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A year in review

As December comes to a close, I take a moment to look back on this eventful year. There were memorable trips, delicious meals, tears and laughs.

This year has gone by faster than any other. It has brought happiness and sadness. The one thing I learned is to not take anyone or anything for granted. Lives can be over so quickly, leaving us wishing we had told someone how much they mean to us and thinking about all the things we still wanted to say. Make it your resolution to tell your family and friends how much they mean to you.

Despite the sadness, there was also happiness. In February, we traveled to Norway to see the northern lights. The trip left us amazed and eager to return again to the beautiful country in the north.

 

After our trip, my second cookbook "Grüner Kochen!" was released! After over a year a hard work, we were able to see our book in print and in stores. Our book focuses on eating less meat and more vegetables, although it is not a solely vegetarian book. It can be considered a partner book to our first one "Jahreszeitenküche", which focuses on eating seasonal and locally grown products. Both have been awarded Gourmand World Cookbook Awards!

 

In spring, I packed my bags for a few days in Italy, first to Florence with a dear friend and then to see two more friends from last year's photo workshop in France.

 

In summer another very dear friend invited me to her native Apulia for a week. What a week we had- eating and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Come September, I was on my way to England for the first time in 15 years. It was exciting being able to explore Nottingham. I photographed the beautiful old brick buildings from what seemed like every angle. Our trips to Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey were highlights as well.

 

Throughout the year, we took small trips through Switzerland, visiting many beautiful places.

And then our server crashed. My blog as it was for the past 4 years was gone. With the help of my husband we set it up again. So, this post can also be seen as a visual summary of what went on this year.

Our last two trips of the year were to weekend trips to Chamonix and then to the Engadin, both of which were stunning.

 

Thank you to my family for putting up with me during this very busy year. Thank you to friends, both old and new. Thank you to all who support my passion for food, travel and photography.

May 2014 find you healthy and bring you peace and joy!

kathy says:
Dec 31, 2013 07:57 PM
What fun to see a compilation of your year, some of which we were fortunate to be a part of! I love all your photos but especially the black and white of Chamonix. I wish you a fabulous birthday and a very Happy New Year.
Juliana Neumann says:
Jan 02, 2014 09:06 AM
Thank you! It was great to see you last year and spend time with you in such beautiful surroundings.
Meradeth says:
Jan 02, 2014 04:31 AM
Despite all the frustrations, your year looks like it has had some very beautiful events, too! What a lovely review!
Juliana Neumann says:
Jan 02, 2014 09:07 AM
Thank you! I look forward to a quieter and less stressful year.
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