Last September in Bavaria

This is not a post about dirndls.

It could have been if we had visited the Oktoberfest while in Bavaria last September. Every year as Oktoberfest approaches I am enchanted by shop windows and online photo galleries featuring German celebrities wearing dirndls. I was happy to finally have a "real" reason to wear one of my favorite items in my closet last fall when a spur-of-the-moment vacation overlapped with the festival. Dirndls are not often worn in the region of Germany where I live.

But with relaxing views of the sun shining over the mountains and the leaves on the trees beginning to turn golden, the need to rush into Munich to sit in an overcrowded beer tent didn't seem as appealing. So we stayed in the countryside and enjoyed a few day trips and hikes. My dirndl stayed in its shopping bag, but with Bavaria becoming a favorite travel location, I'm sure I'll have plenty of chances to enjoy wearing it.

Bayern

When I close my eyes and think of our time in Bavaria, I can hear the sound of cow bells chiming. It was an absolute dream and I cannot wait to return. Here are some photos from Murnau, Starnberg and the lovely Bad Kohlgrub, where we stayed.

Murnau, inspiration to artist Wassily Kandinsky

The most delicious cherry cheesecake

Münter Haus, residence of Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky

Bad Kohlgrub, the village where we stayed

Taking this lift up the Wettersteingebirge left me feeling dizzy with altitude sickness - it's much steeper than it looks - and we hiked back down!

Alpine flowers

Starnberger See

The drive through the Alps

Schloss Hohenschwangau