October 23, 2014

München, Englischer Garten.

Munich is the delightful home to the Englischer Garten, or English Garden, a lovely sprawling park in the city center.  It is even larger than Central Park!  In true Bavarian fashion, there is a beer garden in the center, which of course we paid visit to.  It was nice to stroll through the expansive greenery with the promise of a stein ahead. ;)


The Chinese Tower is where the beer garden is situated and was bustling with activity.  I am not a big meat eater, and I don't eat pork/chicken, so the traditional German beer garden grub was clearly not geared towards me.  That being said, I do love potatoes!  Potatoes and beer for lunch is okay if you're traveling, right?  haha!



I had to take the photo above because it is classic German.  Pfandrückgabe, or in English "deposit return."  (You get a small deposit back upon returning your stein.)  I just love that in German a word that English speakers might use as phrase (i.e. return bottles here), is essentially crammed into one long word.  I think it is a lot more fun.  The German language wins at it all.

On our walk back out of the gardens, we happened upon a Mövenpick ice cream station.  Our good friends have been telling us we need to try Mövenpick (a Swiss ice cream company), but we of course stumbled upon it in Germany and not Switzerland.  It was a lovely accompaniment to the walk through the garden and delicious ice cream!

I can see why there is a high quality of life in Munich.  It is an easygoing, super friendly city with charming surprises like the English Garden!  If I come back, I will bring a blanket for a picnic.  It didn't hurt that we were there in early spring when the setting was pretty much ideal, but I can imagine it would also be very pretty in the fall.  Just an excuse to return!

October 20, 2014

Salzburg, Lunch on Festung Hohensalzburg.

It was such a lovely day when we visited Salzburg that we opted to enjoy lunch al fresco on top of the fortress.  It is one of my favorite travel memories.  The view of the Alps in the distance, some local wine, a slight breeze.  It all worked.  I am a big fan of being able to relax while taking in an amazing view.

The food was also wonderful!  I had a local vegetarian dish- corn cakes on a bed of fresh vegetables and salad.  A welcome alternative to the heavy German meals I'd been having!  Charles of course tried the schnitzel, a regional favorite.


October 13, 2014

Our Living Room Makeover!

Charles and I are slowly (but surely) doing some home improvements that I thought I might share here.  We know this won't be our "forever" home, and we are trying to focus on resale improvements, while acquiring pieces that will move with us.  First stop- living room!

Our beige walls desperately needed freshening, no small feat with vaulted ceilings and an incredible amount of nooks and crannies.  Somehow we managed!  Through lots of beer, pizza, and sweat.  We plan to upgrade the floor molding, but haven't gotten to that yet, so we left some imperfections, knowing it wasn't worth our time to worry with that upgrade coming soon.  We also got new blinds  and curtains which did wonders for the room!  (We have ones coming for our higher windows too.)


My favorite upgrade was our new travel gallery wall with crisp and white matted frames!  I love how it contrasts with the gray walls. (Compared to the old wall, definitely an upgrade!)

Of course there are small things I would probably like to change, but I am really happy with the room now.  The paint color is really calming and I love spending time relaxing in this room, which is just what I had in mind.

Our carpet is the worst, but we aren't quite ready to splurge on replacing it, so the rug was a good compromise.  It brightens up the room a lot too!


Insert photos of Zora, who of course loves her dominion!


We had a painting of Zurich by Charles' Grandma re-framed and it is one of my favorite possessions.  Other travel photos, paintings, and memorabilia span the room as well.


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Paint - Benjamin Moore, San Antonio Gray

Harper Modular Couch (Macy's) | Armchair (Overstock) | Ottoman (Overstock) | Pink Pillow Covers (Etsy) | Mint Pillows (Kohls - color pictured is no longer available) | Gallery Frames (Pottery Barn) | End Table (Target) | Mirror (Target) | Throw (Target) | Chiffon Drapes (Target) | Drapery Rods (Kohls and Macy's) | Apothecary Cabinet (Target - no longer available) | Rug (Rugs USA) | Duncan Storage Coffee Table (World Market - no longer available) | World Book Ends (World Market) | Blinds (Costco via Bali) | Dog Basket (Bed, Bath and Beyond) | Wedding Frames (Kate Spade via Macy's) | Miscellaneous travel prints acquired

^^All these links worked when I posted this, but I apologize if in the future they do not!  If I missed anything feel free to ask in the comments, I am happy to share my sources. :)