The 2014 Travel Notes Calendar is out; featuring a collection of travel photographs taken while driving around Europe during the last twelve months.
Choosing twelve images to feature (one for each month) from a year of travel is not always easy; especially when one month seems to have had a little more action than another, or perhaps the weather just seemed better.
Last year, we featured an UNESCO World Heritage Site each month and I was tempted to do the same again this year; opting instead for a mixed selection.
Cover Photo: Tower in The Lake – Reschensee
Lake Reschen is the largest lake above 1,000 metres in the Alps. Located south of the Reschen Pass, in South Tyrol, Italy the area is popular with cylcists. A large car-park near the lake is handy for drivers seeking a quick photo opportunity.
Santa Caterina in January
The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso clings to a rock face along Lago Maggiore.
Bernina Express in Winter
This panoramic train is the highest mountain railway in the Alps. The section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Budapest in March
Budpaest at the end of March last year looked more like Budapest in February.
Built in 1287, Bethlehem House is said to be the oldest wooden house in Europe.
Palu di Livenza
One of the most ancient pile-dwelling sites in northern Italy, Palù di Livenza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Biergarten in Summer
It’s tradition in Germany and Austria to enjoy an ice cold beer after a long day’s drive. Some beer gardens are an extension of an excellent kitchen, like this one at the Hotel Schrofenstein in Landeck, Austria.
The Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen (Neuhausen am Rheinfall), in northern Switzerland, is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.
Chateau de Cormatin
Located between Tournus and Cluny in the heart of southern Burgundy, the Chateau de Cormatin was built by the Marquises of Huxelles in the early seventeenth century.
The Bogenbrücke (arched bridge) in Binn, Valais is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. The Binntal (Binn valley) is also famous for its rich mineral deposits and is popular with hikers; but then where isn’t, in Switzerland.
Battle of Morgarten – Schwyz Town Hall
The Battle of Morgarten (15th November, 1315) is depicted on the façade of the town hall in Schwyz.
Chinon in December
The Royal Fortress at Chinon owes much of its current appearance to Henry II Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and King of England.
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With 2013 drawing to a close, it’s time to start planning travel for 2014. To help you make your travel plans, or just dream a little over the winter months, here’s some travel book suggestions for the year ahead.
Lonely Planet Travel Book:
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, every country in the world is covered in this amazing travel book. Explore some 229 travel destinations and be inspired by over 800 examples of travel photography.
Best in Travel 2014:
Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community present a year’s worth of travel highlights to think about in the year ahead. Consider this a best of the best if you’re looking for travel ideas in 2014.
Food Lover’s Guide to the World:
Travel is not only about the places we visit and the people we meet but also a culinary adventure of regional dishes and tasty flavours in the foods we eat.
And of course, here’s a great book to curl up in bed with or read while waiting for a bus, plane or train.
|Join the Travel Notes founder (that’s me) as he sets off on a literary adventure; a voyage of discovery in foreign lands.
Travel with Michel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia; meeting the characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.
Taking Off; Kimchi and Gold Medals; Little Sister; Colonial Gateway; China Travel; The Northern Capitals; Grasslands to Terracotta.
October leaves bleed; weeping farewell, the passing rays of summer sun.
The mountain passes in Switzerland will soon be closed and hotels and restaurants that cater to hikers, in places like Binn, will give their staff an extended leave.
Avid walkers used the favourable weather presented to them at the end of October to make the most of the last days of the summer schedule to reach some of Switzerland’s hidden gems.
Those who didn’t fancy the drop in temperature at altitude chose to wander along the signposted paths around Switzerland’s scenic lakes.
But then they wouldn’t have seen the mountain goats still chewing on blades of grass; thinking, “It won’t be long now before the skiers arrive.”