Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Place I'd Love to Visit

A few years ago, Marianne Williamson did a pilgrimage to India and one of the places the group was to visit was the Taj Mahal. Something about India, Indian culture (though I know very little), the people, the history calls to me. I want to read more about India (I just bought a travel/history book on India for sale at Barnes and Noble! Yay!) and go there some day.
Here's to a little dreaming - Taj Mahal in many different angles:


Isn't that an amazing building? It is really an incredible feat of architecture.

Another building I love is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany (and Schloss Linderhof). I have been there - and a couple of other castles built by "Crazy King Ludwig" (I only know that name from my childhood - I should look that up, too). We traveled around Europe when my father was stationed there and had the good luck to visit some of the most incredible places - some very happy and cool (like castles and museums) and some not so happy - Anne Frank's House, Dachau Concentration Camp. There were odd places that I only vaguely remember - Madurodam, a miniature city in The Netherlands, the smallest apartment in the world in The Netherlands. We visited Our Chalet in Adelboden.

Here are some pictures of those places, too:

Neuschwanstein in Bavaria in the fall

Schloss Linderhof - modeled after The Versailles
Maduradom miniature city in The Netherlands
The Smallest House in the World (the Red one) in Amsterdam
Our Chalet near Bern, Switzerland (Adelboden). International Girl Scout/Girl Guide chalet.  When we went there, they had souvenir pins but they would only sell the same number as there were in your party at the Chalet. Only people who have been there are supposed to wear the lapel pin. I don't know if that is still true, but when I was a kid, I loved that. It seemed so exclusive.

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