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Charlie Chaplin in Vevey

La Fourchette Lovers of chocolate know that Vevey is the birthplace of milk chocolate. The Nestlé world headquarters thrives in this beautiful town surrounded by mountains and the calm lake waters of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva). These seats by the shore are definitely prime seating for capturing the beauty and serenity of the alpine scenery. Alimentarium Why is there a fork in the lake? La Fourchette was originally planted there for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alimentarium, a food museum founded by Nestlé. Though the Fork had become part of the seascape, Alimentarium didn’t have the legal permission to keep the 8-meter high utensil in the lake. It wasn't until 2008 when the canton of Vaud approved its permanent installation in Lake Leman. Jean Pierre Zaugg designed the Fork and George Favre made the stainless steel, 450 kg (992 lbs) work of art. La Grenette La Grenette (Granary) presides over the Grande Place of Vevey where the outdoor market is he
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The Road to 193 with Jazmin Gaite

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Artzuid 2021

The Thinker, Joseph Klibansky Artzuid Sculpture Biennale formally opens on July 1st in Amsterdam. This outdoor sculpture exhibition features 50 works by international artists and local Dutch talents. There are works by Jaume Plensa, Joseph Klibansky and KAWS, among others, installed along a 5-kilometer stretch in Amsterdam Zuid. Artzuid 2021 runs through October 17, 2021.  Here are some of the pieces that I was lucky to see prior to the July 1st opening. Dragers van Verre. Nelson Carrilho. 1989 Pickle. Sarah Lucas  The Big Traveler, The Big Watcher. Jean Marie Appriou KAWS with the Rijksmuseum in the background. La Forêt Noire. Jaume Plensa. 2019 La Forêt Noire. Jaume Plensa. 2019 La Forêt Noire. Jaume Plensa. 2019 Sisters. Marieke Bolhuis. 2021 Utopia. Atelier van Lieshout. 2020 Roaming Russia II. Ursula von Rydingsvard. 2019 Darwin. Atelier van Lieshout. 2008 Liberty for all. Fernando Sanchez Castillo. 2020 Appropriation Apropos. David Bade. 2021 Studio Leiko Ikemura 10 Heads from 10

Say Cheese

At the Hilmar Cheese Company, learn all about cheese making and then some.  From the cow To the processing plant To your table It’s the story you’ll want to hear about and savor. And take home with you. Cheese is actually good for you. It’s rich in calcium and protein. Hilmar also has a café. My favorite is their Bacon me crazy grilled cheese sandwich. It’s so good! Check out their menu here:  https://www.hilmarcheese.com/cafe/ Hilmar  Cheese Company 9001 North Lander Avenue, Hilmar, California (off State Highway 99) hilmarcheese.com ***** Images by TravelswithCharie

Lavender Fields Forever

Love lavender. It makes my clothes smell heavenly. It has a soothing effect. It also has culinary uses. Have you ever tried lavender flavored muffins or cakes? Yum! Mid-June is a good time to visit a lavender field. The color of the lavender flowers are just turning a deep purple. The varying hues of the lavender field also depends on sunlight. If you’re taking photographs, it’s best to take them from different directions and perspectives to catch the best light. Pageo Farms is on 11573 Golf Link Road in Turlock, California. It’s off of Highway 99 between Modesto and Merced in the Central Valley. They have a shop full of everything lavender including scented soaps, essential oil, lotion, body gel, sachets, spices and knick knacks. Check their website for more information: pageolavenderfarm.com ***** Images by TravelswithCharie 

Soumenlinna Fortress

  During its wars against Russia in the 1700s, the Swedish Parliament believed it necessary to build a fortress to reinforce its defenses and establish a naval base in Helsinki. Construction of the fortification started in 1748 on the Susiloudot Islands (now Soumenlinna) off Helsinki. They named the fortress, Sveaborg (Castle of the Swedes). Suomenlinna is a group of rocky islands connected by bridges. It has seen a succession of foreign occupation from the Swedes to the Russians before finally becoming a part of an independent Finland. Soumenlinna Church was built in 1854 as a Russian Orthodox garrison church. It was converted to the Evangelical Lutheran Church when Finland gained independence in 1917 and took ownership of Soumenlinna in 1918. The steeple is also a lighthouse for air and sea traffic. The Great Courtyard was designed by Augustin Ehrensvärd and it was the main square and administrative center of Soumenlinna since the 1760s. Ehrensvärd is laid to rest in the center of th

Favorite U.S. Museums

Winslow Homer, Saco Bay, 1896, Oil on canvas.  The Clark Art Institute, 1955.5 The Clark Art Institute The Berkshires is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Sleepy little towns snooze amidst lush vegetation and green hills. At Williamstown, you are immediately drawn by the calm and restful appeal of this town. This is why it is so surprising to find a museum of the caliber of the Clark Art Institute in this pastoral setting. Sterling Singer Clark, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and his wife, Francine Clary, founded the museum in 1950. Their collection of  French Impressionist and Academic paintings including works by Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh form the core collection of the museum together with their silver, porcelain, drawings and print acquisitions. The museum opened to the public in 1955. Sterling Clark also had an interest in American artists and collected the works of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. The museum is at 225 South Street,

Iconic San Francisco Landmarks

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