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

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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 Standout in Mexico

18 Sep

After a week off from Travel Tuesday photos, below is a pic showcasing one of my favorite cities in Mexico.  Guess the city and I’ll send you a gift.  It’s located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.  I’ll have more clues for you later this week.

Update: We got a winner! The photo below was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  You might not know that San Miguel has been a beacon for foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War.

The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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

Honfleur

Honfleur

A Best Place to Live in America

21 Aug

CNN Money Magazine announced its 2012 list of Best Places to Live this week and my city just happened to make the top 10.  Guess the name of this city and I’ll send you a gift.

CLUE: One of the two Texas cities to make the  top 20.  It ranked high for its schools, quality health care, economy, rolling hills, historic town square and overall quality of life. And just until recently, the city is only 30 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to Adriatica, a unique development mirrored after a village in Croatia, complete with streets made of stone.  Believe me, you won’t think you’re still in Texas when you enter the grounds of Adriatica.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to the largest collection of crape myrtle trees in the world.

CLUE: The historic courthouse in this this city’s downtown square has been converted to a performing arts center. Lindsay Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac performed there last week.

REVEAL: McKinney, Texas ranked the Second Best Place to Live in America in 2012 (CNN/Money Magazine).  McKinney is located 30 miles north of Dallas.

Did your city make the list?

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Travel Tuesday: A California Coast Pier

14 Aug

Guess location of the photo below and win a Starbucks gift card.

CLUE: The most well-known city pier on the west coast of the U.S.

CLUE:  While originally built in 1909 to satisfy this city’s sanitation needs, the pier quickly became a magnet for the fishing community and fueled the imagination of many local entrepreneurs.

CLUE: This pier attracts over 4 million visitors a year.

CLUE: In the 1930s, the beach was known as “Muscle Beach”. Famous bodybuilders such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Gold (Gold’s Gym) regularly worked out here, establishing this pier/beach area as the birthplace of the physical fitness boom.

Check back for more clues later this week.

Guess the location!