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´╗┐Travel Theme: Hills

I recently connected with another travel blogger; Ailsa. Every week she posts a travel theme and challenges others to post along. So I’ve decided to join the movement. This weeks theme is “hills

I love these challenges because it makes me re-process all of my travels, and all of my photos, over again. So here are a few:


Olympia Park in Munchen Germany. Photo taken from the top of a Farris Wheel during a Carnival. In the middle of the lake is a floating MINI Cooper… you all know how exciting this was to me.


Upstate New York at a house my Husband and I stayed in during our Honeymoon. Love the East Coast in the fall.


The Church on the Hill is a famous stop in Ponta Del’ Gada on the Azores Islands. There is a step for each bead of the rosary and you are expected to pray as you walk to the top.


Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio Texas. This is from my latest trip to San Antonio. I had been several times up to this point, and never knew the Garden existed. Not sure how this one escaped so many times; it is beautiful.

These two hills are taken from my neighborhood. I have learned over the past few years, as I continue to catch up my “locations” on this blog, that travel and a love for travel, is not just about a destination. Its about cultivating a spirit of adventure and curiosity. Its the ability to find beauty in nature, culture, life and surroundings. I have learned (am learning?) how to see these things in my day-to-day life, in my own city. This has been one of the biggest challenges I have put on myself. So here it is, the beauty of the hills I see every day as I drive to and from my home.

Dachau, Germany

Located just outside of Munich, is a town called Dachau. Mostly known for the Dachau concentration camps. Dachau was one of the first concentration camps to open in Germany prior to WW2 and it was in operation for 13 years. Following WW2 it was used to house refugees and German ethnics from surrounding countries who were forced to return. While there, we got to talk with a survivor of Dachau who happened to be there selling his book about his experience. I will let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Munich, Germany

Caroline and I spent a few days in Munich with one of C’s friends; Larry. It was carnival time at Olympia park, so we spent a day riding carnival rides that do not meet american safety standards, Eating german food and drinking German beer and say the BMW headquarters- where I got lots of MINI merch.

We saw the Marienplatz


AND- I bought my wedding dress


Honestly, I have never felt more at home as I did in Munich. The people were friendly, the food is great, and the beer is unbelievable. Its home to MINI. It needs to be home to ME. And, I hope one day it is.