S: Europe Trip 2010
BC: DEPARTED | EUROPE | 1 OCT 2010
1: EUROPE | 9/13/10 to 10/1/10
2: MUNICH, GERMANY | GERMANY | ARRIVE 14 SEPT 2010 | is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. Munich is known for its yearly world-acclaimed beer festival, Oktoberfest!
5: Address: Thalkirchnerstrasse, nr. 75 Munich Our apartment was near many restaurants and the bus line, which got us into downtown.
6: We fell upon a vibrant and colorful farmer's market while walking through Munich. The town was very relaxed and the people were open and friendly.
8: MARIENPLATZ is a central square in the city centre of Munich. It has been the main square since 1158.
10: Rathaus-Glockenspiel | MARIENPLATZ MUNICH
12: MARIENPLATZ Schneider Weisse Brauhaus | Schneiders is in the heart of Marienplatz. This pub featured many beers brewed to Bavarian styles. Our favorite, Tap 5, was quite tasty, even for the non-beer drinker! The food was also very good! Lots of Bavarian classics like bratwurst, schnitzels and spaetzles!
15: Neuschwanstein | Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace located in a village called Hohenschwangau, near Fussen. Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the palace as a retreat. He died before its completion. Walt Disney used Neuschwanstein Castle as inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
16: Neuschwanstein | Fussen
19: FUSSEN | Bavaria
20: BMW WELT and MUSEUM is a exhibition facility and museum in Munich. It showcases BMW's innovated products and rich past and operates with the BMW headquarters.
22: Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival, the largest in the world, with over 5 million people attending every year. The festival is held in an area called Theresienwiese, in Munich. Beers at the festival must be a minimum of 6% alcohol and brewed within the limits of Munich.
24: Auf wiedersehen Munich... until next time....
26: is a metropolitan unrivaled in art, history and fashion. It is a bustling city filled with people from all walks of life. It is the capital of France and is situated on the river Seine. Paris has been one of Europe's centers for learning and the arts since the 12th century. | PARIS, FRANCE | FRANCE | ARRIVE 20 SEPT 2010
28: We made it to PARIS! Hotel Delos Vaugirard 7 Rue du General Beuret 15 Porte De Versailles Paris 750
30: THE RIVER SEINE is a 482 mile river. It begins north of Dijon and ends in the English Channel.
32: ARC DE TRIOMPHE stands in the center of Place Charles de Gualle and is at the western end of Champs-Elysees. It honors those who fought and died for France. Here lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.
34: Notre Dame | PARIS
35: NOTRE DAME is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is said to contain the crown of thrones, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.
36: MUSEE du LOURVE is one of the world's largest museum with one of the most extensive art collections. It is housed in the Lourve Palace, which began as a fortress in the late 12th century.
38: LA CONCIERGERIE is formerly a royal palace and a prison located on the west end of Ile de la Cite. It is where Marie Antoinette spent her last days before she was executed.
40: Chateau de Versailles
41: VERSAILLES was home to the royal family during the reign of Louis XIV, until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution when they were forced back to the capital city of Paris.
42: CATACOMBS OF PARIS are an underground ossuary in Paris that houses the remains of about 6 million Parisians.
44: Nightlife | PARIS
46: Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church situated at the top of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris.
48: Au revoir Paris.... until next time....
50: is regarded as the birthplace of western civilization. It is the capital of Italy and is one of the most populated cities in the European Union. Rome's rich history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its founding in 753 BC. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in western Europe for 700 years. After the Middle Ages, Rome was transformed into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance. It was home to such artists and sculptors as Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael. | ROME, ITALY | ITALY | ARRIVE 25 SEPT 2010
52: ROME, ITALY Alle Fornaci at San Pietro Via Delle Fornaci 20 Rome RM 00165
54: ROME, ITALY with its cobble stone streets, alleyways and statue fountains, there was something charming around every corner.
56: THE VATICAN: The Holy See | is located in Vatican City, a sovereign city state, located on the western end of Rome. It is the home of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Peter's Basilica is located within Vatican City and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites in the world. It is the burial site of Saint Peter who, according to tradition, was the first Bishop of Rome.
59: is the current Pope and was appointed on April 19, 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict has both German and Vatican citizenship. The Pope conducts a mass every Wednesday at St. Peter's Square, where a free ticket from a Swiss Guard is all one needs to attend. | POPE BENEDICT XVI
60: VATICAN MUSEUM is home to an immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the most important masterpieces live here, such as Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the Gallery of Maps.
62: Castel Sant'Angelo is also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. It was erected on the right bank of the Tiber River between 135 AD and 139 AD. Originally supposed to be a mausoleum, it has served as a fortress, a castle and a prison.
64: COLOSSEUM | is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of Rome, the largest ever built by the Roman Empire. It was constructed in 72 AD. It was used for gladiatorial contests and other entertainment spectacles. After the early medieval era, the colosseum was used for housing, for workshops, as a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV consecrated the building to the Passion of the Christ, though connection to Christianity is debated.
66: Il VITTORIANO is a monument to honor Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. Designed by Giuseppe Sacconi, it is made of white marble and has been considered by some to be overly lavish and excessive. It holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of Italy from WWI.
68: Ruins | ROME
71: Constantine This statue of Emperor Constantine stood 30 feet high and the head, hands and feet were made of marble. It is housed at the Capitoline Museums
72: TREVI FOUNTAIN is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world. A traditional legend holds if visitors throw a coin into the fountain they are assured a return trip to Rome. Supposedly this fountain marks the terminal point of a pure water source from the Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to Rome.
74: Artwork | ROME
77: The Spanish Steps connect the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. It is the widest staircase in Europe.
79: Dining in Rome
80: Arrivederci Rome... until next time....