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Christmas Markets 2017 - Luxembourgh

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2017

rain 50 °F
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the Grand Duchy

Luxembourg is the world's only remaining grand duchy ... just meaning that the ruler is royalty with the title of Grand Duke. It's the 7th smallest country in Europe, and 28th smallest overall. It's quite the blend of French, German, and Belgian culture. Luxembourg City is one of 3 official capitals of the European Union.
We decided to check it out as part of our German Christmas markets tour in 2017. The main reason being that I found really cheap flights going there instead of the main German airports, but it's less than an hour bus ride to the border. It also allowed us some time to get over any jet lag and relax a few days before the crazy German markets tour. We were pleasantly surprised, and they have incorporated their own markets (like much of central Europe now).

Highly recommend:

  • Bock Casemates (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Place Guillaume II square
  • Christmas markets

Other sites to check out:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Grand Ducal Palace (only open for tours a few weeks in the summer)
  • Villa Vauban & the Municipal park

Trip Map

Pictures

A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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One of several Luxembourg City christmas markets
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A decorated tree in the markets.
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The decorated cathedral of Notre Dame (Lux version).
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The UNESCO site of the Bock casemates.
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A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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Videos

Our ride up a glass elevator:

Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 12:22 Archived in Luxembourg Tagged markets travel christmas festival wine europe luxembourg 2017 Comments (0)

Salt Lake City 2017 - Utah, USA

~ the birthplace of salt ~

sunny 102 °F

SLC

It's only an hour flight from Denver; and since we have free flights on Southwest (well, gotta pay $11 in federal fees), but might as well check out the "Crossroads of the West", an apparent nickname of Salt Lake City. While we were there, the highs were between 98 and 102 every day !

Who knows about SLC? Who's been there? Would love to hear your experiences and thoughts on the town.

Recommended

These places were awesome and we recommend checking them out:

  • Settebello Pizzeria - true Naples Italy style pizza that was Delicious !
  • Capo Gelato Italiano - Italian gelato that was much needed on the day it got up to 102 degrees C
  • Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen - healthy, delicious, and affordable
  • Saturday Farmers Market - chance to interact with the locals at Pioneer Park
  • City Creek center - yes, there is a creek

Activities

Here are some of the fun things we did and enjoyed.

Urban Adventure Quest : This was a blast and a great way to get to know a city. You get clues (and hints if needed) via your smartphone about your next destination. When you answer correctly, you get directions there and some history or interesting facts. You can compete against other teams for high score or fasted time to complete. We took about 3.5 hours and saw 20 different tourist sites.
This website has tours in most large US cities.

Temple Square : The headquarters of the LDS. You can take a self led or guided tour (both free) around the campus to see the temple, the tabernacle, the visitors center, the ancestor family search library, assembly hall, and a number of exhibits. Enjoy, but just don't get brainwashed !

Grand American hotel : Check out the fancy shops, courtyards, ballrooms, pool, or take a self led art tour of their collections around the property.

Wiseguys Comedy Club : We saw Orny Adams. Never heard of him before, but he was hilarious, with his connected 1 hour bit about how the new Millennial generation needs to toughen up. #OrnyAdams #CoalForOrny #LowerYourExpectations

Things we would like to do next time:

  • Park City & Sundance
  • Salt lake boat ride / tour
  • Winter Olympics site
  • Hiking

Pictures

Panoramic from the Capital:
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After Jesus disappeared from Jerusalem, he showed up in SLC:
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Get coffee-faced in Pioneer Park
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Yes, they have made a Polygamy beer there. The back of the label promises that you can love this beer equally with others. Ha.
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:39 Archived in USA Tagged temple travel utah usa capital salt slc Comments (0)

Medicine Bow Peak hike 2017 - Wyoming USA

from a National Forest in Southern Wyoming

sunny 88 °F

Medicine Bow Peak hike

This is a huge National Forest just about 3 hours from Denver. It covers north central Colorado and south central Wyoming. But the hiking highlight of Medicine Bow peak (and the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and Browns Peak) is in Wyoming. So a quick drive and a National Parks pass will get you to these views too.

There are year-round recreation opportunities there, including hiking, biking, camping, horse riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, photography and a wide array of winter sports, just to name a few. Our trip was focused on the hiking. We took the Medicine Bow Peak trail on the way up, and the Lakes Trail on the way back. That round trip covers 7 miles and has a variety of landscapes, elevation changes, and trail conditions.

Pictures

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Elevation changes from start to peak (~ 10,400 to 11,900):
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After a steep initial climb from the parking lot, here's a few from the south end of the Medicine Bow peak range and the lakes below:
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At the first stop, here's a selfie and panoramic of the incredible views:
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Looking around from the very top of the peak:
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At the north end of the trail, looking along the range ridges and lakes below:
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A panoramic view of the entire range from the Lakes Trail:
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Completing the hike; time to celebrate:
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
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MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:51 Archived in USA Tagged hiking travel usa wyoming nationalparks Comments (0)

Virgin Islands adventure 2016 - USVI & BVI

cruisin' around the Caribbean

sunny 75 °F
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Vacation

Although I had been on a cruise ship before, the previous one was a quick 2 day jaunt to the Bahamas in chilly and rainy weather. So I consider this my first "real" cruise experience: involving tanning in the sun on the pool deck, lazy days on the ocean, multiple port visits, being a tourist, and many many buffets. This was in February 2016.

We started the vacation in Miami the day before. We had lived there before, so didn't need to see the sites. We relaxed on the beach, walked up Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and enjoyed the top floor mega-suite at the IHG InterContinental in downtown Miami on the harbor. Check out the video of our penthouse.

After a few days of enjoying the ocean, and all that the Norwegian escape had to offer, we were at the main destinations. I'm skipping over the experience of the cruise ship a bit, but it had a huge outdoor theater, water slides, a ropes course, casinos, shops, and lots of entertainment and restaurants. Our main port stops included:

  • Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, USVI
  • Road Town, Tortola, BVI
  • Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • Nassua, New Providence, Bahamas

Highly recommend:

  • relaxing at picturesque Magens Bay on St Thomas
  • swimming and walking around the Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda
  • the local street markets on all of the islands
  • relaxing on a cruise !

Trip Map


We checked out the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Pictures

View from suite at IHG hotel in downtown Miami the day before the cruise:
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Taking a ferry between 2 of the BVI ports:
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Walking and swimming at the Baths:
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the St Thomas cruise port:
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Panoramic of the cruise ship:
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Videos

A relaxing look at the boat wake when we were out at sea.

Walking through the Baths National Park (take 1)

Walking through the Baths National Park (take 2)

Leaving the island of Tortola.

Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 20:44 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged nature travel cruise caribbean usa uk bahamas usvi bvi 2016 Comments (0)

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