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Europe Trip

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I wish I could say this was on a bike, but not this go-round. At the end of January my wife and I took a trip to Europe with our great friends. I just finished editing my pictures and thought I'd share some here.

We flew into Amsterdam and stayed there for 2 nights. Basically everyone in Amsterdam gets around on a bicycle. There are also 165 canals in Amsterdam. Combine those two things and you get bicycle fishing, which we observed one day.
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We knew where our hotel was by taking a left when we got to the pink bike with the pink basket with flowers.
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We took a canal tour late in the first day. Turned out to be a bad idea after not sleeping for over 24 hours, so it was nap time for me.
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We took a long walk in the rain/snow to find this windmill.
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After the Heineken Experience, we were thoroughly brainwashed.
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Final coupe shots I liked from Amsterdam:
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From there we drove down into Germany and ended up in Heidelberg for a night. After, what I would consider, the best meal of my life, we drove around trying to find a hotel for the night. We ended up finding a really cool place above town, that was close to the Heidelberg Castle we were planning to visit the nest morning.
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As planned, we headed to the Heidelberg Castle the next morning.
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We hit the road and headed down to Fussen. After finding a hotel we headed to the Neuschwanstein Castle to keep the theme going for the day. Photos are not allowed inside this one, so I always respect that.
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Headed back down from Neuschwanstein Castle, we could see Hohenschwangau Castle, but it was to late for a tour of that one.
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The next day we drove to Grindelwald, Switzerland, where we would be staying the next 3 nights.
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We spent the next two days sledding, eating fondue and chocolate, and drinking beer. It was fantastic.
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Here are some scenes from our hotel room.
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And outside the hotel.
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From Grindelwald, we drove back north to Ghent, Belgium. After spending 1 day there, we decided to stay 2 nights.
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The next Day we toured Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts).
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Then we walked through several churches and just around in general taking in the sites.
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After that, we enjoyed amazing beer, where it all started.
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We ended the day with a night walk.
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The final day we had to wake up really early to drive back to Amsterdam to make our flight, but it was worth it for that last day/night in Ghent. Overall, it's a trip I'll never forget. So many great memories.
 
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Great pix as always, Kory. And some good memories. I've lived in Germany, plus gone back for a visit, and it never loses its magic. I have a picture, somewhere, of that big wine barrel in Heidelberg. To bad you couldn't do the bike thing. Every two-lane road is an adventure, and Europe has more two-lane than you can shake a stick at.
 
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Great pix as always, Kory. And some good memories. I've lived in Germany, plus gone back for a visit, and it never loses its magic. I have a picture, somewhere, of that big wine barrel in Heidelberg. To bad you couldn't do the bike thing. Every two-lane road is an adventure, and Europe has more two-lane than you can shake a stick at.
It was cold in some spots, but others it was bearable. I was really surprised by the lack of bikes on the roads once we got out of town.

Superb pictures! :clap:
Thanks!
 

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Great pics. The castles are really amazing structures. I can only imagine doing the same trip after it warms and the landscape greens up. Great job.
 

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Very nice photos and good journal. I have a bike stored in Heidelberg you could have borrowed! Snow tires not provided! :)

I made the mistake of walking up to the Heidelberg Castle, instead of riding the tram. I was huffing and puffing for a while, but it didn't prevent me from enjoying a pilsner.
 
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