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retroblogging: europe day 5

as a teenager, and in college, i explored south america, oceania, and southeast asia…i just…didn’t really CARE about europe. i don’t know why. it didn’t seem exotic, romantic, or mysterious enough.

but that switch has been flipped, and after this trip, europe seems like the most wonderful and intoxicating place on the planet. (well, maybe not MOST…but it’s my current geographical craving.) i fully intend to return to europe for longer than 5 days and let the history and cobblestones seep through my shoes and into my soul.

day 5 started off on top of the alp with that crystal clear view i’d been hoping for.

from inside the room.

then had to grab one last pain au chocolat for breakfast before descending the alp.

i won’t tell you how many shots i took or how long i stood there waiting for the flag to unfurl JUST RIGHT.

i went to 3 h&m’s looking for a particular jacket…which, i could have gotten for less in the US, but i bought in switzerland on principle. i needed to have SOMETHING from my whirlwind trip to europe. 😀 i did find it, though! (mine’s red.)

after my shopping was completed…i set about exploring geneva. i only had about 4 hours until i needed to catch the train back to the airport for my flight out, but i managed to cover quite a bit of ground.

(this one MIGHT be my favorite from the day…and the water really is crazy blue.)

i love this one and the next one a whole lot as well.

these two totally don’t go together. the first one is all, “yay, pretty europe,” and the second…well, it is wrong on about 100 different levels.

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christa28 January 2010 - 19:24

i’m ubber in love with that shot of the birds. in b&w- it is PERFECTION!

Amanda31 January 2010 - 20:31

so many beautiful pictures! Love the one with all the different colored shutters! And the jacket is wicked cute! I love H&M!

Kim K.1 February 2010 - 18:53

These are AWESOME! Love the on with all the windows, third from the end. Great work!

Dorthe13 September 2010 - 14:42

I just went to Geneva as well – didn’t think anything of it before – Now I love it! Great pics… 🙂

retroblogging: europe day 4

pretty much the entire day was spent in the car, with a few enjoyable resting interludes…which is not to say driving wasn’t fun. i think driving on the autobahn was on my mental do-before-i-die list. (i think i’ve started about 16 written lists, but i never manage to get past about 10 things. and, of course, none of them say the same things. sometimes it’s more fun to catalog the things i HAVE done.)

JP suggested swinging by strassbourg on my way back to switzerland…in theory, this was good advice…which i intended to take. however, google maps decided that i should go through strassbourg on the way to germany…and enjoy their rush hour traffic…but it sent me back south through germany. so, on a whim, i got off at an exit. and followed signs i couldn’t read, hoping i’d find something delightful to see. i was most definitely successful…and not having ANY IDEA where i was or the name of the town added a bit of spice to my adventure.

the church on the left is in the town i came to first on my detour…it had a map just next to it…there was a castle icon, so i decided to see if i could meander my way there…i’m still not sure if i wound up there or somewhere else. ? the one on the right is in neuleiningen, the town where i finally wound up. (i figured this out by taking a picture of every sign i saw and googling when i got home.)

picture perfect german town.

wouldn’t you eat germany countryside flavored ice cream if ben and jerry’s invented that variety?

i was very happy to be standing in front of a german castle.

if these two images don’t make you want to explore, i don’t know if we could be friends.

godzilla’s practice run before he took on tokyo.

i like to think this was a prison pit. i mean, any self-respecting german castle would need one, right? on the right is the view through the bars looking up.

i am a giant dork of a wedding photographer, and i can’t help looking at this and thinking that it would be a super cool spot for a ceremony.

postcard! (seriously, fall colors…tile roofs…there is even a freaking river wending its way through the valley.)

i think this is the first hint of blue sky i saw the entire trip!

got a LITTLE too into driving european style and failed to notice that i was very nearly out of gas. don’t worry…this was taken at the gas station when i turned the car back on to show the dangerously empty tank.

every day i was there, i prayed that i’d get to see a clear view from the balcony. the night before i was due to leave…God said, “ok.” and it was still clear in the morning when i woke up! stay tuned for those images. they’re pretty freaking spectacular.

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kristel wyman27 January 2010 - 22:50

wow!!!! that last shot… i really can’t wait for day 5. except it’s kind of making me a bit sad, because i want to be there!!!

Gail28 January 2010 - 09:23

Suhweeetttt!!!! Love these! Nick tells me if we go to Europe we HAVE to see a castle. As your last post humorously indicated, I’m hoping it won’t be too hard of a find!

Becky Castle Miller2 February 2010 - 22:21

Dude. You can stand in front of a German Castle any time you want.

Margaret10 June 2010 - 15:12

I recently discovered your blog, and I LOVE the Europe pictures!!!! I love how you just “up and went”! I think that’s so great!


hey everyone…i’m leaving in a little over 12 hours for a trip to the bahamas with my sister. i’m not bringing a computer, so i don’t expect to have email access. i will be responding to all emails as soon as i am able upon my return 1/26. thanks for understanding!

(and i bought an underwater point and shoot to play with while i’m there…i’m sure i’ll have a few vacation snapshots to share!)

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Amanda22 January 2010 - 19:19

so jealous of the warm weather you must be having!!!
Hope you come back with some awesome under water shots!

retroblogging: europe day 3

day 3 involved quite a lot of time in the car. (i rented a car for 4 days while i was there…didn’t drive it all for day 2, but when i returned it, i’d put 1800km on it. also, when they say gas in europe is $6/gallon…it is not an exaggeration.)

i woke up to a view of the mountains still obscured by clouds.

headed to bern to have lunch with…wait for it…a girl i met in new zealand feb 2009…when i was visiting the YWAM base outside christchurch from my 2009 nz hq in auckland. thanks to fb…we were still in contact and managed to connect for a homemade lunch of spaghetti. i got lost in bern, too. google maps were not terribly helpful…my almost-dead cell phone was, though…and worth the $1.50/minute i paid to get talked in to my destination. in my driving around the city, i saw the best. thing. ever.

that right there is a dog…carrying his master’s basket full of…whatever. i would really quite enjoy having a dog follow me around carrying stuff for me.

i finally made it to my destination in germany after…you guessed it…getting lost. did i mention it’s worth bringing a GPS if you’re gonna drive around europe? it is.
my friend JP suggested dinner at the nearby castle. because when you’re in europe…”we’re up to here in effing castles. sometimes we just long for a bungalow.” (the language might be offensive to some. but it is very very funny.)
anyway…we went to kusel castle…which is, of course, quite spectacular.

i had steak and pommes frites. which were delectable.

on the right is…um, i can’t remember the name. but it is a beer + sprite mix…which is actually much better than you’d expect. it’s named for bicycle riders…refreshing to drink in the summer without leading to intoxication and bike-falling-off-of.

and then…oh then…THEN i had the best dessert i think i’ve ever put in my face.

fresh, warm, crispy apfel strudel. omg. just…go to germany. eat some. as soon as you possibly can. the ticket over there is worth it.

then we went back and drank booze and watched eddie izzard. which is never a wasted evening.

the pictures from day 4 are a little more exciting and visually appealing. but not as mouthwatering.

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Peter20 January 2010 - 10:11

In Hamburg the beer + sprite mix is called “Alsterwasser” (the Alster being the name of a river in Hamburg.)

I think the name you were trying to remember is “Radler”?

Gail21 January 2010 - 08:57

Okay, a few things:
1) That first shot is spectacular
2) I had no clue who Eddie was but after watching that clip, I was LMAO
3) You are REALLY making me excited for my trip to Europe this summer!!!

Jen22 January 2010 - 00:55

Here in Oz we call beer+sprite a “shandy”

Kate28 January 2010 - 19:21

Delicious! Food & photos looks amazing Gwyn!