What seems like a lifetime ago, Rand and I were in Bavaria (turns out it was just this past spring). We try to visit southern Germany whenever we can, as my dad and stepmother live there.

On our last trip, by a strange confluence of events, we found ourselves there at the same time as my brother, who was flying back from Romania after shooting a TV show. Together, the three of us headed over (yes, in unison), to visit my father.

The poor, poor man.

Here are 10 pictures from our visit to Munich and the surrounding Bavarian countryside.

  1. My father’s favorite child, Anton. He likes to nibble on toes (the dog, not my dad).

    His eyes just scream, "Take off your socks."


  2. Breakfast, courtesy of my stepmother.

    Carbs, glorious carbs.


  3. My brother and our dad, outside our father’s home.

    I love that my brother and I both inherited our father's scowl.


  4. Village of Garmisch at night.

    Note: it is still too cold to eat outside in Seattle, but people were doing it months ago in Germany.


  5. Creepy gargoyle, downtown Munich.

    Rhinoplasty by erosion.


  6. The flags on the Glockenspiel, downtown Munich.

    Also pictured: the only cloud in the sky that day.


  7. The dorks men in my life.

    I can totally see them starring in some awful buddy cop TV show.


  8. Gnomes! General store, downtown Munich.

    The must reproduce asexually.


  9. Self-portrait with Rand, Munich.

    Oversized aviators, FTW.


  10. Pathways in the English Garden, Munich.

    Because a simple fork in the road would have been too easy. (Seriously, I almost had a panic-attack when I saw this.)


    (Thanks, Dad, for putting up with the three of us. I know it was … challenging.)

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Comments (27)

  1. 1
    Kristen says:

    Is your brother single?

    (I’m asking for a friend, I swear)

  2. 2
    Nicole says:

    Does your stepmother really make homemade pretzels? If so, I love her…

    • 2.1

      Sadly, they are not homemade, but she pops out every morning at a ridiculously early hour to buy us fresh bread, pretzels, and donuts from the local shop. It is amazing.

  3. 3
    Becca says:

    Back off Kristen, he’s mine! Oh wait, I’m married. Damn. Carry on!

  4. 4
    Cat says:

    The picture of the breads is killing me. Loved the morning bakery trips every morning out there.

  5. 5
    lulu says:

    I think you should post more pictures of your brother… as much as you can :)

  6. 6
    Alison says:

    Love the pictures, lady. The aviator picture was all kinds of intimidating. (BAMFS!)

  7. 7
    Courtney says:

    Sold! Our next Europe trip will include Bavaria!

  8. 8
    Audrey says:

    I still can’t get over the first photo of the pug. How did you resist stuffing him into your suitcase to go home?!

    Have to admit that the German fixation with garden gnomes still befuddles me. We used to live in the Czech Republic and the garden gnome shops (like outdoor malls) run by the Vietnamese near the German border were just bizarre – from porn gnomes to innocent asexual ones like above.

    • 8.1
      Everywhereist says:

      Pretty sure my dad would have totally disowned me if I tried to steal his dog. Even though they have plenty of these little guys around the house (my step-sister lives down the street from my dad, and she raises pugs).

      Also, my site now officially contains the phrase “porn gnome”.

  9. 9
    Elen says:

    Is it just me, or does your bro really look like Jensen Ackles? (That guy from Supernatural)

  10. 10

    How does Anton feel about having his face squished by blog readers? Because I would like to do that. Preferably while eating outside in that village which looks like it comes from a postcard.

  11. 11
    Annie says:

    That gargoyle looks like a Muppet.

  12. 12
    Colleen says:

    It’s kind of off topic, but about your brother. What is it like growing up with one? I am the oldest of four daughters, so all I know is little sisters. I’ve always wanted an older brother. Judging from what my friends had, they were monsters. And may I add I am loving all these comments on your brother, and how you’re kind of grossed out by it all.

  13. 13
    Michele Cherry says:

    We just returned from a trip to Bavaria (and Berlin). All those pretzels are a carb lovers dream. I loved the Partnachklamm and Zugspitze and all those adorable houses in Garmisch. And Neuschwanstein! Such a beautiful region. Going to go back if only for the pretzels and beer.

  14. 14
    Philip says:

    When did you blog become The Edwardist?

  15. 15
    Nikkie says:

    haha, I actually grew up close to Garmisch and still lovelovelove the area thus it’s pretty easy to entertain me with this post BUT I just laughed tears because of your pics’ captions. So funny!! And your dad must have acclimated pretty well since he is wearing socks with his Birkenstock’s! Very, very german that is. Gnomes on the other hand aren’t, I’ve never met anybody aho actually had them in the garden (for not-ironic purposes), I think they only exist to make tourists feel good about their gnomefree homeland.

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    RiderWriter says:

    Sigh… I love Bavaria. Lucky you having a B and B in Garmisch, which I have visited and think is amazing. I thought southern Germany and Austria were so awesome that I’d almost rather go back there than investigate other countries. So pretty it hurts!

  17. 17
    Faith says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the first one to admire your pretty Jensen Ackles look-a-like brother :) But that wasn’t what this post was about now, was it? Bavaria, so lovely! Those carbs look delicious! The longer I stare at that gargoyle the more it creeps me out.

  18. 18
    Jules says:

    Wait a minute, your brother was in Romania?! Of all countries, what sort of TV show would they film in mine, and why wasn’t I aware of it? :D

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