My sister Mary died in February, 2012. She was taken from us by cancer at the young age of 66. The diagnosis was unexpected and sadly, her demise was swift - only 15 days from discovery to her passing. But my sister Mary was steely tough and I am sure that during those last days she gave cancer the fight of its life. When it took on Mary, it took on one formidable opponent, and although she lost the fight, she went down swinging. She died on Leap Day - February 29, 2012.
There is this mountain called The Wendelstein. It's in German Bavaria. To get to it, you just go some kilometers south of Munich, to the Roseheim District, and park your car in a little small parking area near the quaint village of St. Maragarethen.
You will see the Wendelstein from miles away as you near it. And what makes it so unique, so wonderful, is that from its summit, it offers breath taking vistas and views of the Alps and of the valley below. It is very exposed and because of this, its unobscured views are the reason it has been a favorite of Germans and tourists for hundreds of years. And I walked up that mountain.
Girona is a city in northeastern Spain of nearly 100,000 inhabitants and is steeped in a rich history that dates back to 79 BC. It is the capital of the province that shares it name (Province of Girona) and is located just an hour northeast of Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. The diversity, historical significance, and beautiful panorama makes this area of Spain an ideal destination for a vacation.
When we think of Europe, we are typically focused on the larger, more notable locations like London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Austria, Rome, Venice, Lisbon and Madrid, to name a few. However, along with these destinations comes the stress of getting around and seeing the sights in overcrowded conditions and extremely heavy traffic. Logistics can be a nightmare, and if not planned flawlessly, your trip can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Joanna and Jon are beautiful people. I met them by accident. A friend and I happened upon their wonderful store, while looking for materials to complete an art project that memorialized someone very special. We explained to Joanna what we were doing and her care and compassion warmed our hearts. She is the definition of the “beautiful people” that I wrote about in 2011.