June  15, 2018

Summer adventure  2018 started  with a  brief couple  of days in Munich before moving onto Austria for a wedding.   The weather in Munich, however,  was not co-operative for vacation sight-seeing. Rainy, rainy and storming was the forecast.  But while dodging  some of the raindrops,  I managed to  walk around the city a bit and take some  random photos of snippets that caught my eye……

The 1st thought of many people when they think of Germany :  sausages.   And, rightfully so because they are  everywhere.  Germany will sausage you to death and Munich is no exception.

Lions – they are everywhere in Munich.  Why?  Because the  lion is the Bavarian heraldic charge  of the former ruling family, the Wittelsbachers,  since the 12th/13th century.  Today – still a symbol of  Munich and Bavaria.

Even fragments of the massive New Town Hall  can tell a story .

A larger fragment of the New Town Hall  and the gray skies that loomed.  Plus a shiny gold  Virgin Mary that sits high above on a column.   Mary is seen as a protector of Bavaria.

Shopping opportunities  are  abundant and bordering  over- whelming.  The Queen, in particular,  likes  to shop at Munich’s  Crabtree  and Evelyn  and takes a moment to greet passersby.

The Hofgarden’s flowers are just beginning to show off their beauty.

The Old Town Hall

Interesting  art on the grounds of one of the universities.  Though in this age of technology – I  think he should be wearing a Fitbit.

The city is also full of beautiful and interesting churches.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Stay  tuned for Austria…..






Missouri Botanical Gardens – 2018 Spring Azaleas 2018

May 10, 2018

More spring 2018 at the Missouri Botanical Gardens!  The azaleas were in their glorious  peak, along with many other  plants a-blooming.

Iris are blooming….


this is the beginning of  …


azaleas up close and personal ….

mystery plant but i love it!

snap dragons….

azaleas in the Japanese garden…..

the peonies were just staring to bloom…

remember to also visit the turtles…

and feed the koi…..



” Every flower that  ever bloomed had to go through a whole  lot of dirt to get there”   (unknown)

Hope you enjoyed!

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A WINDMILL AND A PADDLEWHEEL – Parting Shots from Holland, MI

May 6, 2018

While in Holland, MI, it is required you see at least one windmill.  This  one is called ,  De Zwaan, meaning swan or graceful bird in Dutch, and it  is the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States.   It was built in 1761 and is  the last windmill to leave the Netherlands.  Home now is Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan.   The windmill  went from Vinkel in the province of Noord Brabant (Netherlands)  in 1964 by boat into the Muskegon Harbor ( Michigan)  and then by truck into Holland.   In preparation for the arrival,  three floors of brick  had to be laid so  the windmill could be raised high enough to collect the amount of wind needed.   It was heavily damaged ( including  bullet holes from WWII )  when  purchased and the price was  $2800.   It  took 6 months to  reconstruct it at the Gardens.

Big Red Lighthouse  is located in  Holland State Park  and sits at the channel of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.   It was built in 1907 and the light can be seen for 20 miles.

The Star of Saugatauk was an enjoyable 90 minute  ride down the Kalamazoo River out  to the edge of Lake Michigan.  It was a  relaxing ride   listening to the sound of the paddlewheel and seeing the lake side homes and the dunes.

This home in particular  was my favorite.  There is an underground  tunnel built between the structures.

These 3 additional  sights fascinated  me……..

Gotta love the colors!

An interesting octagon-shaped house – I would have  loved to  see the inside and how they placed the furniture!  : )

Lastly – the home of a true “birder”.   : )

Hope you enjoyed and remember as you travel through life …..

“Don’t forget that maybe that you are the lighthouse in someone’s storm”   (unknown)

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VELDHEER’S TULIP FARM, Holland, Michigan

May 4, 2018

Another stop on my  Tulip Festival trip was Veldheer’s  Tulip Farm and it was beautiful!!! See what you think…..


They are very serious about their tulips.

Can you imagine????

They also made wooden shoes with this machine.

The fitting room.

Also, they made (from molds) and hand painted Delftware.   This beautiful piece was tempting but at a price of  $150.00 I refrained.

Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!


May 5, 2018

While visiting the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan,  an attraction that was high on my list  to see was Nelis’ Dutch Village.  Simply put –  I loved it!

There were lots of blooming tulips, of course….

along with a  Dutch village  atmosphere complete with canals….


and wooden shoes…..

lots of wooden shoes…


more canals….

rides for the kiddos…

a playground, complete with a wooden shoe house playhouse and slide….

a petting zoo…

with ingenious  ways of feeding their baby lambs…

and grown up sheep also….

If you look closely underneath the trough, you will see baby ducklings.  Mama duck laid and  hatched her eggs in the straw there and the new  family  have made themselves right at home with the sheep.

All of nature was a bloom….

in all directions……



“Bread feeds the body, but flowers feed also the soul”  (unknown)

Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!

TULIP FESTIVAL, Holland, Michigan 2018

May 4, 2018

Prepare for tulip overload as I retrace my favorite  steps  from the 2018 Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan.  Holland  was  settled  by  Dutch immigrants  in  1847 and today  it is a beautiful, unbelievably clean town that was fun to visit and explore.

These are Blue Grape Hyacinths, smaller then the more common hyacinths but every bit as pretty.  I found these in plentiful supply along with the tulips and feel in love with them .

The breeze was picking up and the tulips danced.

Bird of the day – the red-winged blackbird.

This being my first visit, I soon  realized  that  Michigan  has a  lot of marsh land.  Huge areas of  marsh grass are  dead and dried up in heaps from the winter now, but there are  small signs of regrowth.  These dead  heaps, however,  are  alive with bird activity and entertainment, especially from the red-winged blackbird and the purple martins.

Another part of nature I enjoy are interesting looking trees, or  more so in this case, creepy looking trees.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ”   by John Muir

Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for reading!






May 3, 2018

Right on time, the Baltimore Orioles   pass through Missouri and, if you tempt them with an ( orange) oriole feeder and some grape jelly, they may just visit your feeder – again and again and again.    I saw this pair today too many times to count.  I actually had to go outside and refill the grape jellies!   The  most vivid colors belong to the male, the other is the female.


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Thanks for reading!

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