Sunday, October 27, 2013

Munich, Berlin and Copenhagen... oh my!

My most recent trip was a very special one because a very dear and old friend flew thousands of miles to come and visit me!  I have known Megan Eberhard since we were little munchkins spending way too much time rolling around in the dirt together.  A very large chunk of my childhood was spent living at Megan's house, swimming in her pool, riding horses around her neighborhood and having sleepover parties in her horse barn! 

Megan had a one week break between quarters of her MBA program @ Vanderbilt.  So we planned a quick but action packed trip to explore Munich, Berlin and Copenhagen.   We walked everywhere, ate more German cuisine than one should ever consume, stayed in fun hostels and met lots of new international friends. 

Here are some the pictures from our adventure! 

The night train.... this is how the trip started.  I took the night train from Vejle (where I am
 living in Denmark) to Munich.  Was a very long and sleepless night since 
I shared this very tiny room with 3 very drunk German guys. 


  Megan and I @ Oktoberfest!

 It really is like a GIANT state fair!  Except with more beer and less fat people.

Our new Romanian and German friends!

We took a very moving and informative tour of the Dachau concentration camp.   This sculpture represents the different people who were imprisoned here.  

Entrance to the Dachau concentration camp.  Means "work sets you free".


Wonderful walking tour all around Berlin!  Best part was that Megan had this same 
tour guide 6 years ago!  His name was Barnaby and he was wonderful!

Standing across from the museum island.

Hovering over both sides of the Berlin wall

Holocaust war memorial

Brandenburg gate

It was beneath this car lot where Hitler committed suicide.  

Pieces of Berlin wall

Meg @ Checkpoint Charlie

Imitating the green walking man

Beautiful fall colors

Crazy TV tower in Berlin

 First night in Copenhagen!  Scott's coworker Anna (Spanish girl who is married to an Icelandic man and living in Copenhagen) took Megan and I out to dinner @ Wagamama. 
 Cruising around the 5 Lakes
Very lucky to have beautiful weather in Copenhagen!

 Visited the Viking exhibit and the Danish history exhibit @ the National Museum.

Megan's friend Damien (French guy married to a Danish girl- tall blonde) took us out to a fancy dinner and then we met his wife Charlotte for drinks @ a fun bar after.


Aboard the canal tour

Gift from Maersk to the city of Copenhagen, a brand new opera house. 

The little mermaid.  

Beautiful fall colors on our canal tour

Picture on left: Megan showing off jewelry in Top Shop.  Picture on right: jewelry featured in the Viking exhibit.  Man, fashion really does repeat itself!

Night before Megan left we were joined for dinner by Anna and Scott. 

Met up with Scott's friend Emanuel to watch the Denmark- Italy football game.  Sadly, Denmark lost and will not be competing in the World Cup : (

Cruising around the streets of Copenhagen with Scott.

Cool church with winding tower. 

Entrance to Freetown Christiania 
Exit from Freetown Christiania

Lights show @ Tivoli, an amusement park in Copenhagen.

Lots of Halloween festivities going on here so we felt right at home.

Anna with her husband, Edvald

The End.

Jess's trip to England and France

Here goes my much delayed blog post from my wonderful trip to East Yorkshire to visit my Grandma and then to Paris for a short trip with the little sis.

September 10-19, 2013  Visit to Granny in Willerby.  Gran and I had  a wonderful 10 days together spent relaxing, visiting with friends and family, catching up on the past year, drinking cup after cup of English tea, and looking through LOTS and LOTS of old photo albums.  

Walking around the town of Beverley where my Mum and Gran were both born and raised!!

Grandma with her friend Terry Bibby (he worked in the Police Force with my Grandad years ago). 

The above 4 pictures were all taken in the Beverley Minster- a beautiful and very old church where my Grandma and Grandad were married and where my Mum was christened. 

A lovely and very delicious lunch with my English family.  In the back row from the left are  Bob, 2nd cousins Andrew and Tony, and 2nd Uncle David.  Bottom row from the left is me, June, Grandma Rosalie and 2nd Aunt Susan. 

September 20-23 Paris, France- wining, dining and exploring my way around this beautiful city with Sophie, the little sister! 

I will let the pictures tell the story:

Entrance to our flat in Paris.  Many flights of stairs to climb and a 
VERY tiny, moldy apartment at the top.  Thanks airbnb!

Saw lots of these little guys everywhere.   In every possible color!

Cruising the colorful streets of Paris. 

Outside the Louvre.  

Having a most exquisite cup of white hot chocolate @ Angelina cafe.  
Thanks Kim Lawson for the best recommendation!  

Obligatory Eiffel tower picture : )

After walking for 10 miles in non-walking shoes, this was very necessary!

Random bride and groom taking photos @ the love lock bridge. 

Best falafel in town! I just wish I had a picture of 
Soph and I after we finished eating it- absolute mess!

Sophie @ the Arc de Triomphe. 

Me @ Avenue des Champs Elysees

Basically, we had a fantastic trip and saw so many beautiful things.  Can't believe how much we were able to accomplish with just a map, some semi comfortable shoes and a great sense of adventure!