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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul November 9th 2007

We sang that song the entire trip so I thought it would be a fitting title for this entry :) Sorry it's taken SOOOO long for me to post this! Between my new job and the holidays there hasn't been much time for blogging...but I'm getting caught up now :) So we were very excited about our Istanbul trip but even after reading about it in preparation for the trip, we still didn't expect what we found there. First of all, let me start by pointing out that part of Istanbul is actually in Europe while the other half is in Asia. Even so, we (for some reason) were expecting it to be much more like Morocco was (even though Morocco is in Africa) than a large European city (maybe because Turkey is 98% Muslim and ... read more
Brian's Birthday Cake
The Orient Express Station
Matt in the Blue Mosque

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice October 22nd 2007

So, Matt had to go to the base in Aviano, Italy for almost 2 weeks for work. Aviano is about an hour from Venice so me and three of the other wives flew down for a few days. We spent all day on the 22nd walking around Venice and (I'm jumping up and down and clapping my hands as I say this) I got to feed the pigeons in Piazza San Marco again! Plus, we got to retake some of our pictures of Venice. One of the settings on Matt's camera got screwed up last visit and we didn't realize it, so all of our pictures were blue! We spent the day with our friends Michael and Maria (see our Sardinia trip for more pictures of them) and two other couples that I had just met. ... read more
Chilly in Venice
The Bridge of Sighs
Pink Streetlights

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Dachau October 16th 2007

About 30 minutes outside of Munich, on my way home, was Dachau Concentration Camp so I decided to stop and visit. Parking was 3 Euros and entrance to the memorial site was free. I got there right as they were opening at 9am and was the first one there so it was quiet and pretty cold out since it was still early. Many of the buildings were torn down after the concentration camp was closed but they left several up, such as 2 barracks buildings where the prisoners were housed, the bunker, where the special prisoners were kept and where everyone was inprocessed, and the incinerator and the gas chamber "showers" still remain as well. They've reconstructed the beds that the prisoners slept in and I believe put new flooring in too. You can see just ... read more
The showers
The beds
The prisoners in their bunks

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 15th 2007

So, the Army sent Matt to Munich for a few days and, since I'm not working yet, I thought I'd make the 3 1/2 hour drive down and spend a few days with him while he wasn't doing Army stuff. I left on Sunday evening (October 14th) and got in just after midnight on the 15th. It took me a little bit longer than the expected 3 1/2 hours because of all of the construction on the Autobahn. Yes, there's construction here too, and, when there is, the speed limit goes from nonexistant to 60 km/hr (about 36 mph) so it tacks quite a bit of extra time onto your trip. So, in the morning we got up and went exploring. This was actually Matt's second trip to Munich for work so he'd already seen all ... read more
The Glockenspiel
Glockenspiel Closeup
Upstairs in the Hofbrauhaus

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 5th 2007

We had a four day weekend this weekend but Matt ended up having to work Saturday and Sunday, right in the middle of it, so it kind of ruined our chances of going anyplace outside of Germany. So, we decided to take advantage of the day off and go on a day trip. Trier is near the French border and has changed hands between Germany and France many times throughout history. It also has, I believe, the most Roman ruins of any town in Germany. Trier is a small town but makes a great day trip and is fun to walk around. Porta Nigra (Latin for 'Black Gate') gets its name because of the pollution that has turned the stones black over time. It's a 2nd century Roman gate and the stones are only held together ... read more
My little photographer
Porta Nigra
The Amphitheatre

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona September 1st 2007

We spent our second day in Venice not actually in Venice...we took a day trip to Verona. I don't know how I managed to do it but I talked Matt into seeing an opera! There's a beautiful Roman amphitheatre there built around 30 AD and is now used for opera performances...the Arena di Verona. It's the third largest amphitheatre in existance. They have an opera festival every summer and Saturday, September 1st was the last night of the festival. They were performing "Aida" which, beyond it being an opera, I knew nothing about, but I talked Matt into it. Tickets were about $30 a person for the nosebleed seats and you're giving a seat on the stone steps of the amphitheatre, so we got blow-up seat cushions to protect our tushes from the hard cold marble ... read more
Our place on the wall
At the Opera

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 31st 2007

Okay, so we've all heard of Venice before...supposed to have streets made of water and all that? It doesn't matter what you've read or the pictures you've seen on the internet, Venice is absolutely incredible. We arrived at Treviso Airport on Friday, August 31st and took the bus into Venice. The bus took us to Piazzale Roma, which is pretty much the only place to park in Venice. Once you leave there all you see is boats and walkers...there are no cars, bicycles, or mopeds in the rest of Venice. We each bought a vaporetto pass for our stay and that was our main mode of transportation for the rest of the weekend. The vaporetto is the water bus...they're huge boats that serve as Venice's public transportation system. Right now there are only three bridges that ... read more
The Streets of Venice
Feeding the Pidgeons

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Buñol August 28th 2007

Yes, we came, we saw, we got completely covered in squashed, overripe tomatoes! We left for Spain on Tuesday, August 28th for a 3 day trip...the primary purpose of which was to participate in La Tomatina...the world's largest food fight. And not just any food...tomatoes! Matt and I arrived at the airport with our friend Egan and his friend Brian. We flew RyanAir which, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a lot like Southwest Airlines back in the States. Cheap flights, no assigned seats, but who cares? Matt and I boarded before Egan and Brian and didn't end up seeing them on the flight, which worried me but we really weren't looking for them either. When we got to Spain we were waiting for them to get off the plane when Matt ... read more
Waiting for it to start
Climbing the pole
The Water Cannons

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero August 17th 2007

Let me just say this...Alghero was gorgeous...but this was probably the worst vacation we've ever had. Not because of anything in the town itself (except maybe our icky apartment) but it was just a bad vacation. We went with another couple, Mike and Maria. Mike works with Matt and Maria and I have gotten to be pretty good friends since we moved here. We planned this trip pretty last minute and, after we booked our flight, we discovered that this weekend was the height of high season in Italy because it was a public holiday. It's like trying to find a last-minute hotel in Daytona on Memorial Day weekend. So, we pretty much took whatever we could find that we could afford and I found an apartment that slept 4 right in town in Alghero. They ... read more
The Four M's
The Streets of Alghero

Europe » Germany » Mecklenburg-Vorpommern » Warnemünde August 11th 2007

So, Nikki had an awesome opportunity to go on a European cruise for practically nothing (except her plane ticket to England, where the ship left from). Her best friend since she was like 6 years old, Alyssa, works with her husband for Norwegian Cruise Lines. The cruise left out of Dover, England and spent 12 days visiting all of the capitals along the Baltic. The best part is that Germany was one of her stops! It was technically listed as Berlin, but she actually came into port in Warnemunde, about 2 hours north of Berlin. According to the GPS it was a 6 hour drive from Mannheim to Warnemunde. We couldn't find anyplace in town that was affordable so we ended up staying in Lubeck, which was along the way, a little over an hour from ... read more
Nikki in Germany
Putting my toes in the Baltic

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