{H} German Family Session

 

What a view right!!! What a way to capture the end of their time spent in Germany but to have a photo session in the gorgeous yellow rapeseed fields, throw on that Dirndl and Leiderhosen with a gorgeous baby in tow…..instant Sound of Music feeling.  I was truly blessed to meet and grow a friendship with this family over the last few years and will miss them when we part ways. The military brings people in and out of our lives but the blessings of knowing them and having their friendships all over the world is priceless.

It has been a pleasure to capture the memories for you all!!!

A Day Trip to Luxembourg City & Luxembourg American Cemetery

We took a day trip to Luxembourg City and the weather was absolutely gorgeous….which always makes a trip that much better:) The city itself is very nice and has lots of shopping and restaurants throughout. 

 

I think my kids favorite stop on this trip was at the Chocolate House.  You enter inside the restaurant to a whole wall of individual spoons with all sorts of flavored goodness on them. They had lactose free milk (score one for us) so we could partake on this treat also. Let me tell you, it was one of the best hot chocolates I have ever had!!

After our yummy treats and full bellies we headed to tour the city and take in the old wall section of town as well. There was a nice charm to this city, a simple peace that I enjoyed.

After we left the city we headed to the largest American cemetery in Europe to pay our respects to all the fallen soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom. General George Patton is among the soldiers buried here.

Traveling in Prague, Czech Republic

 

We set out to concur Prague in 3 days…and we did just that. One of the best things about traveling in Europe is the public transportation systems. My daughter really enjoys the trolley system and Prague had a great one. You can literally hop on and go all over the city with little wait time, and the best part is they are clean. I enjoyed the architecture of the buildings, especially the doors!! I do have a love of snapping photos of every great door I see which my family has now started yelling “DOOR” each time we walk by one.

We took a hike up to “mini Eiffel tower” or the Petrin Tower as is it actually named. There were over 300 stairs to reach the top but the views at the top were spectacular of the city and of the Charles Bridge.

The city of Prague is beautiful to just walk through and of course finding a Starbucks just brightened our day!!

As we roamed the city we stumbled onto this park with gardens, reflecting ponds, a museum, and an outdoor seating area by the Senate Hall.

There seems to be a gorgeous church or 10 in every city we go to and Prague did not fail in that department.

Next, we decided to go out on a boat and get a view of the city by ship. We learned a lot about the city from the tour guide, especially regarding the Charles Bridge.

The photo of the crooked house above is the Dancing House, polish architect created this building which is really unique.

Prague was a fun time…we visited in the middle of summer which was a great warm time to go as we are not much on winter. But with that said our hotel had no a/c, Europe is known for not always having a/c in rooms. We did however have our own fan, very important.

 

Pretzel Fest | Speyer, Germany

 

As the title says we indeed went to Pretzel Fest…and funny enough we did not get a pretzel. lol  But we did manage to have a great time eating, riding crazy rides (well Shawn and the girls did) and exploring Speyer Germany. I did not however take my “good” camera as it called for a high chance of rain so all the following photos are courtesy of my little old iPhone.

Lucerne, Switzerland

 

Shawn and I had the luxury to take Bella to Lucerne, Switzerland on a little getaway quality time with just her. It is really not often enough that we spend one on one time with the kids so we really cherished this vacation time with her….and what a fabulously beautiful location it was!!!

This is the Chapel Bridge…we took so many photos of this beauty from all angles.

The Chalet we stayed at was a 100 year old restored barn, just one of the fantastic little gems you can find in Lucerne and all over Europe.

Dying Lion of Lucerne is a monument to those that lost their lives during the French Revolution. This was a magnificent sculpture that I was grateful to view.

We decided to take a train up to the top of Mount Pilatus….while as you can see from the photo above the train rides very, very close to the edge of the side of the cliff. This makes the nervous riders (me) anxious but not my other two, they loved every anxious minute we had getting up to the top.

But once at the top….look at those views. It truly is a magical place to see and we are so happy to share this experience with our daughter.

To end our trip…the Swiss cows gave us a nice pose!!