We had an ignominious start--about 1/2 hour north of Munich (about 2 hours in) we realized Ellie had left her Lovey at home. Ahhh, weeping and gnashing of teeth! Monumental parental failure! What to do? As we had to be at our rental at a certain time, we couldn't go back. So when we stopped for lunch, amid fervent prayers, I went into the nearby German store (Rossman). Lo and behold, they had something resembling Lovey. I bought it and we presented it to Ellie. After a moment of indecision, she embraced her "urlab Lovey" (urlab = vacation) and the world was sunny again. Thank heavens!!
|E and the savior of the trip|
|The girls' room--they took turns sleeping on the top.|
|The kitchen and its most frequent occupant. (Just don't open the cabinet next to the stove!)|
|Our fire pit in the front yard.|
|Having fun in the swing.|
|No, the hole was already there when she got in!|
First on our To Do list? Get some Czech food and beer. The beer was so cheap it cost (usually) just a dollar for 1/2 liter. Paradise!
And speaking of beer, Czech is the original home of the name Budweiser. Busch and the Czech maker of Budweiser battled it out and Busch got to keep their name in America, and Europe got to keep it in Europe. So when you see Budweiser in Europe, it's not from the States!
Our first trip out was to Kasperske Hory (Cash-per-skay Hoary), a nearby town with a wonderfully old castle. It was built in 1356 for Charles IV, the king who put Czech and Prague on the map.
|Hiking up the hill|
|During the tour (as a great surprise, our guide spoke English).|
|View from the top. Amazing! The roof tiles are the original 14th century.|
Besides sight-seeing, we wanted to relax and hike around. One one of our walks, Ellie was delighted at who decided to join us. Can you see her friend on Jon's ear? (next to that oojaboojy smiley baby??)
|The butterfly stayed on her hand for several minutes. She was thrilled.|
We had a delightful romp through the wilderness, thanks to Jon's fantastic guiding. The girls, in the usual German way, quickly found their walking sticks.