Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The Playground, the Brass Bands, and the Snowy Mountain

Adult-sized zipline? Sign us up!

Our sweet home-for-a-week. The upper floor of a converted horse barn. They still breed and train dressage horses right here.

Just your average beautiful front-yard shrine.

I just thought this pictures was too perfect and needed a place in my album . . .

One evening Bella and the Composer and I took a five-minute train ride over to the next town for a brass band concert. Every musician was in full traditional dress, glorious! Each man had his own pair of hand-knitted socks with his own special insignia knitted in and they were clearly custom-knit for each pair of calves.

Flowers in every hat.

And flowers in every yard.

One day we took the bus to Mittenwald, a charming and more bustling town. A cable car zipped us up to the top of a snowy mountain. We walked through the guest building, into a long tunnel, and stuck our heads out the door to find ourselves at the top of a very, very high and steep ski slope. No thanks!

That's us! Not many of the trails were open, too much snow. I walked this little saddle with the Composer back in 1989. At the top you can put one foot in Austria, if you can keep from sliding down the mountain.

Back in the valley, the Composer's trifecta: raspberry, hazelnut, banana.

My all-time favorite mural--looks like an illustration straight out of "Freddie the Pig." In the villages, many of the houses were decorated. Faux window frames are a favorite, as well as scenes with happy Bavarian tradesmen, and my other favorites, monks chopping down trees.

These were probably done by chainsaw though. Woodpiles here have achieved excellence, that's for sure.

One of a nonstop stream of unbelievably beautiful churches. We all went to a service on Sunday morning.

Loved the plastic Great Blue instead of a pink flamingo.

On our usual evening walk to the lake.


Susan said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. I'm pleased to see that the skies cleared. You captured the beauty of the area so well.

Just Me said...

Oh my goodness! You were in my corner of the world. We are stationed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen! I am so in love with this place and will be so sad when it is time to rotate back to the States!
I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed your excursions in spite of the awful weather we've been having. The weather has just turned sunny yesterday :-)

val said...

Thanks for inviting us along on this wonderful trip. xo. love, Val

Anonymous said...

Anna, your second to the last picture made me do a double take. For a moment I thought it was taken in Leavenworth, WA, a town I grew up in. It is uncannily like it.

Leavenworth is a tourist Bavarian/German town. If you care to see how much it looks like your picture, click on the link...I promise it is just a wikipedia picture.

or just look up Leavenworth, WA on Wikipedia. The main picture is the one that looks so much like yours.
Your trip looks like fun!
Amy F.

Rose said...

Wow. Germany has not been at the top of my list but this is so enchanting, so picturesque! You've been so generous in sharing the trip, thank you Anna.

Julian said...

Thankyou for sharing your trip with us! Beautiful pics! I'm glad yall had such a wonderful time:).

The Mayo Family said...

Absolutely beautiful!
We are sure enjoying seeing the beautiful sites....
thanks for sharing your trip

Becky said...

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. I visited Bavaria and Austria in 1989 and will never forget it. I love the house murals too...I have a picture of one that had the entire story of Little Red Riding Hood painted around the perimeter of the house!

Rose said...

Anna I forgot to ask yesterday -- you are all so rugged up I'm wondering what sort of temperatures you experienced in spring in Germany? I'm a wussy Australian so I consider anything under 20C cold. I'm assuming from the way you were all dressed that it must have been very cold.

Lisa said...

So much mountain!! And I spy a cherry tree there!

I realized that part of the great appeal of your blog is the narration that you provide, which isn't how most blogs work. You're like an amused spectator, describing the goings on in (sketchy) detail; with an air of detachment, (to a certain degree).

It's quite entertaining. I await the next installment!


Choate Family said...

I'm having so much fun looking at your pictures. What wonderful memories you made together!

Anna said...

Rose, it was *very* cold. Lots of 40s F. Lots of pictures of us girls standing around with our arms crossed!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Gorgeous collection of photos. What an amazing time you all had.

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