Bavaria

Bavaria

Like many Americans, I’m a mixture of several nationalities. One of them is German, though I have to admit I don’t have a strong connection to this part of my heritage. My German ancestors had been in the USA almost a full century by the time I was born. Very American. So, it was fun for me to visit Germany so many years ago as well as in my research and to imagine the branch of my people that came from this beautiful country. 

Bavaria is the southernmost region of Germany and boasts one of the area’s most well known treasures, the Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II. It’s said this king was mad, but his madness created a castle that sees nearly one-and-a-half million visitors each year. The name ‘Neuschwanstein’ literally means ‘New Swan’, so translated it’s the New Swan Castle, sometimes known simply as the Swan Castle.

In Rick Steves’ 26-minute video, visit Munich, Bavaria’s main city. The video also crosses over the border into Austria.

Here’s a 3-minute video on beautiful Lake Konigssee. Here’s a short video featuring a drone’s view of the same lake. This 7-minute video gives a lovely feel of the Bavarian countryside.

FunFacts about Bavaria: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic info, quote: Bavaria, officially the Free State of Bavaria, is a landlocked federal state of Germany, occupying its southeastern corner. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres (27,200 sq mi), Bavaria is the largest German state by land area. Its territory comprises roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany. With 12.9 million inhabitants, it is Germany’s second-most-populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia). Bavaria’s capital and largest city, Munich, is the third largest city in Germany. (Source)
  • Bavaria is known for fairytale castles, lederhosen, beer gardens, picturesque churches and the Alps.
  • Bavaria has a majority of Catholics (78.5%) which makes it unique within Germany.
  • Bavarians are proud of their culture which includes festivals like their two-week-long Oktoberfest which is held annually in Munich.
  • Bavarians have a strong sense of identity and often consider themselves ‘Bavarians’ first and ‘Germans’ second.
  • Bavaria also has a variety of German cultures each of which speaks a different form of German, quote: Franconia in the north, speaking East Franconian German; Bavarian Swabia in the south west, speaking Swabian German; and Altbayern (so-called “Old Bavaria”…) speaking Austro-Bavarian. In Munich, the Old Bavarian dialect was widely spread, but nowadays High German is predominantly spoken there. (Source)
  • Munich is the capital of Bavaria and is Germany’s ‘beer capital’.
  • After World War II, Munich chose to rebuild its war-demolished city center in its pre-war glory. In 1972, cars were prohibited in this area and today as many as 9000 shoppers pass by the shop windows every hour. (Source)
  • Bavaria has one of the largest economies in Europe. Many large companies are headquartered in Bavaria, like BMW (Bavarian Motor Works), Audi, Siemens, and Adidas. Amazon has offices in Munich.
  • As a specific region in Germany, Bavaria has many things unique to its own culture. For example, ‘obatzda’ is a traditional Bavarian cheese spread often served with soft pretzels. For a recipe, go here.
  • Bavaria has whip-cracking championships.

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Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

I’ve always enjoyed bell peppers and recently developed a craving for pasta salad with, you guessed it, bell peppers. I’ve been using yellow, orange and red ones. The red seem to be the sweetest and also provide high amounts of Vitamin C and A. Beyond salads, I enjoy stuffed bell peppers, especially if a red sauce, some kind of meat as well as a cheese is included.

Here’s a 3-minute video showing how to make a bell pepper salad that uses both sauteed and fresh vegetables and fruits. Here’s an 11-minute video on how to grow bell peppers in containers. This video also includes an organic recipe to use as a fertilizer. Here are 3 delicious ways to stuff bell peppers in this short video.

FunFacts about Bell Peppers: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic info, quote: The bell pepper (also known as sweet pepper, pepper or capsicum) is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum. Cultivars of the plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as “sweet peppers”. Peppers are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Pepper seeds were imported to Spain in 1493, and from there, spread to Europe and Asia. (Source)
  • China is the world’s largest pepper producer.
  • Bell peppers are called ‘capsicums’ in Australia.
  • Christopher Columbus brought the bell pepper plant to Europe.
  • Bell peppers are actually fruits, not vegetables, but are called vegetables for culinary purposes.
  • When growing peppers, keep in mind that bell peppers are heavy feeders. Use a well-balanced fertilizer.
  • Bell peppers need at least 6 hours of full sun to grow and develop well.
  • Bell peppers are drought tolerant.
  • Red bell pepper offers 3 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange.
  • Bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Bell peppers may have anti-cancer properties.
  • Bell peppers can aid in weight loss. (Source)
  • Red bell peppers are green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to ripen.
  • The most common colors for bell peppers are green, orange, red and yellow. But rarer varieties include brown, lavender, white and purple.

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

As many of you know, my backyard garden is my joy. It’s also a great form of exercise since an active gardener uses about every muscle group known to humankind. I’m also in the process of creating a patio garden, with an evaporative cooler, so that I can be outside in my desert world through the summer. I love being in the outdoors and taking in all that fresh air.

The other day, as I was sitting in what will soon be my patio oasis, I was looking at the southwest bed and wondering exactly what plant should go into a very empty space. As I mentally searched through the plants that I know can do well in the desert, I remembered ‘Hibiscus’ and the decision was made. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I’ll find a gorgeous plant and settle it into its destination. I love these large leafed, large-blossomed tropical plants. The flowers can be an awesome food source since they have a high Vitamin C content. The flowers can be made into a tea. Though I’ve never made hibiscus tea, I intend to change that hopefully by the end of the summer! 

Here’s a 3-minute video on making hibiscus tea from dried hibiscus flowers.  Here’s a 2-minute video on making hibiscus tea from regular flowers cut fresh from a shrub. Here’s a short video on caring for your hibiscus. Here’s an introductory video on making an herbal shampoo from two simple ingredients: Hibiscus flowers and aloe vera leaves.

FunFacts about Hibiscus: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic info, quote: Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as “hibiscus”, or less widely known as rose mallow. (Source)
  • Other members of the mallow family include okra, cotton, cacao.
  • Hibiscus plants can be annual or perennial and they can be small woody shrubs and trees. The average height is anywhere from five to ten feet or 1.5 to 3 meters.
  • Teas made from hibiscus flowers are popular round the world, served hot and cold, and contain a high Vitamin C content.
  • One of the common names for hibiscus tea is Agua De Jamaica.
  • There are approximately 300 species of hibiscus.
  • Hibiscus flowers typically come in red, pink, white, yellow, purple and orange.
  • Hibiscus flowers normally have at least 5 petals that form a trumpet shape and can be up to 7 inches in breadth.
  • Used medicinally, hibiscus is known to lower blood pressure.
  • Hibiscus can be made into a shampoo.

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Crowned Pigeons

Crowned Pigeons

Indigenous to New Guinea, crowned pigeons are on the endangered species list due to diminishing natural habitat and overhunting. The calls of the pigeons aren’t even heard in the forest anymore. No one knows how many, if any, are left in the wild. But conservation efforts are being undertaken and this seven-minute video shares some beautiful footage of these rare birds as well as the ways the movement is helping to save crowned pigeons from extinction.

Here’s an under-a-minute video showcasing a crowned pigeon bowing and making a soft ‘boom’ sound. Here’s a short video that really shows off a pair of Victoria Crowned Pigeons. Finally, here’s another short video that shows a Western Crowned Pigeon making a very strange, drum-like sound…wait for it!

FunFacts about Crowned Pigeons: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Info, quote: The crowned pigeons (Goura) is a genus of birds in the family Columbidae. It contains four large species of pigeon that are endemic to the island of New Guinea. The species are alike and replace each other geographically. The genus was introduced by the English naturalist James Francis Stephens in 1819. (Source)
  • The four species of crowned pigeons are: the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, the Western Crowned Pigeon, the Scheepmaker’s Crowned Pigeon, and the Sclater’s Crowned Pigeon.
  • Crowned Pigeons produce only 1 egg at a time which both parents tend and incubate.
  • Male and female crowned pigeons are almost identical. Only the mating process, with a lot of bowing by the male, indicates gender.
  • Crowned Pigeons are very large and can grow to the size of a small turkey.
  • They are ground hunters and only fly into the trees for protection or to sleep at night.
  • Crowned Pigeons mate for life.
  • The diet of Crowned Pigeons consists of fruits, seeds and invertebrates.
  • Crowned Pigeons can live up to 25 years in captivity.

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Do you love to shop? If you do, you might want to consider putting Istanbul on your bucket list. It has one of the world’s oldest and largest covered bazaars with 5000 shops. If that’s not impressive, the bazaar extends over 60 streets. Another blog had a terrific photo of the bazaar as well as terrific photos of some of the funfacts I included below. If you feel like taking a detour, it would be well worth it to see the photos. Here’s the link to the blog

This 3-minute video is fantastic. It will give you a solid overview of the city. Here is Rick Steves’ 24-minute video all about Istanbul. Here’s a super fun, short video about the street cats of Istanbul.

FunFacts about Istanbul: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Info, quote: Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. (Source)
  • Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents: Europe and Asia.
  • Istanbul is surrounded by sea with the Bosphorus cutting through it.
  • Istanbul has 3,113 mosques.
  • Over 13 million people live in Istanbul. It is Turkey’s largest city but not its capital. The capital of Turkey is Ankara.
  • Over the millennia, Istanbul has been the capital of three major empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
  • 10 million tourists visit Istanbul every year.
  • Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world. It was built in 1875 after London (1863) and New York (1868).
  • The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world and has 5000 shops covering 60 streets. Anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 people visit the bazaar daily.
  • Istanbul has seven hills, each topped by an imperial mosque.
  • The Hagia Sophia was built as a cathedral in 537 CE and converted to a mosque in 1453. It is now a museum and receives 3 million visitors each year.
  • The ‘Golden Horn’ is an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait that divides Old Town and New Town on the European side of the city.

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Strawberry Desserts

Strawberry Desserts

Some topics deserve serious attention. Strawberry desserts is one of those. I even came across a page in Wikipedia called: List of Strawberry Dishes. (Source) So, here’s a summation of the most well-known strawberry ‘dishes’ on that list: Chocolate-covered strawberries, Eton Mess, Frasier, Pavlova, Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Delight, Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Parfait, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Pie, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Sundae and a Candied Strawberry called Tanghulu which is a traditional Chinese confection. For a description and picture of each of these, go here.

Here’s a 3-minute video on making Strawberry Delight. Here’s an 8-minute video that showcases the following strawberry desserts: no-bake strawberry pie, strawberry cobbler and a strawberry-hot fudge sundae with puff pastry as the base! Here’s a 4-minute video on making strawberry shortcake with traditional sweet biscuits.

FunFacts about Strawberries: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Info about Strawberries, quote: The garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as strawberries. It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates. (Source)
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries.
  • In France, strawberries were once believed to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Each strawberry has over 200 seeds.
  • One cup of strawberries is only 55 calories.

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Orchids

Orchids

I have always been fascinated by these exquisite, long-lasting flowers, but never really knew much about them. Two years ago, when hubs had his heart attack — and recovered fully, thank God — he was given an orchid by one of his well-wishers. Since then, he’s taken remarkable care of this beauty and has succeeded in not only keeping it alive but encouraging it to bloom. He’s done a miraculous job. I confess I’m not great with container gardening; I don’t have the patience or perhaps even the discipline he does. His father had the same gift, so I’m not surprised. I seem to do better tilling the soil. Alas, I don’t have a photo for you. It’s blooming cycle is almost at an end. 

Here’s a 4-minute video on basic orchid care. Here’s a 20-minute video with so much orchid eye-candy you might faint. Really beautiful. It also includes several orchids that resemble animals. Finally, here’s a 3-minute video to determine if your orchid needs water then how to water it.

FunFacts about Orchids: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic info, quote: The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colorful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. (Source)
  • The number of orchid species is nearly five times the number of mammal species.
  • Orchid flowers vary greatly. Some bloom for mere hours while others bloom up to half a year.
  • Orchid plants can live up to 100 years.
  • The original name comes from the Greek, Orchis, meaning testicle, which refers to the bulbous root.
  • Though orchids are thought of as ‘tropical’, you can find them on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Orchid seeds are miniscule and can be compared to a particle of dust. There can be up to three million seeds in an orchid seed pod. The seeds are only visible under a microscope and require a specific fungus to germinate.
  • Orchid flowers can often resemble animals. Here’s a blog that showcases several of these flowers.
  • Vanilla planifolia is an orchid from which the vanilla we use and love is derived. Read more here.

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Desert Foxes

Desert Foxes

It is said that the desert fox, also known as the fennec fox, can hear a mouse’s heartbeat under the desert sand. Found in North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula and in the Arabian desert, these small foxes have enormous ears compared to their body size.They use their ears not only to hunt but to disperse the searing desert heat. They are the smallest foxes on earth, even smaller than a typical house cat. But they’re highly social and are a favorite among exotic pet owners because they fit right in with the family.

Here’s an adorable, short video of two young Algerian girls playing with a desert fox in the desert. Awesome. This short 2-minute, BBC video is an excellent introduction to desert foxes. In this short video, a desert fox hunts (and fails to catch) a jerboa. 

FunFacts about Desert Foxes: (Source) (Source)  

  • The desert fox is the Fennec Fox.
  • Desert foxes mate for life.
  • They are primarily noted for their huge ears in contrast to their small bodies. The ears can be as long as six inches contrasted with an average body length of 9-16 inches.
  • Basic info, quote: The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Berber word (fanak), which means fox, and the species name zerda comes from the Greek word xeros which means dry, referring to the fox’s habitat. (Source)
  • The desert fox belongs to the family Canidae.
  • Members of the Canidae family are dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, and dingoes.
  • The desert fox’s main predator is the African variety of the eagle owl.
  • The desert fox can live up to fourteen years in captivity.
  • Desert foxes create huge underground dens where they live, up to over 1200 square feet or 120 square meters. They adjoin other dens as well.
  • Because of the number of sightings of desert foxes, it is believed they are not at all endangered.
  • The desert fox is very small and weighs an average of only 1.5 to 3.5 pounds or 0.68–1.59 kg.
  • The soles of the desert fox’s feet are covered with thick fur which protects it against the intense desert heat.
  • Desert foxes bark, snarl and make a purring sound similar to cats.
  • The basic family unit is a mated pair, their current offspring and frequently the previous litter.
  • The desert fox can live without drinking water. The kidneys are well-adapted for desert life and the fox can get the water it needs through the food it consumes.
  • Desert foxes are omnivores.
  • Desert foxes can be kept as pets as long as the kits have been lovingly handled from a very early age. Other than the Russian domesticated fox, the desert fox is the only fox fit to become a household pet.
  • Though very small, this fox can jump two feet high and launch four feet forward while hunting.
  • Desert foxes are very social and engage in play even as adults.

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