The One with Erbendorf, Germany


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

On Sunday we went for an evening stroll through Erbendorf - the city where they first wanted us to live. 

I was trying to take a picture of the pretty landscape and held my camera out the window blindly - instead this is what I captured:
 It looks like the Toy Story wallpaper! I should snap pictures blindly more often :)

Lush green pastures.

This is the skinny minnie road that one could hardly call two lanes that they wanted Chris to drive on at all hours of the night in the scary snow and ice 8 months of the year... yeah, not so much. 
 Looks easy breezy but come a couple weeks from now and it'll look much more daunting!

I'll never tire of these views!

I think I read somewhere that we're the same longitude (or is it latitude? I swear sometimes I need to go back to elementary school...) as Vancouver, Canada. I can definitely see that in all the trees!
 Quaint little towns nestled here and there - one thing's for sure, they all have a church at the center.
Wheat fields.
 When we saw this we found somewhere to park because we knew we must be in the center of the city. I didn't know what it was at the time, but I like that there's a Christmas tree on top! Later we found out after a quick google search it's a Maypole.

Wikipedia: A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, particularly on May Day, or Pentecost (Whitsun) although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. In some cases the maypole is a permanent feature that is only utilised during the festival, although in other cases it is erected specifically for the purpose before being taken down again. Primarily found within the nations of Germanic Europe and the neighbouring areas which they have influenced, its origins remain unknown, although it has been speculated that it originally had some importance in the Germanic paganism of Iron Age and early Medieval cultures, and that the tradition survived Christianisation, albeit losing any original meaning that it had. It has been a recorded practice in many parts of Europe throughout the Medieval and Early Modern periods, although became less popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the tradition is still observed in some parts of Europe and among European communities in North America.
There's your history lesson of the day!

The scenic streets of Erbendorf.
Where to go, where to go? 
I spy windmills in the distance!
Fox window shopping - or rather, window desiring. 
Why do I love vine-covered buildings so much?
One of many churches in Erbendorf.


Cool buildings x 3
Note to self: buy flowers for our windowsills. They add so much character and life and a fun punch of color!
Reminder of our old home - even the graffiti is appropriate.
This black cat followed us around for a bit.
Hey Evans family!
Driving home through the forest.
And through more cute towns.
 Thanks for venturing out with us!

PS - random but pretty exciting for me:
My blog reached over 1,000,000 views!! Wow!!

12 comments

  1. I love seeing Germany through your eyes. Many years ago (ok almost 30!) I took three years of German in high school. The German club after graduation went to Germany for two weeks... my parents ixnayed it. I couldn't go. So, I am really enjoying living vicariously through you. :)

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  2. Gosh is Germany beautiful. I'm so excited to see all of your photos, especially around the holidays! I bet its so much more breath-taking in person.

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  3. Wonderful pics. Here in Belgium we also flowers on the window sills. I change them in Spring and have a winter plants in them to the dress the windows in winter.

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  4. Look's like you are having quite the adventure. I never wanted to live away from where I grew up - I love it here - but you are making me second guess that!

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  5. How exciting for you to be living in Germany. I love seeing all your photos and I love the vine covered buildings too. So cool!

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  6. Love love love love the photos!! Those churches are beautiful - do you know what religion is mainly practiced there? Just curious as I like to study different beliefs :)

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  7. So beautiful! I love all the flowers in the window boxes...and the whole entire countryside!

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  8. I love seeing those pictures!!! I sure miss you guys but I am thrilled that you are having such wonderful adventures! Love, Mom

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  9. love seeing and learning about Germany through your eyes! Gorgeous! and congrats on the blog hits! woo hoo!

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  10. Fun! Love all these great photos!!

    And how do you like your new stroller? We have the same one!! LOL. We've only used it once or twice though because Jeremy hasn't shown me how to fold it up/take it down yet. LOL. :-p Meyer is great at sitting in the stroller now though, so I need to learn. :D

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  11. I loved your little stroll through Erbendorf :-) I was born and grew up there till i met an american soldier and then left to go to America.
    I currently live in Enterprise Alabama ! My sisters and brothers still live there, and i am hoping to come visit in the summer.
    It is a beautiful town for sure :-) Enjoy your stay and be careful with the small road over the hessenreuther berg , especially in the winter time :-)

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