S: Europe 2010: The Grand Tour
BC: when you travel
FC: Europe 2010 | The Grand Tour
2: York is a city full of monuments and museums. We climbed up Clifford's Tower, strolled along the city walls, and explored the York Castle Museum.
3: We stop in to the Guy Fawkes Inn for a few pints. | Guy Fawkes was born in this building back in 1570. | The ale is served the traditional way: warm! | For dinner we chose a restaurant with tons of character.
5: York Minster
6: St. Mary's Abbey | A Benedictine abbey first established in 1055. The surviving ruins date from 1294. This abbey is featured in many of the original Robin Hood ballads | Trying on mom's knee brace while seated in the abbey's hospital
7: Tea Time | The family enjoyed a traditional tea at Betty's Tea Rooms. We ordered tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam.
10: Explore | The British Museum
11: We only had one day in London, so we toured the city on foot and enjoyed all the beautiful sights. | London Eye | Buckingham Palace | Big Ben | Macbeth at the Globe
15: Residenz München | Antiquarium | The Grotto | The Emperor's Court
16: Hofbrauhaus | We went to one of Munich's largest beer gardens: Hofbrauhaus. We sat under the beech trees in the courtyard and ordered a litre of beer each! We also enjoyed some traditional Bavarian food and pretzels.
17: On the Town | Van Gogh's Sunflowers | Theatinerkirche | Neues Rathaus | Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz
19: We wanted to see this beautiful Bavarian castle, but we arrived too late in the day to catch a tour. Instead, we enjoyed the views from outside the castle.
20: Neuschwanstein is a fairytale castle built into the Bavarian Alps. It was built by King Ludwig II as a private retreat. | This castle was the inspiration for Disneyland's iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.
22: Beautiful Bavaria
24: We arrived in Berlin just in time to take an amazing walking tour of the city. Our guide took us to many important sites, both old and new. | Brandenburg Gate | Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe | Memorial to the Fallen Soldier
25: The Berlin Wall | Checkpoint Charlie | Berlin TV Tower | Berliner Dom
26: Berlin's Museum Island is home to five museums! We chose to explore the Pergamon Museum, which is home to some amazing ancient architecture. | The Pergamon Altar
27: The Market Gate of Miletus | The Ishtar Gate | The Walls of Babylon
28: Ampelmann! | This little green man is one of the few elements left over from the Communist era in East Berlin. The residents had a soft spot for the traffic signal, so he stayed. | We arrived at the Reichstag building too later for a tour, so instead we enjoy a few German beers on the steps.
29: Brandenburg Gate
33: Canals of Amsterdam
34: This is the building that the Frank family lived in while hiding from the Nazis during WWII. The Annex at the back of the building is made up of several rooms. Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank kept a diary as she and her family lived in isolation. The Annex was much bigger than I had thought, but I could never imagine hiding there for years.
36: Bloemenmarkt | This flower market used to be made up entirely of floating stalls on the canal. Now the stalls are permanent, but the blooms are just as beautiful.
38: Awesome Amsterdam
40: Belgian Waffles in the Park | The Royal Palace of Brussels
41: Belgian Chocolate!
42: Grote Markt | Grand Place
43: This little statue has become a mascot of Brussels. He even wears costumes on holidays!
44: A Taste of Brussels
47: Bruges is a beautiful medieval canal city. We spent the day exploring the winding streets and sampling the delicious flavours of Belgium.
48: Bruges' entire city centre is a World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why -! | beautiful buildings around every corner.
49: We eventually found our way to the Markt in the middle of the city. The square is surrounded by the most amazing buildings, such as City Hall, the Belfry, and the Provincial Court.
50: Belgian waffles with strawberries and chantilly cream; chocolate pralines; Kwak beer; French fries. | Flavours of Bruges