Monday, September 15, 2014

Munich Monday--Oberschleisheim Schloss

I've written about OberschleiƟheim Schloss a number of times because it is such a lovely castle complex and it is very near my home.  However, I've never shown you the interior.  I went again over the summer when my niece was visiting.  Truth be told, she wasn't as impressed, but it remains my mother's favorite of all the palaces in Munich.   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silent Sunday

This is a wall decoration in the Nonburg Abby cemetery in Salzburg, Austria.  Sort of disturbing and intriguing at the same time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The History of Barcelona Museum is housed in the palace Torre del Rei and if that weren't cool enough, under the palace are the remains of the ancient Roman town, Barcino. One floor down and you are transported to another world two thousand years old.  Viewable from a walkway above the ruins you pass through a wine factory, a laundry and dying facility, you will see ancient walls and even  a necropolis where they buried their dead. It is so impressive to me that the city has excavated portions of the ancient town and you can experience them with modern Barcelona above you.  This small museum is definitely worth an hour of your time.    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Frauline Maria's Bike Tour of Salzburg

Not sure if I've mentioned how much I enjoy Salzburg. Honestly, it is perhaps more out of nostalgia  having grown up watching the Sound of Music.  I've known the SOM songs by heart my whole life and dreamed that one day I'd visit the place where Maria sang,  "I Have Confidence." Salzburg was the FIRST trip we took after moving to Germany 4 years ago.  It is a strange thing to realize a childhood dream.  The weather could not have been more perfect and our private Sound of Music tour with Bob's Special Tours was great. The green hills beaconed me to go higher!  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Munich Monday--Garmisch Rodlbahn

My niece spent two weeks with us last month and what a blast we had.  Madison is a happy girl, she laughs a lot and she made us laugh!  One of the things she wanted to do was hike in Garmisch, so we traveled down to hike through the Partnach Gorge, but the girls spotted the rodelbahn first and there was no way I was getting them to hike after that, so we rode the rodelbahn again and again and again! I think they rode it 4 times.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Simple Things Sunday

Awesome hike yesterday up the Geigelstein in Ettenhausen, Germany.  That tiny structure houses the Mother Mary.  Every mountain I've climbed in Germany has a cross or some religious reference at the summit.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Viehscheid: A Truly Bavarian Experience

Some of you might recognize this photo from last year.  We were hiking in the mountains near Garmisch when the road was over taken by herds of cattle.  The tradition is called Viehscheid and happens every fall when the cows are moved from their summer pastures in the mountains down to the valley.  The celebration includes cows decorated with beautiful head dresses, loud bells and a parade through town.  It's quaint, unique to southern Bavaria and the Tirol, and worth the effort to find one.  And good happens all month long.  Check out this link to find the dates and times of theViehscheid happening closest to you.