German Leftovers

Treat for Henning…

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Seattle—Day 2

Went to see Blake and Courtney!  Hanging out at the locks in Ballard…

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Grilling on a houseboat… what a Seattle summer experience…

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Melk & the Danube

Leaving beautiful Großgmain (Austria)!

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Always love seeing cranes, wherever we are on the road.  :)

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Overlooking Melk and its Benadictine Abbey (Stift Melk), one of the world’s most famous monasteries…

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Continuing to drive along the Danube…

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Old castle ruins…!!!!

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Construction crane even in these tiny towns!

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FINALLY found a place that was open for food!  (in Krems)

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And lots of food we were given…
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Randon really old stuff!

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Bye Krems!

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On to Vienna!

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Road Trip Day 5!!—Santa Barbara

Henning and I found a pure gem in Santa Barbara called Brummis… Veronika was so nice, and the German food was so good!  Highly recommend!

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Walking it off at the Carpinteria Bluffs…

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AMTRAK!!!

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Toes in the sand in Santa Barbara…

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We couldn’t help but go back to Brummis’ for our last meal in the area…  Veronika even had a window seat saved for us!

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Pompeii

Henning and I have really been looking forward to visiting Pompeii.  We decided to make the trek from Naples to Pompeii our own…

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…after nearly getting run over by traffic a few times, we managed to each incur a 40-euro fine on the light rail…
(the transit authority thankfully only wrote us one…)

…and finally made it to the main train station!

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…long hot (no AC) train ride…

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…passing Vesuvius…

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…we’ve made it to Pompeii!!…

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Pompeii was buried under ash from a Mt. Vesuvius eruption almost 2000 years ago.  Many of the buildings, structures, objects and art were well-preserved under the ash, and have since been excavated.

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…bath house…

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…frescoes…

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…homes…

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…taverns…

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…lead pipes…

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…fountains…

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…I know this is kind of creepy… but even people and dogs were preserved to some degree…

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The rest of the family went to Sorrento, where they got to try some wines, meats and cheeses and see the farm they were made on…

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Barcelona—Day 2

I just couldn’t pick, sorry…  The good photos are courtesy my mom.

A morning run with Steve… and construction… it’s a good day already.

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“Tolerance and patience… are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference.” –Dalai Lama

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…La Boqueria Market…

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…pimientos de padron…

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…tour around town…

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…Olympic Park on Montjuic Hill…

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…first time in the Mediterranean Sea!…

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…fridges!…

…mopeds!…

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…stopping to listen to musicians play… nostalgia…

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…hidden courtyards…

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…dinner by the beach with the whole family…

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…classic…

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…oh, the classy and classic doesn’t end…

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<3

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