Friday, October 24, 2014

Europe Recap: Liechtenstein

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

One of my 2013 resolutions was to go to a new-to-me country, which we managed to do with ... Liechtenstein!

It was a lot like Switzerland.  Expensive, mountainous, well-kept. 


We went to Vaduz, the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, where the reigning prince lives and parliament sits.  Vaduz is an ancient Latin name from when Romans ruled the province, first referenced in documents in 1150.  The county of Vaduz was founded in 1342. 


In 1712, Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein took over the county of Vaduz, and in 1719, Emperor Karl VI united the County of Vaduz with the reign of Schellenberg, forming what is now Liechtenstein.  Lichtenstein's royalty traces back to an Austrian family of noble birth.  Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein was the first to take up residence in the castle.  The oldest parts of the castle are from the 12th century, and it was extended several times.  The large round towers were built in the 16th century. 




We had to have Liechtenstein's own beer for dinner:


And check out their take of pizza:


This dude was rocking a floral jacket like nobody's business:


The Vaduz Rathaus:



The art museum was closed by the time we got there:


As was the main church in Vaduz:

 
So, mission accomplished, one new country for me in 2013!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Europe Recap: Neuchwanstein Castle in Germany

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

After Berlin and Munich (and Salzburg), we drove the Romantic Road down to Neuchwanstein, to see the famous castle (in Fussen).


The drive itself was spectacular:








And then the castle came into view!


I don't know:


Neuchwanstein Castle was built on the orders of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who intended in 1868 to build a castle of the German Middle Ages.  He demolished an important Bavarian castle on site to build Neuchwanstein. 



And there is also the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle:




On the approach to Neuchwanstein:


Neuchwanstein up close.  The foundation was laid on Sept. 5, 1869 on plans by Riedel and sketches by Jank.  In 1874, Dollman took over building, and then Hoffman.  At the King's request, numerous modifications were made, delaying construction and increasing expenses.  When the King died in 1886, only the gateway building, the knights' building and the palace were finished.  After the King's death, much of the construction stopped and things like the intended chapel and keep on the east side were never finished. 







By far the most beautiful stop on our trip (and this trip included Italy!). 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Europe Recap: Munich eats

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

I was on a tomato soup kick: 


And pasta is always good.  My husband picked pizza of course (and note how quickly my beer was emptying!): 

 
I don't know why there aren't more Munich food pictures, but there were some in my Oktoberfest post, so I guess that's why.

Europe Recap: Munich lodging

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

In Munich, we stayed at the most retro Holiday Inn ever.

Straight out of the 80s!