Thursday, June 06, 2013

Hiking Down the Herzogstand, and a Day in Munich

Who can believe this lake? We took a cable car to the top of the Herzogstand, a great mountain to walk down. Our sunny day! We made the most of it.

We passed several of these marvelous setups--the alpine stream is diverted through a wooden pole into a hollow log trough, so hikers can get a drink.

Because they always do, the boys set to work "improving" the engineering,
while we ate chocolate.

Back at last and weary, sitting down to dinner. Have to say I was pretty proud of the meals I prepared every night in our little kitchen, serving VERY hungry people, some of whom are gluten-free, others dairy-free, and still others vegetarian, Rule of thumb? Sausages and vegetables and bread.

The Composer had laundry duty. We kept him busy.

Ah, the village geraniums. I especially loved this red windowbox because some days it hung inside the garage, decorating the inner space. Then it would be hung outside.

An empty beer garden. Chestnut trees again.

Rainy station, and we're off to Munich for the day.

Knitters and readers.

We made the most of our time by visiting the Bavarian Historical Museum while scavenging. Such beautiful church art!

So loved this statue of Jesus on a wheeled donkey--just pull Him right in for Palm Sunday.

Real dresses!

A chess set.

An awesome table setting with silver service for thirty.


Tracy said...

I'm fairly sure I won't ever make it to Germany but your travelogue is so lovely and very tempting for this reluctant traveller.

Sarah said...

Loving these Germany posts! I'm from New Zealand but I lived in Munich for 18 months recently and often read your blog while I was there. I fell in love with Germany!

Julie said...

Looks like you are all having a fabulous time and seeing so much. I am enjoying traveling vicariously through your photos.

Rose said...

That lake is so stunning! As is the countryside. Anna please tell the Composer that I have fallen in love with Germany via your trip, I am Googling and researching the country and culture. Speaking of the Composer I am a-s-t-o-u-n-d-e-d that he and the boys could wear shorts in those temperatures.

Ich bin mit Ihre Winterhärtezone du verrückt blokes beeindruckt!

Julie said...

Marvelous, Anna. It's been 25 years since I've visited Germany - it's lovely re-living a bit of my trip as I read about your's.

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Lisa said...

That first photo - the scenery hardly looks real! And the statues - they must be pretty old, esp. the little Jesus and his mother.

I like your living arrangements, too.


Gail said...

That bit about cake at the end made me laugh. A friend of mine just got back from visiting her husband's family in Germany and she told me they had cake at least once a day. She had to turn it down one time because she just couldn't possibly eat more cake.

Carol Urban said...

I am enjoying all of the photos!!!

Sage said...

Ha! "Coffee and cake."

I'm an American living in Denmark and I'm still not used to the volume of "kaffe og kage" we consume here! It's a good thing we bike a lot ;-)

Martina said...

Let me tell you one thing about this Kaffee und Kuchen: since turning 40, I have to be quite careful how often I allow myself to indulge (no surprise, I fear...)There really is a lot of cake around here, also in the staff room in our school. There is always somebody who has a birthday and is bringing some cake. I limit myself to two pieces a month, preferably on Sundays. Otherwise... no, I don't want to imagine!
But it's so nice to see how you enjoyed this tradition! (And I would have loved to have you all here for Kuchen, we are so near Munich!!)
What pleasure and surprise to see you in our familiar trains!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea to do a scavenger hunt by photograph!! That must have been so fun. My families heritage is German (Albrecht's). I have an uncle who still lives there whom I have never met. Thanks for sharing your time there.


Laura Blair said...

All your pictures and posts about your Germany trip have been so lovely. I have read your blog from the beginning and feel like I have watched your children grow up. So what can I say - one of my favorite pics is the one of Giles and Cornelia reading and gasp, holding hands! :)

Simple Fascinations said...

I especially love the fluffy little swan cygnets! Thanks for sharing all your adventures.

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