Monday, June 30, 2014

Leaving Europe

I loved the food and flowers all across Europe. The hydrangeas were huge and beautiful. I am excited to be coming home with new memories and lots of stories. See you tonight!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

London

Paris


Leaving Germany and stopping in Luxembourg

The new BMW I8.
Heidelberg

We did a Rhine river cruise today. Very fun. The castles all along the river are amazing. Too bad the pictures are on my big camera. 
Luxembourg
The umbrella street. We did go to the American cemetery where General Patton is buried. It was a very moving experience. Sorry big camara again.



Friday, June 20, 2014

Dachau concentration camp

Today was a very solemn day.  "Work will set you free." One of the many lies told by the nazi party. I decided to walk around alone. It was a very reverent place and I felt so overcome. I cried thinking of the atrocities that were committed here. I cried because I work with one of the men who was part of the occupation in charge of cleaning up Dachau. What a horrible job. He use to take the kids on this trip. When they would come to Dachau he would stay on the bus. He said after what he had seen here, he never wanted to see it again. We owe so much to the generations before us. They suffered tremendously for our freedom. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany

It has been quite a long day. We spent the last two days doing quite a bit of driving. We drove from Florence to lake como. Today we are driving from Lake Como to neushwastein castle and then to Innsbruck, Austria. The drivers in Europe have chips in the bus that does not allow them to drive too much. We have been making frequent stops to keep him on with the schedule. If he chooses to override his system, and he police pull him over, they an check the bus chip. If he is not inline with the law, he gets a $800 euro fine. That's quite brutal. How many tickets would dad have? Our tour director is from Germany but lives in the Greek islands with her English husband. She is currently giving us a good history of Germany. It's quite interesting to actually be here. What beautiful mountains and green pastures. The castle is quite large, I am impressed by the fairy tale like setting. I found kinder eggs at the gas station. I remember them from when I was a little girl. I will try and bring some home for the kidlets. 

My dogs are barking!!! 

Munich

Bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Glockenspiel in Munich.


Curry wurst. Very delicious. 


Salt mining in Berchtesgaden. We went into the mine riding a train. Sliding down slides(banisters) and riding on an underground lake. It was awesome. Dad would have loved it. 

The hills are alive

Neushwanstein castle. I had an awful time hiking up that hill. It was a near death experience for me. I had left my inhaler on the bus and when I got back to take a few sweet puffs it was like drinking from the fountain of youth. I say never again. We then spent the night in Innsbruck. What a beautiful view. No photos do it justice. I wish you were all here.




Pisa, Lake Como and hotel belvedere