Browsing Category

Traveling Europe

Family Adventures, Traveling Europe

Around Town in Oberammergau

January 6, 2017

It’s been well over a month since we toured around this little German town called Oberammergau, and these photos have been edited and basically just sitting on my lap top waiting to be published for almost as long. So, here they are! This has been one of my favorite German towns so far because it is small, quiet, and full of Bavarian flare. And we were there just before Thanksgiving, when all of the Christmas decor was either freshly displayed or just going up. Thane will roll his eyes if he happens to read this, but it’s true that the holidays are magical in Germany!

So, first of all, do you see that gorgeous window?! Just like living in Hawaii spoiled my perspective on the Atlantic ocean, living in Europe will spoil my view of the standard American window.

Continue Reading

Family Adventures, Traveling Europe

People Watching in Prague

November 29, 2016

prague

Merry Christmas-market season! We spent the weekend in Prague and saw the opening of it’s market. It irks me that I can’t take better large scale city-scape photos, especially of the Tyn Cathedral Dracula’s castle (that’s what I call it, hahaha), because it is absolutely the most magnificent thing I’ve seen in all of our time in Europe. Go HERE to see photos that actually look good.

prauge-5

So, yeah, I took a bazillion mediocre photos that will never do justice this enchanting city. Without a landscape lens, Iphone photos can be better than DSLRs in some cases! But this time I did try something a little new with my photography. Instead of attempting to cut all of the people out of them, or only snap the tops of buildings, I did my best to incorporate the crowds into the pictures in a way that is truer to the atmosphere of the busy city center. And it was kind of fun! I definitely noticed a lot more about the people around us.

For instance, this lady below had a umbrella signal plan to help her find her travel-mates.

prauge-13

This man looked pretty sharp in his black fur collared coat, his matching black backpack, and his tweed hat. I seriously wished I looked that put together while traveling. I walked around wearing the one white sweater I’d brought that was basically covered in pick strawberry sauce, courtesy of Finn.

prauge-12

The smile on this bubble-mans face. I’m sure there are lots of days that he thinks about getting a “real” job, but I’m sure there’s a lot of simple joy in watching people smile every time he does his bubbles.

prague-bubbles

And look at this couple!

prague-16

Then there was this Irish street performer in all of his grungy, kilt wearing glory. We didn’t stay to watch his show but he’d basically start cracking his whip on the ground and yelling to get everyone’s attention when he was about to start.

prauge-15

But anyway, we had a really wonderful trip thanks to Thane for planning it and getting us there, and thanks to our friend Ashlynne who tagged along to help us with the kids. (I don’t think we’ll ever be able to travel anywhere else without her, seriously!) I feel blessed that we got to spend the weekend in my all time favorite city, and that Thane and I actually went out together without the boys a few times and got to truly enjoy it. Praise God for the start of this beautiful Christmas season, and for these once in a lifetime opportunities to see parts of the world that we never dreamed we’d see!

orlov-clock-praugeprauge-4
prauge-2prauge-9
prague-18
prague-19
prague-20
prague-21
prauge-3
prauge-1
prauge-11
prauge
prauge-7
prauge-10
orlov-clock-prauge-2

And if you happen to go, eat one of these! The center is coated in warm chocolate sauce and it is delicious.

prauge-6

And just one more….because a post on people watching wouldn’t be totally complete without at least three of my favorites!

prauge-8

Photography, Traveling Europe

Crumbling Architecture | Vilseck, Germany

November 20, 2016

vilseck-5

Every week on our way to church we weave through the little town of Vilseck and pass by the beautiful, crumbling architecture that’s so characteristic of our little corner of Germany. And every week I tell myself that one day I’m going to stop and take some photos. Well, today was that day! I only made two stops, and they were quick ones. I could spend hours wondering through these little towns with my camera in hand. But between kids, schedules, and life in general, a few minutes here and there will have to do.

vilseck-11vilseck-12
vilseck-2
vilseck-3

There’s always been something that’s fascinated me about old, dilapidated architecture. It’s probably the idea that what was once vibrant and new and teeming with life inevitably withers away into an unwitting monument to the past, along with the people who first inhabited it. The lines, cracks, and crooked, crumbling facades would have relegated many old European buildings to a status of archaic ghost-house if it weren’t for the fact that they are still inhabited. As I stood here photographing this window, a local German lady opened it up, gave me a big smile, and asked me something (in German) pertaining to my photography, haha! Luckily she seemed friendly and I smiled and told her how beautiful her window was. I’m not sure how much of my English she understood, but she seemed to understand my sentiment at least.

vilseck-1

Anyway, this building is literally caving in on itself, or so it seems. But as the concrete exterior fades and chips away, this friendly elderly lady keeps fresh flowers in the windowsill and it’s this that I find so striking; the combination of old and new, dying and living, and how stunningly beautiful that contrast is! And these small, quiet Bavarian towns are full of this.

vilseck-9
vilseck-8
vilseck-7
vilseck-13
vilseck-4

For more small town photography; Pressath, Germany | Hrad Locket, Czech Republic | Lazy River Hostel, Locket, Czech Republic

Family Adventures, Germany, Traveling Europe

Afternoon Exploring in Eschenbach’s Holzweg Forest

January 9, 2016

Holzweg Forest Eschenbach

The forest has always held a special place in my heart, and there is nothing more refreshing to me than the peaceful, still serenity of the woods. So you can imagine how excited I was when the boys and I went out looking for an adventure last week and stumbled upon a forest gem; Eschenbach’s Holzweg forest reserve, conveniently located right off of route 470 just outside of the town of Eschenbach (scroll to the bottom of the post for a map of the location). I’ve driven past the “Holzweg” sign on my way to Weiden a hundred times and I’ve always wondered what it was, so we were so excited when we pulled in and found some absolutely stunning forest scenery and a really fun playground not too far from the parking area with a large, long zip-line that even I had fun on! It was a chilly, December day, but we didn’t mind! It’s been hard finding enough outdoor activities to do with the boys these days, especially with the serious lack of affordable or accessible indoor playgrounds in this area. So new options that are close by, free, and have parking (hahaha) are good! And sometimes, the chance to get outside, stretch our legs, and be surrounded by the quiet majesty of God’s creation is balm to the soul.

Explore the Holzweg Forest Recreation Park in Eschenbach, Germany | www.sarahkeller.comHolzweg Forest Eschenbach 7Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 2
Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 1
Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 6
Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 4 Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 9Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 12Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 18 Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 15 Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 11 Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 13Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 14
Holzweg Forest Eschenbach 17

Here is a map showing the location of the Holzweg forest. If you’re driving down Route 470 going away from Eschenbach and towards Weiden, there are two (possibly three?) entrances on the right side of the road. They are wooden signs with “Holzweg” on them. Parking is located in the area close to the main road where the map of the reserve is, and the playground we found is down the walking road to the left of that map. If you haven’t already, I hope you get to explore this place too!

Map to Location of Holzweg Forest and Recreation Center

On another topic, just in case you missed my last post I’m giving away a free weekly calendar print! If you’ve been wanting to get more organized lately, it’s a great little tool. All you have to do is right click the image, save it to your computer, and print.

Have a great weekend!

Family Adventures, Traveling Europe

Hrad Locket, A Medieval Castle in the Czech Republic

December 18, 2015

Hrad-Locket-Czech-Republic

Well I think I just figured out why it takes me two+ months to get around to posting our photos. Because I take an ungodly amount of them. Then the task of sorting through them, editing them, and compiling them into a blog post becomes like a part time job. But here we go- better late than never, right?- a rather large batch of photos from our trip to see our very first castle called Hrad Locket in Locket, Czech Republic!

Hrad-Locket-12Hrad-Locket-CZ-12Hrad-Locket-CZ-1 Hrad-Locket-CZ-2 Hrad-Locket-CZ-3 Hrad-Locket-CZ-4Hrad-Locket-CZ Hrad-Locket-CZ-1 Hrad-Locket-CZ-5 Hrad-Locket-CZ-6 Hrad-Locket-CZ-7 Hrad-Locket-CZ-9 Hrad-Locket-CZ-10 Hrad-Locket-CZ-11

It was too dark to get a good picture of, but the boys’ favorite feature of the castle was a large dragon that lived in the bottom of the tower. There was also a pretty spooky torture museum that we adults took a gander at.

As if touring the castle wasn’t neat enough, the views from the top were stunning!

Hrad-Locket-CZ-13 Hrad-Locket-CZ-14 Hrad-Locket-CZ-15 Hrad-Locket-CZ-16

The little town of Locket, located right at the foot of the castle, was also a treat to stroll through. The architecture was gorgeous and the roof lines looked like they were designed to compliment the beautiful fall foliage. October was the perfect month to be here! And don’t miss my previous post devoted to showing off the exterior of the beautiful little Lazy River Hostel.

Locket-8 Locket-9 Locket-10Locket-11Locket-7

Locket-CZ-7 Locket-CZ-9 Locket-CZ10_DSC0261 _DSC0262Locket-1 Locket-2 Locket-3 Locket-4 Locket-5Locket-CZ-6

This is maybe a third of all of the photos I took, but I’ll stop here. Note to self: cool it with the camera next time.

Traveling Europe

The Lazy River Hostel in Locket, Czech Republic

December 18, 2015

Lazy-River-Hostel-6

The Lazy River Hostel in Locket, Czech Republic, is one of the most quaintly inspiring sights I’ve seen here in Europe. But I have to ask… Who remembers the movie Hostel? It’s been a good (oh I don’t know, eight years?) since I saw it, but now it’s impossible for me to see a European hostel without automatically associating it with a horror house. It’s kind of too bad, because this little hostel that we stumbled across at the foot of Hrad Locket (Locket Castle) probably comes with an interior that’s just as charming as the exterior. That’s what we’ll assume, at least! Either way, the outside alone compelled me to take a few a bazillion photos;

Lazy-River-Hostel-2 Lazy-River-Hostel-9Lazy-River-Hostel Lazy-River-Hostel-5 Lazy-River-Hostel-4 Locket-Hostel-1Lazy-River-Hostel-8 Lazy-River-Hostel-7 Locket-Hostel-2

But on a more serious note, the little Czech town of Locket is a great, family-friendly day trip for those of us living in the Grafenwohr area. It’s small, easy to get to, easy to park in, and- as mentioned above- sits right at the footstool of Hrad Locket, an old medieval castle that’s definitely worth touring!