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Sunday, December 18, 2011


Our European trip is over...all 3.5 months of it. We can't believe that it has come to an end already. Soon we will be packing our bags and heading west to Tahoe to begin work at GE Energy. Thanks to all those who took the time to follow and support us during our journey. It motivated us to continue to write the blog along the trip. As a result, we will have a really great keepsake of our travels for the rest of our lives.

Here is a short recap of some of the highs and lows of the trip:

Favourite cities
  1. Rome, Italy (for amazing sights and food)
  2. Berlin, Germany (for everyday living)
  3. Prague, Czech Republic (for beer)
  4. Krakow, Poland (for friendly folks and day trips)
  5. Vienna, Austria (for free ballet tickets)
Least favorite cities:
  1. Naples, Italy (for bed bugs and crime rate)
  2. Oslo, Norway (for expense and lack of sights)
Favorite days:
  1. Traveling through the fjord lands (see here)
  2. Baths of Budapest and dinner with Opera stars (see here)
  3. Over the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express (see here)
  4. Italian Food Tour in Modena, Italy (see here)
  5. Desert Safari in Dubai (see here)
Worst days:
  1. Bed bugs in Naples, Italy (see here)
  2. That is all we can really recall
And now for a look back at our favourite pictures and moments from the trip. What a great way to spend 3.5 months (and our honeymoon)!
*Introduction of Spot, the Turtle

*First GQ photo of the trip

*Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town

*Daryl enjoying the ride

*An early mailbox photo

*Stopping at a waterfall on the way to Flam

*Gorgeous Flam Valley, in Norway

*Fjords of Norway

*Small village in Fjordlands

*More fjords

*2 pints for $33

*Photo fun at Oslo Opera House

*In the fog at the Olympic Ski Jump in Oslo

*On the ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen

*Street art in Copenhagen

*Auroch skeleton in Copenhagen

*Flowers in early fall

*Church spire in Copenhagen

*Impressive Reichstag Building in Berlin

*Words on remains of Berlin Wall

*Art on piece of Berlin Wall

*Jewish Memorial

*Statue in Berlin

*Winner of the Berlin Marathon setting a world record time

*Cow in German countryside

*Charles Bridge, Prague

*Beer tab in Prague bar

*Daryl in front of the gates of Pilsner Urquell Brewery

*Dancing Building by Frank Gehry in Prague

*Statues in Prague

*Castle Hill at night in Prague

*Entrance at Auschwitz I

*Railway at Auschwitz II - Birkenau

*Photo fun at Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland

*Carving in Wieliczka Salt Mine

*Last Supper carving in Wieliczka Salt Mine

*Street scene in Jewish Quarter of Krakow, Poland

*Bridge in Krakow, Poland

*Smoking pumpkin in Budapest's Great Market Hall

*Terror Museum in Budapest

*Mulled wine and Amplemannchen

*Budapest's Szechenyi Baths

*Opera House in Budapest

*Communist statue at Memento Park in Budapest

*Cutest hockey fan in Villach, Austria

*Vienna's Opera House

*Delicious desserts in Vienna

*Serving dish, Hapsburg Family

*Having fun with the mailbox photos

*Salzburg Austria at night

*Salzburg Austria by day

*Delicious soup at Munich's Viktualienmarkt

*Maypole at Munich's Viktualienmarkt

*Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus

*Trip to Erdinger Brewery

*Famous Neuschwanstein Castle in south Germany

*Swiss Alps

*Photo fun during train failure, Jackie's angle of Daryl

*Photo fun during train failure, Daryl's angle of Jackie

*Lake in Swiss Alps

*Descending through the Alps

*Duomo in Milan, Italy

*Food tour of Parmigiano Factory in Modena, Italy

*Lunch at end of food tour, Modena

*Statue in Florence, Italy

*Florence, Italy

*Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

*Remains of forum of Pompeii, Italy

*Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

*Bridge over the Arno River, Rome

*The Colosseum, Rome

*Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world

*Desert outside of Dubai, UAE

*Just chillin' in the desert

*Sandboarding in desert outside of Dubai

*Photo fun in dessert outside of Dubai

*At the Dubai Rugby 7's

*Helicopter tour of Dubai

*Turkish lamps at Global Village in Dubai

*Daryl finishing the Dubai Half Marathon in 2:00:36!

*Beautiful Dubai Marina at night