S: Spring Break 2011
FC: Spring Break 2011
1: Dear Shane, | What an awesome trip! I hope you will remember the great times we had -- just you and me traveling Europe! You are such a great kid and I treasure the time that we got to spend together. I am the luckiest mom in the world to have such a wonderful son! Love, Mom
2: Our first two days were spent in Paris. We stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris Hotel in the heart of the Opera District. | We took the Roissy Bus to the hotel...it was supposed to be easy! Our only issue was buying the tickets from the machine! | After a long flight, you were happy to relax.....
3: We landed at 6:00 a.m. (midnight our time), went to our hotel to change, and headed to the Louvre. | You and the Mona Lisa | Outside the Louvre...
5: The Louvre was truly amazing.
7: After the Louvre we stopped at a cafe' for lunch. Not known for their quick service, we missed our visit to the Catacombs. Instead, we spent some time in a Parisian cemetery.
8: On Sunday morning we were at the Notre Dame Cathedral bright and early -- mass was even being held. It was spectacular.
9: Inside the Cathedral
10: After touring the Cathedral, we began our climb to the top of the famous Bell Tower
11: The Bell Tower had several landings...high | higher....
12: Highest... We climbed 387 steps to reach the top of the bell tower.
13: After Notre Dame, we headed to the Eiffel Tower.
15: Shane, you were on top of photographing various signs! And, let's not forget the high quality purchase you and Evan made from the peddler -- the sand filled balloon!
17: After leaving the Eiffel Tower, we went directly to the Arc de Triomphe!
18: Surrounded by French military... they were keeping an eye on Libyan protesters
19: Here we are looking up Champs de Elysees
20: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
21: Taking in the sights on the Champs de Elysees!
22: Our two days in Paris were spent with another Wyoming family -- the Ammerman's. Here are some shots of you and Evan.
23: You enjoyed taking pictures of the "local" culture.... here's Paris!
24: Bright and early Monday morning, we boarded the train and headed for Amsterdam! Thanks to you we got to the station early AND got our tickets verified.....
25: Our first stop in Amsterdam was to visit the Anne Frank Museum. It was a memorable visit.
26: Our room was nice but very small...not a lot of leg room! | Lots of interesting ways to get around town...
27: Mostly they get around by bike...as evidenced by the bike parking garage | Amsterdam's version of the car seat
28: We both loved Amsterdam. It was a relaxing and cool city. Worthy of another visit! | Our one and only picture heading into the red light district. | This cat sat down next to me at dinner in a restaurant!
29: These pictures were taken around our hotel -- The Toren.
30: I think the highlight of the trip for you was the Netherlands vs. Hungary "football" game. Here we are at the pre-game party!
31: Here we are before the game --with our stylish party gear! See what happens when you bet I won't wear a hat?
32: Opening game ceremonies and the start of play! We saw a great game!! 5-4 victory for the Netherlands!
33: We had a beautiful day for our canal cruise!
34: Lots of great pictures from our canal cruise! | This is the only draw bridge in Amsterdam.
35: Your local "culture" pics from Amsterdam!
36: Bright and early Wednesday morning, we left for Switzerland. We had to fly into London and then into Zurich followed by the train to St. Moritz
37: Beautiful St. Moritz Switzerland!! | Just waiting to start a fight in Switzerland....
38: Sitting outside our hotel! | The view from our hotel balcony! | This picture was taken from laying on the hotel bed! | Here you are in St. Moritz Switzerland!
39: On Thursday we started on our next adventure. We rode the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt! It was an unbelievably beautiful trip! ALL ABOARD!
40: Comfortably aboard the train, we start our journey! The beginning of the trip was mostly greenery!
41: We saw many small Swiss towns and churches along our route!
42: Sheep grazing along the Swiss countryside!
44: We entered the long tunnel (photo on left) and when we came out, it was incredibly blinding from the snow covered ground and mountains. It was amazing!
45: More scenery from the Glacier Express!
46: You got a kick out of her sleeping during most of the ride! | Here's your $25 lunch which I couldn't have! | The Swiss Alps are breathtaking! | We were having glare issues!
47: The Glacier Express arrives in Zermatt! | Zermatt - our hotel is in the rear of the picture! | You standing in the middle of the town! | Zermatt is "car free" - electric taxis
48: Finally time for a beverage! | Our Zermatt hotel - "Hotel Butterfly" and you crashing!
49: Zermatt - home of the Matterhorn! You and I took the Gonergrat bahn up the mountain.
51: Here we are enjoying the various elevations, views, and buildings on the mountain.
52: You and I enjoying our morning at the Matterhorn. It was a beautiful sunny day and not terribly cold so we were able to stay up there for quite some time.
55: You were checking out the guy passed out on the airport floor... | Here we are, back at the airport, heading home. We had a great week, saw three great countries and had a wonderful time together. I am so glad we were able to explore Europe -- just me and you. To quote you, "it was an unforgettable trip." Love, Mom