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Tuscany in Winter: Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta

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The Chapel of Our Lady of Vitaleta is a small sacred building is located on a hilltop in the village Vitaleta on the road that connects San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza. It is one of the most iconic photo locations in Tuscany.

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Tuscany in Winter: Montefollonico

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Montefollonico sits across the valley from another hilltop town: Montepulciano. It is relatively unchanged because it is off the tourist path and it still looks the way it did in the 13th century.

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Tuscany in Winter: San Quirico d’Orcia

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This year we tried to visit small Tuscan towns that we haven't been to before. So without much to do on 24th of December, the choice fell on San Quirico d'Orcia. It's the closest town to the famous Cappella di Vitaleta, one of the most photographed locations in Tuscany.

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Lamborghini Winery, Umbria – Wine & Golf

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Last year at ProWein 2017 I was surprised to discover that there is a Lamborghini Winery, started by Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. So when we arranged our trip to Tuscany at the end of 2017, we decided to visit this winery (the only one that we got to visit on this trip). The Lamborghini Estate (official website) lies between the… Continue reading "Lamborghini Winery, Umbria – Wine & Golf"

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Tuscany in Winter: Lucignano

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Lucignano is a very quaint and beautiful town completely surrounded by a wall. It doesn't take long to walk most of its streets, eat an ice-cream, etc.

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Tuscany in Winter: Cortona

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Cortona is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy. It is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo.

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Thorn – “The White Village”, Netherlands

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Thorn is a town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg. It lies on the rivers Meuse and Witbeek. It is known as 'the white village' for its white-washed brick houses in the centre of town.

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Schloss Burg – Solingen, Germany

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Work on the castle started around 1130 and from then on the Dukes of Berg lived here for several centuries, all the while constantly enlarging their sphere of influence. By the end of the fifteenth century their successors ruled over huge areas of what is now North Rhine Westphalia! Later they moved their seat of power to Düsseldorf and Burg… Continue reading "Schloss Burg – Solingen, Germany"

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Memories ❤

Memories are everything. What’s the point of living without memories? What if we woke up one morining and wouldn’t remember anything about ourselves?  Or what if we’d realise that our whole life was a dream? Would you be able to live without knowing who you are? Sometimes we want our bad memories gone. We want… Continue reading Memories ❤
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Vikings and Knights (Wikinger & Ritter) at Kemnader See (Hafen Heveney) – Germany

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During 15-18 June 2017 Heveney Harbor at Kemnader See was the host of a “Vikings & Knights” festival organized by Sündenfrei®. Battle reenactments, medieval-themed clothes, drinks and food.

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Museum Burg Vischering – Lüdinghausen, Germany

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Vischering Castle (German: Burg Vischering) in Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia is the most typical moated castle in the Münster region of Germany. The castle consists of outer defensive courtyard, defensive gateways, moat, drawbridge, main building and chapel.

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Westerwinkel Castle – Ascheberg, Germany

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The Westerwinkel Castle is one of the earliest Baroque castles in Westphalia and was built in the middle of the 17th century. It is completely surrounded by a golf-club with the same name.

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Schloss Nordkirchen – Versailles of Westphalia

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Schloss Nordkirchen is a palace situated in the town of Nordkirchen in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The schloss was largely built between 1703 and 1734 and is known as the “Versailles of Westphalia” since it is the largest of the fully or partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region.

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LWL – Freilichtmuseum Hagen, Germany

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The Hagen Westphalian Open-Air Museum (German: LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen – Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Handwerk und Technik; English: “LWL Open-air Museum Hagen – Westphalian State Museum for Craft and Technics”) is a museum at Hagen in the southeastern Ruhr area, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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Hohensyburg Ruins, Germany

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The Sigiburg was a Saxon hillfort overlooking the River Ruhr near its confluence with the River Lenne. The ruins of the later Hohensyburg castle now stand on the site, which is in Syburg, a neighbourhood in the Hörde district of Dortmund. Archaeological evidence suggests the site was occupied in the Neolithic era. The hillfort was raised ca. 700 by Westphalian… Continue reading "Hohensyburg Ruins, Germany"

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Burg Altena – Märkischer Kreis, Germany

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Altena Castle (German: Burg Altena) is a Medieval hill castle in the town of Altena in North Rhine-Westphalia. Built on a spur of Klusenberg hill, the castle lies near the Lenne in the Märkischer Kreis. It is a short ~40 km drive from Dortmund. The castle was erected by the early Counts of Berg in the early 12th century. Eventually,… Continue reading "Burg Altena – Märkischer Kreis, Germany"

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Westfalenpark Dortmund, Germany (2017)

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Westfalenpark is a large park in the Southern part of Dortmund. There is a mini train and a tall tower (Florianturn) with an observation deck. Compared to other parks in Dortmund, there is an entrance fee – 3,5 EUR for 1 adult. Thankfully car parking is free. Westfalenpark houses the German Rosarium with over 3,000 kinds of roses, making it… Continue reading "Westfalenpark Dortmund, Germany (2017)"

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Town of Schwerte, District of Unna, Germany

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Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The total population is 46,700 people. Schwerte is a short 5-minute drive from Dortmund, and I had an hour to walk in the area. 1. We start our walk from the Schwerte Stadthaus (City Hall). 2. A neat little garden to wait for your appointment. 3. 4.… Continue reading "Town of Schwerte, District of Unna, Germany"

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Moisburg Town, Lower Saxony – Germany (March 2017)

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Moisburg is a small town (population ~1.900) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It was first mentioned in ~1322. The closest big city is Hamburg, which is ~45km away. I was driving from Hamburg and stopped here for a coffee and a snack. Across the road I saw a lovely building, which I then discovered to be the local library (and city… Continue reading "Moisburg Town, Lower Saxony – Germany (March 2017)"

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Sorpesee – The Sorpe Dam – NRW, Germany (March 2017)

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The Sorpe Dam (German: Sorpetalsperre) is a dam on the Sorpe river, near the small town of Sundern in the district of Hochsauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is a short 55km drive away from Dortmund (~40 minutes one-way). Together with the Biggesee, the Möhne Reservoir, and the Verse reservoir, the Sorpe Reservoir is one of the major artificial lakes… Continue reading "Sorpesee – The Sorpe Dam – NRW, Germany (March 2017)"

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