Papabear worked the night before so after he came home at 7am we took to the road. (with me driving *gasp*)
Our first stop was to see the Otzi the Iceman at the halfway point between home and Germany. We went just to see him, but the museum had a FOUR floor display about Mummies around the world. We saw Natural (frozen, dried out) mummies and ACTUAL Egyptian mummies! My first! Littlebear said that this was the best part of his vacation. (Although he does NOT want to be mummified when he dies...LOL! "Mom, I don't want my brains pulled out of my nose")
I can't believe that Otzi's clothing and weapons are still intact. It's amazing to see something that old...and in that great of shape. Amazing! They didn't let me take pictures inside, so I don't have pictures of him. :o( Here's his website, for those so interested: Iceman
On to Deutschland!!!
On Friday we connected with two other couples and headed out to Linderhof palace. I've seen this palace at LEAST 3x and it still impresses me as my favorite palace.
This is where I would love to live. Just like this...in this house. *sigh*
Schloss Linderhof. You can see Papabear and one of the couples we went with.
Our Family (I have no idea what Littlebear is doing...Ganstah Giggle??
The Gardens at Linderhof
I love wrought iron work...and this pergola was covered with ivy in the process of changing to scarlet. Wow!
I'm a fan of art...all kinds. Painting, sculpture, architecture, handicrafts. Barvaria is covered in muraled houses. Here's a few.
Here's the detail of the above house.
Here's a detail of the above house. The whole building is scenes from everyday life. So cool!
We put Littlebear in the Resort's camp adventure program (babysitting.) I fought this tooth and nail, but in the end I gave in. He had a blast. Sightseeing isn't his thing. He whined through Linderhof and was just a party pooper. From then on we put him into the programs. He LOVED it! All of his best friends (literally) were in there. They took the kids to the reptile house, a boat ride, and this "winter lodge" which had video games and facepainting. Littlebear wanted a picture before we washed it off.
A Firefighter mural for Opa M.
Fuerwehr Partenkirchen= Firehouse of Partenkirchen (city)
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (and my car)
My new Desktop picture
So, you're asking yourself: Where the heck are the Oktoberfest pictures??...Well *laugh* There's a story. The day we were supposed to go (1st day, parade, opening ceremonies) the group we were going with had a late start. Finally, at 10, we were ready to get on the hour/half train ride to Munich...then Papabear had an idea. We needed to be back here by 4 to pick up the kids from Camp Adventure so, since we've been five times, we should stay behind and watch the kids for the hour before they went into Parent's Night Out. So we let the 3 other couples go and we headed out to Garmish to....SHOP!!
I went online and found a yarn shop...plugged it into my GPS and headed out with a heart full o' bursting. It's a crappy photo, but this is the shop. She spoke better English than half the people I know. And she loved to talk!!
This is the size of shop I'd love to own. It's about as big as a bathroom and just stuffed with 'nummy yarn. However, I was REALLY good. I bought some German wool for a scarf and three groups of Barvarian buttons (the flag, an edelweiss, and Saint George for Littlebear's sweater)
My Yarn in my Val Gardena bowl (But Val Gardena is another Blogpost.)It is gray, pink, orange, and a smidge of blue. We also bought German lace curtains on the bolt for the camper (cut what you need, they're already hemmed)I'll go find my camera and see if I can't include them in another blogpost. This one's long enough already!!
And that's it. We had so much fun! I love this part of the world and I can't wait to go back. It always amazes me whenver we leave 65 degree dry weather and open the car door to 82 degree humid weather. Ha!