Playing around PĂŒrschling

Playing around PĂŒrschling

The snow season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than…

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Sledding!!

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I had to accept a kid sled because the adult one was too big for me ):

..and hiking!

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Luckily here in Bavaria they really know how to enjoy the wintery months, and have ways for everyone to do it. If your like me and have never skiied before and dont quite have the time, sledding or rodeln is the best way to enjoy sliding around in the snow without getting too messy.

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This past weekend we headed over to Unterammergau where the PĂŒrschling trail is

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A great year round hike, that just so happens to be a great ski spot in the winter with a superb sledding path. ( you hike up and sled all the way down, how fun is that?!)

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We didnt have our own sleds,but luckily when we stopped for a prep coffee

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in the worlds cutest gasthaus,

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they were renting them out and our day was made.

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So with  a little extra pep in our step and stomped up that mountain

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and let me tell youu, it was an absolutely gorgeous hike.

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Fozen rivers lining the trail, fellow sledders speeding down the hill, giggling the whole way

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the sun was warm on our cheeks as the cold our nipped  our noses

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Now I must admit, we didnt quite make it to the top- after 3,5 km uphill in the shin deep snow the fun had turned to some serious work and we were ready for play

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Der alte Rodeln bÀr

so WOOOSHHH we headed down down down the slippery mountain face.

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ice ice baby

Ending up at the bottom soaking wet ( next time definitly bring snow pants) hands frozen but overal bursting with bliss. We then decided to quickly get warmed up with some scrumptious  steamy soup and a well  deserved alcohol free weißbier

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Pro tip: Always end with soup

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Perusing about Prague

Perusing about Prague

” Youth is happy because it has had the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”

Franz Kafka

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I have read so many posts about how “magical” Prague is. Many people write about its “fairytale feeling”

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Guards at the entrance of PraĆŸsky Hrad ( the castle)

I must admit, that even in a frosty snowy wonderland of weather, the city failed to give me these feelings.It was a bit of something else.

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FYI dear readers Praha is Czech for Prague

Prague stood out to me most due to its history. Dealing with the Nazi occupation of WWII and still coming out with most of it medieval old town still intact is a very impressive site to see.

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Famous Charles Bridge, connection old town to new

The city’s architecture mixture alone was one aspect I was pleased about; Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque

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designs are mixed together with a high dose of Parisian feel.

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Mainstreet New Town

Some areas of the city were a visual splendour

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Old Town under the castle

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and some provided the cozy atmosphere I so crave in my travel down time.

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La Bohéme Café in New Town

but as per usual I chose to admire all the river and rooftop views I could

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Superb sunrise on the Vltava river

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lucky for us, we arrived on the very last day of the Christmas markets

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With a massive decorate glimmering tree

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and even some sweet little furry friends

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With all these sweet views, came the sweet tourist trap that is

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TrdelnĂ­k

A sweet pastry that is made from dough wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mixture. It has a distinct wood and smoke flavour.Not entirely sweet but if you choose the modern version I did with nutella, its a pretty good taste combination.

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Modern takes on the treat include ice cream and other fun filling options

In the end to me Prague had a feeling of sweet melancholy.

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The tall building created endless hallways. The new was well mixed in with the old and the poor with the rich

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The culture and history does not hide.It endured generations of foriegn domination-the Nazi occupation and Communist rule. Once the Iron curtain cracked it became one of the first Central and East European countries to embrace the western culture.However with this came naturally the party seekers and their drunken exploits, tacky tourist shops and Tescos galour.

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Puppet shops in every corner

but the marvelous part was how enduring the character of Prague stayed. This city pushes to create a good integration of the old and the new. Making it unlike anyone I have ever been before.

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Central New Town sites

Even though it has these cultural and historical marvels I admire, I must admit it was not my favourite city. Perhaps because I enjoy lighter atmospheres, the food was not to my taste palette or I am too biased by previous experiences, I am not entirely certain. It was a good experience but I will choose to continue to head on to new places and most likely not head back too soon

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Home to Heimgarten

Home to Heimgarten

We left Munich as a group of four. Der WanderbÀr, Aspen and two very unpunctual GerMEN. The drive was around one and half hours give or take, reletively quick and wonderful as is most distances in Bavaria.

We arrived in Walchensee around 9am ( I know I know, incredulously late for a planned saturday hike, but well blame those boys). fullsizerender-4

The base of the mountain was a lovely autumn wonderland

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The trees exploded with all and every colour of fall. Everything was golden in the sunlight and lit up with hints of fiery red and cool blends of green. It smelled of fresh rain and the trickling of the river could be heard over the crisp wispering of wind through the trees.

A few kilometres, a couple photographs

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and twenty minutes went by and we had started to curve into the mountain and the lake bellow us peeked through the trees in the pass.

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The fog was rising up to touch the clouds then around the corner we saw it wasn’t just  conections of accumulated moisture meeting but a touch of the seasons as well.

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We kept forward into the winter wilderness, the snow began to accumulate. At first a light dusting on the treetops, and then a collective on the forest floor.

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Now mind you, when it comes to hiking I am like a blissful small child. I run, I skip I hop and jump in everything. I mentioned previously this hike was around six hours, however kindly take that with a grain of salt as as soon as we found snow I was prancing about like a kitten in a meadow. Many a snowballs were thrown and I was laughing like a loon for a solid hour with absolutely no regrets. I cannot begin to express how happy the mountains make me. The fresh air, the stillness of the forest, the calming feeling nature gives you wrapped in with all those endorphins from climbing are all I truly crave.

However, enough about my alp amour, onward to the trail!

The snow was now in heaps, so we stomped and gripped as we continued on

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Soon we had reached the top. We walked through the clouds and into the warm sunshine. The mountains all around us suddenly stould out at eye level. Not a shadow on them, but clear and cornered for all their magnificience to be taken in.

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I was completely over joyed and about to twirl around the finish line,when I was casually disclosed to that we had not made our desination…