Friday, October 29, 2010

Sights to See: Frauenkirche/Church of Our Ladies, Dresden, Germany

Located in the heart of the Old Town, this 18th-century sandstone church with magnificent Baroque dome was completely destroyed in World War II. It has been rebuilt exactly as it was, using more than 100,000 of its original stones. The peace bell rings daily at noon in invitation to pause for just a moment and pray for peace.

Frauenkirche/Church of Our Ladies  M-F 10-12 & 1-6; services on Sun at 11 & 6. 

See a performance:



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Things to Do: Schoolhouse Antique Mall, Lafayette, Oregon

Claiming to have the largest collection of antiques in Oregon, this repurposed 1912 three-story schoolhouse displays all manner of antiques in eight former classrooms. It is air conditioned, carries only old items, and has particularly nice china.

Schoolhouse Antique Mall  748 Hwy. 99W, in Lafayette, 5 mi. E of McMinnville, (503) 864-2720; . Daily 10-5.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Good Eats: The Original Pancake House, Eugene, Oregon

The OPH started in the 1950s in Portland, Oregon. It is now franchised, but each location uses only the finest ingredients, including 93 score butter, hardwheat unbleached flour, and housegrown sourdough yeast. Specialties include Danish cherry crepes, an apple pancake, a Dutch baby, and incredible, satisfying, chewy, plate-size 49er flap jacks--my favorite.

The Original Pancake House  782 E Broadway/Hilyard St., (541) 343-7523. Daily 6am-2pm; $-$$.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sights to See: Evergreen Aviation Museum & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon

This ever-expanding complex has an Aviation Museum in one gigantic building. This is where you’ll see the immense Spruce Goose, also known as the Howard Hughes Flying Boat Nearly six times bigger than any other plane in 1947, she is made of wood and was flown only once. No wonder she had trouble staying up--her eight engines are equivalent in power to just one 747 engine! Recycled airplane seats are scattered throughout this building, for resting and watching videos. Across the way in another immense building, the Space Museum displays the Mercury 10 capsule, a Titan II SLV Missile, and a sleek Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird. And in yet another huge building is an IMAX theater. A new Wings & Waves Water Park structure, with a 747 now perched startlingly upon its roof, is scheduled to open with wave pools and water slides in summer 2011. Two cafes serve lunch fare. The Farm Store and Tasting Rooms (Daily 11-5. Tasting $5, applied to wine purchase.) feature Evergreen Vineyards Spruce Goose Oregon wine and juice, plus exclusive hazelnut products.

Evergreen Aviation Museum & Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, 3½ mi. SE of McMinnville, (503) 434-4180. Daily 9-5. $20, 65+ $19, 5-16 $18; with IMAX +$9-$11. Guided tours daily at 11am & 1:30pm. No pets. Free parking.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Good Eats: Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant , McMinnville, Oregon

Ceilings are high here, and the woodsy Old World-feeling includes plenty of roomy booths. The extensive menu lists sandwiches galore (don’t miss the delicious barbecued pork simmered in Red Thistle Ale sauce) as well as noteworthy beer-battered onion rings and a moist Irish Stout gingerbread. Salads, housemade soups, pastas, schnitzels, sausages, burgers, and steaks are also options (beef comes from the owner’s Angus Springs Ranch). Beers are brewed on site, and Red Thistle Ale is a personal favorite.
Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant  980 NE 4th St., (503) 472-2739

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Things to Do: Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Lafayette, Oregon

From this bucolic estate in rural Oregon wine country, monks dedicated to a vow of silence make an old-fashioned date-nut cake and a fruitcake that is soaked in brandy for 3 months. Visitors can browse the book shop, hike miles of trails, or spend the night in a lake-side guest house.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey 9200 NE Abbey Rd., in Lafayette, 800-294-0105, 503-852-0107. Book shop: Daily 9-5. Lodging: $35-$75/night donation; includes 3 meals/day; age 16+.

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