Thankful for Travel, Thrift Finds, and Beer!

Hello lovelies!

Back home, it’s Thanksgiving and a time for being thankful for all the blessings we have. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to travel while here in Europe, and since it’s our last Thanksgiving in Germany, we decided to head to one of our favorite places to stay, the Edelweiss Resort in Bavaria.

It's like a storybook location!

It’s like a storybook location!

You know the “Sound of Music?” This area is where Julie Andrews was spinning around and singing about the hills being alive! Though there wasn’t any snow (which is a bit unusual this time of year), the view is still gorgeous.

The town of Garmisch is adorable with many unique shops and cozy cafes. Though it’s mainly a U.S. tradition, Germany has jumped on the Black Friday train (though they are more sane about it – no 4 a.m. openings here!). However, I discovered a thrift store on an army base and got this comfy and stylish sweatshirt dress for just $5!

My $5 find!

My $5 find!

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Check out the cool little details on the pocket! The shoulders have faux leather patches. Looks great with my H&M skirt and Just Fab boots!

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Shirtdress boots

What else do I love? German beer! Especially when I can go on a brewery tour and taste many different kinds! The hubby and I got to sample all kinds of beer, even one with a chocolate base (Don’t worry; we had someone drive us)! Wolfgang, the brew master, presented us with honorary Brew Master diplomas!

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Why sure, I'll try another kind...

Why sure, I’ll try another kind…

On a more serious note, I am incredibly thankful for all the love and blessings in my life. Life can be very tough at times (and I have had my share of those moments), so when life is peaceful, I enjoy every bit of those moments.

I am also very thankful to all of YOU for reading my blog! I really appreciate the “likes,” comments, and sharing. Here’s to all of the blessings we enjoy!

Cheers!

Cheers!

 

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Designers, Mountains, and Beer…Oh My!

The hubby and I are on vacation in the gorgeous area of Bavaria during Thanksgiving week! One of the best things about living in Germany is the close proximity to so many beautiful areas to visit. Since the hubby is on “R & R,” we qualified for a very nice discount at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort! If anyone is military living in Europe, they NEED to stay here. It is impossible to be bored! Depending on the mood, you can ski, sled, shop, relax in a hot tub (with bartender service!), visit nearby Munich or Innsbruck, tour a brewery, get a massage…so many choices! So far, Hubby and I visited Munich, where I was blown away by the amount of designer shops along the streets! How exciting to see one of my all time favorites, Jimmy Choo! One day, I will have a pair of those shoes!

Jimmy Choo! Oh, if only...

Jimmy Choo! Oh, if only…

No kidding, designers such as Prada, Giorgio Armani, Etro, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana lined the streets of Munich. I drooled over a couple of my favorites, Versace and Dior!

"Christian Dior me!"

“Christian Dior me!”

 

I could just grab one of those bags...!

I could just grab one of those bags…!

Versace  did a line for H&M a couple of seasons back, and some plus size pieces were included. I’m hoping that Donatella will expand plus size into her runway line, so we’ll see!

Besides the fashion, Munich has a charming Christmas market with one of the best things about the season, Gluhwein! The day we visited was VERY chilly, so enjoying a cup of the hot and fruity wine was just the thing to warm up!

Delicious!

Delicious!

I am not a fan of heights. I get dizzy, feel nauseated, and faint like when I’m up way high. However, Hubby has been wanting to go up in a gondola to the Zugspitze for quite awhile, and as a gesture of love, I swallowed my fear and went up 10,000 feet! I could NOT look behind us as we climbed, climbed, and climbed. A couple of times I felt dizzy, but I breathed deeply and trusted that the cable would not snap and send us to our demise! Once we were finally up there (and my legs stopped shaking!) we took in this amazing view!

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Talk about a winter wonderland! The Zugspite has excellent areas for skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. One of my goals after my surgery is to be able to go sledding next year!

One of the things Germany is best known for is BEER, of course! Although we are not big beer drinkers, we thought taking a tour of one of the local breweries might help us to find something we liked. At the Griesbrau Brewery, the guide and Brewmaster Wolfgang showed and explained how his beer is made, plus we “sampled” four different types of beer AND beer liquor! Let’s just say that a “sample” means a FULL glass! One of my favorites was the “Christmas Liquor,” a beer liquor that is served warm and made with spices. It tastes kind of like rum!

Christmas beer liquor is best served with whipped cream!

Christmas beer liquor is best served with whipped cream!

Wolfgang helps me try a "sample"!

Wolfgang helps me try a “sample”!

 

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I have so much to be thankful for. Being able to have these adventures and enjoying time with my husband is amazing. Though I am dealing with a cranky back, life is good! Tomorrow, we go to Innsbruck, Austria!