Inspired to find your niche – chocolatier, hotelier – Rick Steves in Bruges, Belgium

 

Chocolate Lady

It’s so clear: A fundamental part of the joy of travel is to simply be in the presence of people who’ve found their niche. We only live once on this beautiful planet, and we have the personal challenge of doing with our lives what God intended — of finding our niche. I think that when you’re blessed enough to find a livelihood that fits your spirit, it gives you energy — and you, in turn, give the world a positive radiance. In Bruges, Belgium, Madame Dumon makes and sells chocolate. Keeping her little brown world cool in a heat wave, she makes sure everyone who enters gets a rich and creamy sample of their choice.

 

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Google Maps adds bike routes for Europe, Australia – take a trip through the Swedish countryside!

Back in 2010 we added biking directions for users of Google Maps in the US and Canada. Helping cyclists navigate the bike trails throughout those countries proved hugely popular, so we’re wheelie excited to announce that starting today, we’ve also added extensive biking data to Google Maps for Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In many of these countries we are also enabling biking directions in beta mode.

We know how popular cycling is in many parts of the world, so we wanted to include as much bike trail data as possible to provide efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trips, make use of bike lanes, calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills and busy roads and to customize the look of the cycling map to encourage people to hop on their bikes. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.

If you’re keen to start riding into work, or maybe just do your bit for the environment by swapping your car for a bike a couple of days a week, biking directions can help you find a convenient route that makes use of dedicated bike lanes and avoids hills whenever possible.

 

Source: Google Lat Long Blog – Biking directions expands into Europe and Australia

Historical Photos of European Royalty (1910-1915)

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Countess Nada Torbay (England)

 

Princess Friedrich Karl of Hesse (Germany)
Crown Princess of Rumania
St. Patrick's Welcome to Cardinal Farley

 

Maharaja of Bikaner (India)
Vice Admiral Rokuro Yashiro (Japan)

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Prince Leopold of Belgium

 

Prince Leopold of Belgium
Guard at the Eiffel Tower, at right a wireless station (radio) being built.
The 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Shows (left to right) Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway (1884-1965), Duke of Sïdermanland; Crown Prince Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (1882-1973) with their father King Gustav V.

 

Marjorie Ficken

 

Princess Mary of England

 Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress Archives

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