Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday's Travels

Many of us have traveled extensively. In my classroom I hear fascinating stories about places people people have visited. These stories are often accompanied by captivating images we can all enjoy on the blog.

The Joy of Travel

Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

He was so right! And in our blog, the joy of the travel experience can be shared!!!

Frank Fandrick has been taking classes at our community college for years. He is bright, talented and a real pleasure to have as part of our blogging family.

When he travels, he takes a log book with him to document daily activities. I think that is an excellent idea, and plan to do the same on my next trip. Below are some of the details of his travels accompanied by intriguing images.

First, from a Switzerland trip, this is the Lucerne Bridge:

"The Lucerne Bride in Lucerne, Switzerland, is a covered bridge that was built in 1333. It is called the Chapel Bridge and is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe.

The inside of the bridge contains a series of paintings from the 17th century, depicting events from Lucerne's history. Adjoining the bridge is a brick tower, the Wasserturn Tower, which has served as a prison, torture chamber, watch tower, and treasury.

And this is the Spiez Castle also in Switzerland:

This picture looks down at the Castle Church which is Early Romanesque in design and was built around 900.

The spire is "new" being built in 1628. The chapel is still used for weddings. Lake Thun is beyond the chapel, an alpine lake bordered by several mountains, including The Eiger.

Both this picture and the Lucerne Bridge were taken in 2005 while on a choir tour of Europe.

And last but certainly not least, an image from a trip to Londonderry, Vermont:

The mill I photographed is Bob's Mill, in Londonderry, Vermont. It used a stream that was farther up the hill to feed the mill and diverted the stream to the mill via a wooden slough. The water was used to turn a large sharpening stone. The town was incorporated in 1770 but I don't know the age of the mill. I just stumbed upon it while shopping. An internet search finds it being a popular picture, especially as a black and white photo or in the winter.

Special thanks to Frank Fandrick for kicking off Tuesday's Travels!


Anonymous said...

Very nice work. You all are so talented in this class. I really learned a lot! Enjoyed the coffee breaks too! Edie

Sage said...

What great pictures! I think I was born to travel, but married to a guy who prefers to stay home. I have quietly kind of trained him.
Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Love these images--I've got to learn about Photoshop!!!