Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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Liz & Etay’s Wedding

Perfect weather for a beautiful wedding in Portola Valley…

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View over Stanford and the Bay Area…

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Simple and fun!

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Rising moon…

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Sparklers!!

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Stanford Campus

First day of my new job, and I’m exploring campus with new eyes!!

Old historic columns…
Kissick Grove (Schwab – Graduate School of Business)

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The blue courtyard…

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The claw fountain (White Plaza)…

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Gay Liberation sculpture by George Segal…

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10am clouds by Kite Hill… unreal.

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Driving Home

At Shasta Dam trying to get a view of Mt Shasta…

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Found a “Curvy Road Next 140 Miles” sign!

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Stopped by Jelly’s Ferry Bridge and the Sacramento River Bend for lunch…

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Saw the Sacred Stones project at the Abby of New Clairvaux in Vina… 800 year old Spanish gothic arches!!!

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And constant reminders on the drive home of why we love California, the Golden State…

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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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Seattle—Day 4!

View a few blocks down from Jim and Molly’s…

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Today’s adventure is over to Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula.
Just barely made the ferry!

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Bye Seattle…!

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…en route to Bainbridge…!

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Mountains surrounding the old Lake Morse…

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The gang—Molly, Henning, Jim, Patrick, Daniel…

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…and Stacey staying out of snowball range!

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The guys knocking over snow boulders…

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The view up at Hurricane Ridge…

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The trail we were planning to walk… under 6 ft of snow….!

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So we eventually headed to lower elevations and a walk through the forest.  (Yes, kicked that trail’s butt!)

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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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Love Dinner

Valentine’s / 3-year-anniversary dinner with Henning at The Mountain House in Woodside.  The food and drinks were all great (and we ate a lot more than shown in these photos)!

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Cheesecake with raspberry puree.  I’ve never had a cheesecake this unique and wonderful before.  Must go back (warning: seasonal)!

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Wine Tasting Week #3

Henning and I went on a wine tasting tour in Sonoma and Napa, courtesy a Groupon we bought a few months back.

The Jacuzzi Vineyard in Sonoma also had an incredible olive oil shop.

Cline Cellars across the street also had a California Missions Museum, which was pretty awesome.

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Lunch in downtown Sonoma at a great little restaurant called Taste of the Himalayas.  The steamed dumpling appetizer was amazingg.

Window shopped after lunch.

Enjoying a tiny bit of sunlight at Madonna Estate Winery in Napa.

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LOL = Lots of Love

Received a cute package at work today, and I was especially surprised and touched to receive not just roses (in a vase)… but rather living rose buds in a pot!!  :)  My baby gets me.

Here’s the gift I made him, using photos from the past year.  Hen and I played with the arrangement of letters together, and this is what we decided on (to be framed).

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