Monday, May 12, 2008

Germany Highlights

I don't even know where to begin! We created so many memories during our Germany trip. We didn't do much shopping on this trip (especially with the U.S. Dollar so weak). We hiked, went on walking tours found in guidebooks, dined at numerous beer houses and enjoyed wonderful, hearty Bavarian food.

Matt and I really enjoyed the time alone to explore while the kids were in "school." We hadn't realized how much that time alone was needed. We are so refreshed!

I will share one funny story: On Friday evening, when we picked up the girls, an employee told us that Olivia had finally "opened up" the prior afternoon. Apparently, our little smartie, decided that she was a baby again. For two and a half days, she pretended that she could not speak and could not feed herself. The kids were so excited, on Thursday afternoon, when she began to talk non-stop, that they circled around her just to listen to her. We all know that Olivia is NOT shy and has been begging to go to school for months. Why she acted this way is a funny mystery!

I don't have enough time to write an in depth post. Therefore, I'll leave our readers with highlights. For more information about the places we went, please double-click on the highlighted words. Feel free to ask questions and leave comments!

Matt and Olivia entering Partnach Gorge

View after exiting gorge

Carillon in the tower of the New Town Hall (Munich)

Viktualienmarkt in Munich

Matt and I enjoy a beer and lunch in the Viktualienmarkt

Inside of Hofbrauhaus. World famous beer house and where first Nazi party meeting was held in 1919.

English Garden: The beer garden in the Chinese Tower

View during our 7.5K hike around Lake Eibsee (hours before we flew home)


Amie said...

Looks like you had a fun, relaxing and educational trip! I'm glad that everyone was healthy and enjoyed their special time whether it was together time or alone time! You are so lucky to live with such close access to all of these great sights!

Angie said...

Beautiful! It looks like you had a great time.

The CDC at Garmisch sounds great! That was awesome that they babysit, too. Allen and I will have to look into it when we travel that way. I wouldn't feel at all bad about someone watching your children, every cruise ship I've heard of has a "kid's club" so parents can do stuff on their own. Many hotels do the same thing. I knew someone who was going to stay at the Hilton next to the Hale Koa for WAY MORE money because they offered babysitting.

Katie said...

Wow. The scenery is just stunning.

I can't believe Olivia didn't talk at all at school. That is hilarious!