|View from our hotel|
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
|Just one of the many mural covered buildings in Garmisch|
|On the train between Garmisch and Innsbruck|
The only thing really missing is the snow. Yes there is snow on the ground --although due to the 40-50 degree temperatures, it is rapidly melting. Much to our surprise, the temperatures have been colder in Tirana than here in Germany. (And people question the validity of global warming). We do have breathtaking views of the snow covered Alps and Sidney (and Glenn) have been able to stomp around in the small amount of snow that remains on the ground here in Garmisch. And of course I've been unexpectedly hit with a snowball or two with both of my boys denying that they are the culprits.
We've been loving our lazy vacation here. Sleeping in, aimless exploring, and afternoon naps for the entire family have become the norm. We have been enjoying both the American amenities--ample hot water, a safe play area for children, a clean swimming pool, and food from "home" as well as everything Garmisch and the surrounding area has to offer. We've explored the Christmas market, consumed copious amounts of bratwurst, German beer, and gluhwein, and taken in the holiday lights and Bavarian architecture. A train ride to nearby Innsbruck, Austria provided us with both snow filled mountain vistas and an expansive Christmas market that further filled us with holiday spirit.
Despite the lack of winter weather, this vacation is everything that a Christmas get away should be: festivities, relaxation, and lots of family time. I'm loving every minute of it. Merry Christmas!
|The mountains looming over Innsbruck, Austria|