Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fort Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India


In the Summer while visiting family in Southern India we drove from Trichy to Chettinad on the way we spotted this old fort and decided to stop and visit. I am all about stopping and checking out sights on road trips. When I asked the kids what their favorite part of the trip was they mention the bullet cart and climbing on these ancient rocks. 

Fort Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India was bult in 1687 by Vijaya Raghunath Sethupathi it was originally a ring fort and has historical significance as an important stronghold of rebel chieftains in the Polygar Wars. Oomathurai, the brother of Panchalankurichi chieftain Kattabomman was captured in this fort. There is a British cannon at the top, so I am sure the British used this too. It offers a great view of the surrounding area. It also features cool big rocks to climb and hide under a fun stop on a journey and part of history. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon is so good in Salsa, be sure to make some before summer ends. This melon was bought in the country near Ladybird farm in Yadkin county North Carolina at a cute roadside place on an honor system. You can see a little clip below. Its a beautiful area with rolling hills, cows, horses and farms. If you ever want to visit my farm your always welcome. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Pasta

This is a simple summer salad, and one that needs good tomatoes. I roasted eggplant and golden beets and added to sautéed tomatoes with garlic, fresh basil also makes it special. 
Now is the time to savor the last of the summer tomatoes, on the farm we still have a few, fresh basil, cantaloupe, eggplant, okra and peppers but slowly we will transition into a fall garden.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cochem, Germany

We recently visited Germany and spent our first night in Cochem along the Moselle river about 1 1/2 hours north of Frankfurt. Frankfurt is a great entry point into Germany and we often stop there en route to India. The scenic town of Cochem was founded in 886, it has a rich history and boosts many historic buildings. The castle is a jewel and sits majestically on the hill high above the town originally built in 1000 by the palatinate count Ezzo. The castle was passed down over the generations, but when  King Louis XIV (called Sun King) invaded the Rhine and the Moselle area it was destroyed and lay in ruins until 1868. Mr. Louis Ravené bought the castle and had it built in Neo-Gothic architectural style. In fact other castles in Germany have a similar history with many being in ruins being bought and restored. 

In many ways Cochem is picture perfect with a the river running through, quaint cobble streets, beautiful architecture and churches and the castle. The castle is a must visit its a steep but accessible walk up from the town and at the top you will be treated to amazing views and an interesting tour of the castle. Our guide only spoke German but I managed to pick up some. In fact this area is mostly a tourist destination for Germans from my observation I didn't hear too many other languages spoken.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kanadukathan, Chettinad, India

Before traveling to India, I came across an interesting article on Chettinad and its old mansion homes, I also have a friend here in North Carolina from this region who was telling me about her heritage and the culture of the area. When I discovered that a few of these old mansion homes had been converted into hotels I wanted to visit. I have seen them in Tamil movies and always loved the design with the central courtyard and grand pillars. 


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