The Little Princess & Debra – Tuesday’s Lagniappe

Budapest is a wonderful city – or two cities, which it was until the mid-nineteenth century. The Little Princess is on the Pest side, watching over the promenade by the banks of the Danube, not far from the Elisabeth Bridge. She is a little girl – 6 or 7, perhaps 8 – dressed as a Princess, although in truth she is easy to mistake for a fancifully dressed little boy. She strives to be regal but there is no mistaking her nature – full of energy and mischief. Just after a rain shower one late August afternoon, I snapped this picture of Debra in front of her. It’s Tuesday’s lagniappe.

Little Princess & DebraHer knees are polished by countless hands of passersby, hoping for a little luck. Who knows? Maybe she’ll grant their wishes – or at least some of them. Though her face remains inscrutable, you can almost see the glint in her eye.

May the rest of your week be full of beauty and, perhaps, a little mischief.

Lagniappe from Seville – A Bit of Plaza de Espana

We’re back from Spain! It was a lovely trip that will make for several future travel posts. While we’re smoothing out our jet lag and evaluating changes at Hildring House (update post coming soon), I thought a little lagniappe to start the weekend was in order.

Here is a shot from Seville of the central structure of Plaza de España – a phenomenal site constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition Worlds Fair. (It’s so exotic that they also filmed scenes from one of the Star Wars movies here.)

Plaza de Espana 1Have a great weekend – and thanks for coming along on adventures With the Barretts!

Montserrat Barcelona – Today’s Lagniappe

By the time this posts, we will be on our way to another part of Spain – Madrid and Seville and surrounds. But if you ever find yourself headed to Barcelona, do take the time to go to Montserrat (not talking about the Caribbean Island here, folks). The monastery, the Black Madonna, the cable car, the views!

Montserrat - BarcelonaSo. See you in a couple of weeks – but stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook!

Love life, love each other, and keep coming on adventures With the Barretts!

Edinburgh Excursion – Inchcolm Abbey on the Firth of Forth

During a trip to Dublin a few years back, we flew over to Edinburgh for a few days. I fell in love with the place. We will go back and explore more of the country but we couldn’t have been more delighted with our experience in Edinburgh and vicinity.

Inchcolm Abbey ruins and clouds

One day, because it sounded like an adventure, we decided to take the train and a ferry to visit Inchcolm Abbey on an island in the Firth of Forth. This post is about that excursion. Continue reading “Edinburgh Excursion – Inchcolm Abbey on the Firth of Forth”

Day Trip to Tallinn

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

One evening while having dinner at Taverna in downtown Fort Worth, we asked our waiter – who obviously was European – where he would go if he were to take a vacation in Europe. He replied, “Tallinn or Riga.” I have to be honest. While they sounded vaguely familiar, I couldn’t have told you on a bet where Tallinn or Riga were. This is Tallinn:

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which sounded sort of like the location of a Marx Bros movie. The young man we were talking to was pretty definite about thinking that it is a very cool place. And that it is. Among other things, it is (according to our server and several other sources, including the Economist) a world leader in technology. Not to mention that it’s stunningly beautiful.

So, in 2015, during a trip to Stockholm and St. Petersburg, we decided to take in Tallinn and Riga, as well. We were only able to spend a day in Tallinn and this post is about that day. Continue reading “Day Trip to Tallinn”

A Barcelona Stroll or Let’s Get A Little Gaudi – Park Guell

We’re taking a little break to remember a stroll that Debra and I took in wonderful Barcelona back in 2014. We spent a couple of weeks there enjoying the fantastic famous tapas 2014-03-07 09.55.01.jpgand one day decided to wander from the area where we were staying  down into Barrio Gotico, which abuts La Rambla on the east side. I use La Rambla as a geographic reference because it’s what all the tourists know in Barcelona. My advice, however, is to spend as little time actually on La Rambla as you can. I suppose you need to walk it once, just to say that you did. But there are far better ways to spend time in this lovely city. Continue reading “A Barcelona Stroll or Let’s Get A Little Gaudi – Park Guell”