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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Christmas Markets and Christmas day 2014

Frohe Weihnachten = Merry Christmas,  December 2014 in Grafenwoehr Germany.  So the thing to do in Germany is to go to the Weihnachtsmarkt (Winter market/ Christmas market). We were able to see 4 Christmas markets.  The First was in Wroclaw Poland, then we went to Guteneck German, a local one in Weiden Germany, and finally a larger one in Nuremberg Germany.


A German Christmas Tradition Lebkuchen Cookies.  They Taste like a dense raisin cake thing.   
Kinderpunch is the non-alcoholic version of the Gluhwein which is the hot Mulled wine that everyone drinks at the market.  The kinderpunch was really sweet, like grape juice with a Christmas spice.






Whitney eating Bratwurst and liking them.  Germany has the best Brawts.

 Defender 90

CHRISTMAS AT THE WILDING'S APT!




 We gave each other our favorite Cologne and perfume

 Whitney got the mother load with books this year!!!


A Christmas Hike!


Our Travel Book Collection is getting bigger and better!!

Merry Christmas 2014

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Boleslawiec and Wroclaw Poland

Over Thanksgiving weekend Jake and I decided to head to Boleslawiec, Poland to do a little Polish pottery shopping and then we headed onward to Wroclaw to get more of a taste of Poland.
In front of one of the shops.  This one gave us a tour of the pottery making process!

Pieces during the drying stage.

So many beautiful pieces just stacked up on the floor! I love the way they all look together.

Shelves and shelves of pottery.

After touring and spending too much money in Boleslawiec we drove to Wroclaw to tour and sight see this charming little city.
Getting my bearings. :-)

It was SO cold the weekend we were there.  I think this is the coldest I have felt in Europe so far.

Something that is unique about the city is that there are little dwarfs throughout the entire city, so we tried to spot as many as we could.

We did find more than two, but I'll spare you from seeing a picture of every single one.

Wroclaw had a Christmas market going on while we were there.  The market was right in the center of town, so we ended up walking through it multiple times during our visit there.

Jake may have mentioned this before in a previous blog post, but something that we enjoy doing when we visit a new city, is to pay the 1 or 2 euros to climb the stairs up the top of the church tower in the center of town to get a view of the city.
On my way up.

 In front of the church tower.

City view.

Some Soviet Era cement apartment buildings.

Jake wanted to take a tour of the Raclawicka Panorama, which depicts the Battle of Raclawice during the Kosciuszko Uprising.  Although the Polish succeeded in the Battle of Raclawice, the uprising ultimately failed.


We had some great food while we were in Poland.  I was particularly excited to try Central Cafe which I found on Yelp.  It worked out fabulously as it was right down the street from our hotel and had excellent food, a good combo!
Doing a little research for last minute sight seeing before heading back to Graf.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prague

We visited Prague, Czech Republic over a long weekend in November 2014.  It was our first trip outside of Germany.  For some reason, ever since I can remember hearing about Prague it was on my top ten places that I must visit before I die.  And you know it did not disappoint; it was amazing. The food was good, the sights breath taking and the people warm.  

Although we originally planned to do the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) on the first day before we checked into our hotel, driving there took longer then we had planned and we were only able to walk around the grounds and did not do a tour. We will have to go back to take a tour some time.  FYI:  Prague is only 2 hour away from our home so if you need a place to stay close to Prague and we have a spare bedroom for you to stay in.  Hint.  Hint.

One of the Towers at Prague Castle
Cathedral of St. Vitus


The Good King Wenceslas was the King here in Prague. 

The view from Castle hill

The John Lennon Wall
This wall is located at Velkopřevorské náměstí 100 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.  In the 1980's it was covered with graffiti of John Lennon and Beatles song quotes targeted against the Communist Regime.  We just made it to see it with great street art because on 17 November 2014 the wall was painted white to remember the 25th year of the velvet revolution, which was the end of communism in Czech Republic and the building of a parliamentary republic.
Lots of Love (locks)
King Charles Bridge
Statue of John of Nepomuk: he was thrown into the river Vitava by King Wenceslas because his wife went to confession to him and John would not tell the king what her confession was.
Jewish Quarter Cemetery

Half a Duck and bread dumplings
So apparently the bread dumplings are a Czech thing, but they are not that good; they just tasted like bread with stale pieces of old bread in them. Bread and stale bread...tasty.
Refreshing Diet Coke (coke light)

I found a defender 90!!

Trdelnik: a round cake with almond and sugar on the outside.  It is good!

The high tech elevator to the top of the astronomical clock
I think that when I heard about the astronomical clock I always wanted to visit it.
View of Prague from the clock tower
The astronomical clock in the daytime. See a youtube video of it here.
.The Old Town Square with the Church of our Lady before Tyn.

We will definitely be back to Prague!