Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Brian and I took our kids (Abby & Brady) out of school for two weeks earlier this month and we went on an amazing Alps tour, through Switzerland, Austria, and Southern Germany. Bavarian food and customs were all around us as we explored the mighty Alps. I love feeling small when nature can feel so enormous and encompassing. This road-trip style European vacation included castles and hikes, churches and museums, lake cruises and mountain cable cars, salt mines and Hapsburg Palaces, bustling city streets and quaint, quite walkways in towns that time forgot.
Oh, and cows. Yes, more cow bell is a real thing in Switzerland. This was a trip of a lifetime, and my family is beyond amazing. We have always been a very close family, but this trip pulled us that much tighter together. We did drive around one round about three times, and the roads are so narrow in places that we somehow ended up on a sidewalk once. Oh, and there was that incident with the castle playground in Innsbruck that caught Abby's pants in just the right way to rip a huge hole in her bottom! I'll remember Brady flying through the air at Nordekette, and Abby joining a Mozart opera and quintet on stage forever. Memories for a lifetime, and probably a few paintings will be coming out of this inspiration too.
Did you know our Rocky Mountains are 77 million years older than the Alps? Imagine what they must have looked like before erosion in their prime... I'm blown away by this planet of ours...
As I settle back into my daily life, I'm reminded just how much I love and cherish what I do. It's not work for me at all. I missed my career that was at home waiting for me as soon as we got on the plane for home. This is proof that I've found the meaning in my life. Carpe Diem.
The Hills Are Alive...
My daughter Abby in Grindelwald, Switzerland
Leidel's in Laterbrunnen, Switzerland
Hallstatt, Austria. So breathtakingly beautiful that the Chinese built an exact replica of this town!
My daughter swooped up into a Mozart Opera in Salzburg, Austria
Julie Leidel shares news and musings on inspiration for her artwork.