Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trip Fanastic

One of the most significant things about traveling with my husband is that we have such varied interests. Often we would look at the same view and see two totally different things.
Hollyhocks in the Munich train station

Here's one example. I see the hollyhocks growing up in the middle of the railroad tracks. Chris sees the braking mechanisms for the train. He did not see any significance in the flowers until later when our friends explained that the railroad no longer uses extensive herbicide on the train tracks as they once did.

My friend Andi thinks that these cute little lights in a coffee shop in Murnau look like the snitch, the goal of Quidditch players in the Harry Potter books. I agree with her. Chris, on the other hand, see hot wires. He sees an electrical nightmare. He sees building inspectors having fits.

Crooked hotel in Ulm

Now look closely at this photo. I see the large window boxes of flowers. Chris took the photo not because of the flowers but because of the slant of the building. It is a hotel and there are levels in the rooms to show guests that the beds and tables are not on an incline. The floor is slanted because the building has shifted over the years. It is a popular tourist attraction in Ulm today.

It was quite an experience to see the world through someone else's eyes. As creative people, it helps on occasion to shake up our thinking and question what we do. Traveling with someone we love is a good start.

And finally, here is a photo of Andi and I in Garmish-Partenkirchen.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Horizons

Kris in Erding
Those of you who read this blog, (and I know I have more readers than followers, hint, hint) know I post at least once a month, sometimes twice. Well, last month, I didn't post anything. Why? Because for half the month, my husband and I were in Germany. 

We planned this trip for almost a year and it was wonderful. We concentrated on Munich and the surrounding area. What we didn't plan on was the rain. We experienced rain almost every day we were gone. But when I think of the crowds at some of the sights we visited, I have to be thankful. I don't want to imagine what it would have been like if it had been cool and sunny.  

Our trip gave me much to consider about how people create from the Bauernmalerei (traditional murals on Bavarian buildings to Zeppelins. I'll share photos, stories and thought in the weeks to come. For now, here are some photos. Keep in mind, most were taken in the rain 8-(.
Bauernmalerei in Garmish-Partenkirchen
Zeppelin motor
Stream running under a house in Ulm