Dec 10, 2011

Off to the Alps

Neuschwanstein Castle covered with snow
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I’m off to the Bavarian Alps today for a short stop on my way home. The trip is an early Christmas gift from my partner and has me incredibly excited – if mountains, lakes, German Christmas markets and possibly snow don’t cheer me up and help get me into the Christmas spirit this year, I don’t know what will. Since visiting a place seldom fails to make me want to read books set there, I might as well ask in advance: do you have any recommendations for books set in Bavaria?

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll see you (and probably bombard you with pictures) sometime towards the end of next week.

39 comments:

  1. Ooh… Have a fantasic time, :) I'l look forward to being bombarded with beutiful shots of landscapes and the such!

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  2. Have fun! Christmas markets in Germany and Austria are the best. I'll be browsing the Christmas markets in Vienna on Monday and Tuesday! :)

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  3. Have a fantastic trip! It sounds wonderful, and I can't wait for the onslaught of pictures. :)

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  4. When I was there I got a book called King Ludwig's Castles, which is nonfiction and even though it is meant as a "guide book" it had fascinating history and of course great pictures! Anything about King Ludwig has got to be good! :--) Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  5. Please take some photos, especially if you find a beautiful old bookstore.

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  6. What fun! I hope you have a fabulous trip!

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  7. Enjoy your trip! I haven't read anything set there, so I'll be watching the comments to see if anyone does recommend one. I hope you take some pictures so we can live vicariously through you! I would love to visit a spot as dreamlike as that. Have fun!

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  8. I don't know any books set in or about Bavaria, but I hope that you have a wonderful time, and take a lot of photos!

    I love that picture that you posted as well! It looks like a fairy castle in winter!

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  9. As far as books, all I can think of is The Hangman's Daughter...It's so beautiful in Bavaria! A few years ago we stayed at the cute place in Schwangau. My husband and I have talked about trying to spend Christmas in Munich. Have a lovely trip!

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  10. Have an amazing trip! That picture that you posted is beautiful. I hope I get to see snow in person someday.

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  11. Ooo, Bavaria! I love Bavaria! Have a great trip!

    (I can't think of anything Bavarian-based but A Paragon of Virtue by Christian von Ditfurth is a really thoughtful thriller-mystery set in Hamburg and dealing strongly with the aftereffects of WWII. I enjoyed it, but maybe not holiday reading!)

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  12. Lucky you! I highly recommend Rock Crystal, by Adalbert Stifter -- it may not be set in Bavaria, strictly speaking, but it is The Alps, and it's snowy and Christmassy besides.
    Have a great trip!

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  13. How cool! I'm totes jealous. :)

    I'm not sure I've ever read a book set in Bavaria. Is Munich in Bavaria? I think I've read one book set there.

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  14. Have a great holiday! It sounds lovely.

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  15. Brrr. It looks cold, but oh so beautiful. Have a wonderful time!

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  16. I'm jealous! ;-) Have a great time!

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  17. Wow, have fun! I'm very envious. Take a million pictures and show the best ones to us when you get back! :p

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  18. Have so much fun! What a great time to go! Will look forward to photos...

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  19. I'm a little green with envy right now hehe. But seriously hope you have a wonderful time!

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  20. Have a wonderful time - and dont forget the pictures.

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  21. I know you've gone already (hope you're hvaing a fab time and moving everything back to Portugal wasn't too stressful) but your picture made me think of the Chalet School books. They're set in Austria, but have lots about snow and skiing mixed in and the first major heroine a mad fan of Jo March.

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  22. Have a wonderful time! Definitely throw up some photos of your trip when you get back to the blog.

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  23. Have a wonderful trip! Hopefully there will be photos. Feeling the need for some armchair travel. :-)

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  24. Nice! Have a fabulous trip.

    I went to Christmas Markets in Belgium and they were awesome!

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  25. wow, I once watched a documentary on Bavarian Alps and it was an awesome place. Please do take a few pictures for us.

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  26. You deserve the vacation! Enjoy it, Ana!

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  27. Have a wonderful time! That is such a gorgeous area. I can't think of any books set there, but there are lots set in Berlin (In the Garden of the Beast and Christopher Ishwood's books). Can't wait to hear about it.

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  28. This trip sounds amazing. Neuschwanstein is one of my favourite places in Germany and I'm sure it & that entire area would be absolutely magical in the winter.

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  29. Such a great gift, have a wonderful time! I can't really think of any novels set in Bavaria, sorry, I probably should know of some :)

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  30. Can't WAIT to see pictures. Hope you have a wonderful time Ana.

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  31. Jealous! If you want some VERY light reading, Elizabeth Peter's novel Trojan Gold is set in Bavaria. Have a wonderful time and soak up all that romantic scenery!

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  32. Have a wonderful time. It's going to be beautiful. Enjoy and give thanks that you can see it all. Merry Christmas.

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  33. Oooooh! Enjoy yourself. I can't wait to see pictures :)

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  34. I'm so jealous! I would love to visit there. My dad's family came from the Swiss Alps but I've never been to that side either. I look forward to pictures!

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  35. I wanna go to Bavaria too...very jealous! Have fun!

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  36. Thank you so much, everyone! I had a lovely time. And an extra thank you for the book recommendations, which I'll now look up. As I predicted, I'm now craving books set in that part of the world.

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