Saturday, October 8, 2011

Oktoberfest

Tonight we celebrate...


At Oktoberfest by the beach!




It has been two years since my best friend and I had the opportunity to visit the "Real" Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.  It was a festive experience to always remember:

Locals walk the streets wearing traditional Bavarian clothing, some with beers in hand.  


Shop windows display charming lederhosen and dirndl dress fashion.


Lebkuchenherzen (heart-shaped ginger cookies worn as necklaces) sell at every corner.


Beer tents, carnival games, and kiosks stacked with souvenirs and goodies set the mood. 


The merry sounds of live Bavarian music, carnival riders, and the "clink-clink" of beer glasses fill the ears.  


Delicious foods including hearty meat dishes, potato dumplings, soft pretzels, and candied nuts satisfy the belly.  


And one must not forget to wash it all down with a giant, tasty, German bier!

Our Oktoberfest may not even compare to the one-of-a-kind event in Munich, but Nel and I are excited to celebrate our heritage on our Dad's side, drink German beer, and dance to Bavarian music!




Prost! (Cheers :-)
~Jess & Nel

26 comments:

The Queen Of Re said...

Good Morning,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a beautiful comment. You guys are sweeties.

hugs

Becky~ said...

Goodmorning Girls!This looks soooooo fun,by the beach Oktoberfest???Oh my next year im going ha!

Have a lovely new week ahead!

Teresa said...

Though I don't like Beer the realization of this "fest" always warm my heart. And due to the reasons you state - the public out in the streets having fun, enjoying and dressing their costumes, listening to teh bavarian sounds (as old as the world). It's always endearing to see "evolution" go ahead but people holding to their traditions.

It must be a wonderful touristic treat also... someday who knows. Beer might not be for me but cookies certainly are.

Gotta run as my own are smelling, just hope I didn't burn them while enjoying your post.

Happy week to you Girls!

Cindy said...

Oh, thank you for sharing your photos from Germany! That looks like SO much fun! To Sheri, thank you for your sweet comment on my Pink Fairytale Trick or Treat post! So nice to know I made you smile today - that's what blogging is all about, isn't it? Hugs,
Cindy

Daniella said...

How awesome is that? You were in Germany for Oktoberfest! And now, you have one here too!!
Have a great time!
xxDaniella

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How authentic was the Oktoberfest on the beach since you have been to the read thing??? :D Great post.

donna said...

Oktoberfest looks like so much fun. Lucky you getting to go to Germany. Hope you are having a great weekend.
Hugs
donna

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DARLING SHERRIE!!!!!!

I just happened to check my gallery post and there you were! THANK YOU FOR TRYING SO HARD TO VISIT ME! Clearly, Blogger is having difficulties on many levels! Oh dear one, YES, FRIENDS ARE THE BEST GEM WE HAVE to cherish. I am so happy that you came by. WOW....THIS IS CHOCK-FULL of amazing images and oh how I love European art...French, Austrian, Belgian, German...it is all so much to take in and love.

HAPPY OCTOBER!!! I love soft pretzels, by the way!! BISOUS, Anita

Susie Swanson said...

Thank you for taking us with you to Germany. My husband was stationed there while in the Army and he said it's awesome. We have our own Little Germany in the North Georgia Mountains, called Helen Georgia. They have The Octoberfest every year. It's wonderful.

Linda said...

Happy Fall, Sheri and Girls!

I loved your post - so much fun.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and to introduce yourselves. You are so sweet to leave such lovely comments. I really appreciate it.
I will be by to visit often.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

forgetmenot said...

I think we are all "booking" our flights to Germany for next year's Octoberfest. It looks like such fun. Sometimes the "hometown" ones are just as much fun and certainly a lot closer. Thanks for the post. Mickie :)

andrea said...

Make sure you bring home a glass boot! andrea@townandprairie

Madame des Fleurs said...

Oh how nice you really were in München! Then you were not too far away from where I live LOL. It sure looks like you had a very good time there. I had a Dirndl dress when I was young. I love that look. It's so sweet and like Heidi and Peter; very fairytailish lol. Ein prosit to you too! ;-)
Ingeborg

Trisha said...

Oh what fun! Hope you had a wonderful time!

~Trisha

Cottage1945 said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. What fun you must have had. I love your pictures!

Becky~ said...

Hi Sherry, thanks for visiting.You know I was always just like you until my oldest daughter showed me how to wear scarfs.I cant go without one now and not so much for the cold in the winter just the fashion.I also have to admit I have a we scar on my neck from thyroid surgery so anything that can hide my neck in the front I love.Summer everything is wide open there lol.

Vintage Begonia said...

What a great time!! I will have to make it to Germany someday!!
Happy Fall ladies,
Jackie

georgia~gigi said...

Guten morgan :)
Oh, how wonderful your trip to Germany looks! Love seeing all your pic!
I would love to visit someday.
I too am German, 75 percent, lol!
I hope you and Nel have a wonderul time!
love
gi gi

Kristin said...

Wow...hope you had a great time!!! I'm sure you had :) Looks wonderful!

Kristin xoxo

Jacqueline said...

Hi girls! so nice that you found V. and I! Love the blog and look forward to following you three.
Octoberfest in Germany...the best. I had an opportunity in the late 80s to do this with hubby and our two girls...sooooo much fun. Our little part of Canada has an enormous German population, so the celebration is a big one here too.
Great photos...lovely blog!

Shirley said...

What a fun way to celebrate Oktoberfest..drinking beer and dancing the hours away..so much tradition, so much fun..enjoy every moment with a smile..
Thank you ladies for posting my blog as one of your favorites..that is so thoughtful and I'm happy you enjoy your visit as much as I enjoy my time here..I love you photo's and I'm still smiling at the photo's posted for Jess's Birthday..so much fun!

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

You girls sound like a whole Beer-Barrel of fun!!! I hope I live long enough to get to a real Oktoberfest in Germany someday. We went to Munich a few years ago, but in February,and indeed, did see a whole lot of beer going down! And don't you just love Dirndls? Great pictures, meine Schatzis!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Jes,Nel and Sheri,
What a fabulous post from your trip to Germany. I love Octoberfest. My hubby is half German and he would love to go there some day.
Your pics are amazing and show exactly how it is. We have gone to events here and while they come close, it is not Germany.

Sheri thank you for your visits and your kind words. You are such a dear.
Have a wonderful week.
XO Celestina Marie

parTea lady said...

Your Octoberfest photos are great. It looks like a lot of fun - both Germany and by the beach. Those ginger cookies look yummy. My mom used to make gingerbread men at Christmas.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Jess & Nel,

Okay, now I got it. You are the two with German blood in your veins... Great way for tasting, literally, your paternal culture. For sure you did enjoy this.
Love to you and to you Mom Sheri,

Mariette

M. said...

Hi guys! That looks like so much fun! I'm gonna have to send my kids down to celebrate their heritage with you guys. Funny, your mom and I both marrying German guys.