Medieval Festival in a real Medieval Village

As a frequent attendee of Renaissance Faires, Celtic Flings and Scottish Highland Games in the States, I was elated to find that a variation of these events occur in Germany. Of course they typically happen in actual Castles or Medieval Villages, which ups the ante quite a bit in my book.

The Richard the Lionhearted Festival in Annweiler am Trifels commemorates the English king, Richard the Lionheart, being taken prisoner at Trifels Castle in Annweiler from 1193 to 1194. German Emperor Heinrich VI captured him on his way back from the Holy Land. Richard was obliged to stay in prison until the English paid an incredibly high ransom.

There was a medieval marketplace, sword fighting, falconry, fantastic food all with this beautiful medieval village as the backdrop.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Purse ~ Modcloth
Shoes ~ Softspots
Lips ~ La Vie en Rouge lipstick with Ruby Woo lipliner, both from MAC Cosmetics

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Don’t you just love the embroidery on this dress???

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A beautiful model of the Castle Trifels.

A beautiful model of the Castle Trifels.

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Castle Trifels looking down upon the village

Castle Trifels looking down upon the village

This little lady is used to prop open the shutters. Isn't she adorable?

This little lady is used to prop open the shutters. Isn’t she adorable?

Fried apple slices with sugar sprinkled over them. Decadent and delicious!

Fried apple slices with sugar sprinkled over them. Decadent and delicious!

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Can you spot the little duck??

Can you spot the little duck??

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A New Start in an Old Land

Well I’ve made it to Germany! The trip over was gratefully uneventful. My three dogs travelled with us and they all did very well.

Today we spent the day driving around looking for houses. I fell in love with one in particular, but I’m not certain it will work out, we’ll see. We are determined to find something that suits us perfectly and we have more homes to look at tomorrow.

After a day of driving around we decided to do a bit of touristy sightseeing and we’d heard that there was castle not too far from us. So we headed up to Burg Nanstein, it was close to closing for the day so we just walked around the grounds. We will go back and take a tour some other time.

It was originally built around 1162 as a defense for the state of Palatinate. Then in 1518, German knight Franz von Sickingen acquired the entire castle and immediately began extensive refortification to make the castle suitable for firearms.

Nanstein is well known for an elaborate siege during the Knight’s Revolt in 1523 which claimed the life of von Sickingen. The fall of Nanstein was a symbol for the decline of castles in the Palatinate.

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Brooch ~ Given to me by a friend
Shoes ~ Softspots

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Let’s Get Personal

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This past year, especially the last 6 months has been a mixed bag of emotions for me.

As I am about to embark on a new chapter in my life, I would like to share some of the things that I’ve been contending with lately in hopes that, those of you who follow me on social media or just through this blog, will share in my journey with me and understand who I am a little more.

For the past 6 years I’ve been the co-owner/operator/esthetician/holistic health coach of a very successful Holistic Wellness Spa here in Baltimore. With my business partner, we built our spa from a one room studio, to a 2,500 sq. ft., 5 treatment room spa. We were voted Best Holistic Spa, Best Massage and Best Spa 4 out of the 6 years (there is still a chance we could win for 2015).

It has been both amazingly fulfilling and gut-wrenchingly stressful. Once it was no longer a joyous experience for us to come to work, we both knew it was time to move on.

So we made the decision to close our very successful spa. Once again this decision has been a combination of elation and sadness. But ultimately I know that we’ve made the best decision for our futures.

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In early March, shortly before my birthday, I had spinal surgery to correct a very painful disc herniation. I have been dealing with this chronic pain for many years. My recovery went extremely well and I am now pain free and working on gaining my strength back.

Also in March, my husband and I found out that the job that we’d been hoping for, for so long had finally come available. This job happens to be in Germany and it is the catalyst for making our dream of living in Europe come true. While the process of closing my business and an international move has been extraordinary stressful, the outcome of these events are sure to be amazing!

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For the first time since I started working (at age 14), I will not have a job when we move to Germany. Keeping with the contradiction theme I’m simultaneously terrified and excited about this. There are so many things that I’ve always wanted to do, that I just didn’t have the time (or frankly the energy) for. And of course I will be able to focus more of my time to my blog. So I’m going to try my hand at being a glamorous housewife 🙂

I’d love to share some of the things that I’m interested in learning or doing and hope that some of you out there are also interested and maybe we can share our successes together.

  • Get better at sewing. I’ve made a few things, but I really need to practice more

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  • Learn how to knit something other than a scarf

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  • I can start cooking again. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m a pretty great cook. And being a nutritionist, I love creating healthy and tasty dishes.

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  • I want to learn more about European History
  • Learn how to take better photos. Not only of myself, but the amazing things and places that I’ll be experiencing
  • Read more books
  • I can’t wait to shop at all the farmers markets and little shops for fresh food every day

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  • Learn and practice different languages. I can read and write Spanish fairly well and I’m decent at French, but now I will have the chance to actually use them. And of course I will be learning German for the first time.
  • I’m excited about getting outside more and enjoying nature….not to mention the CASTLES!!!
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  • And of course I am able to travel much more. All of the places I’ve always wanted to visit will be so much closer and easier to get to

I truly appreciate that you have followed me this far and hope that you will continue to join me on this journey of life. I hope that I can continue to entertain, educate and enlighten all of you and welcome any questions or comments you might have along the way.

Love,

Christine
~The Glambassador~