Packed Day

Went for a run and discovered a new trail near our house!!

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Driving to Stanford… peace sign!

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Dress shopping with Hannah in SF!!!  (window shopping in this case)

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Dinner and dessert for my dad’s bday!

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Hang Day with Becca

Hike at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos Hills, shopping at Target, gluten free treats at Zest bakery in San Carlos, and stumbled across the Art & Wine Faire, where I fell in love with a couple paintings.  Couldn’t help it, my first art purchase!

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Schloß Schönbrunn & Braunau

Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…

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Exploring the gardens!

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Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…

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Austria is all about Mozart… even the café in the Gloriette has Mozart pastries…

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Enjoying our walk back down the hill…

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Driving back toward Germany!

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Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.

Wikipedia fact:  Adolf Hitler, who later became the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau in 1889.

**The more you know…**

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Grabbing a lovely dinner at a restaurant two doors down and one floor up…

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Tomorrow we go home!

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New Year Trains & Football!

Happy New Year breakfast and a puzzle!

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Getting on a train to Semmering!
Henning will tell you that this train trip is most important not for the destination, but rather for the ride… which traverses a portion of Austrian Alps via UNESCO World Heritage bridges and aqueducts!

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A historic train car!

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What awesome civil engineering feats!

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Semmering train station…

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Gasometer – 4 old giant gas tanks that were converted into residential and commercial space.  SO COOL!!

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Henning enjoying McDonald’s in Austria…

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McCafe’s lousy attempt at macarons (McCarons… get it?…)

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Attempting to watch the Rose Bowl game from Vienna…

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Success! 

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Dog in the bar!

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We lost the game, but we still love the Stanford football team!

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Ravensburg to Grossgmain

Waking up in the Black Forest (Germany)!

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Personal breakfast set-up!

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On the road toward Salzburg (Austria)!

Train bridges!

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Detour to Ravensburg (home of Ravensburger Puzzles)!

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Accidentally ended up at the closed Ravensburg-land… oops!

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Finally found the town!
So many towers!

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THE tower?

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Found the puzzles!

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That’s a 32,000 piece puzzle…!

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Stopped for “coffee,” and ended up eating a full meal…

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Vegetable curry!!!

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Got a little distracted by the playground while walking back to the car…

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Back on the road—headed toward Salzburg!

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Alps!

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Stopping for the night in Großgmain, a tiny town 45 minutes from Salzburg.

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Happy campers in Hotel Vötterl!

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WA Day 3! (…but really Canada)

Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!

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Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.  :)

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Thimbleberry!

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Detour totally worth it!

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Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…

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They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!

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No-flour Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I recently learned that my body is allergic to gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye)… which is rather unfortunate.  Pasta?!  Sandwiches?! Cookies?!  Cake?!

Most meals are easy to manage—fruits, veggies, salads, eggs, fish, nuts, rice/quinoa, meat on occasion… all very accessible.  All of the recipes I’ve been posting lately have been gluten free.  Woohoo!

Today’s gluten-free attempt…
no-flour chocolate chunk cookies.
For anyone looking for great paleo recipes, this gal is awesome.

I used sunflower seed butter with flax seeds.
I thought the taste was great!  Nutty, with a little sweetness, chocolate and flax seeds.  That said, they were a little chewy-cardboard-y in texture…  I think it has something to do with the temperature settings on my oven…
Everyone else who used her recipe seemed to get it right….

I still enjoyed them nonetheless.  Henning refused to eat them, so more for me!

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Wes & Jamie’s Wedding!!

The big day!!

Getting ready with hair and makeup!
The bride…

The maid of honor…

Bridesmaids and flower girl…

Another junior bridesmaid…

Hair!

Beautiful church…

Proud parents…

Jumping pictures!!

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Lion dancing!

Speeches…

Cake!

First dance :)

More dancing!

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Lanterns at the prom downstairs!

Photobooth fun!

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So much love!

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Venice—Day 1

What a cool city.  For the most part, I’m going to try to let the photos speak for themselves.  :)

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Look at the water level!

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(Piazza San Marco) St. Mark’s Square..

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Bridge of Sighs…

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Dessert menu at Osteria Oliva Nera.

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Hands down the best tiramisu I’ve ever had…

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Gondola by night…

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Venice vaporetto (water bus) back toward the cruise ships…

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Wet and freezing!

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Marseilles

First port… Marseilles, France.

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…Henning and I decided to walk and bus downtown… I was really impressed and excited by how easy they make it for directionally-challenged pedestrians (like me…) to find their way.

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…and signage to warn motorcyclists not to ride in the train grooves…

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…walking past the beautiful Cathedral La Major (Byzantine architecture)…

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…gelato in the Panier (old town) district…

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…bronze fish art…

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…how awesome is this dog carrying a handbag…

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…taking the mini-train along the coast up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica…

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…even more beautiful… at the top of a hill…

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…looking over Marseilles…

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…with the LOML.  (and we match)

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Meanwhile… the rest of my family travelled further inland to Avignon.  Here are some photo highlights from their day…

…wine tasting…

…Gothic Palais des Papes…

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Half Moon Bay!!

Henning and I joined Joanna, Eddie and more for a 24-hour adventure in Half Moon Bay.  Activities included kayaking in the harbor….

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…Half Moon Bay Brewery…

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…camping…

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…Cards Against Humanity and the shredded paper pyre…

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…s’mores!…

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…wine (where is it?  we drank it all)…

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…roasted Reese Peanut Butter Cups…

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…campfire peach cobbler…

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…and karaoke at the unforgettable Cameron’s Pub on the other side of our RV park campground!

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