My husband's uncle celebrated his 50th Birthday by hiking with 30 people . . .

in the beautiful mountains of the Harz Area in Lower Saxony. 

We saw charming Architecture along the way... love the red flowers against the green details..

. . . and took time to have lunch and rest a bit in these lounge chairs watching wildlife pass by.. 

I had to capture this old fireplace. I especially like its tile-work. 

We kept walking... and then had the best Apple Strudel at this little mountain top cafe. . . 

where they sold garden owls! 

of course I wanted one... 

but they were too heavy to take along on our 11 Km hike.. 

so I took their info down for later.. 

Note to make a walk-way like this in my garden someday.. 

all the hills really made this cafe charming.. 

Here there was equality for all that are thirsty..

I am always amazed at the craftsmanship in Germany.. 

we saw one of these today.. a real one. . .

'A people that cannot nourish themselves is not worth being called a Nation.' 

The locals were getting a little crazy.. 

who wouldn't with this adorable bench as a shot glass holder?! 

it was nice.. 

Olivia Ley