Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday Afternoon in Nurnberg

This is a very famous fountain in the main Platz in Nurnberg.  Have absolutely no recall of the name of it!  I do, however, know the names of the two pretty girls in front of it! 
Katie and Luna
And this is a view of the Platz as I'm standing in front of the fountain.  There are always vendors set up selling their wares.  (Notice the clock at the top of the church.)
The picture above was a wide angle shot with my lens and this is a shot of the clock on the church with a full out telephoto.  Love this lens!  It is perfect as a travel lens.  Have one lens, will travel very light!
There were several flower vendors.  Time for tulips.
Katie and Bas and Luna waiting for me to catch up.  That's always the problem when you're with somebody who's taking pictues!
More tulips
What a beautiful fruit display.
And it was such a perfect day for sitting in the sun and having a coffee or lunch.
This is also a very famous landmark in Nurnberg--a hospital? I think.  Katie took me through there the last time I was here.  It's so beautiful the way it sits over the river.
This was part of some street art on the wooden fence surrounding a construction area.
Kathe Wohlfahrt is probably the most famous Christmas store in the world.  This is just a branch.  The main store is in Rothenburg--we will go there on Tuesday.
We ate lunch on the street.  Few things better in all the world than wurst und brotchen.  And mustard.  On the street.  Right Katie?
It was so strange the first time we saw the Mercedes taxis, but they are very common in western Europe.
Very typical advertisement of a play.
This is a statue of Job in front of a very old church that is now totally modern on the inside.  As is this statue.
This roofline is very typical in Nurnberg.
I was very tempted to choose a delectable treat from this beckerei, but I abstained!
This is obviously a sausage shop!  (Remember, you can click on the images if you want to see them full-size.)
The very modern shopping area of Nurnberg is built inside the original old city walls and in this image one can see one of the corner towers.
There was lots of street activities and this clown making balloon animals was part of the street scene.
Europe has wonderful public art that seems to just pop up out of the street.  Delightful.
The umbrellas at this cafe were absolutely huge.
And this was our last stop--the Schmidt Lebkuchen shop, so I could bring home some more lebkuchen.  Such a treat.

A Day at Home with little lulu!

Mama had a day of shopping for a dress to wear to Angela's wedding in April, so Gramma and Luna had the day to hang out together at home! That's what grammas do best. . . Here's our little dancing Dutch girl getting her dancing shoes on.

They do present a few problems, however!

Our little flower girl. She wanted this flower in her hair the whole day. Needless to say it was a constant battle to keep it there.
Such fun to photograph this adorable little munchkin.
She's reading her Dutch book "Bobbi" to me.

TV and lunch

Mama is auditioning her new dress for our approval. Luna was quite taken with the high heel shoes and Mama's dress. This she called her "bridge." Ever the two-year-old!
This dress is so chic and sophisticated. She will be quite beautiful at Angela's wedding.
Luna is "hiding."
Katie is still auditioning dresses for our approval. She sent these pictures to Angela so she could choose which she preferred.
Luna likes to play choo-choo with Papa.
The happy anniversary couple on their way out to dinner to celebrate #3! (They went Japanese--sounds like they had a fabulous dinner)
TV and computers go together for papa and daughter.
Our little lulu decided to get herself dressed--sort of! This is an adorable sweater that Oma Joke knitted for her--upside down!
I am beautiful.
 Reminds me of her free-spirited mama at age 2-and-a-half! The future fashionista!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Snuggling with the Dancing Queen

One of my favorite songs right now is one called "I Hope You Dance." This precious little one loves to dance! She's my Dancing Queen.
And she is adorable.
And Mama loves to snuggle with her. . . .

I got to sit in today with the gals in Katie's blogging class. It was their last one and she showed them how to feed their blog posts directly into their fb page using feedburner. So guess what! My blog is now fed directly to my fb page! I'm impressed. Callie, Erin, Reggie (?), Katie, Jamie and Amanda are pictured--all ex-pat wives here in this area. I think Katie had a very successful class with very satisfied students! Congrats, Kate. I was glad I got to sit in on one with you. You're a good teacher. . . besides being one of my gorgeous girls!