Escape Spring Travels

Do you see that speck of a town below me?  Yes, that was how far we hiked to get to the top of the mountain.  Jin and Koen at the hut on the way down.  Finally, a bit of schnapps after dinner!

Look, what I found on the hike, wild blue berries!

Look, what I found on the hike, wild blue berries!

Hiking in Pragraten Austria with Jin and Koen!

Edelweiss!

Edelweiss!

Yum, new things to eat and drink in Lisbon!  Gooseneck barnacles and sapateira!  Sapateira  iscrab roe and all kinds of other inside stuff all mixed together and stuffed back into the crab shell and served with really delicious bread similar to pugliese.  The bread is grilled and covered in sweet butter.  You use this to dip into the crab stuff…really really rich. Sometimes it’s mixed with a variation of the typical ingredients found in potato salad, like mustard, mayo, pickles, egg, onion, and parsley.  The Gooseneck barnacles are a bit like clams, chewy and briny, perfect with beer!  Ginjinha is some sort of sour cherry infused liquor, your perfect afternoon quaff before the real drinking begins!  Not as nice as the sherry in Barcelona, but good enough :-)  We had to stop and try the mystery meat (I think pig innards) on delicious bread with hot spicy mustard…good!

Lisbon Portugal 

Paris on Bastille Day!!

Arc De Triomphe!

Arc De Triomphe!


Stuffing my face in Paris!  Yes that last one is a giant sweet bread.  I neglected to take photos of the three desserts that were served after this little feast…I was too exhausted to lift my camera…the bread pudding at Chez L’Ami Jean is the best.

Tuck Tuck ride in Hanoi.  Doesn’t look scary until driver runs a red light and then crosses over to the opposite lanes facing traffic!!!

Tuck Tuck ride in Hanoi.  Doesn’t look scary until driver runs a red light and then crosses over to the opposite lanes facing traffic!!!