Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gluten Free in Regensburg

We found a few good gluten free places for Austin to eat.
The Find Me Gluten Free App on my phone worked in Germany!
The bakery/café below became a favorite spot for tea and gluten free
cake in the afternoon.
And apple strudel for Glenn.
We also found several places for Austin to shop for gluten free groceries. 
Below in Old Town, is the typical high-end multi-level department store with
a large super market below street level.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Exploring Regensburg

St. Peter's Cathedral is in the center of Old Town Regensburg.

Our hotel Bischofshof am Dom was on the grounds of the church.
Bischofshof means Bishop's Court am Dom in my poor German translation meant
at the church.

This was a perfect location for walking and exploring the restaurants, sidewalk cafe's, museums, shopping and more! The included hotel breakfast each morning was delicious with great service and
we enjoyed wonderful dinners in their lovely restaurant.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Two Days in Munich

 After an overnight flight to Munich, we checked into our hotel, rested and found dinner.
Fortunately, Austin's knowledge of German was a great help. 
The next day we took a hop-on hop-off tour of Munich and of course, went the to famous
Hofbrauhaus, the famous beer hall in the heart of Munich with seating for 650 guests/tourists.

Apparently, I was so exhausted during the two nights in Munich that I took very few photos.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Journey to Germany

Austin told us in September 2018 about an "awesome" opportunity to
study German at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.
We approved of the idea, however, there were several unknowns at that time.
We later learned seven college students from around Kentucky, who had not met, signed up to participate in this five-month "independent" travel program. 
They were to arrive at the university on March 5 and stay until July 29. 
 Each student was responsible for arranging his or her own transportation via Munich (or airport of their choice) then to Regensburg, a world cultural site on the Danube River.
Austin has a lot of travel experience with groups and with us.  He is 19 years old and in his second year at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  We live in the small college town of Berea with no available public transportation.  Glenn and I accompanied him to Munich for 2 nights then to Regensburg.  We departed March 7 and flew to London for a week of afternoon tea, shows and fun excursions to Oxford and the Lake District via train.
Below we are in Regensburg on the famous Stone Bridge with historic Old Town in the background.
Old town little or no damage during WW II.  It is the only preserved medieval town in the whole of Germany with over 1000 historic buildings.  In 2006, the city was included in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. 
The university of Regensburg was established in 1967 in the modern and newer section of the city,
Austin took this photo of his student housing building (similar to a dorm), but not owned by the university apparently.  Every student has a very small private room with a tiny bathroom and share a kitchen with others.  His room on the top floor has a balcony.
More to come!

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Celebration

March is the perfect time to celebrate afternoon tea using my Belleek tea set
purchased last June while we were visiting Ireland.

Friday, February 22, 2019

February Teapot

 I am late posting my February tea cart.
My friend Mary gave me the George Washington Dept.56 teapot.
I put him with my Royal Staffordshire set, hoping that spring will soon arrive.
We have daffodils peeking up and crocus in full bloom but much of Kentucky
is suffering from devastating floods including our area.
We will be glad to see sunshine soon.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Bound Heart by author Laura Frantz

My friend, Laura Frantz 's latest book, A Bound Heart was released
on January 1, 2019.
I read an advance copy while we were traveling in Hawaii during Christmas vacation.
Yes, while my family was out enjoying the sun, I lounged in the shade reading because
I couldn't put this book down.  The description from the back cover is below. 

Laura is a member of our local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter,
and her sweet grandmother was one my childhood Sunday school teachers.
Travels in Scotland and her own family heritage inspired this Christian novel. 
If you have ever traveled in Scotland, this book will bring back wonderful memories.
If you have not traveled in Scotland, you will want to do so soon. 
The lovely Scottish brogue rolls off the pages.

You can find this and Laura's other books on Goodreads, Amazon,
Christian bookstores and online. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Christmas on the NCL Pride of America

After three nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village we embarked on a cruise
on Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America for a non-traditional Christmas.
The ship was full to capacity with many other families and couples celebrating
Christmas on board.  The ship was decorated throughout.
Below are our decorated stateroom doors.
Kaitlyn and Linda
 Glenn and Austin
 Melissa, Tim and Peyton
This was a fun and easy way to find our doors.
A gingerbread house contest for the different departments.
 There were may more than I have photos.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Honolulu Arrival

 After a very long day, December 19th, 2018, LEX to ATL to HNL,
I had arranged a pick-up by Charley's Taxi and Lei greeting for the family
as a surprise.
My wonderful, generous husband, Glenn, booked this trip in February
as our Christmas gift, a no shopping and no stress Christmas to remember.


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