On the way to Leon we drove along endless fields of sunflowers 🌻 and straw bales 🌾, observed numerous storks 🐦 that are so typical for the region and indulged in the beauty of the landscape that had such a calming effect on us 🙌🏼 The countryside and nature are always an amazing retreat for when in need of some good vibes and new energy ☀️🙌🏼 #castillayleon#españa#chirpytravellers#letlifesurpriseyou
I had 10 days to spare in Europe. What to do with them? I walked up the street to a travel agent on my lunch hour. She offered me a few 7 day charter trips: the beach in Mallorca? Not solo. Lakes & Mountains in the Alps? I was a bit scared, but I went for it. ~ & it was one of my all time favorite vacations. I didn’t even know what town I was going to until I arrived in Munich. I hopped on the bus & wound up in a small village in Austria. That first afternoon I did a ridge hike. The view to my left was totally obscured by clouds on the way up, but I had clear visibility of the narrow trail ahead. I was practically walking in the clouds. & there was still some snow up there, even though it was July. (The part I did was a bit narrow in places, but it wasn’t bad at all. At the top, unprepared as I was in my sneakers, some fellow hikers advised me to get a whistle & not hike farther alone.) Luckily, the clouds beside me began to clear on the way back down. Tears came to my eyes as the closer mountains all along my right side began to emerge through the haze. I don’t think any view has ever affected me so much. & even as a solo woman traveler, I was never hassled ~ everyone there was just enjoying the outdoors. It was so beautiful I walked all the way back to the inn, instead of taking the cable car & funicular back down & to town. I also did excursions to Venice, a fairytale castle in Bavaria, went white water rafting, & even skied on a glacier. It was a fantastic week!
Where to this year? Since replacing my really old car, the open road (make that roads😂), have been calling to me. ~ So, maybe this year we’ll be road-tripping?