Here’s hoping for a few more nice fall days in the forest…
The Munich Residenz really brings it when it comes to high ceilings, well-patterned floors, and rooms absolutely covered in gilding. Well played, Bavarian royalty. Spending a day with you is always a good idea.
Sometimes the best way to prepare for winter is to store up as much sun as possible.
Considering that we didn’t take an official summer vacation this year, the last two months have been a whole lot of all over the place. BV and I did spend five days in Oberbayern with his parents in July, but that was more like another extended weekend than an actual vacation. I’m hoping we make up for it next year but that all remains to be seen.
So what did I get up to in August and September (besides baking?), click on to find out…
And by ‘It’ I mean of course Oktoberfest. It began yesterday and will roll right on until October 7th this year. Not sure if I’ll get there at all (and definitely not for a week ever ever again, good Lord no) this year, but when it comes to the Wiesn, one never knows.
Hiking down from the Tegernseer Hütte couldn’t have looked more different than the hike up. For one thing, we could see. The whole uphill hike had been through a rainy mist, so when this day dawned perfectly clear, it was a most welcome change. Lingering in the sun on the way down is important for soaking up as much vitamin D as possible before winter sets in!
Not into walking uphill for extended periods of time? No worries, even in Bavaria you can find nice flat places… just follow the rivers. For example, here’s the Isar flowing through Mittenwald.
This picture is basically life goals, assuming the dog is just out of shot and I have learned how to make Kaiserschmarrn as well as they do here at the Hutzenalm. Seriously, go there just to eat that. It’s choice.
Ah yes, August 1st, 2017. The day I innocently went into a Trachten store on my lunch break to kill a little more time. The day I saw a Dirndl and it was love.
It didn’t come home with me, in fact, I didn’t even try it on. But then a few months ago BV and I were in a completely different Trachten shop to buy him a shirt and there it was. I tried it on, and it was all over. It’ll even be making its debut this week at the Gardener’s wedding. And then it shall go directly to the dry cleaner’s, because the wedding is on Wednesday and it’s supposed to be 34 degrees here. Hopefully the next time I wear it, it’ll be a bit cooler. Fall festival season is approaching, after all…
It occurred to me while on our latest Hütte overnight stay, that while I’ve written about some of our previous tours, I’ve never really written about the Hütten themselves.
In case you’re not familiar, the word Hütte translates into hut, cabin, lodge, barracks, hovel, and on and on and on. Leo.org gives me 23 different choices. Growing up in Wisconsin, I knew tons of people who had “cabins up north,” and so cabin has always struck me as the wrong word for a Hütte, at least the ones in the mountains. I usually go with ‘lodge’ or ‘shelter’ since those seem more appropriate for a large wooden or stone structure that can accommodate anything from a few people up to 200 or so.
Hiking to and staying the night in a Hütte is one of my very favorite ways to spend a weekend this time of year, but I wouldn’t say it’s an experience for everyone. It is however, often the only way to get views like this.
So, think you want to stay in a Hütte? Read on and let’s see… Continue reading