This morning I got a little sentimental. It was around 7:30 when I came back from dropping the kids off in School. While I was driving I had a wonderful sky on the left, all in pinks and purples, the sky was literally on fire. Straight ahead though the clouds where piling up for some rain. They looked beautiful and reminded me of the Alps.
So majestic. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
When I was younger we used to do family trips into the Alps, sometimes just for a day, sometimes for a few days. If it was a day trip everyone had a little backpack with something to drink and some food. Always wearing “Bergstiefel”(climbing boots)
, looking like this. I remember mine had red shoelaces. And having a walking stick, mostly found on the way up. Or sometimes when you found “the walking stick” you would keep it and bring it back the next time.
If it was a trip over few days, then you would spend the night in a “Berghuette” (Alpine hut/ shelter). Some of them would be just one big room with beds in it, and some of them would have more rooms. You’d have to plan and call ahead of your trip to make sure you will get some place to sleep.
I still have the memory in my head of walking up the hills over the “Alpenweiden” (alpine pasture) and hearing the cows with their bells.
(Kuehe und Kaelber auf die Bergweide bringen/ taking the cows and calves up to the pastures)
Or drinking the cold fresh water coming out of the mountains, sticking your toes in to cool off after a long hard climb. Or trying to wash off the cow poop from your shoes that you accidentally stepped into. I can still smell it. Not only the cow dung, but the fresh air, the flowers and the water.
Here are the Zibbet items that I found for you: (click on the picture or link and it will take you to the corresponding shop)
and now let’s look at the Etsy Treasury of Alps : (click on this <- link and it will take you to Etsy)
If you’d like to see a little bit more of why I miss my Bavaria so much, you can watch this video (it’s about 25 min)