S: 2010 Trip of a Lifetime * 2010 Trip of a Lifetime * 2010 Trip of a Lifetime * Trip of a Lifetime
BC: Created by Anna May 2011 | That's all, folks!
FC: TRip of a Lifetime | 2010 | Egypt | Israel | Europe
1: Cairo, Egypt | Second stop: The Sphinx Built during Khafra's reign, this is the oldest standing statue and largest monolith in the world. The Turks used this sun god statue for target practice! | First stop: The Great Pyramid of Giza 5-7-10 Went inside Cheop's pyramid built in 2560 BC. | Fact: The Great Pyramid is one of the 7 wonders of the world
2: Third stop: Ramses II statue He wanted the world to remember him, so he had lots of statues built. This one is at least 35 feet tall! | At Saqqara we saw the Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest cut-stone structure in the world dating from 2667–2648 BC.
3: Egyptian facts: 32,000 mosques in Cairo 103+ total pyramids "Cairo driving is like L.A. on steroids!" ~Karen | The awesome Corban University group!
4: Good morning from Mount Sinai!! | A hot walk across the desert to view these stone huts from the time of Abraham... | Jumping for Joy at the Springs of Moses (Eliam), Sinai Peninsula | 5.7.10 | Fact: It was about 110-115 fahrenheit
5: 1 AM: Get up 2-5 AM: Climb 5 AM: Summit Mt Sinai 6 AM: Watch the beautiful sun rise! | P.S. Sharing a trail with camels in the dark is dangerous! | Fact: Mt Sinai is a 7,497 ft tall peak | Stone steps for part of the trail made it easy to hike down... the Bedouin guides sometimes climb it multiple times a day!
6: Israel! | After experiencing Egypt & the hot Sinai desert, Israel was truly a land flowing with milk and honey! | Fact: I nearly ended up in the hospital from taking this picture.
7: < Timna copper mines Swimming at En Gedi> Snorkeling at Eilat Byzantine mosaic, Roman marble & chacos! Herod's palace on Masada > | >
8: Jericho | Caesarea-Philippi | Golan Heights | Synagogue at Capernaum
9: 5.13.10 Baptism in the Jordan River > Church of the Beatitudes, Mt of Beatitudes, Galilee | 5.19.10 Final dinner at Joppa
10: Caesarea Meritima Built by Herod the Great 25-13 B.C. | 66 B.C. Jewish massacre and temple desecration began the Jewish revolt 13 B.C Official residence Pontius Pilatus ?? A.D. It was here that Peter baptized Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to Christianity
11: Jerusalem "Foundation of Peace" | Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium B.C., making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. Jesus, not Jerusalem, is our foundation for peace! | Church of the Holy Sepulcher | The Eastern Gate
12: Hezekiah's water tunnel | Pool of Bethesda | Spices in the old market, Jerusalem | Fact: The temple stones were uncovered the exact place they landed in 70AD when the Romans destroyed the temple.
13: "Serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 1Chronicles 28:9 | Western Wall
14: Vienna "City of My Dreams" | ...and Bosendorfer pianos! | Dear Dad & Mom 5.20.10 It's been raining non-stop since we got here! My friend Lisa showed us around Vienna our first day, but Kar and I had another 2 days to explore- the Spanish riding school, Beethoven & Strauss' beautiful park statues, Schoenbrunn Palace, the Vienna opera Kunsthistorisches art museum, climbed the tower in St Stephen's cathedral, and just soaked in the sights. Leaving for Saltzburg tomorrow! Love, me
15: One of the yummiest treats we bought were Mozartkugeln balls- green pistachio marzipan, covered in nougat, and dipped in dark chocolate. The Furst confectionery in Vienna is the only place that still makes the original 1890 recipe by hand. | Their breads and cheeses were amazing- so many colors and kinds! I personally fell in love with the apple strudel- it was heaven to the tastebuds! | Stevensplatz had a market with hand-made trinkets and gifts....I couldn't afford this 65 euro hat but bought a 15 euro red leather wallet instead.
16: The Glories of Vienna | Fact: Schonbrunn Palace has the oldest zoo in the world-1752 | Imperial crown, 11th century | Beethoven statue, 1880 | Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette
17: Clockwise: Aggstein Castle from the 12th century; Melk Abbey with beautiful gardens, frescoes, and long hallways! The famous blue Stift-Durnstein church on the Danube (Richard the Lion heart was held prisoner here in 1192); Burg Kreuzenstein castle, built in 1220 but destroyed in 1645, rebuilt in 18th century from original materials (HUGE weaponry!)
18: Saltzburg | Birthplace and childhood city of Mozart, backdrops from the Sound of Music, and an authentic Austrian folk festival- what more could a town ask for? | The fountain behind this giant chess set was a drive-through horse & buggy wash back in the day. | It didn't matter that it was only 11 am, the beer was as abundant as the music and flowers! I think these boys had a little too much... | We visited Mozart's residence, but didn't go in his birthplace home. Saltzburg is a classical music lover's paradise!
19: Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung) dates back to early 12th century, while the lovely Mirabell gardens face it across the Danube. We had an entire day to browse the town and eat ice cream cones! | at Mirabell Gardens
20: Welcome | San Marco Piazza | Masks were a way for people to interact by hiding their social status. | We wandered down these narrow "streets", trying to find signs to San Marco Piaza. | 5.23.1l Gondolier teams from all over the world were competing in a 27K race. | Fact: Venice is slowly sinking at the rate of 20-50 centimeters per century. | to | Venice!
21: Napoleon once referred to San Marco Plaza as "the finest drawing room in Europe." However, the pigeons are quite rude and will land on your head if you don't watch out! | The Rialto is the oldest of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. This stone bridge was finished in 1591, and defied critics' predicted future ruin. | The winged lion is one of two patron saints of Venice, and stands at the entrance to the lagoon. It is thought to have been erected in 1268. Saint Mark's basilica (bottom right) was constructed in 1063 and is famous for its gilded Byzantine mosaics.
22: Welcome to | Munich | Rule number 1: ALWAYS carry your passport with you, even when you think you won't need it. Rule number 2: Take lots of pictures of the local food, especially if it looks disgusting. Rule number 3: Take lots of pictures because you never know what famous church (Marionplatz), park (English Garden), or other famous sight might be in your view. Rule number 4: When in Germany, do as the Germans DON'T do- refrain from copious amounts of alcohol. | Hofbrauhaus History: -Founded in 1589 -In 1632, during the 30 Years War, 600,000 barrels of beer were ransomed in trade for Munich not being burned. | -In 1920, Hitler held the first National Socialist meeting on the 3rd floor (later known as | the Nazi party. -They serve beer by the liter and are supposed to have free bathrooms.
23: Our final week was spent in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ben King was a great host and introduced us to apple strudel- I am forever grateful to him! | G-P hosted the 1936 winter Olympics, with the opening ceremony by Hitler. | 24: in the Alps! | Length of the gorge: 2293ft Length of the tunnel sections: 810ft Height of the highest rock wall: 282ft Average height of the gorge: 262ft | Partnachklamm Gorge | "One of the prettiest hikes in Germany" | Despite a lack of warm clothing, Karen and I forged through freezing rain, dark tunnels,and even snow (Karen in chacos) to reach the Reintalanger halfway house. It was well worth the 4,481 ft climb for a delicious bowl of hot apple strudel with vanilla sauce! 25: "The hills are alive, with the sound of bleating!" 26: Today we rented a BMW and drove to Hohenschwangau to tour King Ludwig's two castles. Our drive took us through Oberammergau, where the Passion play takes place every 10 years. | June 6, 2010 | Be still and know that I am God. 27: Neuschwanstein | Neuschwanstein was built as a retreat and as homage to Richard Wagner. Mad King Ludwig only lived there 172 days before his mysterious death by drowning in 1886. | Thus ended the month-long trip of a lifetime for Karen Wright and Anna Cunningham. And they lived happily ever after. THE END.
24: in the Alps! | Length of the gorge: 2293ft Length of the tunnel sections: 810ft Height of the highest rock wall: 282ft Average height of the gorge: 262ft | Partnachklamm Gorge | "One of the prettiest hikes in Germany" | Despite a lack of warm clothing, Karen and I forged through freezing rain, dark tunnels,and even snow (Karen in chacos) to reach the Reintalanger halfway house. It was well worth the 4,481 ft climb for a delicious bowl of hot apple strudel with vanilla sauce!
25: "The hills are alive, with the sound of bleating!"
26: Today we rented a BMW and drove to Hohenschwangau to tour King Ludwig's two castles. Our drive took us through Oberammergau, where the Passion play takes place every 10 years. | June 6, 2010 | Be still and know that I am God.
27: Neuschwanstein | Neuschwanstein was built as a retreat and as homage to Richard Wagner. Mad King Ludwig only lived there 172 days before his mysterious death by drowning in 1886. | Thus ended the month-long trip of a lifetime for Karen Wright and Anna Cunningham. And they lived happily ever after. THE END.