Review of Getaway Eastern Catskills.
To escape the sweltering heat, we went camping in Getaway Eastern Catskills for 2 days and 1 night. The cabin at the campsite here is a concept that looks like a campervan, and the cabin is equipped with a bed with a mattress, a bathroom, and a kitchen.
Small, clean and modern cabins are set on flat ground surrounded by tall, dry trees all around. The yard has lounge chairs and a space for a campfire.
We have forgotten the most important piece of camping equipment, firewood. But when it arrived, the wood was prepared in a small black plastic box that I saw. The price is 8 dollars. What makes this camping site unique is that you cannot meet staff. Of course, there are stores selling camping gear, but most of them are remote cabins. The entrance to the cabin is in the form of a digital door look, and you just need to enter the verification code that the company gives you through your mobile phone before you arrive. It felt like an unattended hostel because I didn't meet the staff directly.
We have a small child so we booked a 2 bed room. The two-bedroom has an loft structure with a small staircase as shown below. On one side of the cabin is a one side curtain wall, out of which the densely packed trees are directly visible.
And right in front of the bed is a small table.
The cabin is overall very clean. There are radios and books to read, and bowls, cups, cutting boards, frying pans, and pots for simple cooking are provided. Coffee and tea are also available, but you have to pay. It is recommended to bring it in advance. And you should always have mosquito repellent ready. There are a lot of mosquitoes.
There is a refrigerator without a freezer function, and there is an air conditioner. And there's a red phone you can call in case of an emergency.
The bathroom is equipped with a shower and hot water is available. But there is no washstand, so you have to use the sink in the kitchen. Towels and shampoo are well stocked.
Below is the equipment to make simple marshmallows by lighting a fire.
The downside is that the two-story attic is suitable for small children, but I wouldn't recommend it for adults. The ceiling is very low and stuffy like an MR.I machine, and my daughter often bump her head. The mattress upstairs is thin so your back will hurt a lot when you sleep.
Overall, it is a good place to stay for a while when you want to relax and enjoy camping in a cozy and clean environment in a quiet wilderness. Very quiet and clean.
In my case, it was interesting because it was my first time staying in a camping car. If you have never used a camper before or want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, it would be good to stop by for a while.
Évora, Sintra in Portugal.
A long time ago, I traveled to Évora and Sintra, Portugal for my husband's seminar. Today, I picked some of my favorite photos from that time.
In Sintra, I realized how enjoyable it is to take pictures. Even if you take a picture of a pretty town from any angle, it makes you feel as if it is a painting.
If you travel to Portugal, you will often see murals made with blue-painted tiles on buildings or cathedrals. These murals are called azulejos.
Azulejos belong to the art world of Spanish and later Portuguese traditional tiles. Their production begins in the 14th century with the arrival of the Moorish invaders. The word azulejo comes from the Arabic (al zulaycha), meaning a small polished stone.
Originally they had neutral tones and simple geometric shapes. Blue and white were initially the focus of color. Blue dominates in azulejos, but the name does not mean azul or blue in Portuguese.
Alicatados described tile mosaics as the earliest type of azulejos in the 13th century. These glazed tiles were very simple and can be seen today at the Alhambra in Granada. Alicatado is an expensive process that requires a lot of manual work for cutting tiles.
Trams that run through the hilly alleys of Lisbon, along with cathedrals and monuments, are a great cultural heritage of Portugal.
The University of Évora is a public university in Évora, Portugal. It is the second oldest university in the country, established in 1559 by the cardinal Henry, and receiving University status in April of the same year from Pope Paul IV, as documented in his Cum a nobis papal bull.
The Roman Temple of Évora, also referred to as the Templo de Diana is an ancient temple in the Portuguese city of Évora. The temple is part of the historical centre of the city, which was included in the classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Karlsruhe is a city on the Rhine in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is in the north of the Black Forest, close to the French border. Karlsruhe is famous in Germany for both hosting two federal courts and being a major hub for science and technology. With 300,000 people, Karlsruhe is the largest city within 60 km.
Karlsruhe Palace was built in 1715 for Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach. The city of Karlsruhe has since grown around it. The building is now home to the main museum of the Badisches Landesmuseum.
I stayed in the beautiful city of Karlsruhe from 2006 to 2013. The above photos were taken during that period, and many parts have been changed now.
Duomo is the largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Milano, Italy. Cathedral Standing 157 meters high and 92 meters wide, it is the largest gothic church in the world. Construction began under the direction of Galeazzo Visconti in the 14th century and was completed by Prince Napoleon in the 19th century. It consists of 135 minarets and a bronze door that records the anecdotes of the Virgin Mary and St Ambrose.
Duomo means the cathedral representing the city in Italy. When planning the city, the location of the Duomo was determined in the center, and plazas, government offices, and public facilities were placed nearby, so that the city area developed around the Duomo.
The name Duomo comes from the Latin domus (house), which is similar to the English dome. The Duomo of Milan is considered the third or fourth largest cathedral in the world, along with St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and St Paul's Cathedral in London.
The floor area is 1.5 times that of a football stadium. The construction period was so long that it was completed in 1890, 500 years after the foundation stone was laid in 1386. The 135 minarets are in the Gothic style reminiscent of a forest. About 2,000 statues are adorned on the exterior walls of the building. These are the reasons why the Duomo in Milan is considered one of the “must see buildings before you die”.
You can freely access to the roof of the Duomo and enjoy the view of the city through the spires. The spires are reminiscent of a huge marble forest, and when you are in the center of this tower, you will be amazed at its overwhelming beauty.
At the top of the spire are statues of saints as shown below. It feels as if the saints in the Bible stand on top of the tower and look down on the people and take care of them.
There was an employee who repaired the camera and the lamp between the peaks. You can see that even the smallest details of the massive cathedral are meticulously maintained.
Being inside the spire is captivated by a mysterious feeling as if you are in another dimension. Then, looking down through the spires, people are still living their daily lives.
Its 135 minarets and 3159 statues remind you of Milan's past prosperity and artistic value.
For a long time of 600 years, the statues of the minaret were together in the rain and wind. If you look from the roof of the Duomo, you can feel the depth of these years compared to the modern buildings around the statue.
After visiting the Duomo a long time ago, I painted an image with acrylic that reminded me of it. Any artist who has visited the Duomo will want to leave a picture of the mysticism, wonder, and solemnity of time.
Look at the picture below entitled Tower of the Milan cathedral. This painting was drawn by Johann Karl Schultz in 1829. He was a Polish 19th Century painter who was born in 1801.
Every time I look at this painting, I get the illusion that time crosses over the historical architecture.
And you will be surprised to discover the artist's tenacity and craftsmanship that did not miss the fine details of the spire.
Wissembourg in Alsace, France!
In the north of Alsace, between vineyards and forests, Wissembourg reveals a typical and authentic Alsace with must-see tourist sites. The town boasts over 400 buildings erected since the 11th century, demonstrating its historical and architectural richness. The Abbey Church of Saints Peter and Paul is the second largest Gothic building in Alsace, after Strasbourg Cathedral. It is known for its impressive 11-meter-high fresco of St. Christopher, the most enormous painted human figure in France, as well as its old stained glass windows and 11th-century Romanesque chapel. The Westercamp Museum of local history occupies one of the many half-timbered winegrowers' houses that make the town look so charming.
The natural environment of this small town at the foot of the Vosges is also very appealing, with the flowery banks of the River Lauter offering a lovely walk. You can also walk around the fortifications to admire the gardens and flower-adorned houses. After your stroll, be sure to stop by one of the town's charming tearooms.
The abbey of Saint-Pierre-et-Paul owns the largest fresco of France. The Eleven meters high Saint Christopher of the fourteenth century, is painted on one of the walls of the transept. Guided tour on request all year. (by visit.alsace.com)
If you take pictures here, you will probably want to make a postcard or draw a picture of everything you take. A colorful car parked in front of a beautiful house as if straight out of a fairy tale makes you feel aAs I always feel when visiting the French region, especially Alsace, the pretty houses in Provence style on the serene canals and well-manicured flowers offer a lot to see. How do people who live in such a beautiful place feel?s if you are in a dream.
A small fountain in the square looks great for kids to play with.
As I always feel when visiting the French region, especially Alsace, the pretty houses in Provence style on the unwavering canals and well-manicured flowers offer a lot to see.
How do the residence who live in such a beautiful place feel?
When I travel, I don't want to miss even the smallest details. So I'm busy looking around. The speed of pressing the buttons on the camera also increases. But when I look around and find an impressive point, I get quiet without realizing it. And people who can focus on themselves and take good care of themselves will eventually discover that they can give good energy to others as well.
The pretty houses across the canal and the bridges in the middle make visitors instinctively recognize that this is a good photo spot, as if in a small Venice.
The scenery that filled my mind during the long period of pandemic with shutdown was European open-air cafes.
You can see a part of a small canal, and in the distance you can see the terrace pots with geraniums.
When I go to touristic places, I like to take pictures of little things. The beautiful colors of ordinary houses, beautiful geraniums blooming on the terrace, buildings where you can see the beautiful clouds in the sky, and unusually shaped mailboxes, these trivial daily routines often give me a lot of inspiration.
Myungja Anna Koh