S: The Journey
BC: MEMORIES 2010
FC: The Journey
1: Thank you Mom and Dad for this grand adventure. Many years later, it took a bigger vehicle to get around Europe but it was a trip of a lifetime. We learned more about you and created many wonderful memories along the way.
2: We left Little Rock on July 7, 2010 heading for Europe. No, we did not drive there. We were fortunate enough that the North Little Rock side of the family had front door service to the airport. We were leaving for 10 days and were visiting Germany and England.
3: Ellen | Matt | Tyler, age 17 | Caleb, age 13 | Barry | Alicia | Judy | Jeff | Jake, age 11 | RJ, age 6 | July 2010 | Jeremiah, 8 | Daniel, age 19 | Mikaila, 13
4: It wasn't too long before we realized that we weren't going to make our connecting flight due to storms.
5: After many hours of coordination, we ended up spending the night in Houston and leaving the next morning. | Speak no evil | See no evil | Hear no evil | We sang Happy Birthday to Jake in a greatly overcrowded bus to the hotel at around 11:30 that night. It was certainly a memorable 11th Birthday!
6: Our flight to Newark and Munich was uneventful. Jeff and Barry got us on the right train to the Munich underground. We had to ask directions to our apartments.
7: Angelika and Dankwart Vogel met us at the apartment. We were so excited to see them. We dropped our bags into our rooms and the Vogel's whisked us away to the Alps. We took several trains to Garmish and then a cog train up the mountain to Zugspitze. At the top we could see 4 countries; Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. It was amazingly beautiful! | The cog train
10: Zugspitz - The top of the world
12: That evening we took a "5 minute walk" to dinner at a local Biergarten. We tasted a bit of everything, pretzels, bratwurst, chicken and pome frites. | Kolja met us for dinner.
13: The "5 minute walk" was one of the many things that we laughed about. Everyone we asked for directions always said "oh its about a 5 minute walk". They obviously walk A LOT faster than we do.
14: While the rest of us went to Dachau; Gran, Grandad, Jeremiah and RJ toured the city with Kolja and Mena. They had | breakfast at Kolja's home. RJ and Jeremiah especially liked the strawberries. | They visited the 1972 Olympic Park and went to the top of the tower
15: Munich | The boys discovered what the locals do on sunny days in the summer. Let's just say they sunbathe.
17: Hitler was voted into power. Wall Street had already crashed and it was thought the crash was one of the reasons that Hitler was voted in. Within a month of coming into power he declared a state of emergency and started | arresting gypsy's, alcoholics and a-socials. Later the intellectually elite and faith based persecutions began. In 1941 Hitler decided to invade Russia. They got within 60 miles of Russia and winter set in. The Germans were unprepared with food and clothing and that was the end of WWII. Dachau opened in 1933. The buildings in Dachau were designed for 55 prisoners per room and at liberation they discovered 500 per room. The locals were told that Dachau was a prison establishment so it was not questioned. "Work makes free" was on the front gate. This statement helped portray what the government wanted them to believe.
18: Work was used as a form of torture. Roll call was on the square at 4:30 am in summer and 5:30 am in winter. There were 32,000 people counted during roll call. Many people died either walking to roll call or standing outside in the elements during roll call. There were different colored patches which meant a different origin of a prisoner. A yellow star meant a Jewish prisoner. A red triangle meant a German Jewish prisoner. Brown was for gypsys and blue was for immigrants. This was a way of creating a hierarchy in camp.
19: Jews were always treated most harshly. The gypsys were next in line. The most elite was a German political prisoner. German prisoners would help work the camps discipline, even killing others. One memorial reads "NEVER AGAIN" in 5 different languages. Today, every German child has to visit here while they are in school. "But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and there shall no torment touch them."
20: Munich, Germany
21: We went to dinner that night at Wirtshaus in der au. A few of us had roast pork & potato dumpling and some tried the viner-schnitzel. It was described as two escallops of pork marinated with mustard, horseradish & roast potatoes. It was yummy!
22: One of the things I should mention is that there was an unprecedented heat wave while we were in Munich. There was no air conditioning and there weren't any fans. Yowsa.
23: The next morning we were off to London. 15 people, suitcases and backpacks on or off a train within 30 seconds was quite a challenge.
25: After 2 trains, 1 plane and 1 bus we arrived in London 7 1/2 hours later. Getting on this flight was quite an experience but once we got there it was quite pleasant. | Easy Jet was not really that easy. We took this picture from the opposing stairwell during our race for seats.
27: The London Eye
28: The streets of London | In the picture below, Grandad is sharing a few thoughts and memories with us. He said Gran was the most beautiful bride walking around. She turned heads all over London (he described through tears). | Grandad said he bought his first pair of contacts in London.
29: The Bridge of London | Gran and Grandad visited London often | while they lived in | Ipshwich. | Jeff, Judy, Caleb, Jake and RJ all visited the | Tower of London
30: London Bridge
31: Tower of London
33: At 11 am we started the journey to Dedham. We took two trains to Colchester. From there we picked up a van to drive to Dedham. 15 people, several small kids, a wheelchair, back packs and luggage for 15 people off a train in 1 minute. | At one point we knew we didn't have GranDads suitcase. Jeff hopped back on the train and got it. We relaxed until we realized Gran was still on the train. Matt yelled "throw Momma off the train." Once we retrieved her from the train we all had a good laugh. Barry was our fearless driver. He did better than the rest of us did. It is difficult getting used to driving (& riding) on the other side.
34: And we're off. We drove to Dedham England and stayed in a house called the Tallow Factory. It was fabulous!
37: Once we arrived in Dedham we all just relaxed and explored the town. The kids played and later we all met at the pub for dinner. It was a really quaint town. We all loved it!
38: On July 13th we left to tour rural England. Gran and GranDad lived at 172 Colchester Road in Ipswich England from 1961-1964. GranDad was a missionary and Gran taught at the base. The current residents were there and Alicia knocked on the door and asked if we could take a few pictures.
39: They were so hospitable. They even invited us in for tea. The house had been renovated recently by this family.
40: Throughout the trip we heard stories about when they lived in England. One of the stories that Gran shared was that the fog could be really severe. Englanders knew to stay home during those times. One night it was so foggy, Gran got out of the car to help guide GranDad into the turn at the church and he couldn't even see her. She got very tickled telling us that story. These pictures are from their time in England.
42: Families are like fudge
43: Mostly sweet with a few nuts
44: Our next stop was to Framlingham Castle in Suffolk County, England. It was built in the early 13th century. We walked around the top of the perimeter wall listening to a recorded history of the castle. | Circa 1961 | GranDad Circa 1961 | Framlingham Castle
45: Suffolk County, England
46: After a little horse play and convincing that we couldn't get spears through security we are off to the North Sea. We stopped in Felix Stowe and ate by the sea at a pub called The Old Millars. | Felix Stowe, England
47: The Old Millars
49: The North Sea
50: Next we headed to Wingfield Village. We met the church caretaker, Bob Elliott. The Wingfield Church was build in 1362 AD. Their congregation on an average Sunday consists of 12-20 people. | Wingfield Village, England
52: This was as close as we got to the castle. It is privately owned now. The picture above is in front of the castle around 1961. The picture on the opposite page is at Wingfield College. | Circa 1961 | Circa 1961 | The Wingfield Castle | 2010
53: Wingfield Castle, 1961 | 2010 | Circa 1961 | Circa 1961 | Wingfield Vilage
55: 10. A top sheet (comforter only) 9. Washcloths 8. Fans and/or air conditioners 7. Non fizzy water/juice (ask for no gas) 6. Drink refills 5. Ice 4. Street signs 3. The dark. At 10 pm the sun goes down and when we woke up at 4:30 am the sun was already up. 2. Quiet birds: See #3; the birds start singing when the sun comes up. 1. Head room: Barry had a new wound each morning from the low rafters in their room. Jeff almost knocked himself out on the door facing in the pub in front of several amused locals. | Top 10 things Europeans don't believe in:
56: On our way to | London
57: I have never been on and off so many trains in my life. We ate on trains, we played on trains and yes we slept on trains.
58: The first day we went to London we took the train(s). It took several hours to get there. Gran and GranDad stayed in Dedham to catch up on some much needed rest. We all only took 3 changes of clothes so Gran also helped us catch up on laundry. Some of us went | Our first day in London | shopping while the rest of us went on a double decker sight seeing tour.
59: It hasn't rained the entire time we have been here. We got on the open air bus and it started raining.
60: Big Ben | Nelson's Ship in a Bottle | Westminster Abbey | St Paul's Cathedral | The Houses of Parliament | The Clock Tower | Trafalgar Square
61: Hamley's | The 5 story toy store was one of the high-lights for the kids. | Magic tricks | Escalators | Piano's you can play | with your feet | Toy Store
62: Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
66: We decided to stay the last night in London. We had a tasty dinner across the street from the theatre and then saw | "Wicked." | It was | fabulous!
67: We were all exhausted and glad that we did not have to drive back to the country. Jeff carried RJ on his back back to the hotel. | Jeff sat down in the subway with RJ still on his back and fast asleep. Thankfully RJ could still walk after his run in with the escalator vs. crock.
68: We sang Happy Birthday to Gran in the New Jersey airport.
69: The | JOURNEY | home