Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Giverny.



Visiting Giverny, the country home outside Paris where Monet spent his final years, was almost a religious experience for me. Walking through the gardens and around the pond, eyes more than a little moist, it was easy to see how such inspired work could originate from this place. Even in late autumn, the grounds were exploding with dazzling blooms, seemingly endowed with perpetual spring.

I might have stayed there forever, but Paris called...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Nymphemburg Palace.



Overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of Nymphemburg Palace, which blessedly DID allow photography inside its gilded halls (side eye @ Linderhof Palace). World, please appreciate the fact that I will never have an endless supply of funds, as I would literally build THE most ostentatious German palace look-alike if I did. But really, just endlessly inspired by this beauty, from the small side tables to the grand ceilings, and everything in between.



I was blown away by the carriage display--cannot imagine a world in which these were used for actual transportation. Such lavish beauty! Such obscene excess! I love it, of course.



More lovely palace visits here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Linderhof Palace.



Just a few exterior photos of our visit to Linderhof Palace, Ludwig II's hunting lodge that surpasses even Versailles in its opulence (proof). It's a small palace, meant to be a home away from home, nestled in the mountains less than 100 kilometers south of Munich. We toured the inside, but photography was forbidden, and so clandestine iPhone were taken instead, only to be lost in the great iPhone Toilet Drowning of 2014. And so we are left only with photos of the petite palace's exterior and garden among the changing fall foliage, plus one or two of yours truly and mine, perfect memories of a happy fall day.



More lovely palace visits here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Little Twirling Castle.



I so loved this tiny little Bavarian castle because of the way it looks like it's been caught mid-twirl. Do you see how the stony hillside looks like a skirt caught up in a spin? I do love a good twirl. (I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it.)

Lichtenstein Castle also had the most perfect little drawbridge, as if from a fairy tale...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Neuschwanstein Castle.



Now that I'm back in DC, it's bittersweet to go through photos from the last few months--thrilled to be home, but already missing what we've both come to consider our second honeymoon. With beautiful sites like these dotting Germany's countryside, I loved being in a place with such inspiring imagery. These photos are from our visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle, which most recognize as the inspiration for Disney's castle. Luckily for us visitors, the hills that once made for strategic defensive locations now serve as ideal photo ops, and we were thrilled to find the perfect spot overlooking the castle, in turn rising majestically above the valley below.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas in Budapest Pt. II



While in Budapest, we walked around the city for the best views of the iconic Parliament Building and also toured the festively decorated interior (below). With beautiful buildings and boulevards at every turn, it's no wonder the city has been dubbed "the Paris of the East"--by the end of our visit, we had both decided that we could happily live there! Just a few more photos...

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