Well we are home from our trip! We got home on late Friday night. We had a wonderful trip! We got to Edelweiss early Thursday afternoon and I was already loving the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area! It's beautiful and moutainous, just breath-taking area! I highly recommend going down there! :)
Anyways, we decided to rent bikes from the lodge and resort, which also is beautiful! :) So we got on the bikes and headed towards the resturant that a lady who works at Edelweiss recommended, which was clear across town (Chad said it was 7 miles tonight!). Chad decided to go down a sidestreet, which had a wonderful surprise for us at the end of it...an old wooden bridge that went over the Loisach River (one of 2 rivers that goes through town). There's a picture of it above! :)
We headed back on our route through town and found the restaurant with some help from some locals! They were so nice, and wonderfully we were only a block away! Off we went into the resturant, and all the tables were reserved. Ugh! But....they were kind and very generous to let us sit at one of the tables that was free for 2 more hours! We got there at 5:30 and the people who had reserved the table were to be arriving at 7:30. We ate, Jack got sick...he ate too fast of course, we cleaned him up, he was hungry again (only a toddler huh! LOL), the waitress was wonderful, she gave the boys sucker's and a little extra treat of chocolate! (they didn't get the chocolate right then). So we loaded the boys back into the bike trailor, Chad and I hopped back on our bikes and off we went. At this point my tush was very sore from the 7 mile trip DOWN to the restuarant, and I only made it half way until I physically could not bike anymore...my tush, thighs, and feet were just killing me. So, I walked the bike the rest of the way, except once we got back into the resort and I biked the very last little bit and parked the bike back into the bike rack. I was so very happy to be back! Then we all went and changed and went to the pool! We enjoyed the pool! Chad spent a few minutes outside in the hot tub, and then sent me out there! I loved it and wished that we could have had a chance for us to go out there together, but that's ok...we still both enjoyed it!
The next day we got up, checked out, and headed towards Neuschwanstein Castle! We drove through Austria, because it's only 1 hr drive from Edelweiss to there, going through Austria, vs driving the whole way through Germany therefrom Edelweiss! It was a beautiful and truly stunning drive through Austria! Yep, and I did it..I started singing "the sound of music" I couldn't help myself! I'm definately corny that way! I think I freaked Chad out a little when I said I'd love to live forever there! It was just so beautiful and breath-taking. My heart just leads me to the mountains. That may not make sense to a lot of people, but it just feels like I'm where I'm supposed to be when I'm up in the mountains. It's just amazing what GOD has created. We are surrounded in all this beauty. I think though, that those who have lived their whole lives in such natural beauty do not even recognize it, like those of us who have not been so richly blessed to live in that kind of beauty! Not to say that where we are from is not as beautiful, in it's own way (personally there's nothing like the beauty of the sunsetting over the waving wheat! I truly love that sight too..yes I'm a Kansas girl definately! LOL). We got to the town where Neuschwanstein is, such a cute, although definately tourist filled town! We bought tickets not only for Neuschwanstein, but also for Hohenschwangau Castle. Neuschwanstein was built by King Ludwig II(who by the way, you should definately look him up, very interesting man who died very mysteriously and tragically). Hohenschwagau, was King Maxmillian II, who was King Ludwig's father. The castles are both quite close to one another. I have not uploaded the pictures of Hohenschwagau, but will soon and will share them once I do.
Neuschwanstein is also known as the Disney Castle. Walt Disney saw Neuschwanstein, and created Sleeping Beauty Castle after Neauschwanstein! The above pictures, there's a picture of a bridge, that King Ludwig built for his mother so she could get tothe castle easier. The bridge is a good distance from the castle, yet has the most spectacular views of Neuschwanstein. The bridge is over a gorge, and is extremely HIGH above that gorge! We truly enjoyed our trip.
Our drive home, we took primarily the back roads, part of those back roads was on The Romantic Road, which was just an amazingly beautiful drive! All 3 of my "boys" fell asleep and I had such a peaceful drive. We stopped at a little bistro on our way home. Chad took over driving from there and hit the autohan in Nurenburg and got home, unpacked, and to bed not too much after getting home (even though Kelly MADE me talk to her for a little while online! ROFL!!).
AOL is being apain in some of the alerts it seems, I realized I have not been getting all my comment alerts, which is so aggrevating...but it's aol, I don't expect anything better from them anymore!
Enjoy the pictures!