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Our Europe Trip in Pictures!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Oh my gosh, we had a blast. It was our first time in Europe; we took a river cruise from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland. The draw of the cruise was to visit the Christmas Markets" which are a standard in every village and town in Europe, I swear!

LOVED the architecture and the canals of Amsterdam!



EVERYONE rides a bike! The road in front of the "bike lot?" THEY ARE BIKE LANES! The city is totally and completely designed for bike traffic.



This is a rotten picture, but it is of the beginning of the "red light" district. Prostitution has been legal in Amsterdam since 1500. The Dutch decided to regulate and control it rather than fight it. Whenever you see a red light, there's a woman in the window in various stages of undress. When the curtain is closed she is with a "customer." We walked through the city during the day and at night. You aren't allowed to take pictures of the girls but you KNOW TC had to document that we were there.



Then it was off to Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Loved this statue in memory of the Jews who had been rounded up and exterminated in WWII.



Of course, marijuana is legal in the Netherlands. It is sold in "coffeeshops". Our guide took us into one but NO, I didn't inhale!! (Or buy, either. But a huge joint, about 5" long sells for about $7.50. Again, the practical Netherlanders don't want to bother legislating morality. They'd rather legalize and tax it!)



How cool is this? a "gutter" going up the stairs to help people walk their bikes up!



The Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was amazing! It was started in 1248 and finished around 1880. Can you imagine?? over 600 years to build! It's Germany's largest cathedral.





Brass commemoration plates outside of a house indicating that these three Jews were taken forcibly from their homes on the date indicated. They are all over Europe. I've always been very interested in WWII so seeing this in person was very moving.



The Christmas market outside the cathedral in Mainz, Germany.



typical architecture, with the cobblestone streets we saw EVERYWHERE!



Windows of the Cathedral were destroyed in WWII so they had new ones designed by Marc Chagall. Aren't they beautiful?



We visited Heidelberg, home of one of Europe's grandest castles (started in 1155) and oldest universities (where Martin Luther defended his 95 Theses in 1518)





I could continue on, but I bet you are as tired reading as I am of uploading these pictures! Suffice it to say it was a great trip, full of amazingly ancient history (compared with the U.S.), incredible architecture, and wonderful people. All I can really say about the trip is that it makes me want to go back and do it all again, at a slower pace in greater detail!

Tomorrow starts my new 10-week BTS challenge, so back to the business of weight loss.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/22/2014 10:29AM

    OH love this glad I stumbled on your page!!!! I would love more and more pics. I lived in Germany as a young girl ( dad was Canadian Military) and had my tonsils out in Heidleberg lol
Beautiful pictures and I lived "on the economy" not military housing and some of those awesome houses were very damp! LOL
Glad you enjoyed yourself, if you post more let me know!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/19/2014 12:02AM

    Never been to Europe, but glad to see your blog and pics about it! I like to watch shows about it all...always loved castles and historical areas! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with us! The pics are great!! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2014 7:09PM

    What a lovely trip!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/14/2014 4:58PM

    Simply beautiful. I visited Europe in 1975 (the Netherlands, Germany, and Poland--in the days before communism fell) and had a chance to go to Auschwitz; that's when WWII became real to me. Very moving to see everything there and realize how many people suffered and died.

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MAZACK 1/14/2014 10:59AM

    Beautiful pictures, My daughter and her husband went to Germany this past summer to visit with a former exchange student and his family. She had great pictures also.


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RINGERCOVE 1/14/2014 7:30AM

    Awesome, I would love to go!

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LARSIL 1/9/2014 11:11PM

    Thank you for posting these pictures - it's like taking a "mini-vacation" with you! The only memories I have of the Cologne cathedral are from the train window, down below the street, and looking straight (?) up out the window of the train....

Looking forward to Europe again. We're hoping to go to England, Holland and Germany in 2015 with a youth symphony (my wife is a conductor/instructor, and I am a narrator).

Thanks for sharing!!

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MEADSBAY 1/8/2014 1:50PM

    Great pics!
How was the weather?
How was the boat?
i love Europe- we're going back in April.
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FLAGLINDA 1/8/2014 1:16PM

    No actually I could look at your pictures for hours!! It looks like you went on the trip I want to go on. I use to live in Heidelberg when I was a kid. so I want to go see it again. You pictures are beautiful. Like I said I could look at them for hours!! Thank you for sharing them. It makes me want to pack and go!!

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KANOE10 1/7/2014 9:08AM

    I love your pictures. What a great trip. I have just returned from a trip and ma back to the weight loss mode also. Thanks for sharing.

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HIPPICHICK1 1/6/2014 5:22PM

    Fabulous photos! Indeed it is mind boggling to see the cathedral in Germany that took 600 years to complete. Thanks for the travel ideas too!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/6/2014 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing your trip. Great pictures.
You guys have travelled so much in 2013.
Curious what's in store for 2014.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/6/2014 1:49PM

    oops!! double posted

Comment edited on: 1/6/2014 1:50:07 PM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/6/2014 1:49PM

    Awesome!!

I've been to the places you went & LOVED it!!! The churches are breathtaking....I wanna go back.

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KONRAD695 1/6/2014 1:46PM

    Thank you for the picture trip. I love looking from another point of view. emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 1/6/2014 12:45PM

    Thanks for showing us a peek of your trip! I know what you mean about the time involved in uploading pics!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/6/2014 11:01AM

    Those pics are GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing!

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TERI-RIFIC 1/6/2014 9:00AM

    I've been waiting for the trip report. It was worth the wait. Great pics. What were the Christmas markets like? How did you do with meals? I want to go to Amsterdam! !

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NANCY- 1/6/2014 8:26AM

    "as tired reading" I think not. Love the pics, and the info. I want more!!!
Glad you had a blast even though you got sick. And thank you for sharing.
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JADED_CHICK19 1/6/2014 7:19AM

    Thank you SO much for sharing your amazing trip! I've always wanted to go to Europe but have not had the opportunity to yet. My husband promised me someday we would go though. I love looking at pictures from there! Looks like you had a great time! :)

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MESEATURTLE 1/6/2014 3:56AM

    Lovely pics !!! Thanks for sharing !!!

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CINDYSDAY 1/5/2014 10:21PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/5/2014 10:16PM

    Looks like a great trip, and that stained glass is gorgeous!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/5/2014 9:44PM

    I was definitely not bored reading this. What a wonderful trip and your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing!

Welcome back!

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MALAMI518 1/5/2014 9:35PM

    I loved looking at your pictures and reading about your trip. I really want to visit both Amsterdam and Germany some day. My daughter went to Amsterdam and loved it there.

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/5/2014 9:01PM

    The pictures are absolutely breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
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PHOENIX1949 1/5/2014 8:26PM

    Enjoyed the photos tremendously. Thank you for sharing.

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SUGAR0814 1/5/2014 8:02PM

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing! I learned somethings I didn't know!

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/5/2014 7:55PM

    Looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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MARYINFL2000 1/5/2014 7:41PM

  Wait....tired? I want to see more! You just got started! LOL. The pics are gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing!


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GETSTRONGRRR 1/5/2014 7:26PM

    Great photos of your trip! Never considered a River cruise before.....sounds cool!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/5/2014 7:17PM

    What a great trip! I especially like the "gutters" by the stairs for bikes. That's something I could see Portland, Oregon welcoming.

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LETHA_ 1/5/2014 7:16PM

    I am absolutely green with envy!
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What a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for sharing.


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AMARILYNH 1/5/2014 7:13PM

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I didn't get tired or either the pictures or your words. I'm so glad you had such a good vacation!! Hugs, Marilyn

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GLMOM2 1/5/2014 7:11PM

    Thanks for sharing.

The cathedral is beautiful.

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AJDOVER1 1/5/2014 7:08PM

    What spectacular pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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SPARKCHANTAL 1/5/2014 7:01PM

    well hello there, you passed right by my home!

oops, the window you posted is not one of the chagall windows, they are the ones in the apse!

enjoyed your photos and account of your trip, thanks for sharing!

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MYTHMYTH 1/5/2014 6:45PM

    REALLY enjoyed your photos. We have thought about taking a river cruise sometime and your photos are just more reinforcement of that idea. thanks for sharing!

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KOHINOOR2 1/5/2014 6:39PM

    Wow!!! Great blog. Fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 1/5/2014 6:34PM

    Oh my goodness, beauty and history combined, love it!

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WATERMELLEN 1/5/2014 6:29PM

    Super blog, love the pics: thanks for letting us travel with your vicariously!!

(As a former art history teacher -- do so much love the Chagall).

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