Sunday Snapshots: Gourdy

Franconia, 2011

If you love a gourd, look no further than typical cafe decor at this time of year. If you want to bedeck your own doorway, it’s easy enough around here. Just drive out of any town and you’ll find farm fields with wagons of green, yellow, and orange Kürbisse ready to come home with you. Most of these places operate on the honor system though, so don’t you forget to put some cash into the box!

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Sunday Snapshots: Prost!

Watch the bottom right corner… wait for it…

Munich, 2011

And Prost!

Munich, 2011

Ah yes, it’s a mere six days until the first barrel of Oktoberfest 2017 is tapped, and I have no doubt that the residents of Munich are battening down the hatches (or searching for last-minute flights) to escape the onslaught.

I’m not sure a visit is in the cards for me this year, and to be honest, since I haven’t purchased the deer-covered Dirndl I fell slightly in love with last month, it’s okay. I can hold out for now. But if you are planning on going and need something to wear, allow me to direct you to some other ladies who have you covered with everything you need to know about Dirndl…

Starting Over in Stuttgart: The Dirndl – An Explanation

Starting Over in Stuttgart: 5 tips for buying your first Dirndl

Now that you know what to look for, have a look here for some truly gorgeous fashion if you’re looking for something a bit more unique…

Arts in Munich: What to wear to Oktoberfest

Happy shopping and festing!

Sunday Snapshots: Running the Czech Gamut

Pilsen, 2011

Today’s pictures were both taken in Pilsen, home of the Czech Republic’s most famous export, Pilsner beer. However, rather than selecting a picture of a lovely golden glass of frothy goodness, I thought these two pictures more accurately represent the country to me.

The Czech Republic, God love it, is a country of extremes in my eyes. It ranges from the slightly crumbling facades and peeling paint surrounding a still ornate but slightly rundown building, in this case, the Plzeň hlavní nádraží (Pilsen main train station), to the complete and utter randomness of a A4 copy paper sign advertising a laser party. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

Sunday Snapshots: Into the Woods

Coming from Wisconsin, sometimes winter seems strange here without so much snow. But on the other hand, you can take extended walks in the forest without losing any fingers or toes in December, so that’s a decent trade-off. And after a few batches of Christmas cookie baking, it’s a good idea to walk off some of the treats that were casualties of the process.

Sunday Snapshots: Ze All-Night Party

Munich, 2011

Munich, 2011

Shhhh… do you hear that?

The Australians are coming…

Or at least, I assume so. That’s how you know that it’s almost Oktoberfest time. While I have no immediate plans to make the all-night party this year, this night was a damn good time. The fest this year will be from September 17th until October 3rd, so if you’re planning on going, you still have a few days to practice your Maß lifting techniques, or shop for that new Dirndl. And of course, don’t forget to perfect your “Sweet Caroline” sing-a-long skills. Enjoy!

Sunday Snapshots: The House That Pencils Built

Nürnberg, 2011

Nürnberg, 2011

Faber-Castell is a pretty well-known name in Germany. They make pens, pencils, and other art supplies, and they are based in Nürnberg. You can visit their museum, which includes the very lovely old family home, the Faber-Castell Schloss*, just on the outskirts of town.

More information on tours (in German) can be found here…

Faber-Castell tour info

*Schloss= palace

Sunday Snapshots: Bardentreffen Alert!

Nürnberg, 2011

Nürnberg, 2011

Bardentreffen is one of the biggest events of the year in Nürnberg, but somehow I have only been there once, and that was in the first year I lived here. Whoops. It seems to go one of two ways, 1) either the weather is crap and you spend all day wet or 2) the weather is great and the city is more packed than a sardine can.

On the plus side there is a ridiculous amount of music, as performers set themselves up on every available open spot, and many of them are as good (or maybe better) than the officially advertised acts. Not to mention that there is food and drink available at every turn, so if you are a fan of drinking tasty things on the street and listening to kids play box drums, you are in luck! It’s from the 29th to 31st of July this year, and you’ve still got time to check it out.

Bardentreffen Official Website