France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany & Italy 11/08

Hey everyone! Ciao from Riomaggiore, Italy in the Cinque Terre National Park! Just over a month to go on our adventure! The past few weeks were filled with more visitors, Brad’s parents. After driving from Luxembourg, through France, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein, we met them in Munich, Germany. We were off to the middle Rhein River valley to see the castles and vineyards, stopping at a few towns my mom used to live in. From there, it was back to Munich to catch a train to Verona, Italy. Quick stops in Bologna, Florence, Orvieto, and Pisa before arriving in Rome. We toured most of Rome in the couple days we had left before my parents flew home. Once they left, we headed to the Cinque Terre where we have an apartment rented for a few weeks. We are enjoying the nice weather here and the relaxed atmosphere. We were here nine years ago for our honeymoon, so things are nice and familiar. The hiking is great and the sea views even better. Enjoy the pictures! We’ll see you soon!

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Strassbourg, France. Almost more impressive than its counterpart in Paris.

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The French countryside.

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The Swiss countryside…The sky seemed bluer.

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The steepest cog-wheel train in the world (48%) heading up to Mount Pilatus above Lucerne, Switzerland.

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The view from the top!

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Jenny at a Swiss chalet part way down the mountain.

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Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Lucerne, Switzerland from across Lake Lucerne.

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More Swiss countryside…breathtaking!

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A quick stop in Liechtenstein warranted at least one photo.

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Once Mom and Dad arrived, we were off to find a bratwurst stand.

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Heidelberg, Germany.

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The castle above Heidelberg.

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Looking up at the castle in Heidelberg.

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My grandpa had a painting on his wall of this bridge in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

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Pay attention when you are peeing…

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Vineyards across the Rhein River.

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St. Goar Castle in the Lorelei Valley along the Rhein River.

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More vineyards!

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The market in Wurzburg, Germany.

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The worlds tallest bell tower in Ulm, Germany. 528 feet tall.

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Neuschwaunstein Castle!

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Enjoying some beers at the HofbrauHaus in Munich.

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More beers!

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It’s good luck…I guess? Touching Shakespeare’s Juliet’s boob in Verona, Italy. Everybody was doing it…

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Pisa at night under a full moon.

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The leaning tower!

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Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence, Italy.

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Orvieto, Italy from Tenuta Le Vellette vineyard where we toured and tasted.

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You can’t go to Rome without seeing the Colosseum.

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The Colosseum behind some ruins.

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Brad a the Pantheon in Rome. The largest single piece columns in the world…from Egypt.

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The Trevi Fountain.

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Inside St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican.

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Testing the legend of the Boca de Viertas.

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Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre.

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A vineyard in the hills above Riomaggiore we spotted while hiking.

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Brad getting ready to dive in…

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The view from our apartment window.

Ciao for now.
~B

One thought on “France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany & Italy 11/08

  1. Very cool pics, the night pic in pisa, and brad going for a dive are some of my favorites… can’t wait for the viewing session of all the pics. Ill bring the beer and popcorn!

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