Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cloud Watching in the Summer

Last week, my mom called me and told me to run outside and look at the clouds. We are both into cloud watching! You can really catch some cool clouds in the country if you're looking for it. 

These ones were ever changing. I stood outside for thirty minutes happily snapping pictures of the changing clouds. I love that you can see the light next to the dark.

I loved the contrast between the dark clouds and golden harvested wheat field.

It started to pour after I took this picture. I've never really seen the clouds look like this before where they feel so close to us.

Two days later, I pulled my car to the side of the road and got out to snap this picture. The clouds were distracting me with their beauty that day after church. I love how you can clearly tell it's a summer picture with the corn on one side and beans on the other side of the road and the blue sky with the puffy white clouds. I love calm beautiful days like that one. I could sit outside for hours reading a book and watching the sky.

What's one of your favorite things about summer?


Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Prince Bishops' Palace

I loved going to this palace! I wish we were allowed to take pictures inside. We went on a free tour where they described the famous staircase with a fresco painting by Venetian Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The tour was awesome. We learned so much, and I enjoyed hearing about the painting above the famous staircase the most. All four continents are represented and each continent has a person that is pointing to the Bishop. That says a lot about the bishop's arrogance, right?

After touring the palace, we went behind the building and walked around the enormous garden. Bill and I have a lot of pictures of the two of us from this trip thanks to his parents. Of course, we always reciprocated the gesture and took pictures of them.

I love looking back on these photos we took. Sometimes, I can't believe we actually planned out this whole trip by ourselves. It was our first time in Europe for all four of us. I had two appointments with a travel agent to plan the trip, but I ended up cancelling both of those appointments. Bill wanted us to plan the trip by ourselves. We both did some research and it turned out just fine. There was a lot more flexibility in our trip since we rented a car and weren't tied to the schedule of public transportation. We took our time traveling to each destination and found interesting towns to shop in and restaurants to try out. There was an abundance of bakeries in Germany that I loved. I stuck to eating pretzels or pretzel rolls. I'm not a huge fan of extremely sweet food.

We stopped at one bakery and one market that had the freshest fruit on the way to Rothenberg. Rothenberg was one of our favorite stops. It's one of the most preserved medieval towns that is completely surrounded by a medieval wall that we walked on a few different times during our stay. Can't wait to show you our pictures!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Happy Birthday my Bill

Happy birthday to the sweetest guy I know! He has a heart of gold. I'm so glad you are mine, and I can't wait to celebrate with you tonight! I love you so much!

P.S. I wish we could go back to Austria and hike all day to celebrate your birthday... We'll go back someday soon!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Quiet Morning in Frankfurt

After a fun night with the Frankfurt cousins, we got up early in the morning at 6a.m. and walked around the city. We couldn't believe how empty it was. There were no cars or people on the streets.
The tram was the only mode of transportation on the road.

(Me and Bill's mom.)
I felt like I was going on our own private walk through Frankfurt. It was so quiet in the morning, especially for a city!
The pigeons were the only ones out.
The construction was at a halt till later in the day.

I almost felt like I was intruding on the city since no one else was there! The stores were closed as well. I guess no one there starts there day that early.

After Frankfurt, we packed up and headed to Wurzburg, Germany for a stop at the Prince Bishop's Palace. This palace was beyond amazing, and the free tour we went on blew us away with all the interesting history. I highly recommend going there. Check back for pictures of the palace and of our next stop on our trip, Rothenburg, Germany!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Baby Robin Nest on the Farm

Last week, Bill's dad sent me a picture of a baby robin nest in his semi. He had driven around thirty minutes when he stopped and realized there was a nest underneath his flat bed trailer. He found three robin's eggs with one baby already hatched. He has a heart for animals and decided to bring the nest inside his cab.

There is some risk with touching a bird's nest. Most of the time, the mother won't return to the nest if she smells any scent that could be a predator, but Bill took that risk and brought the nest safely inside.

I'm pretty sure the baby would have died without any water or fallen off from underneath the trailer. Bill gave him a drop of water from his water bottle. It surprises me that the bird was able to catch that tiny bit of water, but with the next picture, I realize they are kind of experts with catching things in their mouths.

Bill had returned the nest to underneath his flat bed trailer after work. Thankfully the mom had returned to her babies. Bill and I had went over to it and tried to wake the babies up. Apparently, they were hungry and waiting for their mom. I absolutely love this picture! I don't see baby birds often and this reminds me of a picture straight out of a movie.

Yesterday, we visited the nest again. They have feathers now and are more normal looking. I thought at first the birds were dead, but after a closer look, we found they were either sleeping or playing dead. We know the mom was taking good care of them, because we would notice her looking at us from a dirt pile making sure we weren't hurting her babies. I loved tracking the progress of these birds. They grow so quickly in a short amount of time.

I'm curious, have you ever found any baby animal in your backyard?


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our first stop: Frankfurt, Germany

Ready for our first trip to Europe!

Our hotel in Frankfurt.
Twin beds that you can easily push together.
I took pictures of every bathroom in each of our hotels. It seems silly, but I wanted to remember the differences between each room.
A town square in Frankfurt.

I first saw these 'love locks' on The Amazing Race show. It's supposed to be good luck for the couple or family.
Bill has second cousins in Frankfurt that we visited. I thought it was perfect to have tour guides on our first stop. They showed us around and took us to a laid back restaurant for dinner that had awesome food.
This restaurant was very casual. I loved the outdoor seating, and it didn't seem like a tourist spot at all. I don't think we would have found this place by ourselves. It was off the beaten path for us tourists.
Bill's dinner... Blood sausage with apple sauce and mash potatoes. I wouldn't taste the blood sausage. Bill didn't end up caring for it either. Although we both agreed, the homemade apple sauce was amazing.
I went for something familiar the first night and ordered a steak with homemade bread. It really hit the spot. I went from 6 in the morning to 5 in the evening without food. We got to our hotel in the early afternoon, and I passed out for a few hours before dinner. My meal couldn't have tasted better.
I couldn't help taking random pictures of bikes or cars. I snapped pictures of whatever struck my interest.
My favorite part of Frankfurt was sitting down at the restaurant and talking with their cousins. It was really nice to meet people that lived there and learn more about the city from them. The next morning, we got up early at 6a.m. and went sight seeing. The city was completely empty. There was no traffic or anyone walking around. I'll post those pictures next.

*A few of these pictures are from my phone. I took pictures with two different point and shoot cameras, my ipad, and my phone. I'm trying to combine all of them. It's going to take a while. ;)