Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Füssen and looking for the Street of Kings Part One.



Hello Everybody,

We headed down south to Füssen, Germany for a quick getaway these past couple of days.  We even went into Austria accidently.



in the summer (not my picture, wikipedia)




Fussen in the winter.



 IMG_3487Fussen’s local castle.


On the way to Linderhof our nav system decided we would take a windy road along the Alps which led us into Austria into a town called Reutte, then back into Germany headed north towards Linderhof. Miss Lulu our car, has her ways.  Here are some pictures of the Alps and our frozen trek through Austria.


IMG_3437IMG_3441 Here’s L enjoying one of the most expensive cheetos know to man. Let us see…if I do the math…judging by the shipping charge paid by my parents divided by the amount of cheetos in the bag…I would say that is a .95 cent  cheeto L is holding in her hand. UUUMMMMMM GOOD.  We savored every bit. I think L even licked the inside of the bag.


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First stop was at Linderhof Palace, one of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This was the smallest of three palaces he built, he also spent  quite a bit of his leisure time at Linderhof.

Linderhof in the spring, also not my picture. (This pictured was borrowed from wikipedia)


Here are some pictures I took of the Linderhof Palace grounds.

IMG_3460 L trying to keep warm as we wait for our tour.


IMG_3444 Linderhof Palace entrance.


IMG_3459This is the only picture of the interior of the palace I was allowed to take.  A relief of King Louis XIV “French Sun-King”,  whom Ludwig adored and who was also the inspiration for this piece of artwork.  Ludwig also had a thing for the music composer Wagner. I’ll get into that a bit later.


IMG_3443 Many of the sculptures were covered for the winter, thus the wooden boxes in this picture.  



IMG_3446The small chapel where King Ludwig II would attend sermons with the local people.



We had a great time walking around the Linderhof Palace.  Next we head back to home base for some local history and castle walk abouts, then Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

hugs and kisses,


Monday, December 21, 2009



Happy Happy Holidays

Here we are now…it’s been six months and we have two more years of German bliss.

As of present, we are surrounded by snow and all the ponds are frozen over, quite pretty.  This Russian Arctic Blast is kicking our butts. Let us see, the weather report says it’s -12 degrees Celsius = 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit this morning.

Here are some pictures of the Russian Snow Blast.   IMG_3377IMG_3379  IMG_3380 IMG_3383 IMG_3386 IMG_3388 IMG_3397 IMG_3399  IMG_3411 IMG_3413 IMG_3415 IMG_3419

Also, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Hugs and Kisses,


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday!!!


Our beloved Jack Noodle has completed another glorious year. May you live until your teeth fall out and you need a dolly for your boys.



Sunday, December 13, 2009


Congrats to Dr. E for her dentures, wait I think I messed that up, your tenure! We forgot to congratulate you last we spoke.


Small Birds and Bamberg

Hello everybody,

It started to snow today for the second time this year and as the wetter guy stated last week, we should be seeing more snow starting Monday due to the Russian arctic blast.  Jean-Luc has been waiting all month for this ‘arctic blast’ he been like,  “Dis is sheet, I’ve bin vearing my coat for months now. Merde!!!”

My thoughts exactly JL, but other than that things are great and this weekend we headed towards Bamberg and experimented cooking small birds…quail, just in case you started to picture L and I joining Jean-Luc in pouncing  birds around our place.   

We made blue cheese stuffed quail wrapped in bacon and garlic. 

1. Take the little birdies and smoother them with good ol’ olive oil and garlic thyme love.  Make sure they get a nice blanketing.  Then set them in the fridge for about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours  or so, well until they get well acquainted with the  olive oil, garlic and thyme battery.

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2. Then with some blue cheese, stuff the little guys with a nice helping of that goodness.  After that make sure you seal them up sp not to let the cheese escape and proceed to wrap a nice pepper bacon tightly embracing the quail as if to say, “You think you can get away from me.  You betta think again.”  

While they get to know each other , sneak attack them like you’ve been living on Mt. Olympus way before Zeus and begin raining or reigning over them with the fury of olive oil, garlic, and thyme infusion. 

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Beer break…

Paulaner Helles from Munich

Light, with a nice hops after taste.

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Back to cooking.


4. Now yous got to prepare heaven for the little guys, of course by making a bed of onion sage and carrot comfort … sheesh what did you think, these little guys have no idea.  Words can’t describe where they’re headed.

5. Ok… Carrots quartered, chopped or however you chop carrots, whatever puts a smile on yo face.  Next, chop onions and mix some sage, actually a lot of sage and sweat them over a nice heat.  Add the carrots and brown.  Now you have to activate heaven.  With 1/4 cup of chicken broth mixed with 1/4 cup of some good pinot gringo, activate heaven, pour it into your carrot/sage/onion mix and cover until carrots are tender.  Remember you’re activating heaven not hell, you don’t want carrot mash, so keep an eye on the carrots…tender not mash.   

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6. Cooking time…

Hopefully you preheated your oven to 500 degrees Celsius, come on keep up, sheesh.  Second step to heaven for the birdies is a nice warm bathing of artificial heat, 15 to 18 minutes or 20 minutes, depending on your oven.  Still working on that part, they’re so small, that they cook quick, so keep an eye on them.

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7. Dish up…

I don’t think I really have to tell you how to do this part.

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Built on seven hills, just like Rome…

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Oh sweet Gluehwein!!!

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Little Venice in Germany?

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Ok that’s all folks,

hugs and kisses,