Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Switzerland, Trains, and Vineyards!

We got up nice and early to catch the train from Mannheim, Germany to Geneva, Switzerland!
Unfortunately, there was construction on the tracks so we had a 45 minute delay.  So, we grabbed breakfast at Coffee Fellows at the train station. I had the world's best Croissant and Latte Macchioto.  My husband had a bagel sandwich of lettuce, prosciutto, pesto, cream cheese, tomato, and pepper served warm.  They don't mess around with bagel sandwiches or pretzel sandwiches for that matter.  I also grabbed a pretzel for the train ride.

The landscapes were beautiful, we sat in a private cabin all the way to Switzerland where my husband could get some work done and I read, wrote post cards, and worked on my travel journal.  Sorry about some of these pictures, I took them out of my window of the high speed train.




Clouds covering the Alps


Vineyards with stone wall pathways


Here are some of the cutest houses with tiny gardens and vineyards in their back yards!



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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mannheim, Germany

Being in Europe is easy, getting there is a different story, especially when you get 12 inches of snow and you can't get out of your driveway, and highways are poorly plowed before you even think to start getting to the airport. Thankfully I used Rover.com, which the gal I used was fabulously accommodating and I loved having a family take care of my pup, which gave me plenty of extra time to make it down to the airport.

Anyways, back to Germany! I stayed at the Maritim Hotel, which is located in a stunning Art Nouveau style building located across from the Congress center. 

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We had an amazing view of the 18th century Romanesque water tower called der Wasserturm. Which if you can see below, was being set up for Carnaval.




I have a huge love of architecture, so I took a few pictures of the surrounding buildings and Cathedral.









There is a long street shopping mall that we perused and ate at a little German restaurant called Gasthaus Gentrale that was pretty good, I was looking for some good traditional German spaetzle, ended up with a pork schnitzel that was a little to heavy for me, but pretty good.

Here is my husband enjoying a Krusovice (I loved the lamp basket in the background)



Next up, off to Switzerland... by train!





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Friday, February 14, 2014

Fascinators and Hats!

I decided to start up a business making fascinators and hats!  I love costumes, dressing up, and accessorizing.  I fell in love with these tiny fascinator hats a lot of it inspired by the adorable Kate Middleton:


Kate Middleton Ponytail
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Kate Middleton Hat Style
The Vogue Vibes

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I work in an office cube-farm type job and am deprived of my creative side and with hats I feel like these are all tiny open canvases, each of  these have different flares based on what fabric remnants, flowers, gems, beads, broken jewelry that I disassembled to adorn these hats!
I named my new business CC Hart Millinery and as soon as I get a few last details and a few hats in my inventory, I will start selling on my etsy store.

Here are two of my hats I am currently working on:




 
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Montreal!

My husband gets to travel a lot for work and I was finally able to tag along! 

I am obsessed with old things and Montreal definitely struck my Antiquarian chord!  










I forgot what this one was, as soon as I find it, I will edit the post! But I really liked this and how the majority of the older buildings were intricately lit for night.




The French explorer, Jacques Cartier discovered Montreal in 1535, the native people, the Iroquoians, were virtually gone from the St. Lawrence valley by the early 1600's .


While my husband was in his conference, I spared saved him from my museum touring. One of the museums I toured was Pointe-à-Callière a History and Archaeology Museum of Montreal where they were having an exhibit on Tea and how the different tea cultures and traditions started.






At the top of the Pointe-à-Callière I found this old 18th century image and some stunning views of the city.





And I had Absinthe at Sara B. Absinte Bar. The bar was very interesting and was inspired by, and named after Sarah Bernhardt a famous French actress. In all honesty, the Absinthe wasn't really what I was expecting. I was hoping for a green fiery concoction on a silver spoon. Instead they put some liquid in a cup and the jar pictured below is filled with water and you drip water into the liquid.


The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal was my absolute favorite place, I have never been to a cathedral, never mind a 190 year old cathedral! It is in the Gothic Revival style and I must have gone back to it 3 different times!















Cool Doors:






And because I am a dork:


More buildings in the shopping district on rue Sherbrooke with old pavers as roads (we wondered how they plow these uneven brick roads during winters).









 This building next to the Notre-Dame Basilica is called the Saint-Sulpice Seminary which was built in 1657 for priests and missionaries education.
  


I loved touring and learning about Montreal 


 
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