Friday, February 25, 2011

Foto Friday: Triberg Waterfalls

Triberg is located in the heart of the Black Forest in Germany.  I have been lucky to visit twice (once when my mother came to visit, and once with my husband and children). 

Triberg is home to the highest waterfalls in Germany, and you can hike up along the falls (all the way to the top).  You can see some very friendly squirrels (let's just say that the squirrels have learned people have food), and enjoy the great outdoors.

The falls are gorgeous, and when your done admiring nature, there are plenty of places to enjoy a slice of real Black Forest cake, check out some original "cuckoo clocks", and have a spot of lunch.

Here are a few shots of the falls from our hike.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Foto Friday: Paris Garnier Opera

Ever read Phantom of the Opera?  Well, visit Paris, and you can stop at the Paris Garnier Opera and see the place it is set.

While we didn't get to see the infamous underworld of the opera, the building is beautiful.

The outside of the building (excuse the construction).

The grand staircase.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Foto Friday: The Woods of Foy

 Part of our family adventures has always been travelling to historical sites.  Being in Europe afforded us the chance to visit quite a few battlefields from both World Wars.

We (like many people) watched the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, and were fascinated by the story.  Already interested in WW II history, we took the opportunity to visit some of the sites of Easy Company's battles.  One of the most humbling experiences was to stop in Bastogne and Foy (Belgium).

Easy Company (and many others) spent a horrible and cold winter here.  Most of the woods are gone now, replaced by fields.  You can still find some of the stands of trees, and amongst them the remnants of fox holes (and likely artillery hits).

Most of the scars of war are gone, but to stand in the woods and remember those who fought there was humbling.  War has been replaced by peace.

What is left of the war.

 A view of the woods near Foy, Belgium.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Foto Friday: Driving Through Switzerland

On our way to Italy, we drove through some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland.