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Well, this isn’t what I had planned. But due to lack of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the women’s World Cup races there have been cancelled. So with less than a week before race events commence, I find myself scrambling to track down lodging in a booked-solid Kitzbühel, Austria for what is undoubtedly the most celebrated race stop on the World Cup circuit – the Hahnenkamm!
I will miss seeing the women race but this is an exciting turn of events and am looking forward to watching the range of disciplines (super-g, slalom and of course, downhill), intense race course and fervent crowds. Perhaps sharing these vintage hotel labels will help channel a vacant room my way! If you have any recommendations or tips for this resort town, please do share. . .
It’s always sunny on Darling Hill Road thanks to the lovely yellow of Burklyn Hall mansion, Burklyn Concert Barn and horse barn. This is no small achievement and a gift to behold considering the intensely gray and dreary moments Vermont weather reliably delivers. Accordingly, these structures shine on glorious bluebird snow days and radiate against the lush saturated green of summer. The yellow hue varies with the weather, from lemon on a sunny day to goldenrod when overcast. In any light, these elegant and glorious structures are icons of a country road that can feel like its own wonderful little world.
Darling Hill Road runs northeast from Lyndonville to East Burke, Vermont. This ridgetop route offers views of Lake Willoughby Gap to the northwest and Burke Mountain to the east. If this weren’t spectacular enough, the heart of the road is anchored by the gorgeous properties of Burklyn Mansion to the south and the Darling Farm (now The Inn at Mountain View Farm) to the north with the Burklyn Concert and horse barns in between. The farm was established around 1883 and mansion completed in 1908 by Elmer A. Darling – an East Burke native educated at MIT who went on to make his fortune in the hotel business of New York City.
Heading south, an arcade of stately trees provides a welcoming canopy to The Wildflower Inn and Vermont Children’s Theater. The serene Stepping Stone offers spa services and bed and breakfast lodging. From high on a knoll, The Chapel of the Holy Family watches over the road. Much of the acclaimed Kingdom Trails mountain bike and nordic ski network is located on Darling Hill, running on either side of this treasured road.
A Christmas Eve treasure hunting session yielded this lovely series of 1950s vintage holiday postcards from Wangen im Allgäu, Germany. All photos by Neuhäusler.
Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music
Antique postcards, advertising card and luggage label featuring the beautiful edelweiss flower – a true alpine icon.
The women of FIS Alpine World Cup will be racing in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz this weekend, a mix of speed and tech: Super G on Saturday, Giant Slalom on Sunday. The tony and elegant resort town sounds like a lovely place to be this holiday time of year! Pictured here in a vintage postcard, the exclusive and iconic Suvretta House hotel.
Men’s World Cup has a technical weekend at Val D’Isere, France with Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.
I am curious and a little excited to watch the remake of the The Sound of Music tonight on NBC. Traditionalists can balk all they want but Carrie Underwood certainly has the pipes to fill Maria’s dirndl.
Sadly, this new production will not be filmed on location in and about Salzburg and the Austrian Alps as was the 1965 movie. When in Salzburg, you can’t help but stumble through sites used in the movie. I hadn’t seen the film since childhood and after watching it a couple years ago – was stunned to see how much of the movie could be found in my travel photos.
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Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.
Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.
I could easily take a picture of something gorgeous or otherwise charming every other minute while mountain biking Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. But the trails flow so nicely – it’s too hard to stop! I managed to sneak in a few shots from an absolutely perfect summer weekend. As always, Kingdom Trails gets my highest recommendation as a stellar riding destination and experience!
All photos by Capt. Henry H. Soulen, a U.S. Army officer stationed in Japan during the post-WWII occupation. These photos are each labeled simply: Nikko City, 1949.
I love when I am able to uncover even just a little bit of the story behind a found photo: Soulen was born in 1915, educated in finance at Wharton, served as a pilot in WWII, was an information and education specialist as part of the Army CID in Japan and Iraq, at some point worked in the film industry in New York City, was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and called the Maine coast home.
Soulen passed away in 2009 and his obituary includes the following: He had a lifelong passion for photography and was a skilled photographer. During his travels, he would capture the local culture by photographing the people and landscape. His passion and skill are certainly apparent in these photos – there is something a little different and truly special about these images — I am so thankful to have these in my collection and share them with you.