On Tuesday, June 12th my family and I boreded a plane to Paris, France. The flight was so long and boring! Finnally we arived in Paris on Wednesday, June 13. From there we traveled all over Europe, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Luxenburg. The next list is where we were and what we did.
France- We went to the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) and got a tour by an awesome tour guide. Did you know that Louis XIV loved his legs so much that in every painting of him he is sticking out his leg? We also went to the Louvre which blew my mind! All the art there all belonged to Napoleon! We saw some famous art such as The Thinker and the Mona Lisa. The Arc de Triomphe was amazing, even though we only drove by it. The Notre Dame was huge and over whelming. We didn’t go into the bell towers because there are 317 steep stairs to the top. We also had some delicious crepes, also. St. Chappelle was a little church with amazing stained glass windows. We also saw Dinner en Blanc (http://untappedcities.com/2013/06/13/2013-paris-diner-en-blanc-trocadero-eiffel-tower-cour-caree-du-louvre-photos/) across from the Eiffel Tower. The Palace and Gardens of Versailles (pronounced Ver-si) was a huge palace with an even bigger garden! On the way to Germany we saw Verdun, a memorial for the greatest loss of life in WWI.
Germany- Mosel Valley: The first night we were in Germany we stayed in a beautiful place along the Mosel River called Beilstein. It was setteled in the Mosel Valley and had grape vineyards all around it. One night in Beilstein we saw a family of swans! While we were there we went on a 6 mile hike to Burg Eltz, a castle from the 12th century. We also had some really good food!
Rein Valley: In the Rein Valley we saw Bastian for the first time since July 2012! We went on a boat ride up and down the Rein River when it was 97 F! That same day we went on a chair lift with Bastian and his family.
Wetter (Bastian’s home): In Wetter we saw Bastian’s brother singing group. We also saw Bastian’s graduation. We went swimming in Bastian’s pool almost everyday. One day we went to a really cool tree climbing place were there were obstacles from tree to tree. Then on another day we went to a fun park with kid opperated rides and animals such as goats. I went with my brother, my sister, Ellie (Bastian’s sister), Constantin (Bastian’s brother), and Bastian’s mom. I went to school with Dorthy (Bastian’s other sister) one day and went swimming with her and her friends.
Berlin: In Berlin we saw the Reichstag, the goverment building. We also saw the Czech president going into a hotel. We saw the United States embassy building. Brandenberg Gate, a victory gate. The Memorial to the Mudered Jews was cool achitecture, but had a sad purpose. In the Pergamon musem we saw the Roman alter (http://www.smb.museum/smb/sammlungen/details.php?lang=en&objectId=3&n=1&r=3). And in the Neues musem we saw the bust of Nefertiti (http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?lang=en&objID=29934). We went up to the top of the Berlin Cathedral and looked down. We also rode by the remnants of the Berlin wall.
Munich: We saw the BMW musem with Bastian’s dad, which I didn’t find interesting, but my dad did. We also saw a really fun glockenspeil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH6pwKdw9CI). We went to a musem, but everything was in German! We went to the Neuschwanstein Castle, a giant castle that was never finished. We also went to the castle next door, the Hohenschwangau Castle. We ate at a famous restaurant called the Hofbrauhaus, with the band playing, everyone had good spirits!
Reutte, Austria: We spent the night here, and in the morning we went to see the Zugspitze, which is on the border of Austria and Germany, and is the highest point in Germany ( http://www.ricksteves.com/news/tribune/zugspitze.htm). We rode the cable car up to the top, but we couldn’t see anything! All we saw was a cloud of white because it was so foggy!
Rothenburg, Germany: Rothenburg is a preserved medieval town. We went on the night watchman tour through the city (http://www.nightwatchman.de/index.php?&sprache=ENG). He was a great tour guide! We ate the famous Rothenburg pastry, Schneeballen, which translates to snowballs. We walked in the castle garden and along the original city wall.
Back to Wetter: We stayed in Wetter two more days before going back to Paris and soon after, home. Everyone was tearing up as we said goodbye. We went to a park the night before we left for Paris and just let our thoughts wonder away from leaving Europe. That same night we had an amazing diner cooked by Mrs. Zapft. The next day we left for Paris. On the way there we saw the Colonge Cathedral, a GIANT church. The flight home was worse the the flight to Europe. When we finally made it back to good old USA it was 3 pm, but it felt like 10 at night because of the time change. We are back in Kansas, but I will never forget that amazing trip to Europe!