hello & howdy!
back today with more pages from my bavarian travel journal and some more pics of our travels in verdant green germany.
bavaria, it seemed to us, was a real walker’s paradise. paths lead to nearby villages, mountains huts, waterfalls, meadows, and directly into the steep alps. if one was inclined they could walk across the entire country on a vast network of walking trails!
the germans surely are robust nature enthusiasts who don’t miss an opportunity to walk and bike their way across their country. we saw many on bicycles with walking poles sticking out of the packs they carried on their backs. we saw young and old alike making tracks here and there on their feet or on their bikes.
i brought my travel journal home essentially complete, but i have a few unfilled pages where i’ll probably add some photos or collage of one sort or another.
maybe a few more small watercolors from photos…we’ll see.
another thing you’ll find a lot in germany are pretty cakes, pies, and tarts on display in nearly every cafe. so many delectable treats to choose from.
i brought a small bag of collage ephemera and along with various tickets and cards I picked up along the way, made quick work with the small adhesive roller (glue) i brought with me. this sketchbook made a really good travel journal. the pages are heavy weight and lay completely flat.
the villages we visited dripped with charm. from the carved wooden balconies & shutters, to the neatly piled stacks of wood and overflowing planters. such love and attention lavished upon these outdoor spaces.
everywhere, pleasant places to gather for a meal, conversation, or quiet outdoor writing nook.
i imagined bavaria would be quaint, but didn’t think it would be like moving through the pages of a storybook.
it seems the thing i painted and drew most often was the view outside our front and back balconies!
in bad tölz we made the acquaintance of lisa when we stopped in her tiny quilt shop to sample her wares. i’ve written about our visit on one of these pages of my travel journal (and attached her card).
she made these potholders and hearts with some typical bavarian-style fabrics. can’t wait till the box i mailed myself from germany arrives on my LA doorstep!
if i was moving to this area i would recruit her to be my first friend. i often think about meeting new people in the new home of my future. how does one plunk oneself down into a new town and new life where one knows no one?
you don’t know either? okay fine. i’ll go forth as a guinea pig and report my findings. stay tuned it will be awhile before I have to stick my oar on the bank and push away from shore in my little rowboat.
we enjoyed eating dinners out on our big balcony. it was chilly, but that didn’t stop us!
if you took a fun voyage of your own this summer do let me know. hope you’re well in your little corner of the world. see you soon!