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Germany: Mountain Wanderings, Part 1

Today I was chatting with my brother Ryan as we hashed out plans for our family trip to Germany and Holland this Christmas. My smile got bigger and bigger as he cited things he’s put on the schedule already: Christmas concert, Christmas markets, road trip through Belgium. I can’t wait!!! 🙂

Such discussions and dreamings sent my memory back to a gorgeous road trip I took through Germany a couple of years ago with my sister-in-law Kendra and friend Amy. Armed with passports, an exceedingly large bag of candy, and a rather finicky GPS system, we drove all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, stopping wherever our fancies took us. Will you join me as we vicariously meander through mountain meadows, gaze up at stony peaks and look in wonder at hidden lakes?

These places reminded me so much of driving through the Rocky Mountains in Canada. Well, minus the castle. 🙂 Do you like road trips? What is the most beautiful scenery you’ve experienced on one?




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Karen - Oh, these pictures are wonderful! Being from Austria, I may be a bit biased, but I just love the Alps. What places will you visit in Germany? If you’ve never been, the Christmas markets are fantastic – lots of seasonal treats, such as Glühwein (spiced wine) and Lebkuchen (ginger bread). Christmas just isn’t happening for me unless I’ve made at least one visit to one of the Christmas markets in town. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Karen!! I love the Alps too. Just can’t get enough of looking at them. 🙂 We will stay with my middle brother at his home in Stuttgart, and also visit some dear friends in the Black Forest. I can’t wait for the Christmas markets!!! A friend gave me some birthday money and I’m saving every penny for the markets. 🙂

Barbara - Magnificent photos! I’ve never been to Germany..I’d love to go.

LindyLouMac - How exciting that you are already planning a Christmas trip to visit your family. Beautiful photos.
Thanks for your comment on News From Italy to which I have replied there.

RamblingTart - Thank you, Barbara! I think Germany is the country I’ve visited most in my travels. I never tire of it. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m SO excited about our trip, Lindy Lou! 🙂 It will be such fun traveling with nearly all of my family. 🙂

Duchess - Can’t believe it actually looks like that!

Rosa - So beautiful! I love those mountains. Germany is on my dream destination list…

Cheers,

Rosa

Beth - I love your photos! It really is a beautiful part of the world. I’m so envious of your trip — I’ve always wanted to see the Christmas markets.

jen cheung - girl – seem slike you are traveling around the world! this is what I need right now!!! But too bad – Christmas is coming up and there’s no way to get holidays now! lucky you!

Have a great day!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

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Tuula M - Oh what beautiful scenery! And how I love road trips…my favorites have always been in Italy (one we took from Rome to the Amalfi Coast stands out as #1).
Super excited for you and your Christmas trip – how great are the Christmas markets, really, I love them! Shopping & mulled wine, can’t beat it 🙂

A Canadian Foodie - I am a traveller and crazy about travelling – especially in Europe. Did you go over the Jung Frau? So far, Switzerland has had the most green luscious scenery. Nothing like the rockies to me as the mountains are so green… but that is my top, so far… other than the trip I took a few weeks ago through Alberta in the fall. Incredible!
🙂
Valerie

Chaya - I always love your photos. This is no exception. They pull you into the scene.

Anna Johnston - I love a good road trip Krista. Love these pics, the water is an amazing emerald green with the reflections from the mountains. bliss 🙂
Lets see., I guess its not the most amazing road trip, but one of my all time fave’s are a simple little back road we sometimes take when we’re having a weekend getaway to the South Coast, NSW, Oz…., its a winding road through pristine native Australian trees & ferns & just the other weekend we took this road, top down, music pounding, sun streaming down on our shoulders through the trees & the faint sounds of the bellbirds singing in the forest…. Awesome 🙂

RamblingTart - It really does, Duchess! I keep looking at these pictures over and over. The beauty staggers me. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Rosa! I hope you get to visit soon. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Beth! I’ve always wanted to see the Christmas markets too. I’m SO glad I finally get the chance. 🙂

RamblingTart - Dear Jen, I’m actually at home and have been most of this year, so I’m really looking forward to this trip. 🙂 Hopefully you can get time off in the new year and have adventures too. 🙂

RamblingTart - I haven’t been to that part of Switzerland yet, Valerie, but I sure hope to one day! 🙂 Ohhh, Alberta is so pretty in the fall! Your drive must’ve been gorgeous. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, dear Chaya. I’m so glad you like them. 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh Anna, that drive sounds absolutely wonderful!! I would love to take a trip like that, and just bask in all that amazing beauty. 🙂

Mary R - I really love your photos! I also did a road trip several years ago with my mom and sister, and saw the most beautiful scenery near the German Alps. Actually, it was a reminiscing trip as we were born there, but hadn’t visited in many years. My mother wanted to show us the places we lived in as children.

It’s funny you mentioned all the Xmas things… that’s exactly why my mom wants to visit during the holidays as well!

My favorite area was Eagle’s Nest… the trip was also great because you know, traveling with family can involve so many emotions!

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