S: Europe 2012
FC: Europe 2012 | Hallstatt | Vienna | Fussen | Austria | Germany | Murren | Switzerland | Luzern | Zurich | LONDON | England
1: Off to Vienna | Our first double decker plane. | We survived without A/C!
2: The Vienna State Opera House
4: This is the Habsburg monarchy's summer residence. | The inside was lovely, but the gardens were the highlight! The grounds also included a zoo & labyrinth made out of hedges.
5: Schonbrunn Palace | Gloriette | Big ole fountain | View of the palace & gardens from behind the monster fountain
6: In and About Vienna | St Stephen's Cathedral | These views are from the south tower. Note the elaborately tiled roof.
7: This was so cool! They put a big screen up on the side of City Hall and showed an opera for all to enjoy for free under the stars. | The Hofburg Palace by day... and by night... | Mozart Monument | Strauss Monument
8: Next on the itinerary... Hallstatt Austria
9: We stayed at Gasthof Simony and had a beautiful lakeside view from our balcony. | The town square was so quaint! I loved this picturesque little house. | Adam threw up in a planter just under this window. Eww.
10: SALT MiNE TOUR | We took a funicular up above the lake and donned our "uniforms" to tour the world's oldest salt mine. I fit right in with my Asian cousins. | The best part was the slide!
11: We snapped a couple pics at the lookout before hiking back down to town.
12: Dachstein Mountain Cable Car and Ice Caves | This was called the 5 Fingers. Pretty crazy hanging over the cliff! | We rode a cable car up from the bottom of the mountain before doing some hiking and finally touring an ice cave. | Aerial view of Hallstatt
13: Adam had two firsts: glacier sledding and sledding in shorts! | ice cave
14: We rented a little electric boat our last night in Hallstatt and roamed the peaceful lake. | Gasthof Simony where we stayed. | Our boat | Hallstatt Boat Time
15: Nest stop Bavaria... FUSSEN, GERMANY | Our hotel | This was our room | The River Lech was a beautiful green color | Awesome 3D painted walls!
16: The King's Castles | Mary's Bridge | Neuschwanstein Castle | Hohenschwangau Castle
17: The Tegelberg Luge | The luge course was amazing! You're pulled to the top by cables before sailing through the Bavarian countryside hoping the person behind you doesn't run you over! Ha! | Going up! | Coming down! | The sled | You push the stick forward to go fast and pull it toward you to slow down.
18: Murren Switzerland | Murren is a car-free, mountainside town in the Berner Oberland region accessible only by train or cable car. | We stayed at the Eiger Guesthouse | Woohoo for clean clothes! | They really seemed to like yard gnomes over there. They were everywhere! | View from hotel patio!!
19: These pics are from our first hike along the North Face Trail from Murren to Gimmelwald. We got a little silly as you can see... | The fog was rolling in and out like crazy. | This sign was waiting for us in Gimmelwald. We *love* Rick Steves but didn't stick around to meet him.
20: After our hike we headed back to Murren for a parade. The cows led the way! | Town Parade
21: The Schilthorn | The 1969 James Bond movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was filmed at the revolving restaurant at the top. | View of Murren from the cable car on the way up
22: Trummelbach Falls and Lauterbrunnen Valley | Glacier melt | Trummelbach Falls is a series of 10 glacier falls inside the mountain flowing at a rate of 5200 gallons per second!
23: Mannlichen-Klein Scheidegg Hike | Rick Steve's elbow sticking out the window
24: LUZERN, SWITZERLAND | The Lion Monument | Chapel Bridge | "Monte Carlo of Switzerland"
25: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND | This was one of the Grossmunster windows. The black profiles represent Christ's humanity and the clear/white chalices represent His blood. | Zurich's "Guardian Angel" protecting all travelers in the train station | View from Grossmunster tower | Grossmunster
26: LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
27: Our first event was rhythmic gymnastics at Wembley Arena | Next we went to the gold medal men's football match- Mexico vs Brazil- at Wembley Stadium | Medal ceremony! | Olympic Park