There aren’t any signs for this umbrella making shop in the heart of old Salzburg
and we wouldn’t have known about it had it not been for our private guide, which is the only way you can visit the family behind old fashioned, traditional umbrella making – a lost art if you will…
In a small alleyway in Salzburg’s main shopping area, the shop of Andreas Kirchtag,
or umbrella maker is located in a space above another shop. It’s not easy to find, so if you’re interested, inquire with a guide to make sure it’s on the agenda you sign up for when planning your agenda. Their shop is located upstairs on the second floor which you access via a small elevator down a small alleyway.
We learn that Kirchtag’s family has been hand-making umbrellas for 100 years and after we explore the process and the high quality materials they use, I realize that I never want to own a cheap umbrella bought from some known or unknown market again. Take a look at the myriad of wood choices you have to choose from, and that’s just the beginning….
Let’s face it, who’s not drawn to water? It’s the number one source that keeps us alive and our bodies are made up of more water than anything else. Inevitably, this is the reason we love oceans, lakes and fountains so much and are naturally drawn to natural sources of water.
Historical Hellbrunn Palace
in Salzburg Austria
had water as a defining element in the design of the palace from the very beginning. The fountains and water jets can be enjoyed almost exactly the way they were intended 400 years ago – as entertainment for the archbishops – and still include secret and mystical grottos, water-powered figures and hidden jets of water around every corner. Outside, you can meander through the palace and take in the majestic nature of the Palace itself with its numerous fountains, all of which have “tricks” connected to them.
is a veritable jewel with not just decadent fountains, but a spacious park that combines artificially landscaped park land and natural biotopes. The water games and trick fountains are a truly unique experience where you will constantly expect the unexpected as you go on a tour of…
For the second night in a row, I hadn’t bolted the door. When I woke up, I had that dizzying feeling you get when you’ve passed through too many airports in a short period of time, wondering where you were and what day it was.
There wasn’t a sound to be heard except for a distant bird’s call that didn’t remotely sound familiar. I tried to put my attention on it so my mind didn’t race off into the land of thought, the ever land of thought that never seems to shut down. What hadn’t I done the day before that still needed my attention and all the things that so often steals precious time away from the serenity that this precious island had to offer.
I was on the very same Caribbean
island that I read about for the first time when I was ten, and while I hadn’t heard of Reggae or the Blues yet, the novel painted such a rich picture that I knew the rhythm and beat by heart, so much so that I imagined drums on the ceiling of my bedroom and if anyone ever asked me, I would swear they…
There’s a slight crispness in the early morning air in Kolkata, almost making it comparable to the nip we are so fond of in Bangalore. The after-effects of the strong showers from the last afternoon hasn’t caused Calcutta to give up it’s resilience in coming back with the briny, balmy humidity, even before the clock strikes 8am..
That’s autumn, a season which welcomes to the city the worship of a deity, who, we believe in all might, has slain the evil, and brought harmony and good to the world. It’s the season of amiable abundance; a time for religion, art and business to blend together. Revellers and late night troopers will once again create frenzy in the streets. The smell of something divine will fill the air with the promise of a much-awaited celebration. Crossroads and street markets will be teeming with eager, restless, swearing and overenthusiastic last-minute shoppers. And soon the city will turn into a mix of religious event, a cultural occasion, a music festival, a literary fair, a food festival, a fashion show — all rolled into one. Nothing short of a carnival!
Bengal is in a hysterical excitement to welcome its beloved daughter, Durga, to her maternal, worldly home..the ‘City of…
From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, mindfulness and tantra, to lectures that range from the convergence of Quantum Physics
to consciousness and everything in between, the SAND Conference
brings together the smartest and most creative minds for one long weekend, where it’s hard to not leave just a little bit transformed.
By Transformative Travel
at We Blog the World,
we mean just that — unique experiences that will transform how you view the world, whether that be hanging out with polar bears in the Canadian Arctic
, meeting ice glaciers on a luxury cruise ship in Chilean Patagonia
, simple reflective moments on Curacao’s Caribbean beaches
, or being present at a consciousness conference
where you will inevitably meet some of the most interesting and caring people you’ve ever met. (see my write-up from 2014
Pre-conference workshops covered a myriad of things from the Salka Experience of Consciousness and Feeling the Universe to transforming your life through the Power of Sound. Sacred Science and the Mystery of Christ even ended up on the agenda, so whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, a believer in God or have no
A cultural art walk through some of Atlanta’s lesser known neighborhoods — go on a visual journey with me.
All photos taken by RENEE BLODGETT.
Woodstock, the primary portal into Cape Town South Africa
, has adopted many identities throughout the centuries. The Mother City’s oldest suburb has a beautiful location, sandwiched in a between Devil’s Peak and the ocean, although the view is now also dotted with warehouses and shipping containers.
It began in the mid-1800′s as a small fishing hamlet. During the British occupation of the Cape, the English left their influence in road names like Victoria and Albert and rows of brick terraced houses reminiscent of those in an English town. Despite various iterations of inhabitants Woodstock has always been a racially and religiously mixed community, a place where white, black and mixed race people, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived side by side. While bulldozers destroyed its similarly diverse neighbor, District Six, during Apartheid, somehow Woodstock remained untouched and avoided forced removal of ethnic inhabitants.
Unfortunately, in recent decades, Woodstock earned an infamous reputation for crack houses, prostitution and crime. After undergoing gentrification in the past five years, it is now known as the creative center of Cape Town attractions, a haven for hipsters and home of the popular Neighborgoods Market where locals and visitors alike enjoy some of the city’s best culinary and…
When frequent travelers think of Atlanta,
three things likely come to mind: CNN, Delta and wining and dining in Buckhead
. At least Buckhead was trending last time I was there, which sadly was a long long time ago until this month. I was invited to be a guest of the Social Media Strategies Summit
, focused on the travel and foodie market in the heart of Atlanta. It was the first year they held the event, so it was small, but frankly intimate events are now my favorite given how many event gems started that way and grew to be so big that they lost their value because connections were lost in the noise.
The idea behind the event, shortened and hashtaged to #SITsum
of course, was to engage as a community about the industry, both from the content provider and brand’s perspective. Talks like “What’s Next for Social Media Marketing and Your Brand”
to “How to Negotiate the Value of your Influence”
to learning about new social media tools (Stefanie Michaels aka @AdventureGirl touted Flipagram as a new platform she likes, so et hem, I’m not on it),
and experiencing the best of Atlanta,…
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