Category ‘2009’

October 12th
2009
written by Alonna

Our couchsurfing host in Vienna rock climbs after work twice a week, so she took us with last Monday.  We had fun and totally wore ourselves out. Our hands and forearms were really  sore after 2-3 climbs (but I think that means we weren’t doing it right…).
 

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October 10th
2009
written by Alonna

We spent 3 nights in Cesky Krumlov, a really small town in the south of the Czech Republic.  Since it’s small, there’s really not a ton to do there – which was perfect because we needed a little break.  We pretty much spent a few hours each day out walking around the town, and the rest of the time just hanging out at the hostel.  We stayed at a really cute & cozy little hostel called the Krumlov House.  The managers were two girls from New Zealand who were traveling around Europe but stopped there for a few months to make some money.  They were awesome, although a little tricky to understand sometimes (thick accents and goofy words – it’s harder than you’d think!).  There were also some really cool American visitors there, so we had a good time just hanging out with everyone.

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October 7th
2009
written by Alonna

I’ve been slowing down on the blog lately, I know.  It takes a bit of time and usually I enjoy it… but the last couple of weeks I’ve been appreciating my time off and relaxing a little more (in other words, being lazy).  So for those of you who are following along, here’s a quick update.  I hope to post more about these places later.

FYI, even when I’m not posting I usually keep the “Where are we now?” box on the right side of the page up to date, and every once in a while I update the map on the “Travel Plans” page at the top menu.  And if that’s not enough, join Facebook and add Ben and I to your friend list, we add things there occasionally too.

Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) – 3 nights in a hostel in this small medieval town.  We had a good time wandering the streets, and also hanging out with the hostel managers and guests.

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October 2nd
2009
written by Alonna

Ben and I spent two nights in Prague, Czech Republic; just enough time to realize that it’s an amazing city, but hardly long enough to even scratch the surface.  Prague has really cool architecture, something I’ve heard before but I couldn’t have imagined without seeing it in person.  So far it rivals Paris on my list of beautiful cities in Europe.  Paris is a little softer and prettier, and Prague is a little more striking and edgy.
 


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September 29th
2009
written by Alonna

We spent 3 nights in Berlin with my cousin Jessica, and aunt Robin.  Jessica lives with her husband in Germany, and Robin came to visit her.  They were nice enough to let us share part of their vacation!  We kept ourselves busy sightseeing… Berlin is huge and there’s a lot to see.  My favorites were (more…)

September 28th
2009
written by Alonna

Yes, we’re still here! Although we’ve been quiet for the last week, Ben and I have enjoyed spending time with friends and family in Germany.

We spent 5 nights with our friend Dave from Boise, who moved to Germany a year ago with his family.  They live in a cute small town in the country 20 minutes outside of Munich, called Pfaffenhofen.  It was so nice to stay in their home and they were such great hosts!  We stayed in their guest room, hung out with Dave, Kristin and their two cute kids, and Dave cooked great meals every night.

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September 19th
2009
written by Alonna

Salzburg, Austria by day and night…

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September 14th
2009
written by Alonna

Guten tag! We just arrived in Innsbruck, Austria last night and are heading to Salzburg this afternoon. But first, here’s some miscellaneous photos from the last ~week.

Annecy

On our way from Southern France to Chamonix in the French Alps, we stopped overnight in Annecy. We didn’t know it before, but this is a popular resort city on a nice lake in the mountains.

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September 9th
2009
written by Alonna

I’ve heard there are tons of chair lifts and gondolas in the Alps, but I don’t know how they could top the Aiguille du Midi.  Two lifts take you from the town of Chamonix, straight up the mountain to the top of a 12,000 foot peak, right next to Mont Blanc.  In the photo below, the pointed peak on the left is where the cable car climbs to.  Mont Blanc is the tallest snow-covered peak in the middle.

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September 8th
2009
written by Alonna

The view from our mountain chalet in Chamonix:

Our first stop in the Alps is on the French side, in a popular resort town called Chamonix (sham-oh-nee). The tallest mountain in the alps, Mont Blanc (15,781 ft), is right outside our door. In fact I see it right now as I type this and eat breakfast: (more…)

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