Monday, June 2, 2008

The Queen of Germany

Let me introduce you to John's sister, Anke.
She's how old? Why don't you guess?
She's 91/2 years older than her brother.
We have had so much fun together over the past three weeks.
She is the mother to Ursula and the grandmother to little Deniz.
She and me both strongly admit that those grandchildren are the
"Love of our Lives"

She loves Deniz and spends every Monday and Tuesday looking after him.
I think that most of us that are grandparents will well agree,
that we have the time now, to be more sensitive and reflective to
what a small child is thinking.
She is amazing at giving this little child all the support
and love that comes from a Grandmother's heart.

Here we are standing in front of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.
Our friendship goes far and deep.
We both love to read similar books and
always talk about what we are learning.
Our favorite quote is, "The book says..."
Anke has been an inspiration to me and is
constantly reminding me to think positively.

To my right is Anke's partner, Mannfred.
He is an amazing historian and tour guide.
That's what made our trip so special.
He took us to so many famous towns in Austria like
Hallstadt and St. Wolfgang, which are places where
many movies have been filmed because of their unique locations.

Visiting the Opera House in Vienna was his claim to fame.
His son is a famous musician in Europe and has spent many years
studying music and theatre and therefore you could always count on
Mannfred humming a famous opera melody.

Every day around 3:00pm Anke would stop our tour guide,
and invite us all to enjoy a nice
dessert or Ice-Cafe' in a sidewalk cafe.
Usually by this time, most of us were on information overload
and we all enjoyed taking a break from the historian.

The dessert menus are out of this world.
They are to die for and so are the calories.

At the end of the day when we were all tired,
there was still energy left by little Deniz,
and who but the Queen, would enjoy playing with the little prince.

Shaking hands with Europe's history was valuable,
but more valuable was building relationships with our family.

"To talk to a child, to fascinate him, is much more difficult than to win an electoral victory. But it is more rewarding."


  1. Oh my...that dessert!! It looks delicious.

    What a treasure to have a sister-in-law who is also a dear friend. I have two who are like that for me.

    I"m glad you had such a lovely trip!

  2. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    I will join in to say that I adore my little one. Being a grandmom is my favorite thing.

  3. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    It's amazing that you can see Anke's energy and zest for life come through in the still pictures! Glad you had such a great time reconnecting with her and the family. Guess her age? You said she's 9 1/2 years older than her brother (which I assume is John) and I know he turned 60, so could she possibly be 69????? She's one young looking Oma!

  4. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    Marg, it sounds like you had an exhilarating time in Europe with the family, the history and scenery! I'm looking forward to my trip later in the month! Dairymary

  5. She cannot be 69. She looks so youthful and. . no it simply can't be. I did the math, remembering you celebrating your beloved's 60th recently.

    It all just looks wonderful there. I love the landscape. If I could live anywhere, it would be amongst rolling hills. They are so gorgeous. . .
    . . .leaving you now singing "the hills are alive. . ."

  6. Hi Marg!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment about my Ireland photos.

    Your trip sounds wonderful too! I hope to see Austria someday.

    I am going to become a grandmother for the first time in December and I can't wait!
    Hugs, Pat

  7. Isn't it fun to be immersed in a totally different culture...with people who we have so much in common with?

    Sixty-nine? Can't be! I'm having a hard time figuring out if that is your sister-in-law...or your niece. What's her secret?

  8. 69 is the answer to my question.
    I wonder what anti-aging products they use in Germany?

    Maybe we could all go together and find out and come back refreshed and rejuvenated looking like the "Fountain Of Youth"

  9. Isn't it wonderful to have family who are kindred spirits, too?

    Oh my! I gained weight just looking at the desserts!

  10. I enjoyed your pictures! And what a nice story to go along with them.


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