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

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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Monday, July 29, 2013

Windows to my past

Hi friends, how was your weekend? I already feel so out of touch with blogging since I've been here in my hometown. I barely get a second to myself and don't have much time to write anything.
But I do have lots of time to take photos and as I was walking down main street, I thought about taking some snippets of my favorite windows and signs.
For me the phrase "distance makes the heart grow fonder" has a special meaning when it comes to my home town. I can only appreciate it now that I live so far away. Growing up, all I wanted to do is get away...not as far as I did but definitely to a bigger city. It's a small town Lohr am Main (or click HERE) which is also a great place to raise children, but I still couldn't imagine myself moving back. It would be a huge adjustment.

So I hope you enjoy seeing some of my photos:

Lohr am Main Germany
St. Michael church in the background where we got married.
And our church anniversary is coming up. Might have to share some photos with you!

Lohr am Main Germany

small cute medieval Bavarian town


Lohr am Main Germany

bavarian half-timbered house

colorful bavarian half-timbered house


bavarian madonna on half-timbered house

bavarian bakery half-timbered house



My dog sister, also known as my parents elderly rescue dog. She was rescued from the streets of Portugal and is one of the best doggies ever. I hate seeing her get old!

Hotel Krone Lohr am Main
Hotel Krone, the place we had our wedding reception. We danced in the street with a band playing right there on the right side of the photo. 

historical city hall in Lohr am Main
town hall

Gasthaus Schönbrunnen

bavarian half-timbered house from 1583
Old door jamb from 1583
So that's a little glimpse into my hometown. I think you should follow me on Instagram if you want to see other photos (click HERE). I was also thinking about taking some more photos of my parent's home and my brother and sister-in-law's home. Let's see! But who knows if y'all are even interested, but no projects on the horizon for me.

I hope you all have a great start to your week.

Talk to you hopefully on Wednesday.

(Youleeya)



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