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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Multi Throwback: Germany, Italy, France, England, Austria, Spain, Malta, Belgium, Czech, and the Netherlands

Synopsis: I did quite a bit of traveling from 2008 to 2012, but I only have a few photos and sporadic memories. So, here are some pics from each trip and the random memories I have that serve as captions.

Trip Overview:

Speyer Cathedral, Germany - Dec 2008 - Then go to the Speyer Technical Museum

Skiing in Garmisch, Germany - Jan 2009 - Dad has a bad fall and pulls a muscle in his chest

Rothenberg, Germany - Feb 2009 - Quaint little fortified town where I learn about medieval living and torture

Torino, Italy - Feb 2009 - After a day tour, stuck in the city for a few hours due a college protest

June 2009 - After a 12 hour bus ride and watching the entire series of Band of Brothers, we arrive in Normandy, France, to take part in the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. President Obama, among others, is there to give remarks.
Awaiting remarks for the 65th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy Beach, France 

Part of the reenactment by Pointe du Hoc

Omaha Beach

Mont St. Michel, France

London, England - 4th of July weekend 2009

Vienna, Austria - Sep 2009

Beautiful fountain in front of the Parliament building

November 2009 - Mediterranean cruise with my parents and grandmother, and our good friends, the Fowlers. We sail from Barcelona, to Malta, Naples, Rome, Nice, and Cannes
Main strip, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 

Gaudi church in Barcelona, Spain 

Pompeii, Italy 

Unfortunate fate for the local citizens after a volcanic eruption

Age ain't nothin but a number; learning how to salsa

Arrived in Malta on a beautiful day

Dad back at it, skiing in Garmisch, Germany - Dec 2009

Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium - Feb 2010

I like chocolate, especially the Belgian variety

Rub her breast for good luck. Do not try this with live Italian women. Verona, Italy - March 2010
About to grab a coffee in the Piazza dell Erbe

Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic - Mar 2010

In front of the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River

Karlsrhue, Germany - Jun 2010 - At a Boys and Girls Club Conference as a mentor

Shopping trip to Maastricht, Netherlands, but mostly mostly window shopping - Jun 2010

Watching the Netherlands play Spain in the 2010 World Cup, in Sittard, Netherlands - Jul 2010

Thousands of half-naked Dutch run and jump in the North Sea, just north of Amsterdam, Netherlands - New Year's 2011

Kristen, the only friend to EVER visit me in Europe, and some colleagues, making our own Eiffel Tower - Paris, France Jun 2012

Final Thoughts: I did some heavy traveling in 2008 and 2009, but I was not so good at taking photos, therefore I have little memory of many of these places. I guess that means I need to go back. Who wants to go with me?!



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