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BC: EUROPALOOZA 05 March- 24 May 2008 -----starring--- Alexander BASILIADIS Dan BILYK Paul CASPERS Jeremy KAVICH Craig WOLOSHYN


2: SPAIN | Madrid | Malaga | AFRICA | Barcelona | Tangier, Morocco | Granada | Girona | Nice | Montpellier | France | Paris | Monte Carlo | Normandy Beaches | Britain | London | Bern, interlaken | Italy | Venice | Florence | Rome | Naples | Pisa | Switzerland | Switzerland | Czech Republic | Prague | Germany | Austria | Netherlands | Berlin | Munich | Black Forest | Amsterdam | Hook van Holland | Freiburg | Vienna

3: Brindisi | Greece | Corfu | Mykonos | Athens | Hungary | Budapest | Poland | Auschwitz | Craig Woloshyn | Dan Bilyk | Ali Basiladis | Paul Caspers | Jeremy Kavich

4: Here's a couple of firsts | First Day in europe First Street beer First trip to the beach

5: Costa Del Sol Golf Course Craig had quite the record, 2 dozen balls and 3 houses hit | Malaga , Spain

6: ALHAMBRA, Granada

7: Not the most exciting tours we chose to take. One of the highlights was definitely when Dan started dancing with some high school students in the middle of the path... He ate that up! Full of botanical Gardens and paintings, built for "royalty". It really didn't interest us boys much.

8: Malaga Spain The water was murky, but we saw some really cool fish.

9: First time scuba diving for some of us. We had fun.

10: Tangier, Morocco, Africa

11: Tangier was just a day trip offered by our timeshare. One of Paul's many "friends" chased us street to street, trying to sell us a rug.

12: Below are sheeps heads sold at the Mercat de la Boqueria a large and colourful market on the Ramblas. If you were to visit this market, particularly during the summer months, you'll be dazzled by the brilliance of colour from the fruits and vegetables in its stalls. | Our First Pub Crawl Funny story that night....

13: Just Passing Through..... Lots of walking with our packs made a long day

14: St Patrick's Day in Montpelier.... Ali and Dan decided to roam the streets... while the other boys caught a late afternoon movie. We all met up later after ....a "slight" miscommunication. | Also in Montpelier.... the CBO (cheese, bacon, onion). Best McDonald's burger ever.

15: Nice had one of the better hostels we were to encounter on our journey; but the location was arguable. The hill we had to climb to get there would leave you sore for days. | Monte Carlo, is actually its own country, with a population of about 3000 and renowned for its casino (above). Another huge attraction is the Oceanographic Museum, one of the top 5 aquariums in the world. | The Casino had a very strict dress code. Jeremy and Dan went in and played the slots & Dan came out with 50 Euro in his pocket.

16: Ski trip to Interlaken, Switzerland on a hill named Grindelwald

17: Interlaken | Swiss canyon jumping

18: ~~~Bern, Switzerland~~~ Home of Einstein & The Bear Sanctuary | Quarter competion and foosball

19: Venice Italy We went on a tour of a glass making factory .... very cool. Also visited one of the oldest casino's in the world

20: There was quite a bit of shopping in Venice. Paul was out bargaining like usual. | The nightlife was a little disappointing, our hostel was very isolated. | Italy

21: The drunkest night of Dans life. This bar was called "Space" and instead of buying drinks, you got a punch card and every drink was a different price. At the end of the night you are asked to pay your tab, Paul being Paul, forgot his money and ended up getting chased out of there and almost beat to a pulp. Dan puked outside of the hostel. NOCKY NOCKY!!

22: Florence or "Firenze" was an interesting place. One memory we won't forget is Craig's face when he tried Jeremy's calf brains. Mhh Mhh he looked like he was gonna puke all over.

23: Fun fact: The Pisa Tower was shifted from 6 degrees down to under 4 degrees and no longer will change angle. | Classic Pisa Pictures.

24: Rome was Craig's last stop before heading back home, so we made it unforgettable. We went to the Spanish Steps. The Colosseum at night was beautiful; the courtyards history blew us away. Paul ate an orange from a tree; it was bitter.

26: The Trevi Fountain ...has a few tales. They say if you throw 3 coins into the fountain, it will bring you marriage or divorce. There is roughly 3000 euro thrown into the fountain daily. It is 85ft tall and 65ft wide and is truly a spectacular sight.

27: The Vatican

28: Naples | Stinky city, known for its pizza. Jeremy and Dan had unbelievable calamari here.. | Mount Vesuvius last erupted in 1944. It took over an hour to climb this beast. This mountain has erupted over 20 times.

29: The Pink Palace Corfu, Greece | The pink palace was strictly a party hostel.. ATV ride was fun 'til Paul screwed his up. This is where we met "brown eyed girl" | Ali loved the dogs there.. and the shots they made for us were disgusting... & Dan puked pretty hard that night

30: Mykonos, Greece

31: We rented scooters and got lost on a back road. Ali lost control of his, and tipped it over and burned his leg. It was reading week when we were there and met some really interesting people.

32: Athens

33: The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the 1st Olympic Summer games of the modern era in 1896, as well as the summer games of 2004.

34: The Parthenon in Athens. It was extremely muggy that day, no direct sun but very hot. Reconstruction of this historic site began in 1983 & is predicted to be complete by 2020.

35: Athens was very gloomy and humid, but we made it through OK

37: Caving (or spelunking) in Budapest was insane. Our guide was so fun. The little hole on the bottom left was so small, Dan could barely fit his hips through it, and we all know how skinny he is. | Some were a little more nervous than others, but at the end of the experience we all came out with a whole new outlook on life above this 100km long piece of rock.

38: Green Day Basically...Grass Day... was a busy one. We ran into some trouble on our way to Go-Karting. Apparently, we didn't swipe our passes on the tram. Some scam artists tried to take advantage of us, but we didn't buy into it!!

39: Vienna | We stayed in a beautiful hostel called the Wambat & we played Tug-of-War with a wrestler. Vienna is the resting place of some very influential musicians including Beethoven. Vienna was not the biggest party place, although Paul dropped his pants and we did watch two girls make out. :) | Austria


41: Poland was especially emotional. The Auschwitz concentration camp was incredible. Walking through the gates, you could really feel the horror and pain that took place there.

42: Prague

43: Sedlec Ossuary aka The Church of Bones In 1278 the abbott of Sedlec brought back a jar of soil from Golgotha in Jerusalem to Sedlec. From that time on people from all over the area wanted to be buried in this sacred location. When the Bubonic plague hit Europe in the 14th century, many desired to be buried on this sacred ground. There were over 40,000 bodies buried there.... | ....In the 15th century a Gothic church was built near the cemetery and its basement was used as an ossuary. The bones stayed there for centuries till 1870 when a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was appointed to place the bones in order. The result was impressively shocking.

44: the Netherlands

45: Queens Day - Amsterdam- Orange is their national color and everyone floats down the channel and into the streets. We visited Dan's Aunt Tineke and Uncle Glenn. We also visited Anne Frank's House & stumbled our way through a special district of Amsterdam.

46: Berlin....ohh boy..Berlin. When leaving Amsterdam, no one remembered to book a hostel before we arrived. The problem with this was all the hostels were booked up and the consensus was to remain at the train station. Paul took the night train back to Amsterdam so he could sleep. Jeremy cuddled up in a chair at the station, while Dan and Ali took another local train to the end of the line and back a few times. | Fact: The Berlin Wall, is the Holocaust memorial to the Jews, the Reichstag, and Hitlers bunker.... all significant sights memorializing events of WWII.

47: Occupying about 205,000 square feet, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial is made up of 2,711 gray stone slabs that bear no markings.


49: Ali tried to do pull-ups on a coat hanger, as you can see, that didnt work out very well & jonny fixit to the rescue. There was some really cool beer steins purchased here....some made it back to Canada.... and unfortunately some were stolen on the train back from the Normandy Beaches. | Munich

50: The Deutsches Museum is one of the largest and oldest science museums in the world, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors every year. It houses over 17,000 exhibits. You could easily spend a number of days wandering around. We were burned out by the end of this day.

51: Prost! | Ein Toast!!

52: "I am Jesus" | "is she carrying 3 in one hand?" | "Did i just see Brown eyed girl??" | "Into the Dragons lair" | "PROST"

53: A drunken haze at the Hofbrauhaus, schnitzel & pretzels kept the boys goin' all night. The women in this brewery were huge, carrying 3 beersteins in each hand, Machenes. A litre of beer just spells a good time.

54: This was a tour through the city of Munich. Pope Benedict was born and raised in Munich. Also well known for the Glockenspiel and Oktoberfest, which Paul attended shortly after the rest of the boys returned to Canada.

56: Paris so romantic and beautiful. There would usually be several more pictures of this place, but it seems we had a hard time holding on to our baggage....... including cameras. Jeremy, Dan and Paul all lost cameras. | France

57: Normandy Beaches Paul did not join the rest of the boys on this adventure. The trip back towards Paris is where Dan had his bag stolen with all of his souvenirs from Germany and Paris, along with his camera. | The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion and establishment of Allied forces in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord in World War II. It was the largest amphibious operation in history. The first day of allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy is known as "D" day. The invasion took place from 06 June 1944 – mid-July 1944 and resulted in a decisive Allied victory.

58: London

59: The worlds largest "A frame" ferris wheel (450ft) A beautiful view of the entire city including Big Ben. Paul did not join the rest of the crew. | The London Eye

60: Londons' Wax Museum is one of the last attractions we visited in the area. By the time we reached our final destination, we had seen enough churches and cathedrals, so we all laid low.

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