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Guess What?!?

I’ve finally seen SUNSHINE today! This is HUGE considering all the rain we’ve had. We’ve already had 3.85 inches for July, and our average for July is 4 inches. Yeah, we were all starting to be a bit waterlogged. However, with the sun coming out, the heat has returned. It has been a relatively cool summer, but the highs are supposed to be back in the 90s now, like normal. Hmmm… I would prefer the cool temps *and* the sunshine, but to get that combination I think we would have to move, which isn’t likely to happen any time soon.

Speaking of going to cooler places though, guess what else?!? We are going to The Holland ™ and then to Germany!!!!!! Mike left on Saturday for The Holland for work, and then he will go to London, and then return to meet up with Jason & I in Amsterdam in a few very short weeks! The plan so far:

– We will spend a day or two in Amsterdam
– from Amsterdam to The Hague (to pick up Mike’s giant suitcase which he can’t take over to London because it is too big for the puddle-jumper flight)
– over to Germany to visit Karen
– Cologne (Koln)
– Frankfurt am Main
– Heidelberg
– southern Lake District, maybe?
– Neuschwanstein
– Garmish
– Munich and some knit time with Elemmaciltur (shhh, don’t tell Jason.) I have to get some of that great German yarn sometime! Oh, and Addis. I must, must, MUST find some short addi sock needles!
– Salzburg – I’m already trying to get the Sound of Music tour on the schedule, because I didn’t do it 16 years ago.
– Maybe a trip to Eagle’s Nest?
– Back to Munich & up to Dachau – history is a very important thing to see.
– Nurnberg
Rothenberg – I hope to stay here for a few days, sort of a vacation from the vacation. A little down time in the quaint, amazing walled city.
– Wurzberg
– Through Frankfurt, and back to Karen’s house.
– Back into The Holland to return to Amsterdam and go home.

Ok, it looks long – but some of the items are just part of a day – like Neuschwanstein will take a good portion of the day, but then we will head to Garmisch and spend the night and go see sights there the next day. It isn’t final yet, and some items might get pulled off.

It also looks a bit long because we had no choice but to stay about a week longer than we had originally planned. Jason & I are going over using frequent flyer miles, and while we had a huge selection of flights to get us there, we only had one option for returning home – 6 days later than I had wanted to return. Oh, who am I kidding – I’m psyched to be staying 6 days longer! But it wasn’t the original plan. So we will be there for over 2 weeks, giving us a lot of time to roam!

I lived in Germany over 15 years ago; I returned to the US when I was 7 months pregnant with Jason. He has never been there. I lived in a tiny, tiny town, Illesheim, which is near the larger town of Bad Windsheim. I was not far from the autobahn, and Rothenberg was about 15 minutes away, so I went there often. I absolutely adore that city – especially at night after the tour buses have come and gone. It is just an amazing place.

Matter of fact, I’ve been to many of the cities on the list, but I want to share them with Mike & Jason. I just can’t wait!

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

12 replies on “Guess What?!?”

Ooh, that is AWESOME! When I went to Germany/Austria with my family back in 2001 I went to almost all those places you listed, and they were all amazing–Rothenberg, Neuschwanstein, Garmisch, Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg, etc. I’m sure Mike and Jason will love them as well. Can’t wait to hear how the trip goes!

me no love you no more travel girl ๐Ÿ˜› ok… me still love you but am super jealous of amsterdam. I am trying to figure out how to work it into my next trip!!

bring back goodies and lots o pictures chica!! (and really I commend you for wanting to see Neuschwanstein- I liked the other castles better, let alone stay in Rothenburg during tourist season. I was there in winter and well once was enough :))

oh yeah and tell me when you will be back so maybe I can plan a weekend down there… to bug you for technical assistance and photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Neuschwanstein in the summer should be interesting – I’ve only been there in January before. (Brrrr!) But Jason has always wanted to go there, so there was no way we could pass it up!

Wow, sounds like a great trip. If you don’t see any specific yarn stores, check out the big Kaufhauses (Kaufhรคuser) like Karstadt, they sell lots of yarn. Have a great time!

I’m SOOOOOOOOO jealous!!!!!
If you have time in Koln please drink a bier for me???
And go to the chocolate museum! (The gift shop is really the best part!)
If you’re into pottery at all, not for from Koblenz is a town, H”ohr-Grenzhausen, they do salt glazed pottery there……….beautiful and cheap.
And the African baskets that are pricey here, can be bought cheap in stores and markets there…….they are great knitting baskets.
Gosh, the pastries! the bier! the yarn stores!
Did you need someone to carry your luggage???

Sounds like a marvelous trip. You and your family will have such a wonderful time. I wish I could give advice like others but I have never been. Maybe one day after seeing your photos ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Yes, yes, yes, wonderful sunshine!!! It was nice to have that break before it starts raining again today.

What a wonderful trip you have lined up! And aw, what a shame you’l have to stay extra long. You guys have a great time (when are you leaving?) and don’t forget to relax and enjoy!

So awesome! 2 weeks with your family, in another country. I was in Germany a few years ago and they have these amazing chocolate covered “marshmhallow” confections in the bakeries called, “Neger-Kissars” or something close that spelling. They were made fresh daily and were wonderful.

By the way, it’s been raining in Bellingham WA all week too!

Have fun on your trip!

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