First of all, I do apologise if the title of this post has put ‘The Sound of Music’ in your head. But I guess it’s not the worst ear-worm to have, right? Even though the musical was on the Austrian side of the Alps, it was still very much in my mind and I’m not ashamed to say I spent a good proportion of our time there pretending to be Julie Andrews (honestly, it has to be done).
Make-believe aside, these mountains are every inch the fairytale, and as magical as you could expect them to be. For this outing we walked along the foothills before making our way through ‘the Klamm’ (Partnachklamm), a walkway with tunnels alongside a river gorge. Waterfalls cascade from above the pathways into the river below, which is quite a spectacle.
Coming out the other side, we then ventured upwards (and upwards and upwards… it was very steep indeed!) but when you make it to the top, you are rewarded with the most spectacular views. The majestic Alpine peaks rise above the thick woodland and lush green meadows. Traditional Bavarian homes were dotted across the peaceful landscape (though not at all intrusive, their style is in perfect harmony with the surroundings). Herds of Alpine cattle (complete with signature bells around their necks) meandered on the hills, creating the most idyllic of settings (and sounds).
Tollwood Summer Festival
Twice a year (for Summer and Christmas), Tollwood Festival sets up camp in Munich, and brings with it an eclectic mix of entertainment, culture and market stalls against the backdrop of the Olympic Park.
Food stalls from all around the world serve up international dishes to the hungry crowds, and every one of these is Fair Trade. For the thirsty there are plenty of bar areas and beer gardens (well, it is Germany!). Independent market stalls, offering everything from handmade jewellery and clothes, to soaps and bonsai trees, line the pathways around the grounds, all of which are operating to the soundtrack of live music being performed in the nearby tents. My personal favourite was the Hippie Drom!
Yesterday was our second time visiting, and it was the last day of the festival. As you can imagine, it was extremely crowded so after getting some food we sat down on a grassy hill adjacent to one of the music tents, where we could see the stage. Bellies full of burgers and Spezi, we enjoyed the band and watched the sun go down, before going back to the markets. By that time the crowds had thinned out and the fairy lights were on, which made for such a lovely, magical atmosphere.
Off the shoulder
Any top that can be dressed up or down – from pairing with skinny jeans to a smart pencil skirt – is a clear winner for me. I love versatility in my clothing and this little off the shoulder number certainly fits the bill very nicely. I’m a big fan of off-the-shoulder pieces; I think they’re so flattering and very feminine.
My necklace charm and bracelet are both by Thomas Sabo, who I’m becoming quite the fan-girl for.
Hello! Remember me?!
After a mixture of technical issues and wanting a bit of a breaking from the blogging world, I’m back online. I think it’s natural to become a bit jaded in blogging – it’s such a saturated market, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and under-inspired.
So now that I’m feeling refreshed, I’ve got lots of different post ideas lined up. I thought I’d start off with this recent set of photos. I had been on the lookout for a good pair of dungarees for quite some time now, but I could never find a pair that were flattering. Oversized fitting clothes look good on so many others but don’t really suit me, so I was delighted with this pair. My mum spotted them in Marks and Sparks – doesn’t she have a great eye? She also kindly helped out with these photos. Thanks mum!
Peace out for now!