A & T Woodcarving

Beautiful Homes

The Travel and Food pages on the site are from trips I took some years ago. They were a lot of fun and I hope to share some of that feeling with you. I’ve included a few pictures I took myself and a few I found on-line that did justice to things I have seen and the beauty there. I am not a professional photographer by any means and I hope you won’t be too critical of some of my pictures.

The blog posts are reserved for more recent and future traveling. There will be a lot of these. They will typically be smaller but I hope to share a lot of them.

So lets get started with a few pictures from Germany when I was in Bavaria.

Are you fans of architecture like we are

While in Germany I saw some of the most spectacular and original woodwork that I have ever seen. There are towns where every house is made of wood. Each has its own unique features and styles. It is truly remarkable and everyone should get to appreciate it.

An Agrell Carving

My desire here is to do a bunch of writing and post some pictures that will bring together many of the things that I have learned and seen throughout my travels. Keep your eye on it to track my progress. I hope you find it entertaining. The architecture in this picture is called an Agrell Carving.

Our Pictures and Stories

Our postings are the culmination of thousands of hours of wandering through streets and byways, admiring and sampling fare. The house pictured here is one I found in Bavaria on my travels there.

Before we dive into things here, I would like to give a shout out to my good friend Jimmy, owner of a flooring company. He and I grew up together and I went on summer vacations with his parents when we were in grade school. Every year they would take weeks-long vacations, always driving. One year we went up through Maine and took a ferry boat to Nova Scotia. This was my first real opportunity to travel, and put a bug in me I have never forgotten. Both Maine and Nova Scotia are absolutely stunning, even from the perspective of a 13 year old. The following year I went with them again on a drive to California. It took about a week to get out there, drove all the way up from LA to SF, then back through Reno and up through the badlands and Mt Rushmore. Took a ferry across Lake Michigan and came home through Pennsylvania. These two trips left an indelible mark on me, and I vowed to see as much of the world as I could throughout my lifetime. I owe Jimmy’s parents a huge debt of gratitude for allowing me to accompany them on their annual family vacations.

Another friend is an electrical contractor in Washington, DC., but is heavily invested in increased energy efficiency and does insulation work as well as free energy audits for his customers. I learned from him to look closely at the homes I see for little things that he would point out made a big difference in the efficiency of the home. I almost wish I didn’t know this because I think it sometimes takes away from the beauty of what I am looking at! When you are admiring a stunning old home it seems almost sacrilegious to be thinking about the thickness of the window glass or inefficiency of the rope pulls!