S: My Trip to Europe 2011
BC: Lauren Schulz Europe Trip 2011
FC: My Trip to Europe | Germany | France | Spain | Spain | June - 2011
1: OFF WE GO... | OFF WE GO... | OFF WE GO... | OFF WE GO...
2: Although the plane ride was nine hours, the meals they served were not too bad. They gave a couple choices for dinner. Not the best dinner ever, but good enough for plane food.
3: We landed in Madrid, and then took another flight to Munich. Soon we would be done traveling for a while.
4: Germany | Everyday at eleven in the morning the Glockenspiel clock tower puts on a show to remind viewers of a royal wedding, jousting tournament and a ritualistic dance that are all apart of the old tales in Germany's history. The tower is located in the heart of Munich in the Marienplatz square.
5: The Hofbrauhaus, is the most famous beer hall in Germany. This beer hall is an important part of Germany's history, culture and cuisine. | I discovered that the Hard Rock Cafe is an internationally recognized restaurant where everyone can enjoy a good burger and french fries.
6: The Neuschwanstein Castle | This castle made for Ludwig the second was opened to the public, just seven weeks after his death in 1886. This castle has become one of the most popular castles to visit in Europe. Although you cannot take pictures inside, the outside is incredible.
7: This is the view from the Neuschwanstein Castle, located in the Bavarian Alps.
8: The concentration camp has been turned into a museum and a memorial for those killed during the Holocaust. | On the front gate of the camp the phrase, work will set you free, is written. | Dachau Concentration Camp
9: There was only a couple barracks left from when the camp was open. We walked around and saw where the prisoners were kept. The beds were made out of wood and would be the resting place to several people at once. | The only crematorium that was supposedly put into use was located in a small building that only held a few stoves, but held the power to kill thousands.
10: Welcome to France...
11: La Tour Eiffel | The Eiffel Tower was built to celebrate the anniversary of the French Revolution. It was only supposed to stand for twenty years, but was saved from destruction when found it could be used as a radio transmitter. | These are some of the names of seventy-two people who contributed to the tower in some way. Their names are engraved on the tower.
12: Arc de Triomphe | The Arc de Triomphe is a tribute to those who have fought for France. It is the second largest triumphal arch in the world.
13: The Palace of Versailles | The Palace of Versailles is in Paris, France. The palace is well known for its huge, colorful, amazing gardens.
14: Notre Dame de Paris Our Lady of Paris | This is a catholic cathedral, with a gothic style. You can still attend mass here almost everyday of the week. It is one of the most beautiful cathedral's we visited.
15: Inside the cathedral you will find spectacular stain glass windows. You will also see how no two windows are the same.
16: This painting shows the Wedding Feast at Cana. This is the largest painting in the Louvre. It was painted by Paolo Veronese. | This is the most famous painting in the Louvre. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. | The Louvre Museum
17: The Venus de Milo | The Venus de Milo is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch. | It is made out of marble and is an ancient greek sculpture.
18: We are here at the train station waiting to go to Nice. Even though this is a high speed train, the ride was going to be six hours long.
19: The Mediterranean Sea This sea was very cold, but so beautiful!
20: Monaco | The beaches here were amazing! At one beach, the whole sea floor was covered in rocks. It might have been hard to walk on, but it was still a good time.
22: One of the best-preserved Roman arenas in Europe can be found in the city of Nimes. This Coliseum is much like the one in Rome, but this one is much smaller in size. | The Coliseum
23: The Pont du Gard Aqueduct | This Aqueduct in France near Nimes, is on the Gard River. The public is allowed to use the river to go swimming, kayaking and other water activities. | This Aqueduct was made by the Roman Empire to carry fresh water across the Gard River.
24: Palais des Papes Palace of the Popes | The Palace is located in Avignon, France. The Pope's came to France to escape the chaos in Rome. | This is one of the biggest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
26: Sagrada Familia Holy Family Church | This church has been under construction since 1882, and it is still not finished. Antoni Gaudi is the architect behind this amazing building. He dedicated forty years of his life to this building. | Spain | The Sagrada Familia is located in Barcelona.
27: It is said that this building will finally be finished in the year 2026, which would be the centennial of Gaudi's death. The construction still continues today, following Antoni Gaudi's original plans.
28: Park Güell | This is a mosaic bench located at the top of the park. It has a breathtaking view of the whole area. The park is located in Barcelona.
29: This is the view from the top of the park. The whole park is designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
30: This is the Royal Triumphal Arch in Madrid. Many people know the arch for its beautiful flower beds that are in front of the monument.
31: The Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid | On our last night we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid. They made us a special menu, where we could choose from three different options. The meal was great, and was the perfect end to a perfect trip!
33: We were gone for seventeen days. In that time, we visited three of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. I was sad to leave, but glad to be coming home.