Saturday, July 23, 2016

Knit Those Knockers!!


What a great volunteer opportunity for knitters or crocheters!
For anyone who has undergone a mastectomy or knows someone
who has lost their breasts to a disease, this is a way
we can give some of ourselves to make them
feel more comfortable!
Join in--and knit those knockers!
The website has patterns for both knitted and crochet, 
along with tutorials and instructions.
Perfect!
Check it out!




Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's Always Good To Be Home!

The journey has ended--we are home, safe in our own beds--our journey took us to many interesting locations where we met super people, shared good food, wine and conversation.  The Historic places we visited will always be in our memories--the people we met will share a place in our hearts.

As we traveled, I used my smart phone to post photos and write this blog--it wasn't easy to say all I wanted to say about those historic places.  The computers in business center of hotels were difficult to maneuver--sometimes, you feel so dumb--especially when all other nationalities can speak your language and you butcher theirs!  Oh, well--everyone is very kind, helpful and supportive when you are a foreigner traveling in their land.  I would only hope we can afford them the same courtesy when they visit ours.

A wrap up of places and things we saw and I didn't post about:
The Grand Residenz of Munich was almost totally wiped out with WWII bombing--as many
of the historic places we visited in Germany--
true to saving history, the Residentz is being refurbished to its once beauty.
History will remain--walking into this magnificent hall--took your breath away!
This was the dining hall and only one of the 170 rooms-- We walked through
65-80 of the rooms--just unbelieveable. 

The fiascos are slowly being repaired--to think that all the work of 1600's
was almost gone, but still faintly mark their spots.
I thought I saw a spinning wheel in the right corner.
But, look at the molding--how awesome is that?! 

This is a Persian wool tapestry from 1600
Luckily, alot of these treasures were taken out of the rooms
and stored in Austria during WWII

The close up detail.

And the beers of Germany and the people are two of the highlights
besides the historic buildings.  we visited the Hofbrauhaus to sample
a beer and some sausages--the beers are government controlled--
so there are no flavored beers and all beers taste about the same to me.
Here we sat next to an East German couple who were coming to
Munich for holiday.  They spoke excellent English and answered our
questions about beers and sausage--even shared a bite of their 
pig knuckle--delightful people rule this world 

And the churches!! What else can I say about the churches?
such lovely places to sit, listen and pray!

a world known to many Christians
We stood here  and we got goosebumps!  Here is where history was in the
making--this was Hitler's Nazi party rally grounds--so eerie to think millions
walked these grounds and saluted
Here is the view from the time period.
This is so depressing to think about.

Yes, we had a grand journey--and now, we settle into daily life and routine.
Thank you for taking the journey with me.












Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bejeweled!


We took the day to visit the Munich Residendez, the 
Former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the
House of Wittelsbach.  It is the largest city palace in Germany.
Our first stop was the Treasury--so, let's feel adorned
With jewels. Which of these lovelies would you wear?
These jewels date to 1600-1800
Some of the stones from various pieces were 
Removed and replaced with glass during the 1930's
The jewels, according to our guide, were sold. 

Such lovely tear dropped pearls!  

Bracelets 

This would look good draped around any neck


The king's crown on the royal pillow 
Below the queen 







Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Being A Tourist!

With assistance of our hotel concierge and good maps, 
We were heading out to be a tourist in Munich.  
He circled the most important highlights to visit
And also gave us Ubon train info



This is our station--I took photo to remember

We arrived at Marien Platz @ 10:50 AM-- there is work taking 
Place around the town hall.  Large groups of fellow tourists from 
Various countries were standing around the area; some guides, some like us on their own
You can see a quiet protest taking place with the 3 with signs--no idea what they
Were protesting.  We've seen several of these small groups in other cities

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Here we are--looking up at the Glockenspiel!  
How lucky to arrive before 11--it only shows at 
11, noon & 5.  Quite by chance did we arrive at this time

The town hall was built in 1870's--glockenspiel was built in 1908
The church bells nearby ring at the stroke of 11 and we wait
Nothing happens till 2 minutes after the bells and the
Presentation begins!  A story unfolds of a marriage
Lovely to watch this action, even if you must crane your neck to see




The town hall is quite impressive 

We venture to St Peter Church and then toFrauenkirche (Dom)
Where a large art installation is featured in the middle.  This is called 
Heart oNumberOne by Michael Pendry.  



Life on the streets are busy with various street performers--all waiting for a euro or two

We found the huge  Viktualien Markt wonderful fruits, veggies, meats, etc.  
cherries are seasonal fruit--we've even had them for breakfast and 
Featured in many desserts


Transportation of locals--bikes of all kinds--watch out for cyclists 

We stopped in Hofbrauhaus for an afternoon beer
People are friendly and helpful--an E German couple sat next to us and we visited
They speak very good English!  Where I speak no German!
We head back to our train station --jump on first one headed in our direction--only
To find two stops up, everyone disembarked and we are left sitting in an empty
Car!  One up guy popped his head in and indicated we should get off
Have no idea where we would have headed up if we'd stayed on!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Next Stop On This Adventure!


We are finishing up our stay in Frankfurt


At each hotel we are given a gift--this was our gift for this stay--
A box of breadsticks 
Then last nite we had knock on door & found an hotel employee 
Handing us two mini Bon bond!  
Okay--that's interesting!

We take taxi from hotel to train station, only
1.6 miles.  We had reservations for our next train to Munich
We had to learn the ticket machine, but there are many 
Languages to choose from--tickets in hand, we find our
Train and track

Mm

This is a large station with platforms--no need to go up or down
Stairs for the right track

The train is 6 minutes late arriving in Munich!  Unbelievable!
We find taxi stand, tell driver our hotel and 25E later
We are there.  It seemed like he took the long way round but
When you are in a strange city, you are in the hands of the taxi driver
Who might want to make an extra E or two! We did see some of 
The city though!  Just don't know where we are!

Next Stop On This Adventure!


We are finishing up our stay in Frankfurt


At each hotel we are given a gift--this was our gift for this stay--
A box of breadsticks 
Then last nite we had knock on door & found an hotel employee 
Handing us two mini Bon bond!  
Okay--that's interesting!

We take taxi from hotel to train station, only
1.6 miles.  We had reservations for our next train to Munich
We had to learn the ticket machine, but there are many 
Languages to choose from--tickets in hand, we find our
Train and track

This is a large station with platforms--no need to go up or down
Stairs for the right track

The train is 6 minutes late arriving in Munich!  Unbelievable!
We find taxi stand, tell driver our hotel and 25E later
We are there.  It seemed like he took the long way round but
When you are in a strange city, you are in the hands of the taxi driver
Who might want to make an extra E or two! We did see some of 
The city though!  Just don't know where we are!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Moving On


One of the best ways to travel in Germany is by train.  They are always on time. 

We took first class seats--little money but on a long ride
It is much quieter in the #1 car

This car had an upper area & lower section
I planted myself in the lower--didn't want to lug 
My suitcase up any more stairs!  
We had to go up to tracks, over and down stairs 
Again to get to right train! 

The train made many stops in small villages & 
We traveling along the Rhine River again
Where we saw the same castles and passed several
Caravan parks--these must be permanent locations 
For campers or maybe permanent homes--don't know
But, there were many along the river

Once we settled into our hotel on 40th floor, 
I like to see the view.  Across there sporting and
Entertainment venues

The other direction were banks

And more of this Frankfurt city!