Selected Photos–Volume 1

Without recalling or re-posting all of the details of any particular trip, I thought it would be fun to post a few special photos of special places.  Valerie does all of our photography and while neither of us claim any special photographic skills, she captures some very nice images.  (These photos are in no particular order.)

Turnagain Arm, Anchorage, AK

Turnagain Arm – Chugach State Park:  Near Anchorage, Alaska, May 2018. Continue reading

Placerville, CA

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On our way back to South Lake Tahoe following our mini-vacation, we stopped off for one night in Placerville, CA.  More or less midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, Placerville is on Highway 50 in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains.  They describe their location as “above the fog and below the snow line” which gives them something of a four seasons climate.

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Cologne, Germany

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Cologne, Germany’s 4th largest city, is located on the mighty Rhine River, historically one of the great rivers of the continent and among the most important arteries of industrial transport in the world.  As one example, while we were here, we saw 5 or 6 river cruise boats anchored in Cologne.  The city was founded and established in the 1st century AD as a Roman settlement.  When Cologne began building its underground transportation system they discovered extensive Roman ruins.  In the year 310 AD under the emperor Constantine I a bridge was built over the Rhine at Cologne.

Cologne Cathedral

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Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt is unlike any other Germany city.  It is a finance and business hub, home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges as well as the new headquarters for the European Central Bank.  Its airport is the third largest in Europe.  Due to its soaring skyline and the Main River that runs through it, Frankfurt refers to itself as “Main-hatten”.

Mentioned in historical documents as far back as 794 AD, Frankfurt was an important center for the Holy Roman Empire.  With the election of Frederick I in 1152, the city became the customary site of the selection of Emperors and German Kings.  A stock exchange began operating in Frankfurt in 1585.

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