Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Check out this vacation home

I'm back, I'm back! I don't know if you realized that we were away, well you might have if you follow me on Instagram.

We went on our annual trip to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. We have been going there since 1997 and we look forward to it every year.


It's such a beautiful place and there has even been an episode on HGTV about the beautiful homes of Smith Mountain Lake and a "House Hunter" episode.

This year we stayed in the place below, which you can check out by clicking HERE and it is currently up for sale as well. BUT believe me it's so far out of our league. Our friends rented it and we (for sure) would have never come up with the idea to rent a mansion like this. And that's exactly what this place is, I mean it has two full sized kitchens that are bigger than my kitchen. 

Check it out:


Isn't it amazing?




The people who built and own the house owned a marble and granite business and you can totally tell throughout the entire house:





Don't even ask about the insane steam showers and jet shower heads.




And there are amazing homes everywhere.




I also love the little tucked away cottages too. They are actually totally my style. Look at this little hidden getaway.



And there are also properties with happy cows along the waterline.


Happy kiddos along the waterline.


And happy mommies with their feet in the water and a drink in their hand.


I hope y'all had a great Memorial Day weekend as well. What have you been up too?


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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Monday, August 5, 2013

Loving the local watchtower

First off, I have to say that I was completely tortured by all of my fellow awesome blog friends' Haven photos. They had way too much fun and I'm totally envious!

But I had a great time with the kiddos too. Every year when we visit, they have several local historical sights that they can't wait to see again.
One of those places is the town's medieval watchtower at the entrance to the fishing district which is called the "Bayersturm". It's the last remaining tower of the city walls at 128 feet high and was named after the former tower guardian family "Bayer". The tower was built around 1330-1385.

My kids are fascinated by old architecture and I love seeing them enjoy it.

So I thought I'd share some pictures with you too:

Bayersturm in Lohr am Main

Lohrer Bayersturm

Door of the Lohrer Bayersturm

Door of the Lohrer Bayersturm

There are 147 steps and my son said that he felt like Mr. Bean walking behind me on those steps. LOL! I'm afraid of heights and walk like a snail. We love Mr. Bean. Did you ever check out his movies. I know not everyone gets his humor. Here is the video that my son is talking about:




inside Lohrer Bayersturm
A little spooky!
inside Lohrer Bayersturm

inside Lohrer Bayersturm

inside Lohrer Bayersturm

inside Lohrer Bayersturm

inside Lohrer Bayersturm
Pretending to work in the kitchen.
antique dish towel rack

inside Lohrer Bayersturm
Lilly wants to live here like Rapunzel!
inside Lohrer Bayersturm

And the views from the windows:

the views from the Bayersturm in Lohr
One of the tiny homes on the right side on the hill is where my parents live.
the views from the Bayersturm in Lohr

the views from the Bayersturm in Lohr
Again, St. Michael, the church that we got married in.

the views from the Bayersturm in Lohr

Isn't it cool?

Another one of the places they love is the local castle but I'll show you some other time.

Lastly I have to tell you that the H&M homeline is available in the US now too. Say what? I was so shocked to read on Erin and Laur's blog House Envy that they finally offer it. Well I ordered stuff from them for a giveaway and now it's not even that special anymore, haha...bummer!

Well, now I have to order something else for a giveaway.

Tschüß,

(Youleeya)



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