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Liechtenstein Gorge in Austria

Liechtenstein Gorge in Austria

What a treat it was to discover one of the longest and deepest wild water ravines in the Alps—the Liechtenstein Gorge in Austria! The gorge is obviously ancient, but it was first developed as a tourist attraction in the late 1800’s by local residents. Water has cut through the rock here to create a chasm that is 300 meters deep (nearly 1,000 feet)! After paying the entrance fees we started along a boardwalk that winds its way up a...

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Visting Bavaria’s Königssee

Visting Bavaria’s Königssee

In the far southeastern state of Germany’s state of Bavaria is a beautiful natural lake, Königssee. When we arrived to the lake, we found a huge parking lot that was thankfully not all that full. We’ve heard this place can get extremely busy, so we sighed a breath of relief. We walked by the little tourist shops towards the lake shore… and I again contemplated the purchase of some traditional local costume (j/k…although I...

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Till the Cows Come Home

Till the Cows Come Home

While visiting the amazing Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria, we stumbled across an Israeli couple who mentioned they were headed to a “Cow” Festival in the nearby town of Wagrain. They said it was a celebration for the cows coming home–returning from grazing in the mountains for the summer. A festival about cows?!  Ummm—why not?! (After all, my husband did grow up on a dairy farm!) Off we went to the small town of Wagrain, which...

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Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria

Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria

While we were in Austria, we decided to visit the Hohenwerfen Castle, about 40 km south of Salzburg. It’s surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps, and has been towering over the town of Werfen for over 900 years! Admittedly, one of the coolest things about Europe is driving around and seeing castle after castle nestled into the mountain tops. We could have opted to take a footpath up the mountainside, but decided the funicular suited us...

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Visiting Salzburg, Austria

Visiting Salzburg, Austria

I’ve now finished my travelogues for Asia, and I’m hopping back to Europe where we traveled in Fall 2012. When I’m done with Europe (there is a lot to write about there) I will hop back to earlier that year in Guatemala, Belize and Southern/Central Mexico where we also explored extensively. I’m sad that I’m writing about my memories when they are not terribly fresh, but at least I have photographs to help me record my memories in...

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The Truth about the Squatty Potty

The Truth about the Squatty Potty

If you’ve traveled for any extended length of time you’ve most certainly come across many Westerner’s ultimate bathroom nightmare: The Squatty Potty When traveling you make all sorts of fun bathroom discoveries—toilets without TP, toilet stalls without doors, toilets that don’t have seats, toilets that don’t flush, manual flushing toilets, etc. Most of these don’t hold a grain of salt compared to the squat experience. I could...

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Ceramics Classes for Kids in Ubud

Ceramics Classes for Kids in Ubud

We spent only 3 1/2 weeks in Ubud, but by the time we got there we were eager for some fun children’s activities. We managed to find a Ceramics studio, Sari Api, that was willing to teach a small “private class” for my two girls, and a friend’s two children. The fee was 150,000 Rp per child for the small group, and they were able to complete a few projects that they could have eventually taken home (after letting it dry for...

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5 Ways for Kids to Travel at Home

5 Ways for Kids to Travel at Home

We’re settling well into a new groove in Southern Oregon. We’ve spent so many years moving around, this is a very new experience for us. We’re planting roots, doing a lot of yard work, and the kids are involved in countless activities around the community such as lessons in piano, sewing, art, and gymnastics! As much we love the new groove, however, we do not want our kids’ love of traveling and new experiences to dwindle. We have a...

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Bali’s Mother Temple of Besakih

Bali’s Mother Temple of Besakih

After visiting the Holy Spring Water Temple, the Coffee Plantation, and swinging by Lake Batur, we continued further East until we reached a parking area for the Mother Temple of Besakih, which is located on the slopes of Mount Agung (Gunung Agung—check out a map of Bali and you’ll see it nearly to the Eastern tip). We were entranced by the beautiful selection of sarong fabrics, but having already upped our stock of sarongs a week...

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Visiting a Balinese Coffee Plantation

Visiting a Balinese Coffee Plantation

Our driver, Dewa, told us that the Mother Temple of Besakih was not to be missed. He had a few pit stops planned along the way—one being a coffee plantation, Satria Agrowisata. We don’t drink coffee or tea, but we didn’t want to be rude. After all, it still sounded like an interesting thing to learn about—so off we went! We parked at the entry and then walked down simple trails that lead us past coffee plants and other various...

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Pura Tanah Lot – Bali’s Sunset Temple

Pura Tanah Lot – Bali’s Sunset Temple

We arrived at Pura Tanah Lot, a unique temple located directly on the ocean in Southwest Bali, in the early evening. This temple is built on a rock formation that is surrounded by ocean when the tide is up, and is a popular place at sunset. Our driver/guide/friend, Dewa, dropped us off at the gates, and off we went to explore inside the vast grounds. There were rows and rows of vendors with a surprisingly great variety of wares! We were...

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A Monkey Thief at Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest

A Monkey Thief at Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest

After visiting the Bali’s rice terraces we went to Alas Kedaton Temple, a small forested area (approximately 15 acres) where hundreds of monkeys and fruit bats make their home. A group of woman with matching shirts stood near the entrance, and one woman stepped forward as our (free) guide/monkey handler. I later learned that these women are part of the co-op of stall/shop owners who sell tourist wares in the entrance of the temple...

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