Friday, July 29, 2011


I just love summers in Germany! For one, we get to travel.. A LOT! But also because the weather is PERFECT and everyone is outside taking advantage of it! In the name of Sommer, we got new flowers for the house, new flowers for the deck, and a new propane tank for the patio heater (which is MONEEYYYY on cool nights... which are every night). I have also been competing in the daily battle of blackberry picking with the rest of the Kasel-ites. Yesterday was my second showing and I picked a TON... enough for a homemade blackberry pie.. which was absolutely delicious... I mean delicious.
I spend my mornings.. and afternoons really, on the porch with a good cup of Mill Mountain coffee, some blackberries (which are now served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, & dessert!) and a book (currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse Series - Mom, tell Mrs. Henderson I am addicted!).

In other Rapalje news, we have visitors coming on Monday (Andrew, my cousin, and Stacey, his girlfriend) for the week, and over the weekend, I get to watch Erin & Sean's girls while they take their very first European Vacation to Belgium (I am SO excited for them.. and to watch the girls!!). We also have an upcoming trip planned to Rovinj, Croatia (Not Dubrovnik, my #1 dream vacay.. we're saving that for Brad & Anna!) and I just bought tickets to visit Budapest (but not til October - I got a steal of a deal and just couldn't resist). I do, however, REALLY miss my dogs and am looking forward to bringing them back in less than 2 months!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Alles Gute zum Jubiläum

Year 1 - Sunset in Bodensee, Germany

Year 2 - Sunset in Cinque Terre, Italy

Year 3 - Sunset in Santorini, Greece

blue sky, blue roof

More from Santorini, Greece

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Santorini Sunset

Caldera View at Sunset. Can't get enough.

Enjoying the view

On the boat - Sunset Cruise!

a window's view

*I apologize in advance for the extreme number of pictures from Greece!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stonehenge, England: A Travel Recommendation

Stonehenge lived up to the hype.... and there is definitely some hype. While it does cost anywhere from 6-8 pounds/person (discounts for military and students - cha ching), you do get a free audio guide to listen to while walking around the gorgeous landscape. While much is unknown about Stonehenge, there is more information available than I initially thought and lots of interesting myths as well. Of course, our perfect weather (yes, in ENGLAND!) also contributed to my amazement. SO glad I went. Now, just have to get A there!

One of the very few pictures I took of Stone Henge. Of course, I made the mistake of not taking my nice camera (what was I thinking?!) and regretted it. My little camera died. BUT Macey did get more photos so I will steal them just as soon as she gets home!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Edinburgh, Scotland

Laura & I Portobello Beach

Calton Hill

Laura & I on top of Carlton Hill - self-portrait!

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Arthur's Seat Hike

Arthur's Seat

Calton Hill from Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat

the infamous heart - it's good luck to spit on it!

at the Castle

The Royal Mile

Scotch Whiskey Experience - Largest Whiskey Collection Ever!