Our trip to Garmisch-Parkenkirchen was a lot of fun. After an almost 3 hour car ride and dealing with a 2 year old obsessed with elevators, we were pretty exhausted and wondering if it was a good idea to vacation to a skiers paradise with a 2 year old. We ended up having a great time.
We stayed at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort which is an Armed Forces Recreation Center and was built in 2000 to provide recreation, sports, tours and lodging for overseas American servicemembers and their families. This picture of Brian was taken outside the hotel. The 2 following pictures are taken from our room - what a beautiful view!
Above are a few pictures from driving through Garmisch - a fruit stand outside the shops in the town square, a picture of a street sign with the beautiful moutain range in the background, and a picture of a crucifix on the side of the building in the town square. Most of the buildings in Garmisch-Parkenkirchen, along with the rest of the Alpine villages, have painted facades, usually in biblical themes. The Alpine area has a very Catholic presence and you will see crucifixes all over - on sides of buildings, outside homes, on the side of the road and tucked into the forests edges. Another popular display is the Virgin Mary, with or without baby Jesus in her arms. You will see Mary statues in little cubbies built into the sides of buildings and in painted murals on sides of buildings.
Later that day we explored a little town called Mittenwald. But that will be in part 2 of my many-part post! This one is going to be a doozy - reading material for days! :) I'll end this post with a couple bonus pictures...
Pictures - Luke in a rocking chair at our resort and me perched on a boulder. The first 3 days we were there we had amazing weather - sunny and clear. You could see the mountains perfectly - from ground to peak.