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Snowy Views of Heidelberg Castle

We arrived in Heidelberg on a dark, cold afternoon with fog rolling down the mountains. I’ve never been to Heidelberg in the winter and was absolutely delighted by the fairytale quality the snow gave to the gabled windows and towering spires of the beautiful city.

We teetered our way up steep, icy, cobbled streets past rather splendid doorways and opulent homes until we reached the snow-covered ruins of Heidelberg Castle.

These are some of my favorite ruins, towering magisterially above the river valley, though I dearly wish some wealthy soul would take the castle as their pet project and restore it. I would love to see how it looked when the halls were filled with royalty, servants and guests from abroad.

I think the best part of the castle is the view. I took a video of it for you, and am delighted by how it looks like a miniature city tucked into a snow globe.

We arrived back at my brother’s house in Amsterdam late last night and I’m spending a deliciously lazy morning on the couch, tucked up under mounds of blankets. This afternoon we’re heading out to explore the Netherlands coast and tonight we’ll be braving the streets of Amsterdam to celebrate New Year’s Eve among the fireworks happy residents.

I wish you a beautiful celebration tonight and an absolutely wonderful year. I’m so glad you’re in my life and look forward to getting to know you even better in this new year. 🙂

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bellini - It has been a pleasure following you on your culinary journey in 2010. I look forward to 2011 and sharing our kitchens.

Joanne - Oh my, all that snow makes it look like a winter wonderland! Gorgeous.

Hope you have an excellent new year my dear!

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Anna Johnston - Happy New Year Krista. Hope 2011 is a fabulous one for you. Awesome pics again Lovely, just beautiful. 🙂

Karen - Glad to see that you’ve been having such a wonderful time, Krista! It’s been such a joy reading your posts and seeing all the beautiful photos from your trip. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!

Annie - We spent NYE in Amsterdam last year and it was a beautiful way to bring in 2010! I hope you enjoyed it!

A Canadian Foodie - Happy New Year to you!!!
We just got back from a dog sled ride in the Rocky Mountains near Banff. Wonderful way to bring in 2011.
Big hug to you and your continuing adventures!

Carole 68 - Happy New Year ! I love reading about your visits in different cities and I admire your photos. Keep them coming in 2011 ! Lots of love.

Kyle - Unbelievable, it looks like a fairytale!

mlleparadis - Exquisite video Krista! Now if only someone hadn’t been playing electric guitar in my house, I could have heard the bells better. I will come back to hear the bells again.

Oh sigh! Lucky you. But I think you really deserved this trip!

Hope the further excellent adventures were all you wished! Big hugs for the rest of the stay and a safe journey home! (Thx for the nice note left a PP)

Faith - Oh, what lovely pictures! Heidelberg is so picturesque and the snow makes it look like a really majestic winter wonderland. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, Krista!

Velva - Happy New Year! celebrating the holiday in Amsterdam is doing the holiday right.

Your German adventure through Heidelberg is stunning. Did I mention that although the snow scenery is absolutely stunning, it looks frigid cold.

Stay warm. Looking forward to all of your blog posts in 2011.


Corinne @ Gourmantic - The first photo reminds me of an old postcard – so pretty and peaceful!

Happy New Year Krista. Hope 2011 brings you much happiness and travel. It’s a pleasure knowing you 🙂 x

Kimberly - I found you through twitter and am having such a great time going back through your old posts! I had to stop here as this place looks so lovely in the snow. I too live in Washington and as it is dark, cold, and rainy here, the snowy hillside seems so appealing!
Have a great weekend,

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