Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dachau Concentration Camp

On our second day in Munich, we took a train a little bit out of town to see Dachau concentration camp. Dachau was the first concentration camp established by the Nazi Party. It opened in 1933 and held prisoners until they were liberated in 1945.

I don't really have any words that can illustrate what that experience was like, so hopefully the pictures I took can give you an idea of what it was like seeing the camp today. I will say that I was just overwhelmed with sadness and pain that humans, God's creations, had to endure what they did.

This is a panorama of where the prisoners did role call, where some of the barracks were, and through the trees is the path that leads to the crematorium. 

Replicas of the beds.

To the right of the trees are concrete blocks to show where the barracks were. 

Over 43,000 people died at Dachau concentration camp. This last picture was so good to see after going throughout the camp. I'm thankful that there were people who were rescued and survived. 

Friday, December 26, 2014


We took a little side trip to Munich (or M√ľnchen, if you're a local) on Monday. We took a train that morning and we got to Munich around noon. After getting a map of the city, we headed to our hotel so that we could drop off our bags. We booked a hotel that was relatively close to the hauptbahnhof (the central train station), so we just walked to our hotel from there. 

Train selfie :)

Waiting to board our train to Munich!

We've been wanting hot chocolate since it's Christmas time and it's pretty cold, but haven't found any in Germany yet. We found a vending machine with hot beverages at the train station. Score!

Dinner. Some interesting local-style sandwiches.

Apparently Walter White didn't die. He just gained a little weight, moved to Germany, and now works as a security guard. 

Busy train station.

U-bahn tunnel.

The Hofbrauhaus. A famous beer hall built in 1589. They were so crowded because it was Christmas Eve Eve, but we walked around and saw the place. We also got to see a traditional Bavarian Oompah band. 

Life is hard for a dog in a pipe shop.

The new Town Hall. 

Munich had so many Christmas decorations.

The old Town Hall. Doesn't it look very Disney-esque? The whole time I've been in Germany I keeping saying "oh, that looks like something from Disney World!" NO!! Disney World got their ideas from these incredible places. 

Another view of new Town Hall.

Panorama of the Marienplatz area. 

We walked around at an open air market and saw produce, cheeses, meats, and olives. Any olive or pickled food you could imagine. 

A may pole!

We booked a hotel for Munich the night before we left, so we really weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into. We went with this hotel/b&b because breakfast was included. I absolutely loved our hotel. It was perfectly cozy, simple and comfortable. 

Our room key. It was huge!

Simple, but just perfect.

Breakfast the next morning was absolutely wonderful. About 6 different kinds of cheese, many different sausages/meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, cereal, fresh pastries, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, juice and coffee. There was more that I'm sure I'm forgetting, but you get the idea. 

Where we ate breakfast. Also, the owner of the hotel was really nice and helped us with all of our questions. Hotel Seibel for the win!

I am going to be posting some of our adventures out of order, because I have more pictures of some places than of other. And that just makes it easier for me. For the small towns we've visited, I will probably just do one big post (even though we went to one of those places before we went to Munich). I don't want blogging about our trip to turn into a job (as my husband lovingly reminded me), because although we are on an amazing adventure, this is still our Christmas break and we need some peace and relaxation :)

Oh, by the way..I hope y'all had a very merry Christmas! 

Monday, December 22, 2014


Let's talk about food.

So, while we are in Europe, we are not really doing Whole 30..ehem. At all. Now that I got that over with, let's talk about what we are doing. That would be eating. Lot's of eating.
This looks like a potato, right? It's a marzipankartoffeln. Marzipan potatoes covered in cinnamon. Different, but tasty. 

A Christmas beverage. This was actually not ours, but it was so pretty I just had to take a picture ;)

Nuremberger! A roll with 3 links of sausage that is specific to Nuremberg. This was Jesse's; I put mustard and pickles on mine. Brad made these for us at their house, and I actually liked his better than I did the one I got at the Christmas market. 

Jaegerschnitzel and home fries (I think). Best potatoes ever. Salty and buttery and so delicious. We ate this meal at a little place in Illisheim that reminded me of the Ugly Duckling tavern from Tangled.


I haven't actually taken a picture of the pretzels I've eaten...because they go pretty quickly. There's just no time for that when I'm trying to eat a pretzel. Auntie Anne can keep her $5 pretzels. Germany offers some awesome .50€ pretzels.

Just a pretty, sprinkled piece of chocolate. 

Jesse and I took a train to Munich this morning for a little side trip. We've had a great time looking at the different shops, cathedrals, monuments, sculptures and you guessed it..eating food!

Tomorrow we will go tour a concentration camp outside of Munich.  I expect that it will be a hard/emotional tour, but I know it will be a meaningful experience to honor those who suffered and lost their lives.