Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

San Francisco Muir Woods

Yowza, well that was an EPIC series. That took me long enough and I still have to put together our album – eek!

Here’s a quick summary of the links:

Day 1 & 2: San Francisco

Day 3: San Francisco

Day 4: San Francisco

Day 5: San Francisco

Day 6: Napa Valley

Day 7: Napa Valley

Day 8 & 9: San Francisco

Day 10: San Francisco & surrounds

Day 11: San Francisco

Day 12: San Francisco

Day 14: London

Day 15: London

Day 16: London

Day 17 & 18: Berlin

Day 19: Berlin

Day 20 & 21: Dresden

Day 21 & 22: Prague

Day 23 & 24: Prague & Pilsen

Day 25: Cesky Krumlov

Day 26 & 27: Vienna

Day 28: Vienna

Day 29: Wels

Day 29: Salzburg

Day 30: Salzburg

Day 31: Innsbruck

Day 32 & 33: Dachau & Neuschwanstein

Day 34 & 35: Heidelberg

Day 36: Munich

Thanks so much for indulging me over the past few weeks. I’ve enjoyed sharing our travels with you but I’m looking forward to getting back into my regular content this afternoon.

I’ve got lots of fun things lined up for you, including new columns, themed months and easy projects. *Rubs hands together in glee* Can’t wait!

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Dachau

After our time in Austria and Czech it was time to head back into Germany, this time in the south.

After a homecooked lunch and catch up with The Man’s uncle (who lives in a town outside Munich) we made our way to Dachau, the location of one of the Holocaust’s most horrific death camps.

Dachau

We walked there from the train – not realising how far it was and that there was a bus – but it actually made the deepened the experience as we followed the journey of the prisoners’ arrival.

Dachau

“Work sets you free.”

Dachau

The bitter cold and bleak sky seemed appropriate for this awful place.

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Dachau

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Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

(I have to admit I was tempted to brighten up these photos so they looked nicer but it was actually nearing dusk while we were there so I kept them realistic.)

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Dachau

Words cannot describe the chilling experience of visiting the crematorium.

Grafing

After our gut-wrenching sightseeing, we relaxed with another lovely homecooked meal, this time joined by The Man’s uncle’s niece and her husband (who all live in the house above). The niece and husband have excellent English, the uncle only a little, while The Man has good German and I have zilch. But we got by with a lot of bilingual talking and a lot of hand gestures.

The Man hadn’t seen his uncle since he was a boy and neither of us had met the niece, but they were so warm and friendly and their hospitality was embarrassingly good.

Neuschwanstein

They were kind enough to drive us out to Neuschwanstein Castle a couple of hours away. I had been there as a kid (in summer) and it was just as magical.

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

We were at the top of the mountain waiting for our guided tour to start, when we heard our names being called out. It was a guy and a girl we went to school with! Totally bizarre.

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

Bavaria

Bavaria

On the way back, we stopped off at one of the couple’s favourite churches. It was very strange to see such an impressive church in what was essentially the middle of nowhere.

Bavaria

Bavaria

Bavaria

It was definitely a couple of days of opposites – both memorable in different ways.

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Salzburg

I don’t know what it’s like in your part of the world right now but today’s photos might make you feel a little chilly!

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Pre-school children tobogganing - cutest thing ever.

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Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

As you can tell by the volume of photos, we couldn’t get enough of the Mirabell Palace Gardens.

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Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Our main activity of the day was a visit to the Fortress, which this guy is looking up to.

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

We found the entrance to the funicular (hillside cable car) but it was closed due to the snow!

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

It was not an easy walk, but thankfully the view was so beautiful I’m actually glad we weren’t able to take the funicular. Plus, it was probably good to work off some of the schnitzels and wine.

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

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Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Sorry for the epic amount of photos – I couldn’t decide!

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Salzburg

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Salzburg

As well as the normal fortress exhibitions there was a also marionette museum which was quite cute.

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

After a more leisurely walk back down the hill, we treated ourselves to some shopping. Actually we mostly bought gifts for our family but it was still great fun.

My face lit up when I saw this shop consisting entirely of Christmas decorations!

Salzburg

Salzburg

…and this other store window featuring a giant Missoni ‘A’!

Next up, we head to Innsbruck.

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Wels

On our way from Vienna to Salzburg, we hopped off the train for a quick look around the small town of Wels.

The Man’s maternal grandmother and auntie lived here until they emigrated to Australia, where his mother was later born. His great-grandmother remained here until her passing.

His mum gave us a couple of addresses where the great-grandmother had lived and we set out to find them. Unfortunately they were both old folks’ homes (one of which had been torn down and rebuilt) so it wasn’t a charming little house where his grandmother might have grown up.

Still, it was a lovely town and we enjoyed our short wander around. Come for the tour with me…

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

It was a tad cold if you hadn’t worked that out.

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Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

There were some surprisingly flash new houses, like this one. Very cool, huh?

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Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

The main street was very pretty.

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Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

Wels

I think my mother-in-law was really chuffed that we took the time to detour off the original itinerary and visit her family’s hometown.

After a couple of hours it was time to continue our journey. We were thankful to the person who had cleaned the train window so we could enjoy the view!

Wels

Wels

Wels

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Wels

Wels

Wels

Having mostly visited cities, it was great to venture out to see the countryside and towns.

I took so many photos on this day that I’ve split up the afternoon in Salzburg into a separate post coming up tomorrow. See you then!

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Prague

When The Man and I were first discussing our overseas trip (eons ago), we first needed to narrow down where in Europe we wanted to visit. Since I pretty much wanted to go, um, everywhere, we decided to concentrate on Germany and Austria since his mother’s side of the family hails from there.

My only condition was that we had to add Prague to the itinerary.

Prague

So naturally, I was already like an excited little girl when we finally arrived there, let alone when I saw all. the. fairy. lights.

Prague

Oooh…

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Aaaah…

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Cutest nativity scene ever? These were life-sized, just so you know.

Prague

I may or may not have planned our entire trip around being here while the Christmas markets were on. There were decorations to be bought and sugar-coated pastries to be consumed.

Prague

Prague

Seriously, there is something to be said for travelling in low season. We have NEVER stayed in a hotel this nice. Hello, medieval vaulted ceilings, antique furniture and beautiful parquetry floor.

Prague

Prague

Somehow we managed to get our arses out of our gorgeous hotel room with its Nespresso machine and out into the freezing cold (which the locals were calling a ‘heatwave’ I might add, since there was not half a metre of snow on the ground).

Prague

Prague

We had a six-hour walking tour that with a lovely girl as our guide. Apart from being a very knowledgeable local, she was also an art history student so she was particularly good with explaining all of the art and architecture, and she was even able to give us plenty of suggestions for other arty things to see later.

So unlike many days on the trip where we were inside at galleries and museums for much of the day, this one was aaaall outside, meaning there are a zillion photos. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Get that scrolling finger ready, here goes!

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Gothic cathedrals + coloured stained glass. My favourite type of building, hands down.

I’m not a religious person but they never fail to take my breath away.

Prague

Prague

Truly awe-inspiring.

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Prague

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Prague

I think I could put together a series of all the creative nativity displays we saw. So charming, don’t you think?

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Sigh.

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Prague

The markings you can see on this buildings are historical flood levels, the top one being 2002. That is the second storey window, you realise.

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We had lunch at an underground medieval-style tavern. (Thankfully they let us use knives and forks.)

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I know you guys love a good before-and-after – how’s this one?!

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Prague

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Prague

Okay, so we didn’t have to walk for the full six hours: there was a boat ride down the river and canals for part of it.

Prague

Prague

Prague

After the tour ended, The Man and I continued to explore, determined to make the most of the quickly fading daylight. I loooved the displays in the window of the Cubist Building.

Prague

Prague

Prague

I had read that Jugendstil (this region’s version of the French Art Nouveau) had been a popular style here, so I was a bit baffled as to why we had not seen a single example throughout the entire day.

Prague

Prague

…and just at that moment we turned a corner and stumbled into what must have been the Jugendstil District. There was not only this gorgeous building, but shops dedicated to the style and even a restaurant named after one of the era’s icons!

Prague

Mission complete.

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