Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wow, I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this.

My mother-in-law visited last week. She had to do most of her traveling on her own, but we did get to take her to one of our favorite cities, Ljubljana, Slovenia! We went to Ljubljana last winter and were completely unprepared for the cold weather; even though we enjoyed the city, we were miserable! I knew it deserved a re-do and I’m very glad we went back. It’s a beautiful little city to spend the day in and was only a two-hour drive from us.

Old Ljubljana. Doesn’t it look perfectly picturesque?

I love these crazy roofs!

We went for a stroll around the castle and found a spot to view the city from.

Joseph and his mother Lezlee.

There was a big fruit market on Saturday. Everything looked amazing! We visited Ljubljana on a Sunday last year and saw a huge antique market; we are still regretting not buying a old sewing machine we spotted! I think I will plan a trip to Croatia where we can swing through Ljubljana on a Sunday to visit the market again.

I love owls!

The Slovene Parliament is adorned with naked people!
Off topic: I remember seeing a series of paintings of naked people doing farm work. I believe it was in Austria (maybe Innsbruck?)–would any of you remember what I’m talking about? It has been driving me mad trying to remember where I saw that!

We ate at the delicious restaurant Gostilna Sokol–I would highly recommend it! Slovene food is one of my favorites.

Enjoying the Ljubljanica river at night.

Right now we are planning an April trip to Paris. I’m so excited!

Roman Holiday

Wow, it’s been a while! The holidays have been busy for me–my family visited! My dad had been to Sicily, but no one else had been to Italy, so I had a good time showing them around. We went to Venice, Rome, Vatican City, and Milan. I’d visited all these places multiple times before, but I had fun showing them around and taking photos.

This is my sister, Victoria. She’s 16.

My parents have been married for 36 years now! They were married when they were 18, and they’re definitely a huge inspiration to me.

Milan Duomo, one of my favorite places in the world! I’ve seen this three times now and it’s so huge and beautiful.

Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

My parents and sister

View of Vatican City from the Vatican Museum

The Sistine Chapel. These photos are against the rules, but I didn’t use flash, so no harm was done!

St. Peter’s Basilica

My sister in front of Palentine Hill. Isn’t that hat cute? She got it at an Italian store here called Oviesse.

My mom and sister throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain, ensuring their return to Rome.

The Colosseum by night. Though I’ve seen it four times now, I am still always amazed by the Colosseum! It was so beautiful light up at night.

The Arch of Constantine, just beside the Colosseum.

The next morning we went to the Colosseum and saw it by daylight!

Me inside the Colosseum

My dad taking a photo of the Colossum

With our matching scarves on their last day here. Can you tell I was falling sick? I’m still recovering

My sister at my favorite gelateria

My grandmother also visited, but she didn’t want to be in many photos! I also have two older brothers who didn’t visit.

I hope you are all having a good new year so far!

Bavaria, Germany

We just got back from our trip to Germany last night. We had a great time–it was a nice vacation and everything was so beautiful covered in snow!

Our itinerary:
Sunday, Dec 7 – Dachau Concentration Camp
Monday, Dec 8 – Neuschwanstein Castle
Tuesday, Dec 9 - Munich
Wednesday, Dec 10 – Linderhof Palace

Sunday, Dec 7:
I didn’t take many pictures of the concentration camp because it was just too upsetting and disturbing. I will only post one photo because I don’t to upset anyone; you can view the rest at my Flickr by clicking here.

Dachau Concentration Camp

Monday, Dec 8:
We made a quick stop at Wieskirche, which is a beautiful cathedral.

My husband Joseph and me. He looks so funny when he is squinting!

The inside; I always prefer light-colored cathedrals over darker ones. I love when there are lots of windows lighting it up!

Next we saw the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, which I’m sure you have all seen photos of before. Walt Disney himself loved the castle so much he had Cinderella’s castle modeled after it.

This is the photo you have probably seen:

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Neuschwanstein Castle
The very eccentric King Ludwig II began building in 1869, and only 1/3 of it was completed before his death 17 years later. Building has never completed, but we did see a tour of the 20 rooms. This castle was only lived in something like 172 days–what a waste!

Neuschwanstein Castle
It had running water (with flushing toilets and everything!), electricity, and even a telephone system. Photos were not allowed inside, but I can tell you it was just as beautiful and as elaborate as you could imagine.

On the way to and from the hike to the castle, we ate Schneeballen, which are little delicious balls of fried cakes. We also drank Gluehwein, which is a hot red wine–it tasted like hot apple cider, except grape and alcoholic!

Bavaria, Germany
Of course I always find time for mini-portrait sessions!

Tuesday, Dec 9:

This day we travelled to Munich and enjoyed our time wandering the city.

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany
There was a huge Christmas market! Nutcrackers are my favorite.

Munich, Germany
Beret from Urban Outfitters and scarf from H&M

We stumbled upon the cathedral Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan. Of all the cathedrals I’ve seen in Europe, this is one of my favorites.
Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
I love the rich golden color and simple design of the outside. It was so pretty against the bright sky. There was a small Christmas tree market set up in front that complimented it well.

Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
Can you see the bits of gold decorating the dome? Besides that this cathedral was nearly completely white on the inside!

Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan

Wednesday, Dec 10:

We got to see another of King Ludgwig II’s palaces, which happened to be his favorite. He lived in this one the most, and it was the only one completed before his untimely death. It is my favorite as well!

Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace. Again, photographs were not allowed inside, but it was truly beautiful.

Linderhof Palace
Unfortunately the gardens were boarded up for winter! This is normally full of fountains and flowers and was inspired by the gardens of Versailles.

Bavaria, Germany
Joseph and me again. Snow is so beautiful! I had never seen snow like this before and I really love it.

Bavaria, Germany

That is my trench coat from Gap I bought a few weeks ago. It kept me very warm!

Bavaria, Germany

More photos at my Flickr.

Salzburg, Austria

When did this turn into a travel blog?  I hope you don’t mind, but I love sharing my photos!

My husband and I took a quick trip to Salzburg, Austria this weekend. We went to Innsbruck during the spring, when I declared Austria my favorite country. Autumn-time Austria lived up to what I’d imagined, and it’s still my favorite place I’ve visited! I have a feeling Switzerland will win me over when I finally make my way there, but right now Austria is at the top of my list.

We went on a small Sound of Music tour, which was so exciting as it’s always been one of my favorite movies! These gardens were featured during the song “Do-Re-Mi.” If you look closely, you can see the outline of the fortress in the distance (to the left); too bad it was so foggy!

This wasn’t the actual von Trapp house, but it was used as theirs in the movie. Again, the fortress is in the distance, this time not as foggy.

The Sixteen Going on Seventeen gazebo!

The dome of the Salzburg Cathedral

I’m not much of a beer drinker, but… When in Rome Austria!

Standard photo of Mozart’s birthplace.

Mozart’s piano

It’s was a lot colder than I expected! I ended up having to buy this scarf, which I didn’t mind since I’ve been wanting a mustard-colored scarf for a while ;)

Lake Bled, Slovenia

This weekend my husband and I took a much-needed vacation to Lake Bled, Slovenia. It’s a beautiful little town revolved around a huge lake, featuring an island with an ancient church and a castle on the mountainside! I’m glad we went at this time of the year because the bright autumn colors made it even more beautiful.  We visited Ljubljana, Slovenia once in February and liked it, but we definitely weren’t prepared for how cold it was.  The weather made this trip much nicer.

We drove an hour and a half out of the way to reach the city, avoiding the Autostrada so that we could have pretty views. Here are two photos snapped from the moving car:

Once we crossed the Slovenian border, the entire country looked so picturesque–bright hilly landscapes with small houses and bars, with cows and sheep grazing the grass. If I’d had my way we would have stopped every 100 meters to take photos!

When we got into the town the first thing we did was eat! I had a delicious vegetable pizza and croquettes. The pizza was the best pizza I’ve ever had and I actually liked it much more than Italian pizzas!

We went for a walk around the lake, stopping to take picture with the trees.  This is my husband Joseph!

Little wooden boats called pletnas take groups to visit the island.

The church on the island was originally built in the 9th century. What’s standing now is only about 400 years old, but we did get to see the original floor!

Of course I had to sample the town’s famous Kremna rezina, a delicious whipped cream cake.

We went hiking the next day!

This is what I look like when I pretend to be an animal emerging from a cave:

The mountains were covered in miles and miles of trees like this. It was so beautiful!

After one last view of the lake (and castle) we left.

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