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BC: Adventure is a path. Real adventure โ€“ self-determined, self-motivated, often risky โ€“ forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind โ€“ and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white. Mark Jenkins

1: May 17 - June 6, 2011 | 21 Days 6 Travelers 11 Cities in 7 Countries 5 Planes 1 Boat Countless Trains, Metros, Buses & Taxis {One GREAT Adventure}

2: Somewhere between Here and There

3: Amsterdam

4: Hotel Paganini | The Soundtrack Begins...

5: We spent the first night exploring the city... | Had dinner at ODonnell's Pub and stopped a few places for drinks | Sitting at a place called "Playa Nasty" was a bit dangerous for Lindsey... While leaning in for a photo with Micah she fell off her bar height stool and ended up on the ground with her beer mug shattered next to her. Thankfully no injuries, just a good laugh!

6: The Heineken Experience

7: Walking through the Red Light District | Adventure is worthwhile in itself Amelia Earhart | Delicious Old Cheese Sandwich before leaving the city

8: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St. Augustine

9: Brugge

10: St. Christopher's Hostel | After settling into our room we got dinner at a snack bar. The frites with mayonnaise were great. The city is beautiful at night , and the dance club was so much fun!

11: Belgium Waffles with milkshakes for breakfast, yum! | Spent the afternoon enjoying this amazing park.

12: Walking tour of the city with Kai

13: Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. [Frank Herbert]

14: Paris

15: Breakfast was at a small Patisserie where we enjoyed French pastries and coffee. We then headed over to Notre Dame. Ethan got 'married' to an Italian Bachelorette outside the church. The architecture and stained glass windows were breathtaking!

16: We spent the morning walking around the city. Lunch was a baguette from a street vendor, delicious!

17: The Louvre

18: Eiffel Tower

19: The afternoon was spent enjoying ice cream and napping on the lawn of the Tower. The weather was absolutely perfect, a complete dream come true!

20: We walked around and found a supermarket were we picked up some Champagne (cheaper than water!) and enjoyed a toast. Then, taking a note from the locals, we went back and got picnic items for an amazing dinner. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and fellowship. Just as we finished dinner the sunset and the Tower lit up for the night!

22: Arc de Triomphe | The elevators were broken and the 284 stair climb to the top was exhausting, but the breathtaking view was completely worth it!! | Walking along the Champs- Elysees

23: In need of some girl time, Lindsay and I had a dinner date. The food was excellent and the wine, delicious. We then embarked on the Palace of Versailles journey that only ended in disappointment, 70 euros in taxi fees, and the photo to the left.

24: To Spain we go... | Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.[ Jack Kerouac]

25: Barcelona

26: Bornet Apartment Our place was right in the middle of a shopping district across from the market. Alfredo, the owner, met us at the metro when we got into town, as soon as we got settled we headed to the beach

27: Beautiful Beaches | Cold Beer, Cerveza, et aqua! | masaje, massage!

28: Basilica de la Sagrada Familia | Construction began in 1882 and was still underway

29: Savor little glimpses of God's goodness and His majesty, thankful for the gift of them; winding pathways through the woods, a bright green canopy overhead, and dappled sunshine falling all around.

30: Cervaza, Sangria, and Tapas | Going Out Cloths

31: Family Dinner | Lindsay and I shopped at Mercat de La Boqueria to prepare dinner for the boys. We made chicken, mushrooms, green beans, and red peppers over rice. We started the meal with an appetizer of bread with pesto and mozzarella and finished with fresh watermelon.

32: Traveling along the Meddertraian Coast | Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.

33: Nice | We arrived into town late in the evening, grabbed dinner at a pizzeria and walked around for a while.

34: Train layover in Ventimiglia

35: Diano Marina

36: Hotel Ulivo | Afternoon at the beach

37: This was by far the most amazing meal I've ever had. We sat on the second level terrace that overlooked the sea. We all ordered different pasta and ate family style, our favorite was the Carbonara. | Pizza & Pasta | We had great conversations and the wine was amazing. The evening ended up being one of our favorites of the trip.

38: After dinner we walked around the town and treated ourselves to gelato for dessert.

39: ROME

40: We stayed at Hotel Domidea, a little outside of the city but perfect! After we settled in we grabbed pizza at a place nearby.

41: Pasta for lunch | Exploring the ruins of Ancient Rome

42: Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. Ronald Reagan | The Cross marks the spot where the Emperor would sit to watch the games

43: The Colosseum | The Tour Guide told stories about Roman culture and the history of the Colosseum

44: After the Colosseum Tour we continued on a tour of The Palatine, the hill where Rome was born. We learned how some common phrases have Ancient Roman roots: "Hand in Marriage" "Something up his sleeve" and "wrong end of the stick"

45: Time for some shopping

46: This was our favorite square in the city. We enjoyed wine, dinner, and street entertainment at Magnolia's. What a perfect evening!

47: We stumbled upon this beautiful church that had an open choir concert, I could have listened all night! | The Pantheon

48: As the legend goes, if you stand with your back to the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will be sure to return to Rome

49: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

50: The Vatican

51: St. Peters Basilica

52: mmm... gelato! | Back to our favorite square to share a giant Calzone on our last night in Rome.

53: Before leaving Rome we found a laundromat, I've never been so happy to do laundry in my life!

54: London

55: Buckingham Palace | Without even knowing it we arrived just in time to watch the Changing of the Guards

56: everybody in... | BIG BEN | Double Decker Bus | Fish & Chips for lunch

57: Westminster | Abbey | All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. Martin Buber

58: The London Eye

59: Parliament | After exploring the city we met up with some of TJ's family for a family style Chinese Dinner...we even ate the whole thing with chopsticks!

60: Evesham

62: Visiting the town where my Great Grandma Lane called home was truly an amazing experience. Knowing that I walked on the same streets, saw the same parks, and admired the same buildings as my ancestors is a memory i will always cherish.

63: In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Alex Haley

64: Liverpool

65: We had the most adorable hotel room!!! | The morning was spent shopping and a delicious breakfast of eggs benedict, coffee, and a champagne cocktail!

66: The Magical Mystery Tour

67: We visited TJ's family just outside of the city. Mike & Steph were gracious enough to open their home and make us a delicious home cooked meal. After dinner we got to meet the animals then sat in the living room and drank tea. It was a beautiful night in the countryside!

68: Ferry from Holly Head to Dublin | Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places. Italo Calvino

69: Dublin

70: Arriving at our Hostel in Dublin

71: While the boys went on the Guinness Factory Tour Lindsay and I explored the city and spent the afternoon at an Irish Pub with live music.

72: Delicious Cottage Pie for dinner before heading to the game... | Off to Croke Park to enjoy the Gaelic Football Game...

73: We decided it was necessary to be 'Super Fans' for the game, which meant we needed a flag and foam finger!! | Come on you Boys in Blue!!

75: It took us a while to figure out the game...a cross between soccer, rugby, and football. We had the perfect seats with the 'Real Fans' on The Hill

76: After the game we ended up at a pub called Hill 16. Before too long the entire bar was joining in on Irish Drinking Songs, exactly what i expected!

77: Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

78: TJ | Lindsay | Ethan | Thomas | Kate | Micah

79: If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints possibility never. Soren Kierkegaard

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