We break briefly from our revisiting of places we visited when we could travel and actually take a [short] vacation trip to Destin, Florida, located on Florida's gulf coast. We fly into the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, located on Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. Arriving as the sun sets, we have a great view of the hotel and the beach in dark, then, the next morning, in light. We're travelling the week after Spring Break in the US and the area is much less crowded than the previous week.
- Cinque Terre
- Costa Rica
- French Polynesia
- Grand Canyon
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
- Las Vegas
- Monte Carlo
- Napa Valley
- New York
- Phnom Penh
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Sebastian
- St. Petersburg
- The Netherlands
Friday, April 30, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
We're still hoping to get to Italy this fall. Over the weekend, the head of the European Commission said that American tourists who have been fully vaccinated will be able to visit starting this summer. We have reservations and are ready to go spend another week at Hotel Villa Steno in Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, on the Italian Riviera. What a truly magical place!
But, even though we can't get there for a few months, we can create a few of our favorite dining experiences to remind us of Cinque Terre and other fabulous locations.
Before Easter, we spend a few hours making a Bolognese sauce (with ground beef, pork, and veal), then the next day a besciamella sauce. We use both of those to make lasagna alla Bolognese (we understand that only non-Italians call it that - Italians say "lasagne al sugo di carne"). We start with a bruschetta made with brie and prosciutto (sprinkled with fresh chives), followed by the lasagna. And, for desert, a small French influence: profiteroles.
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Friday, April 23, 2021
We head out in the morning and walk through Copenhagen, past the beautifully-painted movie theater and over to Orsteds Park (Ørstedsparken), a few blocks northwest of Tivoli Gardens.
Orsteds Park was created in 1872 as one of a series of parks built on the grounds of Copenhagen's old fortification ring. Construction of the park including converting the moat to a lake and creating small hills out of former bastions. One prominent feature of Orsteds Park is a monument to Hans Christian Ørsteds, the Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields. Also, scattered throughout the park are many additional statues funded by the Albertina Foundation created by the head of Carlsberg.
Leaving the park, we spot several great bicycles in this city famous for its biking culture.
We walk through the great little streets to the Frederiksborggade pedestrian street and then across the canal to the castle, home of the Danish royal family and built surrounding a large equestrian field.
Just past the castle, we return to the pedestrian street (renamed at this end as Amagertorv Street). This end of the street is a serious high-end shopping district and we zip into the Royal Copenhagen shop. We have a family history of collecting Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates and we start by viewing this year's plate in the shop and then admiring all the other great porcelain products, made in Copenhagen since 1775.
Strolling through through the Kastellet, one of the best-preserved fortifications in Northern Europe and still an active military base for Danish Defense, we spot the Little Mermaid. The Kastellket also contains a monument with the eternal flame for Danish military previously or presently deployed, including a chronological list of all places in the world where Danish soldiers have been sent and a list of all the deceased. The inscription at the eternal flame reads: "One Time, One Place, One Human Being" ("Et Tid, Et Sted, Et Menneske").