Downtown Chippewa Falls has something for everyone
That isn't true in every town in western Wisconsin, as some cities have allowed their downtowns to wither away, as businesses have fallen off one by one until collectively there aren't enough reasons for customers to seek them out. That hasn't happened ...
March 27, 2015
Germany's great outdoors: The Black Forest, wine country and Saxon Switzerland
You can even find house-sized cuckoo clocks near the village of Triberg. The region is also a fine-dining paradise, famous for its smoked ham and kirsch-drenched gateau and boasting no Wine country. The vineyards along the Mosel deliver a rewarding ...
March 27, 2015
Luxuries: Designer cuckoo clocks, red clothes, accessories
One-day cuckoo wall clock by River City Clocks, $167.99 at wayfair.com. Punch up your fall wardrobe. The fall hues bring warmth and comfort to the season. But bright red? Red will bring the heat. Whether you choose a dress or accessory, this bold hue ...
October 26, 2014
Vermont chocolate artist to be on Food Network
On the counter was a replica, on a smaller scale, of the cuckoo clock that will be featured on the Food Network segment, "Outrageous Chocolate." Like the larger model that will be on TV, all of it is edible — except the clock that runs on time. Liquid ...
February 1, 2015
Waukesha clock restorer crazy about cuckoos
Whether it's the 20 cuckoo clocks in his home or the hundreds he has built or collected or is currently repairing in his workshop, cuckoo calls are the sound track to Galinsky's life. Owner of the Duplainville Clock Co. located at his Waukesha home ...
December 27, 2014
Giant cuckoo clock lands at Portland International Airport
Passengers wondering what time it is at Portland International Airport can look at a watch, a smartphone or a digital flight display board. But it's now far more entertaining to do a time check at the giant cuckoo clock that recently landed in the ...
December 29, 2014
W+K Made a Giant, Amazing Cuckoo Clock Out of an Oregon Maple for Portland ...
The clock features references to a number of Portland icons—Mt. Hood, Portlandia, beer, wine, bikers, farmers markets, roses, rivers, bridges and even Sasquatch. W+K recently took the clock—which thematically ties into the "Portland Is Happening Now ...
November 25, 2014
I finally made it. the final post from our awesome trip through some beautiful parts of Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. 15 days is a LONG trip to blog about but it was an amazing experience and one day Buddy and I will look back on this and smile (I hope. We arrived back on our coach and headed toward Berne, the capital of Switzerland. We only did a very short stop in Berne to view the Barengraben (Bear Pit) near the eastern edge of the old part of the city. The current bear pit is the fourth of its kind in the city and was opened in 1857. It wasn't until 2009 that it was decided to improve conditions for the bears and the adjacent BarenPark was built which is where the bears currently reside. We stopped mid-day at Interlaken for a lunch break. We spent the few hours with Paul and Julie, our friends from Australia, and had a nice walk around trying to find the lake. We had a nice ice cream and some laughs before the bus came back for us. The coach then continued on to Lucerne, Switzerland. That evening we walked along the lake with Nena, Paul, and Julie back to Old Town Lucerne in search of fondue.
February 25: We had an easy one and half hour flight direct to Santa Barbara, CA with the help of a strong tailwind, arriving around 3:00. We got our car and drove to the Villa Rosa Inn, just a half block back from the ocean. We walked about five miles exploring the town (State Street is the central avenue). We walked out to the end of Stearns Pier, and then through town. We did a quick run through the history museum. We walked by city buildings, classic traditional theaters, and to Alice Keck Park with its thousand different, yet identified plantings. We returned to the inn for tv and bed. February 26: Basic breakfast in the Inn. Drove to trailhead for A walk to the ruins of Knapp's Castle. We were blessed to meet the property owner who told us of its history and his plans to renovate the site. Knapp was a prosperous industrialist of Union Carbide and other companies. He built the castle as a hunting lodge and also made cider from apples grown on site. The castle was set on a knoll with a view north over the San Ynez River Valley to the mountain range. The current owner, who does historic preservation for a living, bought the property 10 years ago and has been negotiating with local authorities to do the restoration.
On February 23, 1945, the Royal Air Force attacked the mid-size city of Pforzheim in Baden, in southwestern Germany, for the last time–the previous times being six night raids in Oct. They didn’t need to do it again because this attack by 378 aircraft, all but 10 of them heavy bombers, dropped 730 tons of explosives and 820 tons of incendiary bombs and set off the intended firestorm that consumed every building of the town center. The post-war British Bombing Survey Unit boasted that the bombing destruction of Pforzheim was “probably the greatest proportion [percentage] in one raid during the war. Yet even after such a complete success by the British, the US Air Force on March 4th bombed the area around the Kupferhammer (main hotel and square), the pilots flying low and opening fire on crowds of civilian survivors, murdering 100 or more. They didn’t get around to bombing the railway facilities and destroying the autobahn until March 14, 16, 18, 20 and 24th. After the firestorm, only smoking ruins. According to the offical British attack command, the goal was “destruction of the built-up urban area, and fitting industrial and railway facilities. ” Being a clock and watch-making center (cuckoo clocks were a specialty), the British reasoned that the production of precision instruments of use in the war industry was likely taking place “in almost every house in this town.