3/12/2011

Sunday Favorites...No. 95

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Welcome to the 95th "Sunday Favorites"


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click HERE.

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Hello my friends!!!
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Welcome to the 95th run of "Sunday Favorites"
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I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! It's been a busy week at my place...but a good one! I hope that ya'll had a good one as well!
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Today for Sunday Favorites, I am revisiting a post from June 12, 2009. It shows a bit of our travels through Europe...specifically the Bavarian region of Germany. I hope you enjoy!

Have a super Sunday, my friends!

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Just a little note: Sunday Favorites Criteria

When I first started the Sunday Favorites meme, my initial thought was to offer a solution for getting a post out on the weekend without having to spend alot of time doing so...weekends are just a busy time for most of us! Copying and pasting a previous post is so quick and easy. Not only is this a quick and easy solution to the busy weekends, but it's also an opportunity to dig back into our blog archives and share a favorite "past" post once again! Many of us spend alot of time and effort creating a post and it just seems a shame that it is viewed only once and then forgotten about!

I would like to reiterate that Sunday Favorites is a meme about sharing or revisiting a post from the PAST! If you have found that your post has been removed...then please read the instructions!

Thank you!!!


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Instructions for Participating in Sunday Favorites
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If you are participating in Sunday Favorites, please be sure to add your permalink and not your general blog address.
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Please copy and paste the Sunday Favorites logo button to your Sunday Favorites post or your sidebar so your visitors will know that you are participating. Also...please link back to the host blog, Happy To Design. This is important because it helps those who are visiting your blog, find the other wonderful blogs that are participating.
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Please do not add your link below, until your Sunday Favorites post is actually published to your blog.
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Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!

Love ya'll,
Chari



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Sunday Favorites

My favorite post from: June 12, 2009



It's Show & Tell Friday!

Hello my friends...welcome to "Show & Tell" Friday!

This fun filled Friday event is hosted by Kelli over at There Is No Place Like Home! Thank you, Kelli...for being such a sweet hostess and giving us the opportunity to "Show & Tell" our goodies!

Please go over to Kelli's and see what she has going today and while you're there you can check out all of the other Show & Tell participants!


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It's Pink Saturday!

I didn't think I was going to be able to participate for Pink Saturday this week...until I realized that there is some pretty pink to show in today's post!

Beverly over at How Sweet The Sound hosts this pretty-n-pink Saturday event. Thank you, Beverly! Please stop by Beverly's and see what pink she has goin' on for this Pink Saturday! You will find a list of pink participants over there as well! Don't miss out!!!



European Honeymoon

On June 4th, my honey and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. I started thinking about the wonderful gift that my husband gave me for a wedding present...a honeymoon in Europe! I haven't really shared much of our European honeymoon on my blog and I have some wonderful photos that I thought you might enjoy!

The first trek of our journey was spent in Switzerland. We spent several days in Zurich and then traveled south into the Central Oberland region of Switzerland through the Swiss Alps...it was absolutely amazing!!! After spending several days in Switzerland, we decided to drive into Germany...into the region known as Bavaria.

2nd Trek of our Journey...
Bavaria and the German Castles


Our destination was the small town of Fussen, Germany. I circled it on the map below. Two very famous German castles are located only about 10 miles from Fussen...
Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles



The drive from Switzerland into Germany was so beautiful! The rolling hills of the German countryside were so lush and green...and so well MANICURED!!! It just amazed me! All of the pasture land seemed to be freshly mowed...it all looked so neat and tidy! In fact, Germany was probably the most tidy country that I've ever seen (as well as Switzerland). We actually saw an elderly German woman down on her hands and knees trimming her grass with a pair of scissors! Can you believe it? Litter was nowhere to be found!!! Bavaria is just breathtakingly beautiful!!!

Another interesting tidbit...

Nearly every roof in Germany or at least in Bavaria where we traveled...was red! I found that to be very interesting. Also, after traveling several days through Switzerland and Germany...I began to notice that there were NO small houses! That's right! They were all really big, multi story homes! It was awesome!!!


The lush green, rolling hills of the Bavarian countryside.


Fussen, Germany

I just loved the quaint little German town of Fussen. It's a bit "touristy" since the famous castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are nearby, but it was such a pretty little town! The large, steep roofed, multi-story buildings are all painted in pretty pastel colors! Look...pink buildings!!! Happy Pink Saturday!!!


Little ol' me...standing in the town square of Fussen, Germany.



The local pharmacy.


Just look at the Trompe L'Oeil painting on the store front of this old pharmacy...isn't it fabulous? Ooooh...and the colors are so beautiful...peach, blue, and lavender! I would have loved to watch the artist paint this!!!


The Hotel Hirsch


This was probably my favorite hotel that we stayed in while in Europe! It was everything that this little ol' American girl expected a European hotel to be! I believe that the building was quite old...or it appeared to be. Our room was on the second floor. Ohhh, you should have seen the beautiful carved wooden staircase...it was gorgeous! Big wide halls that were filled with numerous German antiques....such as this pretty handpainted armoire that you see below. We found the hotels of Europe to be very accomidating...Hotel Hirsch cost about $90 for a night's stay. Oh my, they really put out a spread for breakfast too...not just a donut and cup of coffee like American motel/hotels do!



A beautiful antique German armoire.

Schloss (Castle) Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau was the first castle that we toured. Hohenschwangau means "home of the swan"! Just look at that beautiful yellow ochre color! This castle is fairly new as far as castles go. It was built in the 19th century by King Maximilian II. Hohenschwangau was the official summer and hunting residence of Maximilian, his wife Marie of Prussia and their two sons Ludwig (the later King Ludwig II of Bavaria) and Otto (the later King Otto I of Bavaria).


If you're interested in the history of Hohenschwangau you can click HERE.
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Just lil' ol' me again. Hehe! Taking a little break from the serious uphill climb.


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The inner courtyard.


Honey and I at one of the beautiful fountains of Hohenschwangau.


One of the rooms at Hohenschwangau.

I took got this photo off of the internet...we were not allowed to take photos inside the castle. Isn't this beautiful? Look at all of the deep rich colors...very lavish!!! Our tour lasted about an hour...we were able to tour much of this fabulous castle. It was simply divine!!!


The famous Swan Lake...

After touring Hohenschwangau, we took a tour car just up the hill to Neuschwanstein Castle. These two castles are situated very close to one another. Hohenschwangau was the "family" castle. Neuschwanstein was built by Ludwig, the son of Maximilian. Ludwig didn't get very far from his childhood home. Hehe! Of course, we could only ride so far...and there was another long climb to get to Neuschwanstein. I took this photo on our way up to the castle...the view was absolutely breathtaking!!!

In this photo...you can see the yellow ochre colored Hohenschwangau. Swan Lake is located to the left of Hohenschwangau. And yes...this is the very same lake that the famous ballet "Swan Lake" was written about! Isn't that awesome?
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A view from Neuschwanstein. The famous Swan Lake is on the left side of the photo.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Lots of walking/climbing...whew...we're almost there!


Honey and I stopped at this "look-out" for a photo with Neuschwanstein in the background.


Ahhh...we made it! The front entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle!
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Ahhh...isn't this regal? Does it look a bit familiar? Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disney was modeled after Neuschwanstein, also the classic children's movie, "Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang" was filmed at this castle!
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Neuschwanstein means "new swan palace". It was built by Ludwig II (the mad king) in the late 1800's as a retreat and as an homage to the famous composer Richard Wagner, the king's muse! The story is...that the king, after having this magnificent castle built, only lived in it for a few short years before moving back to his childhood home of Hohenschwangau. Ludwig had mental illness and was later declared mentally insane by the government of Bavaria.
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For more (very interesting) history of Neuschwanstein Castle you can click HERE.



The inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein Castle.


Ohhh my...just lil' ol' me again...I think I'm becoming a nuisance! Hehe!


The following photos have all been taken from the internet. Once again, we were not allowed to take photos inside Neuschwanstein....but I really wanted you to see just how beautiful and regal that this castle is.


Just one of the many waiting rooms.
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The wall murals and paintings, tapestries, etc. of Neuschwanstein pays homage to the German legends of Lohengrin, the Swan Knight.


Singers Hall.


Another waiting room...you can really see the Legends of the Swan Knights portrayed on the walls in this room.
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The magnificent...awe inspiring...Castle of Neuschwanstein!!!




Well my friends...I hope you enjoyed the tour through Bavaria and the castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein! See...fairy tales do come true!!! I married my "Knight in Shining Armor" and he took me on a honeymoon trip to the castles!!! I'll never forget it for as long as I live!!!
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I'm so glad that you came by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I love our visits!!!
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33 comments:

Daphne said...

What a magical trip! Thanks for taking us along on your special journey. The sites are lovely, and your photos really captured them well.

Martina said...

Gorgeous pictures Chari!! Thanks for sharing them with us. Martina

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Oh my goodness Chari! Those are beautiful pictures! What a great trip you must've had. My husband has been to Germany several times for business and adores the country. We tease him because all he can talk about when he returns home is the beauty, the food, the salads, the bread, the beer, etc.
Thank you so much for sharing! You and your husband are so lucky to have celebrated there!

Have a great day.
Pam

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour - I loved seeing all your pictures. When I was "younger" I used to say I wanted to live in one of those old castles. Now days - Not so much. I think about heating costs/outdated facilities, etc., etc.. :D

Farmer's Wyfe said...

WOW!! That is sooo amazing! You made me want to go visit Germany. I honestly didn't know it was that beautiful!! Thank you! (and for hosting the party).

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVED it there too Chari! Your pictures are WUNDERBAR!!! I will have to go back and study your post better(I have a bit of a headache today and reading isn't agreeing with me)... I thought "I" was the only one that noticed how "Neat as a Pin" everything is there... My Hubby was born in Wurzberg...
Thank you for sharing!
HUGS to you,
Donna

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Oh my goodness ... that looks like it was an incredible trip. Thanks so much for sharing ...

Sonia said...

Oh Chari,

I want to go there now!! So gorgeous and romantic..how wonderful to be able to go on such a fabulous trip!
Happy Sunday!!

Miss Bloomers

lvroftiques said...

What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing it with us Chari! A perfect place for a romantic honeymoon...with castles...swan lake..and your very own prince charming *winks* awwwwwwwww! Vanna

Beverly said...

Cheri what a wonderful trip.. the pictures are amazing. Wish I could travel.. one day maybe. Thanks for hosting the party.. used my most recent post...special meaning.. I have really enjoyed looking at the what the others have used.

Paula Montalvo said...

Thanks for hosting the link up! This is my first time joining and I hope I did everything right! Your trip looked amazing! Please Let me know if I need to change anything. Blessings <3 Paula

sweet european dreams said...

Beautiful! Little confession...in all our travels, as well as living in Germany, we never made it to Neuschwanstein! Sad, but true. Didn't you love Zurich? I'm thrilled that you re-posted this today...I'll be on German soil in just about 3 days! Have a fabulous week! -diane

A Tale of Two Cities said...

What beautiful photos of what must have been an enchanting trip. Everyone needs a "dream come true" experience at least once in their life!

Becca said...

Absolutely amazing pictures! I can only imagine how incredible your trip was, and the memories that were made! Truly beautiful. I went to Germany when I was 15, but we didn't stay long enough! Thanks for sharing with us, Chari! Have a wonderful Sunday, Becca

Pat said...

SO beautiful! You took some great pictures. I loved the colorful buildings in the little town, and ALL the castle photos. And so clean looking. Thanks for hosting, this is my first one. A great idea.

Pat

Lori E said...

I do remember this post. Amazing places. It is too bad no photos are allowed inside. Is it a problem with the flash damaging things? I wonder.
The feeling of history there must have been so strong.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a dream trip! Thanks for sharing again. The photos are beautiful! Thanks for hosting this fun meme!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a trip honey! WOW Chari, you look like you had a ball!!! The pics are gorgeous, I love Germany too, I've been there twice, just terrific!
Thank you so much for sharing. Great celebration for your hubby.
I joined your Sunday and here I am!
LOVE
FABBY

Diane said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I am inspired to head there this summer....better start saving my $$! Thanks for sharing the pics.

Keetha Broyles said...

Lots of WOWS today, Chari Girl!

WOW 1 - Lots of participants!

WOW 2 - That COUNTRYSIDE!!!!

WOW 3 - Those CASTLES!!!!!

I do believe I may have seen this post of yours before, but it was well worth a revisit!!!

podso said...

Chari,

Such fun to have a peek at your honeymoon pics. What a gift your knight in shining armor gave you ...as you say, unforgettable. Your photography is wonderful and I agree with you about the colors of that one hotel.
You have enriched my day for sure! Have a good week,

dotsie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Chari~ Oh my goodness what a fantastic trip!!! Looks so dreamy and wonderful!!!* Sigh* Thank you for sharing that gorgeousness with us!! All linked up! Thanks for hosting! :)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Thank you so much for visiting my doggies, you're such a lovely and enthusiatic lady Chari, you look great in all your pics, I just took a look again...what a trip!
Wow, I'm so glad you like pugs too! I don't know if I should get another we travel so much and I feel sorry to lieve them when we go...so there's my dilema.
LUV YA
FABBY

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a fantastic holida. I love all the photos you've shared - and especially the one of Swan Lake. I never knew there was an actual lake with that name!

Sarahx

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good mornin, Sis
oh girl what fun you guys had on your moon..will only 2 1/2 months and I will see you guys ha ha!! Oh girl it's will be so GREAT to play catch up with you once again..Love ya, Gl♥ria

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

What a beautiful trip! Your pictures are simply breathtaking! It looks like a dream. Thanks for sharing all about your trip.

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