Spotlight Friday : The Alps

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.

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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)

6627_0, 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.

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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)


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Journal/ Pocket Notebook, Mountain Journal Collection by printstitchandpaste

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Waterfalls on Roaring River At Stone Mountain A North Carolina State Park Fine Art Photo by JohnHarmonGallery

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Wood Sculpture, Serene Mountains, Wall Decor, Wall Hanging Wall Art by GalleryatKingston

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‘Go Climb A Mountain’ (#841) rustic wooden sign by Little Rustic Sign Shop

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Beer Stein, Mountain Landscape, Best Man Gift, Etched Glass Beer Mug by bradgoodell

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Snowcap Mountain at the Lake by leonard dyer artworks

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magical Slovenia scene 5 x 7″ fine art photography print by shashamane

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Scandinavian Mountain Print, poster by Northshire

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Abstract ACEO modern art card Purple Mountains ATC small format art SFA by Jennizart

 

and now let’s look at the Etsy Treasury of Alps : (click on this <- link and it will take you to Etsy)the-alps

 

 

 

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)

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10 thoughts on “Spotlight Friday : The Alps

  1. I love reading the tales of your earlier days, Frauke. You have a wonderful way with words and the accompanying pictures are always so intruiging. Thank you for your diligence. You are blessing many people.

    Cheers,
    Susan Givens

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    1. Aw, thank you Susan, what a nice compliment. And here I was thinking, writing is not so much my strong suit. You just made my day. And I love spreading the word about all those talents that are out in this world.

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  2. Kelley of HeavenBoundHCA

    Very nice collections! I flew over and by the Alps but that’s as close as I’ve ever gotten to them. Definitely a masterpiece of God!

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