Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Liechtenstein

 We stopped in Liechtenstein for a short break
on April 2nd on the way from Austria to Switzerland. 
 Liechtenstein is a German-speaking constitutional principality 
headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein. 
 It is bordered by Austria and Switzerland, is approximately 62 square miles, 
and has a population of about 37,000.  It is located in the Alpines
and is a winter sport destination. 
It is known as a "tax haven" due to low corporate tax rates.  
The currency is the Swiss franc. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Innsbruck, Austria

 Our first stop in Innsbruck was for a little shopping. 
 We didn't have much time in Innsbruck, but I found
a health store with gluten free foods,
and we enjoyed looking around the
Easter fair on the Walking Street.
 On to our destination for the night. 
More snow as we continued into higher elevations. 
Our hotel was at a ski resort used during the 
Winter Olympics of 1964 and 1976.
The drive to our destination took us 2 miles up a mountain
past the village of Axams in the heart of the Tyrol region of Austria. 
There were several international ski teams there during our overnight. 
I have more photos, but I couldn't capture the amazing scenery. 
This was a once in a lifetime experience for our Kentucky students. 

Our luggage was loaded on a shuttle van with chains 
on the tires and taken down the steep hill 
to the bus in the parking lot below the lodge. 
We walked.  *Big Smile*
This was our goodbye to Austria.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Neuschwanstein Castle

 We awoke to find a light snow at our hotel near Munich. 
We began our travels to our first destination, 
Neuschwanstein Castle sitting above the village of Hohenschwangau.
The scenery of the Bavarian countryside on the drive to 
the castle was delightful. 

It was a one mile walk from the village up the hill to the castle. 
 The Neuschwanstein Castle was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria
in the 19th century.  It has appeared in several movies and has
been said it was the inspiration of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. 

 Some of the group rode the horse-drawn wagon down
the one mile trail. 
I walked it up (barely) and back down. 
The yellow castle at the village was the home of
the parents of Ludwig II of Bavaria. 

 I purchased this tea mug in the gift shop.
The design on the mug is the same as was on
fabrics in the castle.  Ludwig II aka "The Fairytale Prince"
had swans made into woodwork trim, door handles and much more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Tea at Schuhbecks Orlando

 Glenn and I enjoyed tea at Schuhbecks Orlando Restaurant in Munich
Finding gluten free foods in a country where I can't 
read or speak the language is very difficult. 
We shared a delicious Creme Brulee served
 with a scoop of ice cream and a berry sauce. 
I enjoyed Darjeeling tea and he drank an herbal. 
 Apparently, "Tea for One" teapots with the large cup on the bottom
are used frequently in Germany.  They were very prominent 
in store windows and tea shops.
I have several, but use them for decorative purposes.

 The rain had stopped when we stepped outside
to meet up with the group. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Time for Tea in Munich

 Attention all American restaurants:
This is the way you need to serve a cup of tea!  
The saucer on top of the glass mug keeps the water hot 
while brewing, and holds the wet "tea bag"
after the tea is brewed.   
And, don't you just love how the "tea bag" hooks around the handle?

 The rain began falling in Munich shortly after arrival in the City Centre,
and and the kids took off on a bicycle tour.  
Glenn and I walked, shopped, and enjoyed tea under
a cover at a sidewalk bakery/coffee house. 
Ronnefeldt Tea is a German company
Teehaus Ronnefeldt is a Frankfurt family-managed business
"Known for their Quality since 1823"
Go to
for an excellent educational TEA video

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Munich BMW "Shopping"

 We visited the BMW world headquarters in Munich.
The guys in the group really enjoyed this stop. 

 Glenn had a difficult time deciding which one to bring home.
 He enjoyed chatting with the "salesman."


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