I didn’t post ^ this gem before so I had to add it. It’s me romantically twirling Jon in a grove of wildflowers with a castle in the background. It’s what he daydreamed about as a little boy.
Our last days in Germany were sad and fun all at the same time. It was hard knowing it was close to being over and the anticipation of jumping back into real life and seeing our kids was starting to set in. We tried to enjoy every last drop as much as we could.
We spent some more time at the river. The rocks were surprisingly hurty on bare feet so we carried our German.
Lyndi is collecting bottlecaps and they are in very good supply everywhere you go there!
This is the I\’m-so-tired-I-just-have-to-lay-down-for-a-minute-but-I-don’t-want-to-waste-a-minute face.
We drove to Austria for a day. It was lovely and very much like being in the Sound of Music.
We went and toured a salt mine. Jon was super excited because his other last name is Schellenberg!!
We may have stolen this gem. It hangs proudly in Bob & Lyndi’s home now.
After the salt mines we went to an amazing thrift store and then to the Eagles Nest or Kehlsteinhaus. This was one of Hitler’s houses they built for him as a birthday present. It has a giant tunnel leading to a brass elevator that takes you up through an alp into the house. At the foot is a WWII museum. We only had enough time to do one or the other so Jon, Bob & Lyndi went to the museum and Nadja and I went up to the house.
Nap time in Austria.
Look at the crazy blue color of that ice cold alpine water!!
That night we wandered around Salzberg. It was lovely.
We ate our last dinner sausages, laughed and joked about our trip and tried to soak in these last moments.
Lyndi totally bought one of their CD’s.
We sat and watched a french opera on this big screen.
Our last Bavarian breakfast. I was so proud of myself. I got up and wandered my way to the Backeri and then to the Metzger and picked up the pretzels and weisswurst all by myself. It made me want to live there even more than I already did.
We got to go see Nadja’s workshop. She makes jewelry and is incredibly talented.
We took our last selfie all together. It was bittersweet.
And we flew home. Through Russia and over the North Pole.
I miss it. I\’ll be obsessing over German culture and lifestyle on the blog for the next few weeks. Bear with me. I love Germany and I can’t wait to go back!