Thursday, December 16, 2010

Live in Italy Celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany!


•1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 – "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Neither Italy nor Germany celebrate Thanksgiving, but Edelweiss sure does accomidate us Americans on the biggest eating day of the year! :) It was the first Thanksgiving in several years that it was just the five of us! So what better way to celebrate than going to a resort and making someone else cook and clean not to mention all the sighteeing we got to do and all the things we got to see in Germany. Greatest idea much so that we are going to make reservations to go back next Thanksgiving. Edelweiss is nestled at the bottom of the Bavarian Alps in Garmish Germany. It is part of an Army post and is only open to American Service members and their families. This venture was only a 4 hour car ride (5 with Clark driving and his extra pit stops!) It was a very scenic and beautiful drive. As we drove higher in elevation, and got closer to Germany the snow began falling and the tempatures began dropping! After arriving mid afternoon and getting checked in, we did a little touring of the facilites and the kids of course smelled the pool before we ever found it! First thing on our agenda was DINNER!


Of course we couldn't pass up their drink special of 32 oz. Margaritas!

The evenings ended with the kids wearing themselves out at the pool for a good nights sleep! The kids especially enjoyed the outdoor hottub while the snow was falling. They didn't however enjoy getting out of the nice hottub to come into the building! :) 


Day two was spent taking a short 45 minute drive to the Neuschwanstein Castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park. There was no photography of any kind allowed inside the building, however I reccommend you look it up online to see many of the rooms inside the castle. It is a once in a lifetime experiance and although the online photos don't do it justice, it was an amazing place. This is the castle of the late King Ludwig II of Bravaria. Ludwig wanted to build the castle in the hopes of creating a world of his own. One where everything was noble and beautiful. The castle was never completely fiinished and the King only got to live in it for a total of 172 days before his death. On our tour we were only allowed to see parts of the castle. On the way up to the castle we opted for the expensive horse and buggie ride, rather than the 40 minute uphill hike!    





The following day we decided to stay in the area and do a little sightseeing in Garmish. This is a quiet and quaint little town.

That evening we had our nice Thanksgiving dinner!


On Friday which was our last full day in Germany we took an hour and a half train ride into Munich Germany to see the Christmas market! It was a cold and snowy day so we didn't get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we wanted. It was a long day and the kids were cold and tired. We did enjoy a NICE AMERICAN meal at Hard Rock Cafe.

And so concludes our very nice relaxing Thanksgiving vacation in Germany. The ride home was extermely beautiful through the mountains and the freshly fallen snow! Please remember that not all my pictures are posted on the blog (just not enough space) and you can always see the complete files on my facebook page. As always thanks for taking the time to read about our European adventures! Sending much love to you all!