the year. It also was a wonderful experience to be there at the Festival of Lights. Downtown Niagara Falls was beautifully illuminated and the City Center turned into one Winter Wonderland with a huge ice rink. We visited the falls pretty often, and in the end, we were totally fed up with the them. We even told our visiting peeps to go by themselves.
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