Friday, August 30, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry On

We're off to London again, this time with anniversary plans in mind. A show in West End, a trip to Darcy's house, and a little more exploring into the city than we've done before. 

I came across the following video via Messy Nessy's blog while searching for more off-the-beaten-track things to do in Paris and London. It is truly interesting to see where the "Keep Calm" phrase's boom originated from and it seemed a fitting send-off to our English weekend:

Keep Calm. 
I'll be back Monday.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Augustiner and A BABY!

We've gotten better at looking into some of the more authentic places to eat while traversing Europe. Augustiner was the perfect fit for Munich and Chris' search for a little pre-Oktoberfest.

Our last night in town we closed down the place in preparation for our second overnight train ride in two days.

Oh! Completely unrelated, and probably should not be mentioned in a post where the main focus was beer, (on second thought, John may like that), there's a new Maloney in the world! I am so, so sad we weren't home to be there for her first few days. Unbelievably down actually. Thank God for a distracting weekend coming up because this whole alone-time for 8 hours followed by Chris and I wishing we were among family/friends the rest of the time...not going to cut it with all the excitement happening back home. 

Enough of that, without further ado...

Welcome, Brianne Mary! 

We can't wait to meet you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Taking the tour

Now...strictly speaking this post never happened. There are no photos allowed in the castle for tour-time reasons. So I only snapped a few and did so very sneakily and on my ipod only.

This ceiling was my second favorite part of the castle. The first was Ludwig's bedroom. It was made completely of hand-carved wooden furniture. When I say that my head automatically pictures the handmade furniture sold at Arts Festivals in my hometown. No, nothing like that, you have no idea. I had no idea. The lighting in that room was so dim that I didn't even try to take a picture. The website give a little glimpse into it so here is just one photo of the detailed carvings:

Picture: Bedroom

It's amazing isn't it?! On the right of the bed, the same wall paneling continues that you see on the wall straight back in the photo. The best part of this room is that the one panel to the right side is a door in disguise and leads you into his dressing room. I want to live here. But in a much less remote locale. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bavarian Views

I said yesterday that I'd take you on the the tour with us inside the castle. I lied. There are lots of errands to do (for a change) and no time to edit pictures. The photographs you'll see today do not require editing, Bavaria simply doesn't need that.

Paragliding is one of the ways to get back to the city from the mountain the castle is on...
The next several views are all from the Marienbrücke I spoke of yesterday. So what I mean to say here is that Chris took these next two photographs. There was no way I was going to look down. Not even through a lens.
The bridge itself. Look how crowded that thing is!

Last but not least, I had to throw another castle photo in here. This was our farewell to Neuschwanstein as the clouds gathered and we fought (rather, sneaked) our way onto the last bus to the train station before the final train out of the day. Phew.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Neuschwanstein, at last!

Our first view of the castle! Well, actually not our very frist view, but that was an out-the-window-of-our-over-crowded-bus-through-the-trees-way-up-on-the-hill type of view so that doesn't count. Let me back up though. The first time I heard about this castle I was sitting in a hotel room somewhere in Utah, I believe, in the summer of 2009. My cousin Gina was showing me pictures from past trips while we were on our own very unique trip driving across the United States as she was moving from Philadelphia to L.A. We came to a picture of this castle and I grabbed her arm and said, "Where is this?!" Four years later, my own arrival at Neuschwanstein Castle finally took place.  

It was like Disney for adults. And that's coming from someone who still dreams of trips to the actual Disney. 

A ten minute walk beyond the castle brings you to Marienbrücke, a very high bridge built over a waterfall in 1866. It's since been reinforced (1984 I think) but I still barely made it out onto it at all. Chris bravely crossed the entire thing to see the castle from all angles. I simply could not do it. I made it out for this picture only and then promptly, albeit slowly, made my way back to the safety of solid mountain. 

The castle itself is so majestic and royal. Those adjectives may seem cliche here but how else can I put the feeling of standing in this courtyard into words? It's everything a castle should be. We took the tour of the rooms and I'll share more from that tomorrow but for today, just a few more photographs of the palace that inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle of Disneyland fame. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Boy and his Knight

They may as well have been the only two in the Castle

Thursday, August 22, 2013

City sights in Munich

Munich is such a beautiful city. The upside to arriving very early in the morning in a usually bustling city is that you get to view it with a clean slate. Void of people, noise, traffic. Just us lonely two, the sunrise and the beautiful buildings.

Planes were flying constantly overhead!
The sunrise finally peeked over the tall buildings and started to shed some real light on the situation.

Right around the time that the sun fully came out, Chris and I headed towards our hotel where we put our feet up and left the rest of the exploring to much later. 

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