Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring travels

Hello dear ones,

I have posted some photos today of our trips the past month.  We headed to Dresden for a weekend at the end of March and loved it!  The next group of photos are from our springbreak trip.  We started our car ride to Ausburg, Germany, just outside of Munich, to Legoland!  The boys had a blast were inspired to create.  From there we headed down to the border to visit Neuschweinstein Castle of King Ludwig.  Speaking of inspiration, this castle inspired Walt Disney's castle.  It was truly stunning.  After a fantastic lunch of goulash and spatzle, we headed further south across the Austrian Alps into the Italian Alps.  This was one of the most beautiful drives we have ever taken, and the photos don't do it justice.  The drive was a bit traitorous with 48 hairpin turns, but we made it!  We even stopped to play in the snow.

We spent the night in a small village in the Dolomites and woke Easter morning to a room full of eggs!  We continued to find the throughout the day in various shoes and pockets.  We stopped at numerous small churches on the road to Venice in hopes of finding a mass, but to no avail.  We arrived in the crazy chaos Venice and managed to find our way to our fabulous hotel, the Molino Stucky Hilton.  We had a three room suite with two bathrooms, a kitchen, and an amazing view of Venice.  We had a lovely time roaming the small alleys and walkways of the town, exploring stores, restaurants, and sweets shops.  I managed to sneak in an art museum and a few churches on the way.  The last of our third day in Venice was spent touring the Duomo Palace and San Marco's church.  The boys favorite part of the whole trip here was feeding the pigeons in San Marco Piazza!  Boys!

Next, we were off to Vienna, Austria.  Bob had to go to Warsaw, Poland to work for a few days, so the boys and I just hung out more like locals: no museums.  The first day was spent at the Pratter Amusement Park where we found the oldest Ferris wheel.  It takes 22 minutes to go around once.  We ate hotdogs and pretzels (the big, soft kind), to took in the culture with lots of people watching.  Day two we took the metro/ubahn to old town and explored on foot.  We went to a very cool place called the Haus of Muzik.  It was four floors of everything music; from science how sound travels and how the ear works with lots of experiments, creative expression, to learning about the Vienna Philharmonic and many classical composers that called Vienna home like Wagner, Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss.  The boys were even able to conduct an orchestra. We finished the afternoon with a late lunch at Mc Donalds and a trip to the pastry shop.  The last day, with Bob back with us, was spent taking in a bit more culture with a visit to the art Albertium, the palace garden, and a walk about town ending with lunch at an outside cafe.  By this time we were all ready to head back to Prague and sleep in our own beds.  I was a wonderful trip!

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