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Love or Hate This Signature Hors d’oeuvre?

2 Oct

Snails, cooked in garlic butter, is synonymous with which European country?  Be the first one to guess the country and I’ll send you a surprise. Are you a fan favorite of this dish?

CLUE: The citizens of this country consume more cheese than any other in the world.

REVEAL: This was an easy one! The answer is France. Congratulations to Marti, who won last week simply by guessing in the comments. The dish pictured below is escargot and I am a fan. How about you?

Escargot, shown here, originated in France

Escargot, shown here, originated in France


A Rocky Tidal Island and Commune

25 Sep

What is the name of this historical landmark that attracts over 3 million tourists a year?  I’ll have more clues for you starting on Thursday. Good luck!

CLUE: Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, this island was called “monte tombe”. According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel’s instruction, until Michael burned a hole in the bishop’s skull with his finger.

CLUE:  Attempting to reach this landmark by any other route than the causeway is dangerous. It is not unheard of for tourists to drown after being cut off by the tide, and the deep mud and quicksand surrounding the island can be treacherous.

REVEAL: Mont Saint Michel, an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France.

Mont Saint Michel – France

A Renowned Architect

4 Sep

For today’s Travel Tuesday photo contest, we look at architecture.  What famous museum commissioned I.M. Pei to design the structure below.

I’ll post more clues throughout the week, but I’m sure most of you are very familiar with this museum.  For a bonus, what other notable buildings has I.M. Pei designed?

CLUE: Mona Lisa

CLUE: Cupid’s Kiss

REVEAL: Musée du Louvre


Musée du Louvre

Seaside Resort in France

28 Aug

We head back over to Europe for this week’s Travel Tuesday photo contest.  The seaside area in France, pictured below, has been painted many times by artists such as Courbet, Boudin, Monet, and others of the Impressionist movement.  Where was this taken?  Guess correctly and I’ll send you a surprise. Good luck!

REVEAL: Honfleur



One of this City’s Oldest Beer Halls

24 Jul

Guess the location of the Travel Tuesday photo and win!

CLUE: It’s this city’s most famous and one of the oldest “hofbrauhaus”  in the country, founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria,Wilhelm V.

CLUE: On 24 February 1920, Hitler organized the first of many large publicity and propaganda events to be held at this location.

REVEAL: Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in Munich, Germany.

Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in Munich, Germany.

Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in Munich, Germany.

This City is Home to Chapel Bridge

17 Jul

In honor of Travel Tuesday, guess this city and win a Starbucks gift card.

CLUE: One of the city’s famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century.

REVEAL: Lucerne, Switzerland! Below is the Chapel Bridge.

Chapel Bridge – Lucerne, Switzerland

Travel Tuesday Photo Challenge – Week 5

5 Jun

Welcome to another Travel Tuesday! Here we go, dear readers…guess the location to win some coffee.

CLUE: The City of Light

CLUE: France

We have a winner! Visit Motivation Nation next Travel Tuesday for another chance to win.

Paris, France

Paris, France