Good morning, friends, and welcome to the …It’s been a long and ugly week, hasn’t it? I saw the sunshine for all of 7 minutes on … I think it was Wednesday, or perhaps Tuesday. Haven’t seen it since. Perhaps I scared it off when I started shrieking, “BRIGHT LIGHT … BRIGHT LIGHT!!!”
I have to tell you a sad story that crossed my path this week. No couple gets along all the time, but most couples who truly love each other manage to work through their problems. It seems that if a couple stays together for, say 30-40 years, they aren’t likely to split for any reason other than death. But the couple I’m going to tell you about today are the exception. They were together, as best anybody can figure, for around 90 years, and yet their relationship dissolved.
Both Bibi and Poldi were born in Switzerland in 1897 and became a couple during the Roaring Twenties. They later relocated to Austria in the 1970s. They shared a love of many of the same things, such as tomatoes. They seemed to have everything going for them until suddenly they began having troubles. Just a little spat, but unusual for them. After all, this was a couple that had made it through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the millennium. Surely one little spat wouldn’t do them in.
They tried counseling, and eventually a temporary separation, with Poldi moving into his own bachelor’s pad after Bibi bit him one day in 2011, drawing blood! But the counseling didn’t work, and the ‘trial’ separation became a permanent one. Today, they live in side-by-side matched condos, but rarely even see each other.Did I mention that Bibi and Poldi are Galápagos tortoises?
Bibi and Poldi reside at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt, Austria. It is a sad story, but also a fascinating one, and I encourage you to read the entire story at Atlas Obscura!
Now that I’ve broken your hearts, let’s hop aboard the Filomobile for a quick jaunt, for there are a couple of things I really want to show you!
Welcome to Helix park, in Falkirk, in Scotland, and these two impressive statues are the Kelpies, sculptures that form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.
According to sculptor Andy Scott:
“The original concept of mythical water horses was a valid starting point for the artistic development of the structures. took that concept and moved with it towards a more equine and contemporary response, shifting from any mythological references towards a socio-historical monument intended to celebrate the horse’s role in industry and agriculture as well as the obvious association with the canals as tow horses.”
Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
While we’re on this side of the big pond, let’s hop over to Belgium and visit La Balade des Gnomes. What, you ask, is that? Well, it is a bed-and-breakfast, but a rather unique one, for it has ten themed rooms, no two alike. Let’s take a look, shall we?This is the exterior of the most famous suite, a stand-alone, two-story building in the shape of a Trojan Horse. The Trojan Horse suite has its own motorized drawbridge entrance.
The horse’s head is a room that can be moved around by levers inside. The whole building gives the feeling of being within a mythical, medieval, wooden, post-apocalyptic mobile home. There’s also a jacuzzi tub, as an added bonus.
Other rooms include the Macquarie Island room where your bed is a boat which appears to float on real water and there is a real beach with real sand in your room. The suites are filled with wooden toadstools, starry skies (glowing on your ceiling) and crooked windows.
This one is the Legend of the Trolls room …
Personally, I don’t think I would enjoy spending a night here, but I thought it would be fun to see!
Um … thanks, but no, I really don’t think I could sleep with those … things … above my head! The price isn’t bad as these things go, although it is out of my budget … 134 €, or about $151 USD.
Well, folks, I know it was a short jaunt this week, but it’s getting late and we all have things we need to do this weekend, so we better be getting back. I do hope you enjoyed the little trip, and we’ll take a longer journey soon … perhaps even next week!
Have a fun and happy weekend … by the way, Happy Family Day to my Canadian friends and enjoy your long weekend!