We were so pleased to have both of our sets of parents come to visit us in Europe over the past month! We went through a lot of countries and visited a lot of places. It turns out that writing blog posts while traveling is much easier said than done so I now have a lot to catch you guys up on! I’ve cataloged our trips in a photostory below.
Blythe and I toured Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.
My parents met us in Vienna and we started out their trip with schnitzel and a ballet performance at the Vienna State Opera House.
For my birthday we went on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg!
Next up was the Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich. Very sobering, very moving, utterly terrible.
We were lucky enough to go to Oktoberfest in Munich!
We had an amazing day at Neuschwanstein Castle (Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle).
Searching for chocolate in Zurich…
Finding chocolate in Zurich!
After eating our Swiss chocolate, we met Blythe’s parents in Edinburgh. We had a great couple of days showing everyone around!
Of course we also took them up to the highlands.
We even went on a Loch Ness monster hunting boat trip. In this picture my dad has either partaken in too much scotch (we were in Scotland, afterall), or is singing to lure Nessie up to see us. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Shopping and exploring the Shambles in York.
Windsor Castle outside of London. The Queen’s favorite residence (and rightly so)!
The Roman Baths in Bath.
In London our family friends the Cross’ joined us! We saw the Churchill War Rooms, Rosetta Stone, Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and we went on a Thames River Cruise to get pictures of many other London landmarks!
We also saw Wicked at its London home and absolutely loved it!
From London my parents flew home and we continued to Amsterdam with Blythe’s parents and the Cross’ where we picked up our Rhine River Cruise! The festivities started with an Amsterdam canal cruise (so cool!).
Also, the boat, food, and rooms were so incredibly nice… It was my first cruise, but I’ve been told this cruise spoiled me.
Germany (Cruise Style)
After a morning of cruising the Romantic Rhine area and spotting castles on the cliffs through the mist, our first port was Dusseldorf. We enjoyed some beer and a city tour!
Next was Rudesheim where we went to the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments (super neat) and enjoyed the local specialty, a sweet alcoholic coffee. Delicious and perfect for a rainy day in a cute German town!
Cochem hosted us next. In Cochem we toured the castle on the hill and the adorable town below. I don’t think I could ever get tired of these cute German villages.
Bernkastel was the last small town on our trip. There we toured the town and were given free reign on a massive wine cellar holding more than 130 wines from the region.
Trier was our last river stop. It is the oldest town in Germany and contains numerous Roman ruins. After getting a Roman ruins tour in the morning, we returned to the ship to go on another excursion…
to Luxembourg City! We spent the afternoon learning about this tiny country, its people, and its history.
Our cruise ended with a train trip to Paris where we stayed in a 5 star hotel in the center of the city (ooh la la!). We explored the city and got to see the Eiffel Tower, Louvre (and Mona Lisa), Arc de Triomph, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more!
On our last day with Blythe’s parents and the Cross’ we made a trip to the Palace of Versailles. I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted to stand in this room.
And now we’re staying… in a castle!
We’ll be living in a castle in France for the next couple of weeks with a few fellow workawayers and the Count who’s family has owned the castle and surrounding lands for 1000 years. Needless to say, we are very excited for the opportunity!
Until next time, Au Revoir!