Sprawling between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round travel destination, but it really comes to life in winter. Visiting Lake Tahoe in winter is a pure delight, especially if you are a winter-sports enthusiast like we are. But if skiing or snowboarding are not your thing, there is still plenty of fun things to do in Lake Tahoe in winter.Continue Reading
If you ever traveled on Interstate 5 after dark, between Los Angeles and Glendale, you might have noticed a beautifully lit cross on the horizon. The cross seems suspended, as if it’s hanging from the sky. But in reality the cross lies atop of a huge building, up in the Verdugo Hills. The massive structure is part of the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale and is known as The Hall of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
The Crucifixion – an Unusually Big Painting
The Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection is home to the largest framed canvas painting in the world, bearing the same name –The Crucifixion– the masterpiece of Polish painter Jan Styka. The painting measures 195′ in length and 45′ in hight, which is about the width of a four-lane highway. Continue Reading
Solvang simply stole my heart with its European-style windmills, flower-lined streets and Danish architecture. The first time I visited the village I remember feeling like I was walking in one of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. Half timbered buildings, horse-drawn wagons, storks on the rooftops, clogs and Danish bonnets in the windows, everything was reminiscent of the old Danish countryside.
The Birth of a Danish Town
Just a short 40-minute drive from Santa Barbara, the little town of Solvang was the dream of three Danish immigrants: Reverend Benedict Nordentoft, Reverend J. M. Gregersen, and Professor P. P. Hornsyld, who planned to established here a Danish community. In 1911 they bought 10,000 acres of land next to the beautiful Santa Inés Mission in Santa Barbara County, California. They named the new settlement ‘Solvang,’ which in Danish means sunny field. The first settlers were almost all Danish farmers from California, the Midwest and Denmark. The community began growing very fast. Continue Reading