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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Houston Quilt Market

I arrived in Houston today, and the weather is wonderful. It's back to summer, although it's always a little bit (!) humid here. I will not be able to post pictures from Quilt Market until I get back home on Tuesday (no laptop with me). I'm very excited about taking two long arm classes on Monday, one with Sue Patten, the other one with Jamie Wallen. Looking forward to School House and Sample Spree tomorrow. Elvira

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Where the Family Is

The most important part of our trip to the Homeland was visiting with family! We miss you already! Here are the pictures. We had so much fun, and we're already planning our next trip (at least I am).

Visiting Hannes' Store and buying shoes

Arriving at the Blatter's House in Singen

Dinner at La Pasta

Marina and Hannes

Michael and Nina

Viola and Ranier

Oma and Fran at Oma and Opa's House in Wutoeschingen
My Home (I was born in that house, so was my Dad)

The Farm House Dieter grew up in in Salbach

Oma and Opa

Werner and Dan

Dan, Fran, Oma, Opa and John
Visiting Karin and Ernst and having a great dinner

Heinz and Lydia with their granddaughters
Casey, John, Gretel, Elvira, Oma
Heinz, Opa and Marlies

Dieter, Ingrid, Werner

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oktoberfest Impressions

I still have a hard time to let go of the impressions of Oktoberfest! Here are several more pictures:


Like Father, like son

Will they ever grow up?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sound of Music Tour - Salzburg

These are pictures of some of the beautiful places we visited while on the bus tour with our tour guide Bernie:

Bernie, singing 'Do-Re-Mi'

The house that was used in the movie

River Salzach

Schloss Hellbrunn
Liesl sings: 16 going on 17

The Abbey

The gorgeous church they were married in

Mirabell Gardens

Mirabell Gardens

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Salzburg - Oesterreich

Salzburg is only about two hours from Muenchen. It is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside: mountains, the 'Hohensalzburg', a gigantic fortress, almost like a complete village on top of the mountain, accessible by a funicular; Mozart was born in Salzburg. The weather was beautiful, and we took the 'Sound of Music Tour' which we thoroughly enjoyed. Bernie (Bernhard) was our tour guide! The tour ventured out of the city proper of Salzburg, and the countryside was so gorgeous! Unfortunately my camera's battery died.

City Bus to downtown Salzburg:

 Mozart's Geburtshaus:

 Dinner at the Bierstube:
 Old Down Town Salzburg:

 View from the Hohensalzburg:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Muenchner Oktoberfest

Yes, we had to experience the real Oktoberfest! Fran, Luke, Casey and John bought authentic Lederhosen and Dirndls to blend in with the crowd. I felt like an outsider even though I was the authentic German in the group. We stayed in a hotel in Starnberg right across the train station. We hopped on the S Bahn at 8 am heading to Muenchen with all the other crazy people. We were able to get into the Hofbraeu Haus tent, and at 9 am had our first beer with a giant bretzel. A completely insane place!!!! Dieter joined us in the afternoon. By 3 pm we were ready to head back to the hotel stepping over the beer casualties.

Starnberger train station:

 Thank God he didn't buy the jacket:
 8:30 am, ready to roll:

 The Hofbraeu Haus tent, one of 7 football size tents:

 Dinner in Starnberg, Luke loved his outfit: