Blogging regularly is harder than it seems!!! Especially when the holidays hit. And its like anything else, once you slip and fall out of practice, its even harder to get back in the routine again. So, Im sorry I haven´t posted anything in weeks. Ive got lots to share – we went to so many places over our Christmas and New Year vacation! Im not going to post pictures from EVERY city we went to, because as Martin likes to remind me, thats what the travel blog is for. But I do want to share some of my favorites. Our first stop was Germany. My favorite part about Germany was 1. hanging out with our friends and 2. Heidelberg. Heidelberg is just a super quaint little town with fun little shops and pubs and a CASTLE! It really takes you back to another time roaming around that place and I adored it.
I love this little sweet shop – it has such a great history!:
“A long-standing institution, the Café Knosel is located at the heart of the Old Town and houses Heidelberg´s oldest confectioner´s store. Established in 1863, it soon became a popular meeting place among Heidelberg´s residents and not least its students. Everyone liked Fridolin Knosel, the witty, dedicated chocolatier and master confectioner, and his exquisite creations.
In particular, the young ladies attending Heidelberg´s finishing schools loved his sweet chocolate delights and were frequent customers, much to the delight of many students of the university, who would also flock to the store, hoping to exchange furtive glances with the fairer sex. Alas, their ever-watchful governesses were never far away.
These secret longings did not go unnoticed by good-natured Fridolin Knosel. Ingenious as he was, he created one day a particularly delicious chocolate delight, which he impishly called the Student´s Kiss. Given as a present, it was such an exquisite, gallant token of affection that not even the chaperone could object.
At last, the students and young ladies hd a discreet way to send a sweet message in the form of a Student´s Kiss.
Much has changed since the days of Fridolin Knosel, yet his descendents continue the family tradition in the little store on Haspelgasse, where they still make Student´s Kisses according to the original recipe from 1863. By hand, of course.”
Inside the castle was an apothecary museum. This was one of my favorite parts of the day! Apothecaries used to be soooooo freaking cool. All those jars full of spices and herbs and crazy things – they are so beautiful! I really felt like I was in Harry Potter land walking around this place.
Heidelberg being such a romantic city, couples flock to the chapel at the castle to get married. Its said to be good luck. I say, its just simply beautiful – I mean, I would be in heaven photographing a couple here!!
Look at the size of these wine barrels!