Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trip Around the World: Mega Author Blog Hop: Ticket to Paradise (May 16-23)


WELCOME ABOARD TO THE
VACATION OF YOUR LIFETIME!

Welcome, Travellers!

You're next stop is historic Bamberg, Germany! Though, I'm sorry to say this vacation spot really has nothing to do with either of my published stories, it did serve as inspiration, and I thought to share this beautiful location with my readers.

My husband and I visited Germany in 2002. I've always been interested in Germany, especially since I learned several branches of my family tree emerged from the Bavaria region. Beautiful Bamberg, Germany really looks similar to my homeland Pennsylvania, which is one of the reasons my ancestors chose Pennsylvania for their new home.

Though we're missing the awesome sight of castles rising in the distant forested mountains.
This is the Ruine Neideck, a castle built possibly around A.D. 900, but first mentioned in records in 1219. They were in the process of reconstructing a portion of the ruins for historical purposes and to make it safe for visitors. Most of the walls were crumbling and over-run by vegetation. In 2008, the Archaeological Park opened the stairs on the main tower. It is now possible to take in an unobstructed view from the top of the tower. When I visited, I could only reach the lower floor.
Not far from the Ruine Neideck is the city of Bamberg, Germany. This city has a rich history that began when it was first mentioned in 902. Bamberg became known as the "Rome of Germany" when it became the seat of a prince-bishop. It is also the site of the only papal grave north of the Alps (Pope Clemens II died in 1047). Bamberg had the good fortune to survive the numerous bombings that occurred in Germany during WWII, leaving this city largely intact and historically preserved.
This (above) is the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), also known as the 'Island Town Hall' because it was built on an artificial island on the Regnitz river. The building was started in 1461, with the half-timbered addition built in 1668, the Rottmeisterhäuschen.  
Along the bank of the river Regnitz, lies Klein Venedig (Little Venice). It is a picturesque view of fisherman's houses decorated with tiny gardens.
The Imperial Bamberg Cathedral houses the tomb of Emperor Heinrich II and his Empress Kunigunde. Heinrich II founded the Bishopric of Bamberg in 1007. The Imperial Cathedral was consecrated in 1012 but was almost completely destroyed by fires in 1081 and 1185. It was re-built a third time in 1215 and then re-modeled in the 18th century.
Statue of St. Kunigunde on the Lower Bridge by the Regnitz river.
This is Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Monastery), founded in 1015. An earthquake felled the first church in 1117 and a catastrophic fire took its toll in 1610. It was reconstructed in the 13th and 15th centuries, and re-built in Baroque-style in the 18th century.
This is just a taste of what I experienced in beautiful Bamberg, Germany. I hope you enjoyed your visit here!



TOUR RULES:

1)  HAVE FUN!!!

2)  INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

3)  THIS TOUR STARTS:  Monday, May 16, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
     THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, May 23, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

4)  MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!

5) PARTICIPATION AT EVERY BLOG IS RECOMMENDED. BUT REMEMBER: THE MORE YOU HOP, THE MORE CHANCES YOU HAVE TO WIN. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!



Contest:

To win a .pdf copy of The Witch and the Wolf, simply follow my blog and leave a comment. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! One winner will be chosen on May 24. Good luck!

Thank you so much for visiting! To continue to your next destination, visit Nell Dixon in Cornwall, England.




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45 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place! I would love to see Germany someday. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  2. What awesome pics. I love the hanging town hall. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Lovely photos, can imagine a real gothic type horror movie being set there... really chilling, esp the old castles.

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  4. Germany is so full of beautiful architecture and exciting history. Thanks for the pictures.

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  5. Would love to go to Germany! How beautiful!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!
    GFC Shannon Johnson
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  6. What a amazing place with suh rih history. Thankyou for all the lovely photos. :-)

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  7. Germany is a lovely place to visit.

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  8. Looks and sounds beautiful!
    klearboredom@yahoo.com
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  9. Any place with all that history is interesting to me!!

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  10. Great pics....my family has roots in Germany as well.

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  11. GFC follower-leanne109
    Loved the pics thx for sharing!

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  12. this is very beautiful...'
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  13. Oh Germany is one of my top places to visit!! My ancestors come from Germany too. Not to mention the castles and scenery!

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  14. I've been to Germany twice but have never visited Bamberg. Next time it will definitely be on the itinerary. Thank you for sharing your photos.
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  15. Great pics! What a lot of history to see as well. Thanks for sharing
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  16. Some of the most beautiful architect in this town. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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  17. Altes Rathaus is my favorite of the pictures! I would love to see it! I look forward to reading your books.
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  18. Never been to Germany. Hopefully someday! Looks beautiful

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  19. MY dream vacation is a riverboat cruise down the Danube. I love these pictures.

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  20. Beautiful pictures. I would love to see Germany someday. Love the cathedrals and the old castles/buildings.

    GFC follower: June M.
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  21. Wow, Germany looks amazing, I really want to visit sometime. The catles and cathedrals are really cool.

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  22. Your photos have won me ;) Looks like a beautiful place to visit !! Castles have always intrigued me !! Love your cover of the white wolf on your cover btw ! thanks for the giveaway !!
    kat
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  23. I've always wanted to visit Germany, since I am part German!

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  24. Germany has some of the most beautiful countryside.

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  25. Carlyn McKechnieMay 17, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    That's beautiful! What a great giveaway too!

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  26. love this i hope i win!
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  27. First, thanks for the giveaway! I think's it's a wonderful tour :)

    Germany is a wonderful place to have vacation. Visited it several times both for vacation and because of my work.

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  28. You may have just changed my mind about Germany... Some of my ancestors are there from Germany as well!

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  29. i'm pretty sure i didn't get my email in here.... shadowestr @ aol . com

    or if i haven't gotten you done... i can't wait to read your books! this is awesome!

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  30. What great pictures!! I would love to go to Germany. My grandfather came here from Germany, I have always been interested in the culture and buildings.

    You are a new author to me, your books very good!!

    Judy
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  31. My ancestry is part German, so this would be a wonderful & interesting place to visit.
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  32. Love the pics. Many of my ancestors came from Germany.

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  33. Beautiful Pics... My husband and I want to visit Germany his mom's side of the family is from there and came here and settled in the Dakota's...

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  34. what lovely pictures. looks like a beautiful place. my last blog visit was nice, Clyde was scarey, lol

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  35. Breathtaking pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    I am a GFC follower- Krysta Banco

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  36. Very beautiful post and photos!
    Thanks for the tour.

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  37. Actually, I'm really close to Germany, just a train ride of 20minutes - I live in Basel, Switzerland - and, to tell you the thruth, I'm not a huge fan of Germany, specially German (which I'm trying to learn^^U) but now you gave me a reason to visit it and like it, in fact. Your pictures are amazing!

    Thanks for sharing them with us, and for this giveaway too!

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  38. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures
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  39. Germany looks lovely!! I haven't been there but maybe some day!!
    thanks for the giveaway!!
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  40. Ok im ready to go now:)
    Love the pictures there just so wow:)

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  41. Love the pictures looks like an amazing place. :)

    Stacey

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  42. Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments! I had so much fun reading through them! And thank you all for entering my contest. The winner will chosen by random.org and will be notified via email.

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