There seems to be a long-held rivalry over which city is the most beautiful, Toledo or Cuenca. I have learnt to stay well clear of these disputes, especially if my kindly chauffeur happens to be a born-and-bred Toledan, and there’s no humanely dignified way of getting back home to Toledo on public transport.
Instead, I just enjoy the view…
Cuenca’s city walls are a natural granite formation
Eva posing for Maria. Precariously perched in the background on the left are the famous “hanging houses”, dating back to the 15th century.
Salt cod and roast garlic, all mashed up. (Mental note: Next time, cancel all subsequent social engagements…)
The magic is gone. We’re back to drizzle, slush, treacherous black ice and pitiful corpses :(
Nothing but remnants remain…
If you want to admire the above snowman when he was still a strapping young lad in his full frosty glory, click here.
To comfort ourselves over the sad demise of the sparkly wintery snowscape, my friend Peggy laid on a festive afternoon coffee:
Note the AMERICAN chocolate chip cookies on the right-hand side, which are a real challenge to re-create in Germany, so I was told. Delicious :)
Here’s a close-up, in case you’re not drooling quite enough already ;-)
The snow may be gone, but I caught a nice sunset on my evening walk today:
If you’ve missed the Bavarian Winterwonderland pictures, you can see them here and here.
After days on end of snow, icy winds and grey skies, I could barely believe it when I pulled up the shutters this morning: 2015 got off to a dazzling start.
Not my handiwork, but perfect for a New Year’s Day pic :)
A walk in the woods was in order, to test out my new boots. Although snow shoes might have been a better choice. I had some fun with the camera, trying to catch the sunlight peeking through the trees.
Still with me? Let’s finish off with a nice brekkie :)
The snow just keeps coming. These are the winters I remember from my childhood. Here’s a selfie:
These things could kill you…!
Good luck getting home on that!
He doesn’t care!
Things can’t be that bad… the beer deliveries are still running! Well, this is Bavaria, after all ;-)
A couple of days ago I complained that it was ¨way too green¨ for this time of year. Well, it seems like the weather gods took heed… this is what I woke up to today:
Mum’s busy in the kitchen, so I sneaked into her bedroom to investigate the contents of the seven huge metal tins crammed to the brim with her Christmas baking. This is what I found:
Lebkuchen… my favourite!
Hazelnut macaroons, made with our neighbours’ delicious hazelnuts. They may not look much, but the taste is out of this world…
Little shortbread stars, lovely and buttery
Sadly, by the time I got here, the Christmas baking project was already completed, so I can’t show you any of the steps. However, I did make Vanillekipferl with my friend Lorena last year, and if you want to see how WRONG things can go, just click here ;-)
I´m not really a Christmas person. But then, I am a glutton, and the food sways me. Also the pretty colours. On Sunday, I was strolling through Toledo´s Christmas market. I didn´t even know we had one, until my friend Carmen, who I was having lunch with that day, educated me.
Yesterday, I got on a plane…
The red, sandy soils of central Spain
My first glimpse of ¨home¨: magnificent Lake Constance, where Switzerland, Austria and Germany meet
A minute before touchdown in Munich. Oddly green for this time of year.
The first thing I had after I got off the plane was a steaming hot mug of Glühwein from a stall at the Christmas market right outside the airport terminal. I really needed that…!