Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walking in Circles

Being in Europe is an experience unlike any other. It just amazes me that we can hop into our rental car...drive for about 2 hours and be in a completely different country. It's just incredible. Our mission this morning is the Hofbräuhaus. Going to Munich, Germany is my husband's one and only wish on our trip. I must say, I definitely do not abject.
Do you see a seahorse?

On our drive into Munich, we see beautiful landscapes and interesting bridges. The skies on the other hand, didn't quite know what to do. It rained on and off, but it was lovely nonetheless. As we arrived, the skies completely cleared and we had nothing, but sunshine. Now to find parking...

Most of Europe is completely automated, which is super cool. Needless to say, it can be a little difficult for tourists. There are no toll booths or attendants like in the States. It can be a little challenging when our German is a little rusty (okay, almost nonexistent).
We finally find parking, now to make our way downtown. Munich is just wonderful. It's a melting pot of all cultures, subcultures, and diversity. A mixture of historical and modern architecture. Walking towards the square we were greeted by the Isartor City Gates. It's an impressive building and one of the oldest gate remaining today.
So, about 2 hours of walking in circles around the square... We saw tons of street performers, architecture, lederhosen and no Hofbräuhaus. Now, I'm hungry and becoming cranky. My poor husband has to hear me (bitch) complain about being hungry. Yay! We finally find the Hofbräuhaus! Beer and sausage here we come.
We are finally here and of course, the batteries on my camera runs out of juice. Oh wait, I forgot to bring a spare. Awesome, but that's ok. I can't wait to eat.

Gas for our rental car... $123.13 Us Dollars
Trying to find a parking... Insane
Parking... $34.35 Us Dollars
Finally finding the Hofbräuhaus... Yummy
Last picture before my camera died.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Old Stomping Grounds

Pictures of Feldkirch, Austria
As you know, my husband and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Europe. I apologize for taking so long to post more pictures about our adventure. I especially apologize the delay to my Aunt Mirien and my Great Aunt Ruth.

To back up a little, let me explain. My family migrated to Brazil from France and Austria; most of my family still lives in Brazil. As you can image, we rarely see each. The last time I saw my aunt was my wedding day, about six years ago. We are able to share ideas, recipes, and pictures via social networking.

Since my families' migration to Brazil; I'm the only member with the opportunity to see our old stomping grounds. I was told my great aunt had tears in her eyes when she found out that I was going to Austria. She turned 80 this year...Happy Birthday Tante Ruth!

If only I was able to bring my Great Aunt Ruth along with us. She would have been able to enjoy the beauty, the air, and the food that Austria has to offer. Not to mention, she would have made a great translator. Unfortunately for me, I only remember a few important words (you know, cuss words...lol) in German.

For every wisteria I saw and smelled...it reminded me of my Aunt Mirien. At times, it was like having her there with me. Even though she was thousands of miles away in Brazil.

Oi tia,
Espero que tenham gostado das fotos de
glicínias. Eu tomei estes em Liechtenstein. Não tenho certeza se o meu português é satisfatório, mas eu tentei. Eu amo você e sinto saudades.

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