Autumn in Munich

As we’re nearing the end of Autumn, I thought I’d put together a sort of ‘mini’ post to share some of the photographs I’d snapped over the season while out and about. Munich has the perfect balance between architecture and greenery, so when that greenery begins to change to orange and rust, it’s completely beautiful.

As the last of the leaves continue to fall (along with the temperature- brrr), the city’s starting to gear up for the festive season. Lights are already twinkling, the smell of nuts roasting fills the air and market stalls are being erected in preparation for the Christmas Markets. But while I’m as Christmassy as the next blogger, I’m more than happy to postpone the festive vibes and enjoy the rest of the colourful autumn leaves ’til the very last.

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Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Nymphenburg Palace and Park

These photos were taken on an impromptu stroll around Schloss Nymphenburg and Schlosspark last month. One of my favourite places in Munich, Schloss Nymphenburg is a beautiful palace, and Schlosspark is the surrounding park. It’s fantastic at any time of year, a wonderful spot to while away an afternoon.

When these photos were taken, we were on the cusp of autumn. I’m sure by now the place is covered in a blanket of rusty leaves – perhaps another visit is due!

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Viktualienmarkt

One of Munich’s unique charms is that it is a bustling city with a village feel.

Evolving from a traditional farmer’s market, Viktualienmarkt is now a thriving and diverse hub in the heart of Munich. Local vendors flaunt their goods in this charming cobbled square; from locally produced fruits and vegetables to handmade trinkets and all kinds of flora and fauna that change with the seasons.

I thought I’d bring my camera along to try and capture the market in all its colourful glory.

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be your own best friend

Although I am blessed with some very special people in my life, I really believe in the importance of being your own best friend too. There is nobody you can trust more than yourself, nobody knows you better than yourself and there is nobody you can rely on more than yourself.

The stresses and pressures of life can take their toll on anybody – making it even more important to maintain a strong and confident sense of self.  True happiness comes from within, yet most people seek contentment outside of themselves – longing for a better job, the desire for shiny things. Yet so often we feel disappointed in ourselves, when we should be paying the same love and positive attitudes towards ourselves that we do our loved ones.

Trust yourself

Trust that any decisions you make are the right ones. Why do we trust the judgement and instincts of others yet mistrust our own? Confidence is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal – much like insecurity, it dictates our behaviour, thoughts and action, although positivity has more energy than negativity. It goes hand-in-hand with acceptance. Have confidence in whatever you do, your feelings, and accept that whatever you are doing is good. As Jimmy Cricket says, “Always let your conscience be your guide.”

Enjoy your own company

Although socialising is important, spending time with yourself  is vital to our well-being. If you are only alone when nobody is available, you’re settling for your own company when you should look forward to and enjoy it. Me-time is not a luxury – it’s a necessity! During a hectic schedule, it can be hard to see how blessed we are. Me-time allows us to deal with stress and to revitalise our minds as well as our bodies.

Forgive yourself

Learning to forgive yourself for wrong-doings or failings is often so much harder than forgiving others, even if they did the same thing. Failed endeavours can plague you for years. It’s important to remember this fact – yes, fact – everybody messes up sometimes, it’s human, it’s learning. Emma Baskerville, a psychotherapist, said: “We hold on to mistakes to verify any negativity we feel about ourselves. I did this thing, so I must be a bad person.” Let go of old guilt – continually punishing yourself has no gain.

Respect yourself

We respect our loved ones for many reasons, not just landmark achievements. We respect their wisdom, moxie, loyalty, integrity. Give yourself credit for your own positive attributes, and accept compliments you receive. Respect stems from self-value. When you refuse to let others disrespect you or be treated like a walk-over, it shows strength and self-respect. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” – Confucius.

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