I am not sure what to write about exactly. There is so much to say about the experiences we have been having, but I am not quite sure where to begin. God, I love, love, love to travel! There is something new for our eyes to see around every corner. The thrill of being awestruck by the unbelievable beauty of the Alps, the variety of the autumn colors of leaves in the Black Forest, the rolling green countryside, the new tastes and smells or even that gorgeous Porsche passing by us at 230 kph, is all so magical. This earth is something special for sure and where we are staying is a big reason why it is so. We are in the town of Fussen, a picturesque village at the base of the Alps in the very southern part of Germany. There are many lakes, who’s stillness reflect the mountains surrounding them perfectly. Of course, there is the Neushawnstein Castle which very much is a fairy tale and poor King Ludwig II! It is said that this is one of the most amazing castles in all of Europe and they maybe right. I have never seen anything like it.
We have had a chance to revive here after being in the big city of Paris. Nothing like nature to get you back in balance. We have been living out of suitcases since July and are all handling it really well, but at times one needs to yell off the top of a mountain, and we have been able to do that here.
I am sorry that we will not be seeing other areas of Germany on this trip, our plans got a little mixed up, but we will take what we can get, and Kaiserschmerr is something we can take and get. My daughters loved this pancake like dessert served with powdered sugar and applesauce.
We have met some really interesting people here too. I love hearing about people’s stories because we all have interesting ones!
We will be sad to leave this pristine area and will definitely need to come back again one day. We are off to Prague tomorrow and can’t wait to see what is around the next corner!
It was suggested that when traveling with kids, a good idea might be to give them full reign for a day (or two or three). We decided while we were in Paris, this would be a great place to do it. There is so much to see and why not change up what we normally would have put on the agenda and let the kids be in charge for a change. Good for them to have the responsibility to figure out what interests them about the city, where to find it on a map and to plan out the day.
First up was our youngest daughter and her day went a little like this:
1. Musee Rodin
2. Walk down the Champs Eysees and Avenue Montaigne for some window shopping. Or as they say in France, “faire du leche-vitrines” which literally translated means window licking, although we only drooled a little…
3. Stopped for a sweet crepe.
4. The Eiffel Tower at dusk!
It was a truly great day!
Next, it was my oldest daughter’s turn to be princess for the day. She chose another amazing adventure and it went something like this:
1. Jardin du Luxembourg
2. A special French lunch
3. A visit to the English bookstore Shakespeare & Co. (it was just across from Notre Dame so we stopped in there also).
4. The Sorbonne
I cannot wait to see where they pick to go next!
Well, due to technical difficulties, a.k.a., my computer power cord catching on fire, I have been in blog hold mode. So in order to get current with our travels, I will just add a few photos with captions to catch up to our current locale, which is Paris! When I have more time, I will go back and address more completely the cities we have visited lately, as they have all moved each of us.
Here we traveled from Harwich, England by ferry to Hook of Holland before heading up to Amsterdam for a few days. It was a very windy day out on the North Sea!
Beautiful Amsterdam with it’s canals and bicycles! I have never seen more people riding bicycles, it was incredible!
Loved this picture that my oldest daughter took!
Here is a photo from the countryside of Belgium. I can see how the Flemish painters were so inspired!
Chocolate and beer heaven! We had so much fun here in beautiful Bruges, Belgium.
And that gets us to…
Our experience of eating in France has been no less than a delectable celebration of food. Every meal we have had here has been incredible. Food is very regional and being in Normandy, we have certainly enjoyed our fair share of Camembert cheese. One of the most delicious meals we enjoyed was a stew with chicken, potatoes, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms all sitting in melted Camembert cheese. I am afraid to know how many calories.
Baguettes have quickly become part of our daily ritual. We watched families buy 5 or more baguettes in the markets and at first we thought they were crazy, and now we completely understand how you must eat a baguette with pretty much everything. Cheese, of course, but with soups and for sandwiches, also. It is a staple for us now!
We have become friends with the waiter at the local Creperie. Since we are eating with kids, we have to make sure there is something for everyone on the menu, and this place has it all. Galettes are savory crepes and you can have them several ways. Ham and cheese being the most common but the choices go way beyond my French translation. Our girls had the most amazing pizza served on a puff pastry instead of pizza dough, it was out of this world. My husband and I shared a puff pastry filled with goat cheese and tomatoes and I about died, yes from my arteries being clogged and also the euphoric sensation of every bite, it was truly that good!
The fun doesn’t stop there though because for dessert it is time for the sweet crepes, which you can have with a multitude of toppings, plain sugar to caramel to Nutella and bananas. From there you can add ice cream or even have it flambéed, quite lovely indeed.
We have been to several of the weekly farmer’s markets. You can find one any day of the week. Fresh cheeses, dairy, meats, produce, pastries, bread and local ciders are just some of the treats you may come across. It is great to watch the locals collect their delicious ingredients to take home. Many of the vendors have beautiful displays showcasing their goods. It is a busy place with so many interesting things to experience. I am really looking forward to checking in on some of the markets in Paris, when we return to France in November. That should be another unforgettable time. I better get in some exercise before then…