Monday, May 7, 2012

Family Photos from our trip to Munich

(Above: My Dad, my sister Wanda, my elder son Mathias, my husband Steve, and my Mom ... all in front of the Stadtoperhaus in Munich. Shortly after this photo was taken, we were all inside the theater watching Mathias' stunning performance as Puck in The Dream ... aka Midsummer Night's Dream. What a treat! Click on this or any photo in this post for an enlargement.)

I'm a week behind in my blogging ... but I'm determined to catch up! I also got some flak from family members for not posting here on "My Family Blog" ... which isn't just for family but is primarily the blog where silly family photos and non-art related things find there place.

So ... here are the family photos in no particular order ... starting off with me riding in the train as it cogged its way down the Zugspitz.

Here's Steve ... taking his own photo. He loves doing this! Now ... for all the photos we both took, saved, color & contrast corrected, and shared, please visit my Flickr! site. Nearly 400 photos cover the week in Munich and surrounding areas. These are just some of them. The Flickr set can be viewed HERE. As a slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Steve and I went down the Zugspitz on the train ... but we rode up with Reinhard on the cable car.

The people selling tickets thought I was nuts ... because I was wearing flip-flop sandals with this dress and sweater. Obviously, I wasn't going to ski ... and this inappropriate footwear didn't bother me at all. Steve and I made a little video of our ride from the summit to the glacier slopes just below. It is HERE.

Here's Mom and me back at the bottom of the mountain.

We went to Oberammergau on the same afternoon. Dad had both Wanda and me taking all sorts of photos of these unique, wooden bird feeders. Hopefully he'll soon be making some like these.

Day examining the feeder and instructing Wanda on the shots he needed!

Wanda was quite obedient ... so, Dad, when are we getting bird feeders like these?

Here's my best photo of them!

Steve and I visited Olympic Park ... and really wished that we could join the kids in these hamster-like plastic balls on the water. What fun! Steve shot a video of this too. It is HERE!

We visited the Munich market ... and I insisted on a photo of Steve by this silly lobster.

Here's Laura-Jane, Mathias, and my parents in the market. This is now our computer's screen saver.

Okay ... whose going to make these furry things?

On another late afternoon, Steve and I went to Nympenburg Palace. It wasn't open but we enjoyed the gardens.

Here's Wanda and Reinhard in the Hofbrauhaus!

She was also sitting beside Dad!

Here we are before the performance ... in front of the theater ... after a marvelous meal.

This is Mom and Dad in the Marienplatz.

What we really did best was eat and drink! The weather was so wonderful that most of our meals were enjoyed outside!

So ... Here's some German food!

These photos sure explain why we ate and drank better than anything else!

Another lovely meal!

Dessert ... Wow! This was a selection that included bite-sized portions of all the desserts on the menu! We shared, of course!

Almost too pretty to eat .... NOT!

This was supposed to be "mouse ice cream". It didn't look like the photo in the menu. I guess they were out of round cookies for the ears ... so I ate it.

Apfelstrudel ... nothing more needs to be said when four utensils are diving into it!

I love semmelknodel!

More ice cream!

We stopped along the Isar River to view this unique rock installation. We know nothing about it ... so, if someone has information, please leave a comment or email me at I also created a little blogger video. It is HERE.

We laughed and laughed about all the frog crossing signs. Yes, this is a big deal in Bavaria!

Here I am on a bridge near the Bavarian/Austrian boarder.

It was Mom's apfelstrudel ... but we all helped her!

The alpine water is so clear and beautiful!

Steve and I enjoyed the snow too!

Of course I had to wade into the water. It is cold ... really, really cold ... just like the melting snow and ice ... straight off the mountains.

This is more snow than we saw all winter in Columbia!

Back along the Isar with the rock installation.