Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Monday, August 26, 2013

Visit to Praha written by my son

Hi friends, I have one last travel post for you as we prepare for our trip back to the US.

Just like I mentioned last week my little man wanted to write about his trip to Praha (Prague). He loved it and is so excited to tell you all about it. So here he goes:



Hello to all of my mom’s readers out there in the blogosphere. I'm the little man of the house and I want to show you some of my favorite places that we went to in Praha.



Prague castle was HUGE, so huge that it is the biggest castle on earth according to Guinness World Records.


inside the Palace where the Bohemian kings and royalty met
This is Golden Lane (that's where all the workers lived) in Praha castle and it was my favorite part.

In Praha my dad and I had many good dishes (mostly Czech specialties) that I have never tried before: 
  • 1st day lunch was pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut in a gravy at U Dvou Sester (ONE OF THE BEST MEALS EVER!)
  • 2nd day lunch at  the Medieval Tavern and had two smoked sausages (BEST SAUSAGES EVER!)
  • 3rd  day dinner was at Kotleta and I ate duck leg with dumplings in a gravy (BEST DINNER EVER! Ok I loved it all and can't really make up my mind)


St. Nicholas is one of the nicest churches in the world in my opinion and my dad agrees. 



We also took the "Ghost & Legends Tour" at night and it was reeeally scary!!!! One of the legends that was told is the story of "Jan Mydlar the executioner"(1572-†1664). He was sent to Praha to study medicine. He fell in love with a girl who was going to be executed for poisoning her cheating husband so Jan became a headsman to save her but failed. Surprisingly he became one of the most famous executioners ever because of his knowledge of medicine and the human body. And on the 21st of June 1621 he executed 27 nobleman which became the most famous execution in Praha history. The King had their heads displayed on the Prague Old Town Bridge Tower to send the message "don’t mess with me". (I can handle the scary history and ghost stories though, so no biggy!)

This was on Charles Bridge and we saw an amazing double rainbow. 
Charles Bridge was really nice it is similar to the one in Würzburg but better. 


It was also cool to go and visit the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora with my dad and here is some of the strange history:

In 1278, Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia. He returned with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe.

After the Black Death (14th century) and the Hussite Wars (15th century) thousands were buried in the cemetery. (there was even a showcase of skulls from the Hussite Wars)
After 1511, the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was given to a half-blind monk of the order.
In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed to put the bone heaps into order, yielding a macabre result.






It was the most scary and also beautiful thing I ever saw!
We saw so many great things and these were just some of my favorites.
I can't wait to show this post (and the ones my mom wrote) to my friends in school. I learned so much on my vacation and now I even know how to write a blog post.
I can't wait for our trip to Europe next year but back to school I am in three days :(



So that was my favorite little man and I'm so proud of him and how he enjoys all the traveling and different foods.

Wish us luck on our trip back tomorrow.
Talk to you soon.


Tschüß

(Youleeya)



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Friday, August 23, 2013

Sad History lesson

Oh dear Friday, our vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow we will be celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary and they are having a small party. Well maybe not that small when you have a chef come in who is doing the cooking.
We are going to decorate a little but like they said "please not too much, just don't make it look like a camp ground party"! Yeah ok, thanks so much, like I ever would.
And anyways thinking about being married to someone for 50 years makes me happy but also gives me huge anxiety. Don't you agree it's somewhat scary? It's the time when you get on each other's nerves so much that you break out into an argument over the simplest things but when you are apart you miss the  other. I don't even know how to describe my parents relationship, it's not always a good thing, let's leave it at that LOL.

On our way home from the alps we decided to stop for lunch in Munich (München).







And then stop at the memorial site of the Dachau concentration camp. My son has been asking to do this for a while now and I felt like he was mature enough now to handle this sad part of German history.

I had seen Dachau on a school field trip already so I only walked around the site with our daughter (who is clearly too young for it), while my dad, hubby and son walked into the main building and read about all the horrible things that happened there. It is certainly something that shows our son how good he has it and that he grows up very spoiled.




I don't feel comfortable sharing the rest of the memorial site on this blog since it is just so terrible.

My dad was a little boy during the war and my son can't imagine having to see the things his grandfather had to see. Or having to be on the run since my grandparents were openly against Hitler. I don't know if you remember that I started to write and translate some of the things my dad remembers from his childhood. Our son read it and he was shocked.

Our son wanted to buy a book at the site's book store and we left with the "Diary of Anne Frank" which he is now reading.

Like I said before these vacation blog posts are mostly for our son, because he truly enjoys them and he'd love to show them in his class. That's also why he wants to write his own post possibly next week so he can show his friends what he saw in Prague. He had an amazing time and it warms my heart to see the lights in his eyes when he talks about everything he experienced.

Next week's posts are uncertain because there will be so much going on, including traveling back home, sending the kids to school, unpacking and cleaning and getting over my sadness of having to leave my family behind again and saying the yearly dreaded sentence of "see you next year". It keeps getting harder and harder for me the older I get. So if I don't post, it will be because I'm trying to dig myself out of a black hole so we can get back to normal, ok? Y'all understand, right?

Tschüß and have a great weekend.


(Youleeya)






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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Königssee visit

Hi, me again with some more vacation photos. Are you ready? Well, even if you aren't, here we go:

While we were on our trip we also visited another lake, the beautiful "Königssee" (kings lake) which faces the East-Face (Ostwand) of the "Watzmann" mountain. It is the third highest mountain in Germany and 101 people have died already trying to climb that East-Face of the mountain.

Königssee

Königssee, Bavaria

Königssee, Bavaria



When we arrived there we were kind of shocked to see the hoards of tourists but once you are on one of the electric-powered passenger ships to the pilgrimage church St. Bartholomä (first chapel was built in 1134), you feel the serene surroundings of the lake. It is stunning! The lake is within a National Park and you aren't allowed to use motor boats, fish or do anything else on it that most people consider fun but as a result it has the cleanest water and you can even drink it if you want. Swimming is permitted but the mountain lake is freezing...I saw a couple people who rented a row boat to go swimming but you couldn't have paid me to jump in. Brrrr, I get cold just thinking about it.

Königssee, Bavaria

On the way to the church you pass a spot along a high rock wall where 70 pilgrims drowned in 1688 during a storm. Which scared my kiddos to death.
And they also show you the stunning echo of the mountains by playing a song on the trumpet.

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä


Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä
Unfortunately the mountain was hiding under the clouds that day.
Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä


I can't imagine living the life of the two families that still live at the secluded spot of the church. It's the family of the fisher (only person who is allowed to fish in the lake) and the restaurant keeper. My kids were shocked to think of a family having to live so far away from a town and only being able to reach anything by boat again. Winters certainly are tough out there as well.

Look how far out those couple of buildings are! {image via}


But the handful of old Bavarian homes are beautiful:

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä
Isn't this door amazing? Yes, I know me and the doors...my husband is starting to get annoyed with all the door photos, but hey, I love doors...that's all I can say.

Königssee, Bavaria, St. Bartholomew, St. Bartholomä homes

Do you want to see how we usually take family photos? It's mostly a battle to keep the kids from fighting and here are a couple of pictures to document this. Makes me laugh:

And the last picture is my dear daughter trying to kick her brother out of the picture! That is typical behavior for the little "Hexlein" (little witch), because that's what we call her, haha.
Here are some more impressions of our visit and they bring this post to an end.



It was another gorgeous day spent with my dad, who took most of the photos of us. My kids have some great memories with their "Opa" and I'm very grateful for that.

Talk to you on Friday my friends.

Tschüß

(Youleeya)




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