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Adventures in Europe

Music and Mountains in Mostviertel, Austria

· by · Monkeys and mountains is a common (and one of my favorite themes) on this blog, but music and mountains? This would be a first! This past weekend I attended the Wanderbare Gipfelklaenge which translate roughly to Hiking to the Sounds of the Mountains in Mostviertel, Austria.

The Canals of Amsterdam: 8 Reasons to Celebrate their 400th Birthday

· by · The canals of Amsterdam are celebrating a birthday in 2013 and it's rather a big one. One that you and I will likely not reach - 400 years! I'm just aiming for an even happy and healthy 100 years!

How to Live and Eat Like a Local in Mostviertel Austria

· by · Going local in Mostviertel, Lower Austria involves staying in speciality hotel rooms, eating scrumptious desserts and drinking Schnapps. Ready? Much to my surprise J.P. (my German husband) even learned a thing or two which fascinated me. (I'm obsessed with asking every Austrian and German I meet about the differences between Austria and Germany.)

7 Offbeat Things to Do in Amsterdam

· by · Any guesses as to what the very first thing I ever did in Amsterdam? It wasn't the Anne Frank Museum, nor the Van Gough Museum. It wasn't even the Red Light District, or even a tour of the canals which are celebrating their 400th birthday this year (although I did visit the latter three later in my trip).

Isle of Aix: The Ultimate R&R Getaway

· by · The Isle of Aix ( Île d'Aix in French) is just a short ferry ride from Fouras, on the west coast of France, but worlds away. It's a small island with only 200 inhabitants but a popular day trip with tourists during the summer months.

Besalu, Catalonia: A Photojourney

· by · You may not have heard of Besalú. I hadn't until a few weeks ago. It's a small town located in the northern region of Catalonia with just over 2300 inhabitants.

Winchester, England: The Top Things to See and Do | Travel Blog

· by · Although I had never heard of Winchester until recently, after spending 2 days there I'm convinced that Winchester should be on every visitor to England's agenda. Winchester is a historic city dating back to pre-Roman times and is only an hour southwest of London.

Atlantic Wall: The #1 Attraction in Ostend

Confession #1: I'm not really a museum person. Confession #2: I'm definitely not a military museum person. So no one was more surprised than me when I actually really enjoyed my visit to the Atlantic Wall in Ostend, Belgium! The Atlantic Wall is ranked the #1 attraction of Things to Do in Ostend on

Via Ferrata in Vallcebre, Catalunya: Are You Brave Enough?

Are you brave enough to do a via ferrata? First, let me explain, since you may never have heard of one. I hadn't until I moved to Germany. Also called a When I had the chance to do a via ferrata in Vallcebre, Catalunya, I jumped at the chance.

Hechtsee in Fall

by Laurel Last weekend we went hiking around the Hechtsee (Hecht Lake) in Austria. It's a popular destination for families and has a restaurant/cafe overlooking the lake. The fall colors were on full display with the trees seemingly competing each other for the "Most Colorful Award", reminding me of why fall is my favorite time of year to hike and to be in nature.

  • Laurel is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel Blog which she documents her search for wild places and wild faces - especially those in the form of monkeys and apes! An avid hiker, she loves to explore mountains wherever she is. Although Canadian, she calls Munich, Germany home, and the Alps her second home.

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