Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Germany Vacation

Our trip to Germany was one I'll never forget! We had an incredible time with our friend and the kids! We left early on a Sunday morning and were only staying Sunday night but it was so worth the trip! The Alps are nothing like anything I have seen before. They are more rocky and jagged then the Rockies and seem to be taller even! I love it!We got to Edelweiss early and were afraid we wouldn't be able to check into our rooms for 3 hours so we didn't know what to do. However, when I went and checked in they gave us our keys right away! Brandon and I had a suite and our friends just had a regular room but that's ok. Most of the time was spent in our room anyways playing Hand and Foot. We had several hours to kill before bed time so we went swimming in the pool. It was awesome! They had a little kids side that made life so much easier. Even Benjamin wasn't afraid to run around in the water and if he fell over, he'd pick himself right back up.

Also along with the pool they had a hot tub, however the hot tub was OUTSIDE!!! The temperature was about 10 degrees or so and Angel and I were taking turns with the guys running out there and jumping in. It was the most amazing experience. Cold and hot at the same time, wonderful! After all the swimming we went and ate dinner. We didn't want to eat Chinese at the buffet and the other place you had to have a reservation for so we ended up eating at the regular spot with pizza, hot dogs, etc. The food was good and company was better. Poor Tres couldn't even stay awake until his food got there. He was so cute! Ours were ready for bed too after we wore them out swimming but they were more hungry then tired!

Monday morning we woke up to it Snowing! The most amazing thing of the whole trip. We promised the kids snow and were so afraid we weren't going to see any but there it was! All white big flakes, falling in the morning! Perfect!
Of course the snowing didn't last long but it didn't matter. We were on a new adventure and weren't sure where we were headed yet. There were a couple castles that everyone wanted to see just about 30 minutes from where we were so we decided to take a few pics with the mountains and then head out for another fun adventure.
The trip to the castles was fun. It took us through several small German towns and wound us all around a little river. With the little bit of snow that was on the ground we couldn't help but stop and take a picture. Not many cars were on the roads either because of the weather but that didn't stop us.
We got to the castles in no time at all. The kids were super excited and I took way more pictures then any one person should but I couldn't help it. The weather was cold but we survived it just fine. At the back of the Hohenschwangau Castle we sat on the ledge and took family pictures. Our kids weren't having much of it but it was still fun. We were able to do a tour of this Castle. Since Brandon and I had been here before without the kids we knew what it was going to be like and knew our kids would be ok with the tour. Our friends had a good time too!After the tour we waited in line for our carriage ride up to the Neuschwanstein Castle. The kids were super excited to be able to go on a horse and carriage ride so it was well worth the wait.
This castle is every little girls dream castle. It's considered the Disney Castle because it supposedly looks a lot like Cinderella's castle (I'm not sure, I've never looked into it). I know that pictures don't do it justice. I've been there twice and both times the castle has taken my breath away. It's HUGE, Beautiful and overlooks the German country side! It even has it's own little waterfall with a hanging bridge. Amazing to say the least
After the Castle trips were done we had to get souvenirs. Brandon got a stein and I got a new plate for my china cabinet. I also got a shot glass since I collect them and all I couldn't leave without one.

This had to have been one of the best trips we have ever been on with friends. The rides to and from were great, the company was fabulous, the food was good, and the sights we saw were amazing! I'd do it again if I could, only next time, it'd be during a warmer time of year for sure!!!

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