Enchanted in Germany

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I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, we have family visiting us for the summer and we’ve been running around doing and seeing so much that I haven’t really had time to blog any outfits. But I knew that we were going to visit some castles today, so I made a point to take some extra photos to put this blog post together.

We visited Burg Eltz first and it was a truly amazing experience. It’s nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago! We were able to tour the inside of the castle, but unfortunately photos are not allowed inside.

Then we drove down to Cochem and strolled around the old town. We didn’t make it in time for the castle tour, but we got some great shots of the castle atop the hill. I can’t wait to go back and tour the inside of the castle.

Both of these castles are so amazingly beautiful, you can’t help but feel like a Queen standing in the courtyard.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Hair Snood ~ Arthelias Attic
Pear Brooch ~ Thrift store in San Diego

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Flowers in Freinsheim

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The Gentleman and I met a friend in Freinsheim for the village’s Altstadfest (Old Town Fest) this afternoon. This village is nestled in a beautiful part of the wine country here in Rhineland-Pfalz near Bad Dürkheim. It’s a very old and very charming little town with a Late Gothic town wall which includes towers and gates, that has been almost wholly preserved.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Cardigan ~ Lane Bryant
Head Scarf ~ Vintage
Purse ~ Vintage
Sunglasses ~ A.J. Morgan
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There were so many beautiful flowers around the town and in beautiful little gardens. Some were even growing on and out of the walls!!

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Mix and Match

Lately I’ve been taking a look at my wardrobe and really trying to mix things up a bit. I know sometimes we all get in a rut and tend to pair the same items together. So today I chose two pieces that I’ve never worn together, and honestly I didn’t even think they would go well together. But, in fact, I really love it! A blue and white polka dot skirt paired with a red silky top embroidered with blue flowers and to tie it all together (pun intended), a blue silk head scarf with a red and yellow pattern.

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Blouse & Skirt ~ eShakti
Vintage Headscarf ~ Thrifted

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The embroidery detail on the blouse is stunning.IMG_7646 IMG_7641

I love the details on the back as well. Covered buttons all the way down and a little bit of pleating really add a touch of fun.IMG_76535:30:16 - 4 5:30:16 - 6

 

A Touch of Lilac in a Sea of Gold

We decided to take the back roads home today to once again take in the beautiful Autumn colors. I mean look at this!

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However, as we rounded a corner coming down the hill, we came across a small patch of beautiful little light purple flowers. It made such a contrast against the amazing reds, oranges and yellows of the Autumn leaves, we just had to stop.

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It was then that My Gentleman pointed out that I was wearing hues of purple, so we got out and took some photos.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Cropped Cardigan ~ Mod Cloth
Tie ~ Vintage
Brooch ~ Vintage

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Seersucker dress in Metz

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Seersucker Dress ~ eShakti
Shoes ~ Cobb Hill
Parasol ~ Vintage, purchased on Facebook
Lips ~ Carmine from Besame Cosmetics

We now live about 45 minutes from the French border, so for The Gentleman’s birthday yesterday we decided to drive to Metz, France and spend the afternoon. It’s been really hot again here, so I figured what better time to wear my seersucker dress.

Metz was a wonderful surprise. I immediately felt like we were in France, with the beautiful architecture, stunning gardens and the little bistros, it’s almost like a little Paris so close to me. We walked around the Place St. Louis where there was a small carousel with some creative seats.

IMG_3199 IMG_3202We then walked around the pedestrian shopping district and headed to the Cathedrale Saint-Étienne de Metz, a stunning gothic cathedral built in the 16th century. We went to the indoor market and then had a simple lunch and walked around a bit more before we headed home. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time here, it really is a beautiful city and just made me so happy to be in France once again.

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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.

7:18:15 - 4Dress ~ eShakti
Brooch ~ Given to me by a friend
Shoes ~ Softspots

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