When the Cows Come Home

My cousin Holli and I abandoned our husbands took our kids (and Wynter!) down into Bavaria to get up close and personal with hundreds of cows this morning.

About 1,000 cows were escorted off the mountains and led thru the village of Immenstadt to their farms. The tradition goes back centuries all throughout Bavaria. It takes place every September/early October. Continue reading

First Grade

This handsome boy began the first grade today! Of course, he got a giant cone full of treats! It’s called a Schultüte, and is usually filled with candy and whatever school supplies can fit in there. I’ve seen REALLY huge ones that have ALL the school supplies in there. It’s normally just for first-graders, but we gave ’em to the girls, too, for their first day ever of German school.

And yeah, that’s a  poo keychain.

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Monuments

Oh, the timing! This photo popped up in my social media feed as a reminder of my visit to northern Germany exactly five years ago. You won’t find monuments to Nazi military leaders over here, but you will find memorials like St. Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg. It was once a huge, gorgeous neo-Gothic place of worship, but was destroyed by Allied Air Force bombing in July 1943. Continue reading