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Just finished some new pieces and starting to list them. I am calling this collection Confetti!! Lots of sparkle for the holiday!! I have used a lot of tourmaline in this batch. I am in love with it!! I have also incorporated some of my handmade sterling silver chain, that Rochelle introduced me to!! xo
We only had two days in this incredible city put I feel like it burned a hole in my mind. The arcituecture alone was mind blowing.
The doors leading out from our hotel.
When we aproached the green building below a strong scent of clorine filled the air. A stern women passed by us but saw our curiosity on our faces. I am not sure if she spoke any English and could maybe understand what we were saying about the smell but she stopped and offered to let us into the building. This was a very old bath house. The photo below with the chairs was taken inside.
We walked and walked until we could not walk anymore.
I just love the lady above I know I have already showed her but here she is again!
We were lucky enought to pass by a wedding that was just about to start.
Todd is trying to figure out what the heck this thing is.
The evening boat tour was spectacular. Except for the part of the two people smoking behind us. I was sick as a dog with a cold but it was gorgeous!!
Just love his outfit!! Just to show how confusing the money conversion is.........
Funny how life take you places you never thought you would be. After spending a couple of days in Salzburg we packed back up in our little station wagon and off we drove to the Czech Republic. I really did not have any idea what to expect. This part of Bohemia feels like you stepped back in time, like a long time ago. The tall rock cliffs jutting out over the Vltava river house the fairy tale like castle.
The orginal Gothic castle was founded by the Lords of Krumlov some time before 1250.
The picture below was taken from one of the castles bridges.Through the opening you can see the lovely view of the city below.
Views below of the castle at night. I took these photo from the village the first night we arrived.
The night we arrived we stopped at a small bar shown below which looked more like a cave. The walls were all lined by very old bricks, it felt very mid-evil
You can see the castle in the background of the village. The orange building is one of the last buildings that has not been renovated. When the city was under the Communist rule the village had been left for ruin and been occupied by Gypsy's. When the communist ruling was lifted the city sold some of these beautiful buildings for as low as $1000.00 a piece. That was 20 years ago. The city thankfully has enforced very strict guidelines on restoring the buildings to their original state. When they were built they were influenced by Italian architecture and art. Some of the original Fresco's have been restored on the buildings. You can see from the second photo below where the paintings had been plastered over and very carefully restored.
The photo above is a picture of one of the buildings that has not been renovated.
I found the mid-evil drawings on the signs very entertaining. The only negative thing about this city is that they do not sell any cold pills what so ever in the small village. I had caught a dreadful summer cold and would have given anything for some cough drops and a de-congestive. Also if you ever find yourself driving in the Czech Republic or in Hungary make sure you have NO alcohol in your system they have a zero alcohol tolerance and we were told if you are pulled over by the police they will automatically give you alcohol breath test. Luckily we did not experience this! We had a private tour of the city and was told this information.
The photos below were taken in the room we stayed in. The ceiling was made with a heavily carved wood.
You can see the Italian influence in the large sun dial.
My favorite, a heart shaped rock that was trapped in the street. I tried real hard to pull it up but it was not movin!!
We arrived at the castle by taking the tram up the side of the mountain
shown above. I took this photo from the back of the tram on the way up.
Here are some beautiful views of Sazlburg from Castle Hohenwerfen.
There are many places to eat on the castle grounds with awesome views. Nothing like enjoying a refreshing beer and taking in the spectacular sights!! The only negative of the day was that the
bees were out of control. We had to cover our drinks with coasters
to avoid drinking one!
Inside of the castle they have a wonderful collection of very old marionette's. The costumes that the dolls wore were gorgeous. I could not pass up the one you cold play with.
How would you like to use this mid-evil potty that is inside the castle??
Here is a fun shot of the castle under the full moon that was taken in old town Salzburg. It looks like a scene from an old horror movie. Can you hear the howling of the wolves?? Looks like Count Dracula's pad!
I was so fascinated by the beautiful grave markers in Salzburg I could have spent days just staring at them.
The graveyard is nestled next to a very old church at the bottom of a rocky hill ( or maybe it is called a mountain) that holds the cities mid-evil castle. The backdrop is just breathtaking. The family tombs are lined up and protected by ornate metal gates. Just when you think you have seen the most beautiful marker you turn your head and see another one that out does the last. I have never seen markers like the ones shown below with the painting on the iron. Just lovely!!
The trip started with Gary Busey setting next to me on our first flight on our trip. It was so funny to see him reading an Us magazine. He was very funny, and sang the Sound of Music to me after he found out we were going to Salzburg. A little difficult taking this photo without getting noticed.
After arriving in Munich we drove to Salzburg, Austria where we stayed for two days. We spent all of our time in the old town of Salzburg where we stayed at the Von Trapp's actual home. They did not film the movie the Sound of Music in their home. Funny thing is, I think I am the only person on earth who has never watched the movie. On the way to Salzburg we drove through Bavaria, it was beautiful. Here are some photos of the Von Trapp family home where we stayed. The photo shown below shows the real Von Trapp family.
The shot above is from the window in our room this was our view. It was a bit warm while we stayed there and I would have paid big bucks for one little fan!!! The Yellow building below is the birth place of Mozart.
Here are some photos of the beautiful St. Peter's Church in Salzburg.
The glow of the full moon bounces off of the peaks of St. Peter's Church in Salzburg, Austria. You can see the castle in the background. This church is so gorgeous the paintings on the cieling, the statues, the moldings the wood and stone work.