Monday, December 29, 2014

First snow I've seen in almost two years!!!!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, while spending time in Heidelberg a couple of days ago, it snowed!  The sight of it caused my heart to stop briefly, as I have not seen snow in almost two years now.  A pretty crazy thing when one is coming from New England in the US!

Beautiful, isnt it? :-D  So much fun.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekend in Heidelberg

This past Friday (December 26) and Saturday (December 27) evenings, I spent those nights in Heidelberg.  This city is said to be one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Germany.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It is stunning.  The city was slightly reminiscent for me, of New England, as it was set to a backdrop of rolling mountains peaked in snow.  A really picturesque and romantic city for sure.  This city has secured the number two slot in the list of my favorite cities in Germany (its closely followed by Rothenberg).

Annnnnd my breath literally caught when I looked out of the hotel room window on Saturday morning and saw snow falling!!!  I have not seen snow in about two years now.  I know.  Shameful as a New Englander ;-) such a sad thing.  So this THRILLED me.  It looked magical and shimmery in the streetlights.

I love taking photos on Sunday as we walked around with snow still covering the rooftops and hills.  It was really, really lovely.  Though unfortunately it was REALLY cold, like bitterly cold outside.  But overall, I really loved this city.

View of the snow from hotel room window.

This was funny.  The FU Academy...haha.

Loved the beautiful lit buildings with the backdrop of the snowy peaks.

Walking along the river.

Stunning.  One of my future homes ;-) nestled in the hills.

Heidelberg Castle.

The entrance to Old Town.

Inside of the diner.  Sunday breakfast!
Eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and chocolate chip pancakes.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Storybook Christmas Market...

This past Sunday, December 21, I ventured the two hours away to Rothenberg.  Supposedly their Christmas market is the best one in all of Germany.  This city is truly stunning in and of itself.  It resembles a village out of a storybook.  Rothenberg was  founded in the year 970!  Its said to be one of the best preserved medieval towns in the country.  You can read more about the city history here.  I would have to say its become my own personal favorite town in Germany.  I have not thus far seen a town more charming, romantic or lovely.
See below for photos of the city and Christmas market...
Look closely at the awning to that Hotel.  So sweet, isnt it?
Snowballs, the towns famed treat.  And actually, they taste awful.  One can purchase a snowball in a variety of flavors, as you can see above, but they are essentially just dry, tasteless dough rolled into balls and covered in a topping.
Look at how charming and gorgeous all the buildings are in this city!  They ALL look like this.  Like colorful gingerbread cookie cutouts.
My favorite photo!