Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 on Enjoy Food & Travel

Cuzco, Peru will be one of the destinations visited in 2012. Photo: Schoci
2012 will bring stories from South- and North America, Europe as well as Africa here on Enjoy Food & Travel. 

March-April 2012: Lima, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu - Peru 
Traveling to Peru is a dream come through. In March it will finally happen as we will travel to visit this beautiful country by the equator.

The Plaza de Armas marketplace, Lima. Photo: Dozenist
Having my nephews apartment in the Miraflores area as base camp we will explore the Peruvian capital Lima, before traveling on to Cuzco, Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in the Andean foothills.

This will be my first time in South America, and provide an intriguing experience of the ancient Inca culture and the Spanish culture taking over. With a flight time of around 12 hours it is also one of the longest journeys I've had in my life only surpassed by the non-stop flight Zürich - San Francisco taken in November 2000.

April 2012: Bergen, Norway

Bergen: City centre from the Fløien mountain plateau
I will attend a conference in Bergen, Norway in April 2012.

Bergen is located among high mountains by the west coast of the Norway.

Bergen is the only genuine medieval city in Norway. The city centre has been ravaged by flames many times, the latest being by the large fire of 1702. Over and over has the city risen from the flames, along the same old narrow medieval streets and passages.

Among the most beautiful areas is Bryggen, rebuilt after the last large fire, it still reflects centuries of building tradition.

See previous stories from Bergen on Enjoy Food & Travel

 May 2012: Heidelberg, Germany

In May 2012 I will spend a weekend in Heidelberg Germany.

Heidelberg is the home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities i Germany. It dates back to 1386.
Palace as seen from city centre. Photo: Brian Tibbetts
The university is the main reason why I go to visit this old German city. Another nephew is studying medicine here in 2012, so this is a social visit as well.

Heidelberg has a beautiful old city centre resting under the mighty castle. It goes back to the 15th century when Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398–1410) erected the first building in the inner courtyard as a royal residence.

I will be there one weekend, so there will not be much time to explore what this beautiful historic city has to offer. Still I am determined to explore the palace once home to the once Prince elects of the Rhine-Palatinate as well as a few pints of beer.

July 2012: Paris,  France

Photo: La Tour Eiffel and Champ de Mars by Ralf Roletschek
In July I will stay one weekend in Paris, France. I plan to accompany Shannon, an American cousin to this beautiful metropolis during her first visit to Europe.

I have visited the French capital several times before, in the pre Enjoy Food & Travel era, but I have a few stories from the city on this site posted by friends. I am, however, excited to return to Paris.

A must is to see the Mona Lisa or la Giocconda at the Louvre Musum as Shannon is very interested in the Arts. Another must is a drink on the Champs Elysees and a climb up the Montmartre to get a prime view of Paris.

See all stories from Paris on Enjoy Food & Travel

September 2012: Northern New England

Baked quahog as served at Mill Wharf Plaza, Scituate MA
September 2012 I will have my 30th crossing of the Atlantic to experience Northern New England in the United States. This means more stories from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New Hampshire here on Enjoy Food & Travel.

My annual trips to the United States is a ritual, as this is a purely social visit. My two cousins live close to Boston, by the beautiful beaches found along this coastline. The area is therefore as close to home for me as could be. I have learnt to know (and love) the places, people, sights and food culture through my visits.

See all stories from my previous visits in New England here

December 2012: Marrakech, Morocco

The beauty of the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech
I hope to end 2012 and start 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco. This will be my third visit to this beautiful North African destination.

You do not have to stick you feet into a pair of ruby slippers and be taken by a twister to leave your Kansas.

Marrakech, by the foot of the Atlas mountains, is definitely not my Kansas. It resembles nothing I have seen until now. It is an intriguing, chaotic mix of the orient and Africa and very far away from Europe.

See previous stories from Enjoy Food & Travel 2010-2011

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