Right outside our house in Degerloch (Stuttgart), there is a beautiful forest. We have gotten so much snow this winter! Way more than last year. We love the snow. Coming from San Diego it is especially a treat. We spent the last few snow days sledding in town, on the hills at R.B., and in Garmisch.
Here are some pics from our family adventures in Germany…
Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit like European Christmas Markets. It’s definitely something you have to experience in person. It is a time for family, friends, drinks, good food, and festive mania! You name it, they have it. I love to get ornaments and sample the chocolates. My kids love Kinderpunch and the rides. PJ loves the würsts and Glühwein. There is something for everyone. I don’t even want to think about the withdrawls I will have when we can’t hop in the car to check out a new market during the holiday season.
This year, we visited Ludwigsburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Esslingen, Vienna, Ulm and Triberg. Each one was fantastic. Here are some pictures…
We went to Karlovy Vary in October to buy a chandelier. We were surprised to find the town so pretty and unique. The city is built on hot springs, so there are Colonnades everywhere. You can buy a porcelain drinking cup at any of the souvenir shops in town. The popular thing to do is to take your cup and drink from the hot springs. I must say, we didn’t care for the water and thought it tasted terrible. But it was fun for our kids to try.
The trip was a success as we came home with a gorgeous chandelier, sconce, Bohemian glasswear, and Czech beer. Yes!
The store we bought our Bohemian Glass from was called Celetna Crystal
Tržiště 23, 36001 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic – 353 585 132
And lastly, coming from Stuttgart, we took a detour to Nachtmann Factory Outlet. They have great prices on German glass and crystal. They have a warehouse with fantastic prices.
F. X. Nachtmann Bleikristallwerke GmbH
92660 Neustadt a. d. Waldnaab
Tel.: +49 – 96 02/30 11 76
Here are a few pictures from our trip…
We visited Ludwigsburg Palace, Neuchwanstein, and Linderhof while my mom and grandma were in town during the month of November. The weather wasn’t great, but we still enjoyed good views and fun on our day trips.
Noon light at Neuchwanstein was not ideal. I will definitely be going back for the early morning light in the Spring.
This was our second year going to the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival. It’s one of the most unique festivals we have experienced while living in Stuttgart. The theme this year was Fairy Tales. It was incredible! Our kids loved it. Fall in Germany is spectacular. Especially coming from San Diego, where the season changes are minimal.
Here are some pictures from the Kürbisfest…
My mom and grandma just left after a great 3 week trip. We took them to Tuscany, Füssen, Ülm, and Christmas Markets. We had so much fun having them here. My grandma is a great baker, so I watched as she made some of her specialties. We cooked Thanksgiving here at the house and had the Kling family over. Everything was gobbled up. I think the pumpkin pie was a big hit with the Kling’s. And they tried Eggnog for the first time. Well, I should say Brigitte tried it, I don’t think anyone else was that adventurous. We love getting the change to share different traditions with our best German friends. It’s been a wonderful experience. Can’t wait for Christmas Eve at their house for fondue and other festive food.
Here are some of the hundreds of family photos while the grandma’s were in town. My mom is an avid scrapbooker so many of the photos were for her.