Whooper Swans are the Eurasian cousin of North American Trumpeter swans.
They breed all over Iceland, and some overwinter in the thermally heated parts of Lake Myvatn. Interestingly, their North American Trumpeter Swan cousins do the same thing, spending winter in the thermally heated parts of the Yellowstone River.
These beauties are aptly named as they certainly seem to enjoy trumpeting!
Whooper Swans mate for life,
and their cygnets, and grown offspring, often overwinter with them.
Cheers to you from Iceland’s beautiful swans~
Laufas is an old turf house in Northern Iceland. There are many of these partially underground historical sod houses in Iceland. The house was built between 1866-1870 and is very large and multi-level, with one floor completely underground. In this photo you can see the sod brick construction which has withstood the test of time and Iceland’s formidable winters.
Laufas house facades are made of wood which is quite scarce in Iceland.
There are underground passages,
and underground rooms.
These houses are snug,
but quite spacious,
and not at all claustrophobic inside.
20-30 people lived in Laufas House.
The houses give one a sense of communal underground living,
that was heat efficient during Iceland’s unforgiving winters.
Laufas House was a wealthy priest’s house, and some rooms are more polished and finished than others.
This was a working farm, on a gorgeous site, with a church that was originally built in 1698.
Cheers to you from Iceland’s fascinating turf houses~
Seydisfjordur is a town of 665 people.
It is located deep up a fjord,
flanked by high mountains,
in Eastern Iceland.
It can be reached by Iceland’s famous ring road.
The area is filled with waterfalls,
and is home to Skalane’s Nature Preserve which is a wildlife paradise teeming with artic birds and sealife.
Cheers to you from stunning Iceland~
(Internet continues to be problematic, but I will check in when I can!)
Lerwick is located 123 miles off the coast of Scotland,
and is the most northerly town in the UK.
It is the main town in The Shetland Islands,
and 7000 souls call Lerwick home.
Evidence of human settlement here dates back 3000 years!
Lerwick is a natural treasure,
with abundant sea life and birds.
Cheers to you from the remote and beautiful Shetland Islands~ (Coromrants)
Please forgive me for not being as able to visit and comment on your blogs as much as I would like. Internet out here is difficult to access.
Mousa is an island and nature reserve in The Shetland Islands in Scotland. (Click to enlarge photos).
It is home to a variety of nesting birds, and the waters around the island are home to seals, porpoise and whales, including minke and orca.
The island is uninhabited,
and has the best preserved Iron Age Broch Guard tower in Scotland.
Mousa’s Broch is the tallest in Britain and is 2000 years old.
You can climb the tower’s eerie interior and take in the panoramic ocean views from the top.
The island is stark, unspoiled,
Cheers to you from the stunning Shetland Islands~
Guess who ate one of these cake slices? I did and it was divine. You can trust France to make killer-good-desserts.
We are heading off now to explore new parts of Europe and are looking forward to the food.
This cheese is well, French. It is raw milk, hand-made, and it is to die for. Yep, we ate slices of this too! What the heck, it’s France!
France has an amazing selection of gorgeous fresh mushrooms, all sold in open-air markets.
Venice on the other hand is justifiably world-famous for its outdoor, fresh fish markets.
Venice also has incredible produce, small farm grown and picked when ripe,
along with every imaginable, Italian seasoning and condiment, all sold in charming open air markets.
Greece is chock-full of mom and pop produce stands selling delicious small farm produce.
Most German towns have weekly outdoor markets.
Spain’s open-air markets are extensive,
and Portugal’s produce is just picked fresh.
Hungary’s desserts are old-world delicious and will definitely make you hungry.
I wish I could beam you over here with me to go grocery shopping, tasting and eating!
Cheers to you from Europe’s outdoor markets~
Flew with the birdies,
to Tiburon California,
did a lot of hiking,
in The Marin Headlands.
Celebrating and staying fit with my daughter. She and her hubby are expecting twin boys!
It was our last mother-daughter time together before she becomes a mama too.
Cheers to you with the beauty of life~