Next in the series of where to take your visitors in Florida: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. A small, pleasant few blocks of waterfront with Greek architecture and food, plus shells, souvenirs and sponges galore at kitschy little shops.
Continuing the series of inexpensive daytrips near the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, this week I present the murals on the Mazzaro Italian Market buildings in St. Petersburg. When you have out-of-town visitors and don't know what to do with them, treat them and yourself to an interesting, photographable destination that is cheap and uncomplicated. Plus, buy my books and blog gear to fulfill your holiday shopping list!
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I’ve just spent a week in the Bayerischer Wald, or Bavarian Forest, a large, rural area in southeast Bavaria along the Czech border with lots of forest and low mountains.
You may have heard of the Schwarzwald, or Black Forest. Well, this is another forest on the other side of the country. It’s not a national forest like in the USA, but rather a geographic region. That said, with the German priority for conservation, the forests are managed with an eye toward keeping nature intact. Building, farming, hunting and lumber harvesting are highly regulated. In fact, part of the Bavarian Forest is a nature preserve.
The German name on the label means “frying peppers”. I’d never seen nor heard of them before but the picture on the package looked interesting and I was in an experimental frame of mind.
Once home, I googled the Spanish name on the label, “Pimientos de Padrón” and got hundreds of hits. It seems these Padrón peppers are known far and wide by anyone who’s been to a tapas bar in the Galicia region of northwest Spain.
And just in case you happen not to know: tapas are snacks, a sort of Spanish bar food. They can be practically anything from small servings of meat with sauce to fried shrimp to small omelets. Typically, at least in tapas bars in the US, you order them in batches, much like you’d order a sushi roll, probably to share with your table. Tapas should be paired with wine or sangria. Tapas bars can be found in almost every country nowadays.
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A few weeks ago I posted photos of Munich’s birthday celebration. As if the street fest weren’t enough, afterward my husband and I visited the huge Augustiner Keller Biergarten near the main train station.