The Gorgeous Bavarian Alps aka Heidi Land

Here are some more pictures near the place where Heidi grew up in Johanna Spyri’s children’s classic.  While these are pictures of the Alps, they are pictures of the Bavarian Alps which are on the German border instead of the Swiss border.  The mountains are not quite as steep but you still get the general idea.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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Can you imagine living here?  No wonder Heidi protested so strongly when her Aunt Dete came to take her away from the Alps.  I would have too!

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We did quite a lot of hiking uphill just like Heidi and Pete do in the book.  Want to know a little trick for getting a tired child up a hill without carrying her?  You hang on to her hand and walk faster than she does.  Then when she is dragging behind you, you yell, ‘We-e-e-e-e-e-e!” and pull her up fast until she is ahead of you.  She laughs, and you walk  ahead of her again and yell, “W-e-e-e-e-e-e!”

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We went to a lovely festival in the Bavarian Alps called When the Cows Come Home.  The men dress up in their lederhosen and bring the cows down from the mountain.  A lot of people watch this event and drink lots of beer.

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Drinking beer and eating pretzels. The Germans sure know how to celebrate.

Look how crowded we were going home on the bus.  Can you find Emily and Ricky?

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And we were exhausted when we came home!

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