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Jul 20, 2015

A Foggy Sail Through the Fjords of Montenegro

Back to the Adriatic Cruise recaps! I swear one day I'll be done writing about this trip. The little gaggle of photos I'm sharing today are from our early morning sail into the port in Kotor, Montenegro. Up to this point, we'd sailed out of Venice, visited Slovenia, and stopped to explore two ports in Croatia (Split & Dubrovnik). We'd seen some pretty incredible views from all sorts of locations...the top deck of our cruise ship, from lakeside trails and tender boats, from city walls and sea cliffs...how much more fabulous could the views get?! Enter the fjords of Kotor Bay. All of the heart eyes!

All week long we'd heard that we should not miss the sail into Kotor Bay, that it's one of the highlights of the whole cruise. Of course we were chomping at the bit to get to Montengero to see what all the fuss was about. Wrapped snugly in our bathrobes, we excitedly flung back the curtains to our balcony stateroom at the butt-crack of dawn and watched as magic unfolded before us. Mountains, sunshine, and a thick blanket of fog hovering just above the water greeted us as we floated through the narrow fjords. It was truly enchanting. We ordered room service that morning because I just couldn't peel myself away from our balcony and those ethereal views. As we continued sailing, the sun began to burn off the fog, uncovering the sea and low-lying villages along the water's edge. 

Around every bend, more fog and more tiny villages popping up like roses. It's like the whole fjord was asleep under a fluffy white blanket until we sailed passed, parting the fog. A total dream! As we got closer to the port, the mountains got higher and the villages bigger. The sea was like a sheet of blue glass underneath us. I'd never seen anything quite like it. Needless to say, the welcome to Kotor was warm and enchanting, so we knew we were in for a treat during our first visit to Montenegro. More loveliness to come!

Jul 8, 2015

Day Tripping: Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

I felt very nostalgic editing all these photos and thinking up what I wanted to write out in this post. This was our very last day trip in Germany before heading back stateside for good. D and I had driven past Limburg an der Lahn about 4 dozen times on trips to Cologne and onward to Belgium (and beyond). It was the village we could see from the Autobahn...the one with the beautiful church that commanded a low-lying valley and the half-timbered town below it. We talked about visiting it every single time we drove past, so it seemed quite fitting to have it be the last town we wandered around just 24 hours before departing Germany. A few close friends joined us for exploring, making it even more special to us both. 

We did a lot of the usual...snapping photos, shopping for gummie bears (I bought 50 euro worth to bring back home--worth it!), and commenting on the colorful quaintness these towns are always so good at showcasing. I also did a lot of stopping and "taking it all in" that day. A lot of letting the current moment sink in and reveling in the 3 years of German perfection we were about to let go of. I appreciated the flower boxes a little more. The Riesling at lunch tasted a bit sweeter. The cobblestone streets under my feet became a bit more charming. I let Limburg bear hug me until the second we hopped back in the car to head back to Wiesbaden (for the last time). There was nothing particularly unique about this town when comparing it to all we'd seen around Germany, but it was the last of the lasts, so it rests comfortably in my mind as bittersweet memory of just how idyllic Germany was all the time.

It's safe to say there will always be a Germany-shaped hole in my heart filled will beautiful places like Limburg. To those of you new to your adventure in Deutschland, be sure to add Limburg to your undoubtedly long list of day trips. No better day tripping material. And be sure to bear hug it right back for me. ;)

If you'd like to read more of our day trips around Germany, visit my WANDERLUST page!
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