Böblingen Germany

Happy FRIYAY! Are you ready for the weekend?

I’ve been back from vacay for a while and I’m still recapping on all my photos! It’s been non stop since I’ve been back, but here’s a continuing of my travel journey. Enjoy!

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Böblingen, a cute little town just 15 minutes away from Stuttgart city center by public train transportation. A very tranquil and cozy town where it was great to escape from the touristy areas of Stuttgart.

I was able to catch the transition of winter into spring, lucky the sun was out but it was still a bit cold.

The parks of Böblingen, so peaceful and relaxing. The ducks agree.

Street food is real food.

 

Motor World, the space for motor passion where collectors show their cars for the last Sunday of the month auto show.

 

Schönbuch Bräu Brauhaus, brewing their own Hefeweizen since 1823. Its not a complete German trip without visiting a beer house.

 

Ritter Sport factory and museum in Waldenbuch. The factory was off limits to visitors but the little museum of Ritter Sport was interesting. Best part of this visit, the Choco Shop at the end where it’s endless shopping of CHOCOLATE! There’s also a cafe with specialty desserts made only of Ritter Sport chocolate (of course).

Stained glass ceiling resembles the Ritter Sport iconic square packaging

Parts of the original recipe book of yum yums

Loved the gold foil packaging from the 1950’s

Original molds from the 1920’s

and off to retail therapy at the Choco Shop…..

Lets just say, this was the best shopping experience. My favorite flavor is “Jamaica Rum”, real rum alcohol (not flavoring) is used and sadly its not sold in the States.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of Böbligen Germany, stay posted on my continued adventures.

“Keep it Simple”

Vi

 

 

 

 

Stuttgart Germany

I’ve been long over due in needing a break, a break away from LA. I’ve been to Munich many years ago and loved the culture, history, people, food, beer, chocolate and it goes on and on. I decided its time to go back to Germany. Here’s a glimpse of my recent trip to Stuttgart, Germany.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Stuttgart (STR): 11 1/2 hr flight time. In preparation for landing, I loved the endless green fields. It reminds me of back home (Kansas).

 

 

Stuttgart is most known for the birth of Porsche automobile manufacturing. I didn’t go car shopping unfortunately, but going to the museum was just as satisfying.

The body of a Porsche is made of fiber glass, this particular model only takes 2 people to lift it up.

Sleek design and innovation.

The original Hummer was designed by Porsche then sold and used for military use, I had no idea.

Remember this cutie? Sally Carrera from Disney movie “Cars”. Wish it was for sale.

My favorite one of all, my favorite color and with my birthdate.

 

Stuttgart Mitte, the downtown of Stuttgart or also known as “the pedestrian zone”. Endless shopping, cafes, museums and a great place to picnic.

Cute pretzel stands everywhere

Opera house in the back while the ducks and swans guard the front.

 

Heidelberg Castle, . I tried looking for dragons but found nothing. (JK!) It’s pretty amazing that this was built in the 1600’s and to be able to see this in person is an experience.

Known for the worlds largest wine barrel, so big that I could only get a partial photo of the barrel. It took 130 oak trees to construct this. Can you imagine drinking wine from that?

It really inspires me of the art history Europe has created and the detailed work they put into their architecture. All the intricate detailed carvings.

 

The last section of the castle that was built for the queen in 1650’s

and lastly our sunset view

 

I think thats enough for today, to be continued on our next stop in Germany.

Happy Friday!

 

“Keep it Simple”

Vi

 

Meet the “kids”

Introducing…..the KIDS!

Nothing is more therapeutic then spending time with my pom “kids”. It’s not easy running a business (if it was easy, everyone would be doing it right?). Its a rollercoaster of ups and downs and doubting myself at times. But through it all, my kids keep me smiling with their cuteness overload. They’re great supporters especially when I take them to local arts and craft fairs to work with me.

Meet Dao Dao: Going on 14 years young, dad of 2, loves sweet potatoes and just a handsome little dude. He’s mellow with an “I don’t give a sh*t” attitude, has a huge heart and just full of life.

 

Meet Sushi: My forever baby, going on 11 years young, pommy mommy of 2 and just the sweetest. When i’m sad, crying, hurt, she’s the first to be by my side to cuddle and give endless kisses. Her energy instantly makes me feel at peace.

 

Meet Dai Lo: Dai Lo means “big brother” in cantonese. He’s 7 years young, big brother, has the same personality as his dad Dao Dao. He’s a ladies man with his big smile. Everyone always asks “how did he get that color?” Sushi is “party colored”  which carries all color traits: orange, brown, black and white. So his orange and white traits came from Sushi.

 

Lastly, meet Mui Mui: Not Miu Miu (the designer) but Mui Mui. It means “little sister” in cantonese. This crazy child is spunky and can get pretty jealous at times. She’s my alarm clock that wakes me up everyday at the crack of dawn with kisses and is the protector/leader of the pack.

Its amazing how our energy from human to dog and vise versa can reflect off of each other. We even have similar personality traits, children like parents right? Not weird at all.

That’s all for today, hope you enjoyed meeting my kiddos.

“Keep it Simple”

Vi

This is Vi

Hello to my first blog post! This is something new and completely different for me in starting a journal (blog). Not sure if I’m behind the trend, in the mist or hey let’s see what the future is headed! But I say “why not?”. It’s a great way to share with you how life inspires me to create what I do. Besides the love of jewelry, I have a lot of other interest, hobbies and lifestyle influences that has defined who I am today. Can’t wait to share with you this new journey of capturing my inspirations and the love for traveling, adventures, good eats, puppies (warning, puppy overload) and more!

Thank you for following!

“Keep it Simple”

Vi