S: Europe 2009 (Part 1)
FC: Europe Summer 2009 Part 1
1: London, England
2: Tower of London
3: June 11th: Today was a busy day! We went to the Tower of London, explored the Tower Bridge, took a river cruise, saw Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, and ended our day at the Tate Britain Museum. It was a great start to a great trip!
6: June 12th: Windsor Castle is one of the best castles in England! We spent today exploring the castle and the town of Eton. Unfortunately, Eton College wasn't open to the public, but we managed to entertain ourselves by playing with some swans instead!
9: Guinness | Fish & Chips | Mushy Peas | Bangers & Mash
10: Buckingham Palace
11: June 13th: The Trooping of the Colour is a celebration of the Queen of England's birthday! The guards were dressed in all of their special outfits and there was a huge parade. Later, we went to Portobello Road Market and did some shopping.
12: The Queen of England
14: June 14th: Today was much more relaxing than previous days. We spent most of the day at Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. We walked around, recreated some pictures from 8 years ago, and played in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain!
17: Then | And | Now
21: June 15th: Hampton Court Palace was a hit today! It was King Henry VIII's favorite palace. He spent a lot of time here, which isn't surprising, because it is quite beautiful! Outside, we played a game of 'Pooh Sticks' and got ourselves lost in the maze. We also checked into our first hostel...and let's just say that we now understand why it was only 10 pounds a night! :)
24: Hostel 639
27: Paris, France
28: June 16th: We spent our last day in London at the British Museum, and then took the chunnel over to Paris! We got to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at midnight, and then managed to get lost on our way home. No worries though, we eventually found Perfect Hostel again!
32: June 17th: We spent our short day in Paris at Le Chateau de Versailles. It was absolutely enormous! We probably could've stayed there all day if we had the time, however, we wanted to fit in the Champs Elysees, some shopping, and some wine as well!
37: Wine and Crepes
38: Interlaken, Switzerland
39: June 18th: Today, we traveled for the majority of the day on the Eurail! We found our hostel, the famous Balmers Herberge and met our new friends Craig, Sarah, and Peter at the hostel's two happy hours!
40: We also managed to find the largest Orangina we have ever seen! And Logan FINALLY got a bratwurst!
41: June 19th: We woke up to see that it was pouring outside. But that didn't stop us from going out! We went on a walk and found a really pretty church/cemetery. We also got in some shopping and had another fun night with our new friends!
49: June 20th: We made our way up to Grindelwald today and took a gondola ride up to First. We had a nice picnic planned with wine, cheese, and fruit for after our hike in the Alps...
53: ...Unfortunately, it decided to hail today. It was still a beautiful hike, just a little bit wetter than we were expecting. The sun eventually came out though, and we got to have our picnic.
54: C | O | W | S
58: June 21st: Today was an AWESOME day! We woke up to go Canyoning this morning for five hours. We couldn't actually take pictures, so the pictures above are not us, but that is what we did. However, it was not as warm as it seemed for the people in these pictures. We started to regret our decision to canyon when it started snowing as we were changing into our wetsuits, but as soon as we rappelled 50 meters into the glacier water, we were just fine! Our night (and our wonderful stay in Switzerland) was finished with our friends over dinner and a "Bad Dress" party.
61: Harden The F*** Up, Mate!
62: Milan, Italy
63: June 22nd: We left Switzerland today and started our quick tour through Northern Italy. We got to Milan and immediately walked to the Duomo. What an impressive building! We then ate pizza and gnocchi before heading to bed after a long day.
64: Saint Bartholomew
65: Verona, Italy
66: June 23rd: Annie and Erin finished their stay in Milan by shopping, of course! They went to a really cool street market and then picked Logan up to travel to Verona. Being the supposed home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it is quite a hit with tourists. We walked around town, ate some gelato, and even got to witness a few drug deals in a park! It was a nice, relaxed stop on our quick tour through Italy.
67: Man? Woman? Baby? | Gelato!
69: Venice, Italy
70: June 24th: We arrived in Venice today and made our way through the crowded streets to our hotel. We then set off to explore the city. After getting lost a few times (which is not hard to do in Venice), we found the famous St. Mark's Square. A nice family offered to split a gondola ride with us, so we got a great tour of the city's many islands, bridges, and buildings. We even got to see a construction boat! After some more sightseeing, gelato, and some shopping, Logan took a break and Annie and Irin went to see the tiny island of Burano. The island is known for it's colorful houses (which originates from a story of a drunken fisherman). A friendly couple offered us their day passes since they were heading back early, so we got to go for free! After exploring a bit, we headed back to the hotel. A boat ride and a beautiful sunset ended our day.
74: Gondola Ride
78: Lawn Gnomes
81: Ljubljana, Slovenia
82: June 25th: We spent the morning in Venice, eating one last gelato, reading our books, and waiting for a train. We then spent most of the day on a train headed for Slovenia. We were a little scared when we got there late at night and had to find our hostel, but all was alright, and we made it to bed after a long day of traveling.
83: June 26th: Erin got ambitious today and made everyone walk up to Ljubljana castle where we got to enjoy a wonderful view of the city! Later, we went to a park where there was a space exhibition, an outdoor library, and some really great ice cream! We decided to go get a picnic for dinner. | We stopped at the marketplace and Logan bought about 15 peaches for one euro from a nice old man who didn't speak a word of English. We also tried honey liquor and boy, was it good! Our day in Slovenia ended with some dinner and the news that Michael Jackson and Farah Faucett had died. Crazy!
86: Salzburg, Austria
88: June 27th: We left Slovenia today and headed north to Salzburg, Austria, home of Mozart, The Sound of Music, and Bosnas (Logan's favorite snack). It was a long day full of traveling, so we decided to have a relaxed night in the YOHO hostel.
89: June 28th: Today, our theme was water. We started at Hellbrun Palace, where we got to see a bunch of trick fountains! Then, on our way back towards town, it began to rain. Erin remembered her rain jacket, but Logan and Annie were out of luck today, because the rain would not let up. We got to see some breathtaking views of Salzburg and a marionette exhibit at the Salzburg Fortress. After we dried off that afternoon, we joined our roommates and went to a beergarden and walked around the fortress at night. We then played a life size game of chess and headed back to the YOHO to get some sleep.
93: June 29th: We took the ever popular "Sound of Music Tour" today. The landscape was absolutely beautiful and we got to see all of the places that the movie and the real story took place. When we got back, Erin decided to walk around the city and see the home of Mozart, while Logan and Annie went to the Salzburg Zoo.
95: B | N | O | S | A | S | Apple Strudel