Monthly Archives: June 2013

Re-cap

Re-cap

Sitting on the plane at 10,000 feet I am still in denial that our incredible adventure has come to an end.  Usually, after a long …

 

Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern

On our way back to Germany from Belgium we drove through Luxembourg for Taylor.  He really wanted to drive through both Luxembourg and Poland (which …

 

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

There is so much rich history in Europe ripe for the picking that it is hard to decide which moments you want to focus on.  …

 

Bruges

Bruges

Bruges is considered the “Venice of the North” and is a favorite with tourists and locals alike.  After all the hype we couldn’t resist taking …

 

Ghent

Ghent

Ghent-For our quick detour to Beligium I decided to chose the quaint Marriott in Ghent for our homebase.  This charming little town was the perfect …

 

From Bach to the Reformation

From Bach to the Reformation

In order to get Mark to the airport in Frankfurt and stay at Stephs friends house in southern Germany we had a long drive from …

 

Berlin

Berlin

A few semesters ago we studied the Cold War and the erecting and later dismantling of the Berlin Wall with our co-op. The kids were …

 

Behind the Iron Curtain

Behind the Iron Curtain

Prague- There is something magical and mysterious about Prague. Since it was behind the Iron Curtain when I was a child it always felt so foreign, …

 

The Hills Are Alive!

The Hills Are Alive!

“The hills are alive with the sound of Music!”  We loved our Sound of music bike tour which was a great way to experience the …

 

Bavaria

Bavaria

Just after midnight we drove into the tiny town of Schwangau with the famous Neuschwanstein  and Hohenschwangau Castles magically lit up in the dark night sky. Our …

 

The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn

Maybe it’s a result of growing up in the shadows of Disneyland in Orange County, but I have always been intrigued by the Matterhorn. When …

 

Interlaken

Interlaken

Murren, Lautterbrunnen, Interlaken- honestly, we are ready to cancel the rest of our trip and just stay here. Truly this is a little piece of …

 

The Alps

The Alps

Tonight as I was brushing my teeth, I overheard Daisie praying: “Dear Heavenly Father, I’m so thankful I got to hike in the Swiss Alps.” I think …

 

Lake Como

Lake Como

It was a late, dark and stormy night when we arrived at our hotel on the dock of Varenna on Lake Como. We awoke to …

 

Milan

Milan

From the moment of realization 8 weeks ago that we would be traveling through Milan I started to dream about seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous …

 

Venice

Venice

Due to our inability to extract ourselves from Tuscany, we arrived in Venice much later than planned.  My younger brother Scott who served his …

 

A Weekend in Florence

A Weekend in Florence

There is more art per square foot in Florence than anyplace else in the world. Trying to tackle Florence in 2 days felt like an …

 

The Perfect Day

The Perfect Day

The perfect day is impossible to plan…..it is something that simply must evolve on its own without molding or manipulation.  At the end of our …

 

Tuscany

Tuscany

Tuscany- There are certain monuments that you just dream of seeing-the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the town of …

 

Cinque Terra

Cinque Terra

The five romantic towns of the Cinque Terra region have been a haven for tourists and hikers for decades.  With our love for hiking and …