I'm going to start off this post with saying there isn't going to be much knitting in this one. Rachael and I visited some beautiful spots and had some great times that I would like to share! I'm going to write and post photos of some of the highlights of our trip.
One of the first days in Germany we visited Drachenfels ruins, this castle ruin has a history similar to King Arthur stories! Up at the ruin there was an amazing view of the Rhine river and valley. So stunning. We had a great time climbing around the ruins and listening to the school children play knights and dragons!
We made a short half day trip into Dusseldorf, wasn't really impressed with the city itself and the church we wanted to visit was closed. But we found a knitting paradise hidden between a bakery and coffee shop, full of flowers, plants, and lovely cafe tables. We also found the most beautiful open air market. I could grocery shop everyday if I could go to an open air market.
Rachael and I were able to have sweet treats and coffee while waiting for our ride back to Bonn. I had my favorite lemon dessert and time to relax and rejuvenate.
After the first week in Germany we flew to Vienna, Austria and we were there for four days. While in Vienna I was able to attend the Pride Parade! What an experience! I have never attended a Pride event and I just happened upon this one. Once in a lifetime experience. I actually stumbled upon the parade while participating in World Wide Knit in Public Day in the prater across from our hotel!
One of our last big adventures in Vienna was visiting the Schonbrunn Palace. What a gorgeous palace both inside and out, so grand and overwhelming! We walked around the inside with a tour, then marveled at the gardens before we climbed a path the receive a beautiful view of the backside of the palace and the surrounding city.
In Munich we visited the Residence, which was the palace of the ruling class while visit Munich. Each room is decorated differently and just plain breathtaking! It was fun comparing and contrasting the different castles and palaces that we saw throughout our trip, each one was different and intriguing.
One of the most impressive castle that we saw was Noschwanstein, which inspired the Disney Sleeping Beauty Castle! If you are ever in range of seeing this castle don't hesitate to visit, well worth seeing. The inside is stunning and very ornate, most of the decor is the original building/furniture/paintings.
One of my favorite stops at the end of our trip (other than Wollmeise) was the Nuremberg Castle. The fact that it had a lot of the historical facts in English was a great plus! They also had a very elaborate weapons museum. The view from the top of the tower was excellent and just a bit frightening with how rickety the building felt.
Plus it rained while we were there, I was in heaven.
We had lots of adventures that didn't pertain to yarn store but we never stopped knitting the entire trip! Can't wait to share the rest of the adventures from the second half next week!