A Walk from Kranzbach to Elmau to Fernchensee Lake

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. Last Saturday, we walked from Kranzbach to Elmau Castle and then to Fernchensee Lake. As part of our Pearl Anniversary and Him Indoors’ birthday, we stayed at Das Kranzbach Hotel. This 4-star-superior hotel is located in beautiful forest countryside outside the village of Krün in the Bavarian Alps. This upscale spa retreat set in a 1915 country house with an annex is 16 km from Partnach Gorge and 15.9 km from Bavarian Zugspitze mountain railway. We were given a biggish room on the top floor of Mary Portman house. In the main house, the stylish rooms are furnished in a modern, Arts and Crafts style, and feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Annex rooms add balconies and modern pine furnishings. Quirky treehouse and a 1915 gatehouse suites are also available.

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our view from our room (we were on the top floor of the main house)

The weather was lovely, so we decided to go for a walk. Because it was raining the day before, we thought it not a good idea to be walking up the mountains, so we opted for a flat walk. From the hotel we walked for half an hour to Elmau Castle Hotel. Built in the early 20th century, Elmau Castle is set in the Bavarian Alps by the Wettersteinwand mountain range. Elmau was originally a castle built in 1916 by philosopher Dr. Johannes Muller for his readers who wanted to enjoy nature, classical music and personal development. In many ways, the hotel continues to embrace the direction of Dr. Muller; there are concerts, world-renowned speakers and authors that frequent the hotel both as guests and lectures. The castle was destroyed by a fire in 2005 and rebuilt and expanded in 2007 by his grandson; the renovation was so detailed and meticulous that it is difficult to tell where the old ends and the new begins.

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We carried on walking until we reached Fernchensee Lake, 2 hours later. It was well worth it! The lake is located at an elevation of 1060 metres. Absolutely magnificent. Just pure natural beauty. They have a couple park benches to sit on and I think we took at least a half hour to just sit and enjoy it.

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On the way back, we witnessed the Salomon Ultratrail Event. Around 2,200 runners gathered on the base of the Zugspitze to experience a very special trailrun weekend around Germanys highest mountain together. Then it rained on our way back to Kranzbach.

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At the hotel, we swam, stayed in the jacuzzi to relax our aching muscles. Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Jo’s Monday walk : a Tale of 3 Churches, Share Your Posts! June 20, 2016 by Jacqueline and Our World: 20 June 2016

Carpe Diem Special #191 A Trip Along Memory Lane #2 Soliloquy no Renga

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at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

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water moved softly round my toes
sultry air caressing me

wispy clouds across
boats rise and fall in the lock
lazy hazy day

sea lay without a ripple
cupped my hands and drank water

drips falling from lips
ah, the sweet taste of heaven
cool and refreshing

rough winds shake the darling buds
more lovely and temperate

palm trees swaying
clouds scudding across the sky
heaven knows why

have picnics by the seabed
open sunlit grass, cloudless

splashing with the waves
friends waiting for the sunset
the joy of summer

light of the silvery moon
never ending stories

all through the night
singing and dancing with joy
tired and sleepy

birds flying as dawn breaks
memories on shortest night

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

 

For: Carpe Diem Special #191

Carpe Diem #891 joy of living

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Last night was a special night for us. As a surprise Christmas present, Him Indoors gave me two tickets for the opera. Of course, I took him with me. I wore my new red dress and he wore his tweed jacket, a white shirt and a red and blue tie. We went out for a meal, a Bavarian restaurant in the city centre. I had some cordon blue and Him Indoors had snitzel, together with a wheat beer for me and a lager for Him. Then we walked around town, the Christmas market was gone, but some stands were still there, selling warm mulled wine and pretzels. We reached the National Theatre, still quite early, so we took some photos of the area, with all the lights. We went in, we ordered 2 glasses of Chardonnay and sat at the table with a long stem of fresh red rose. The bell rang and the opera started. It was “La Boheme” by Puccini. The orchestra was practicing their tunes, people coming in the theatre and the whole place was wonderful. We had great seats at the parquet, near the orchestra pit, at the middle. The opera was great – Mimi, Rodolfo, Marcelo and Muzetta – they were all brilliant. I ended up in tears when Mimi died. A great night, indeed!

It was “La Boheme”
The pleasure it offered us
Music was superb

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

 

For: Carpe Diem #891 and Tale Weaver #47 – a Night Out

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Daily Prompt – When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?

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I wish I were
A doctor when I was ten
With stethoscope and
Always wearing something white
Very smart and cool
But things have changed as I grew
I’ve travelled instead
To Europe and America
I met Him Indoors
Chemistry all the way
Action and reaction
We got married instead
Now I teach English
And I love the change

For: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star