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Strasbourg: The Alsace wine region

3 girls...1 tiny car

45 °F

Have you ever dreamed of driving all through the countryside of France, exploring the many wine regions and discovering small French villages? Well, we did, but apparently you need to book a car and hotel weeks in advance. Clearly our trip has been everything but planned so we ran into a bit of trouble. We perservered however and selected 1 wine region with an available hotel...thank you Mr. Eutsler!!!!!! and rented a car for one day to drive around the Alsace wine region.

After having trouble starting the car, getting lost, and getting lost again we found ourselves surrounded by the French countryside...vineyard after vineyard, cute village after cute village...WOW b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! We stopped in a few small villages and did some wine tasting... and dessert tasting of course. If you ever have the opportunity to drive through France...take it! Because then you too can say, ´At least once I have driven a car in France.`

Posted by erincadden 23.11.2009 10:13 Archived in France Comments (1)

Freiburg, Germany

a peek into Kat's college life...

sunny 57 °F

After our lovely stay in the city of lights, we hopped on a train and headed to Frieberg, Germany to stay with Kat's friend from college, Sheena and her boyfriend Matthias. Highlights included: hiking through the BLACK FOREST, delicious home cooked meals, ´Surfin USA` playing in an Irish Pub in Germany, Friends marathon, tour of downtown Frieberg...it really was a delightful and relaxing few days. Thank you Sheena and Matthias, you were lovely hosts. If you ever need a place to stay in Philly, Virginia or Portland...you know who to call!

Posted by erincadden 23.11.2009 10:02 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Paris, France

A Love Story

sunny 50 °F
View Erin and Megan Do Europe on meganselby's travel map.

If you don't know what this is...

If you don't know what this is...

Once upon a time there were three young, American girls who traveled to a town called Paris, France, you may have heard of it. The girls were so excited about this trip because for their whole lives they had heard of this magical city. Upon first step off the train the smiles grew on their faces and they knew where their first stop would be. THE EIFFEL TOWER, one of the most famous sights in the entire world. Their timing was perfect, not unlike the rest of their trip. They climbed up until they could see all of Paris. By the time they got back down it was night and razzle dazzle time.
Eiffel 2

Eiffel 2


The tower sparkled like it was wearing a dress of sequins and the paparazzi were snappin all over the place.

The next day they met a young wizard who offered to give them a free tour of the city. Afterwards the wizard showed them a secret passageway into a place called Montmarte, a tiny village of Parisian artists. They walked and walked and walked and when they finally arrived... what a sight they beheld.

View from Montmarte

View from Montmarte

Montmartre Cathederal

Montmartre Cathederal

After dining they started to walk back to their cottage (called hostels in that area) and saw two other people who had been on the tour, a Brazilian named Fernando, and an Argentenian named Gonzalo. The five young travellers became the best of friends. They had such a fun time together they embarked on a local Parisian tradition: a Pub Crawl.

The rest of their days included tiny restaurants, wine, karaoke, meeting two giant ogres that snored so loudly near their cottage that it kept them up most of the night, visiting a Grand Palace in Versailles,

Versaille view

Versaille view

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

and seeing some of the most famous art in all the world.

Pyramid at the Louvre

Pyramid at the Louvre

But the girls eventually had to part ways with their South American friends and their beloved French city. They vowed to return one day to this place and in the meantime they would keep a little piece of the magical city with them everywhere they went. Au revoir Paris!

Tower Eiffel from a distance

Tower Eiffel from a distance

Posted by meganselby 14.11.2009 11:46 Archived in France Comments (3)

Belgium

Where they speak Flemish (and at least 3 other languages) in case you didn't know

sunny

We were worried about Belgium when we arrived in Brugge at our hostel and it looked a lot more like an insane assylum than anything else and then when we walked into town and saw 5 other people on the streets. But the next day when we explored by daylight and rode up and down the canals our hearts melted. Brugge is GORGEOUS! Go there!

Erin at Mundo

Erin at Mundo


Jim Halpert at Mundo

Jim Halpert at Mundo


Erin Kat hiding from Megan at Mundo

Erin Kat hiding from Megan at Mundo


Canal 3 Brugge

Canal 3 Brugge


Houses 2 Brugge

Houses 2 Brugge

Our second day we rented bikes and biked across national borders. That's right we biked from Belgium into the Netherlands, a completely different country. Along the way we saw some incredible sights including, but not limited to:
- SurvivalRun, a 10km obstacle course/run. We like how the Belgians roll.
- the small towns of Damme, Sluis, Retrechement, and Cadzand-Bad, where we will have our summer homes when we live in the Dam. Thank you to Tony for the suggestions.
- finally seeing the North Sea after a long ride out
- cows having sex in an open field
- the stars out in the country as we biked home in the pitch black of night (why must the sun set so early)
The North Sea!!!

The North Sea!!!


Megan North Sea 2

Megan North Sea 2


Megan North Sea

Megan North Sea

We love you Belgium. We will be back soon. Muah!

Posted by meganselby 14:50 Archived in Belgium Comments (1)

Amsterdam cont...

Megan Erin Amsterdam

Megan Erin Amsterdam

did you about amsterdams hiphop scene? Neither did we until we went to Live on the Low. Never thought I would hear people rhyme in Dutch. Pretty great tho. Kat met some Brits soon after our last post and partied til the sun came up. She is going to move to Manchester and live with tom and his parents.

Highlights of the Dam: Van Gogh Museum,

Megan Van Gogh Museum

Megan Van Gogh Museum

bicycling round the most bike friendly place in the world, Indonesian restaurant and the hilarity that ensued there, baked goods/milkshakes at the dampkring,

Erin Megan Chocolate Milkshake

Erin Megan Chocolate Milkshake

Erin and George Clooney

Erin and George Clooney

Kat Erin AMSTERDAM

Kat Erin AMSTERDAM

Erin and Kat Amsterdam

Erin and Kat Amsterdam

Erin Megan Swing in Amsterdam

Erin Megan Swing in Amsterdam

Erin Megan Kat bikes Amsterdam

Erin Megan Kat bikes Amsterdam

ponytails, the cheese shop (where Kat plans to apprentice when she moves to the Dam).

Also, we saw the TALLEST man to ever live. If you ever saw an insanely tall person and thought "that has GOT to be the tallest person ever. There is NO way anyone taller has ever lived" then you probably saw this dude. Megan had to get a better look so she walked behind him for a block and got a measurement. His waist came up to my clavicles, or just under them. Wow.

We have all said that we could easily live there. We have many jobs in mind. Please let us know if you have any connections or great employment ideas for us.

canal amsterdam 3

canal amsterdam 3

Posted by meganselby 14:33 Archived in Netherlands Comments (1)

The Wolf Pack Grows By One

A Story of 3 Girls with 4 nights in Amsterdam

note: this is being typed on some weird computer where letters and numbers are in different places and some are gone altogether: excuse the odd punctuation and other oddly typed things

Have you ever hung out with two other people whose dads names were the same as your own father? well that is what we are doing: Kat Eustler has joined us for the next three weeks of this adventure and her fathers name is the same as Erins dads name and Megans dads name: Tim: How weird is that?

Kat met us at our crazy hostel in Amsterdam: We were all stunned by the hordes of bicycles all over the street, and apparently there is a whole layer of them on the bottom of the Amstel River: We were very thirsty so we went to a coffeeshop for some coca colas 9see photo0
Erin Kat Megan Coca Colas

Erin Kat Megan Coca Colas

Our first full day we spent on a walking tour, ate lots of food, and we were tricked by some guy who was so hot Kat had to describe like this:

You know those lifetime movies where women get pregnant on purpose? Now I understand why they would do that
Megan Drink Sparkler Amsterdam

Megan Drink Sparkler Amsterdam


Raspberry Mojitos with Sparklers in Amsterdam

Raspberry Mojitos with Sparklers in Amsterdam


So that guy tricked us into buying 11 euro drinks: Fools:::

More on Amsterdam soon:

Posted by meganselby 11:22 Archived in Netherlands Comments (2)

Germany

Swei frauen mit wein (All the phonetic German we could muster)

sunny 42 °F

Guten Tag Damen and...Gentlemen! We have made a real effort to learn the language here in Germany. We impressed our host in Berlin, Scott, by saying such things as, "Did you wash your hands" and "I am having heart attack."

We arrived in Berlin two days later than we had planned, due to our impromptu trip to Slovakia. We were blessed with a home stay in Berlin from Sean "S'gonna" Naylor's friend, Scott. Scott is a native German who spend some of his formative years in the US and is very much a smart-ass. (Betty-Jeanne, you might be smitten.) He is responsible for writing a blog post about our time in Berlin, but in the meantime a few highlights include, doing Scott's grocery shopping, bowling with Scott, his sister, Laura, and her husband, Travis, and visiting the topography of terror museum about Nazi rule/occupation.
radical teachers in Nazi Germany

radical teachers in Nazi Germany


Actually, after visiting the topography of terror, we had one of the most exciting conversations of the trip, about the idea of a teacher cooperatively-run school. Fellow educators, do you know of schools like this/do you want to be part of starting one? Let us know because we're putting serious thought into this.

From Berlin, we went to visit Erin's boyfriend's parents, Val and Brad.
Brad Val in Park

Brad Val in Park

Brad Val Erin

Brad Val Erin


What wonderful hosts they have been. Val took us on a lovely walk when we first arrived through the city of Kassel and then we went to a beer garden where we ate pretzel, schnitzel, and potatoes and chatted with the owner.
Puertan Rican American German who runs Wolpertinger

Puertan Rican American German who runs Wolpertinger


On Halloween Val organized a private tour of Kassel for us which was probably the best tour we've been on. Andrea gave us a great history of the city and was gracious enough to share her family's experiences with WWII. She also showed us around the Wilhelmshohe Park (GORGEOUS!) and got us a sneak peek at part of an old castle.
Andrea Erin Val Brad over Fulda River

Andrea Erin Val Brad over Fulda River

Wilhelmshoher Park Pond

Wilhelmshoher Park Pond

Erin and Val Park

Erin and Val Park

Wilhelmshoher Trees

Wilhelmshoher Trees

Castle Tree Arch in Kassel

Castle Tree Arch in Kassel

Megan Erin and Andrea our tourguide

Megan Erin and Andrea our tourguide

700 year old tree

700 year old tree


Today, we drove the beamer out to HannMunden, a classic German village in Hesse. Lots of fachwerk houses, babbling brooks, pedestrian streets, and the like. Val told us about her time working on the school board, which really got some wheels turning.
Street in Hannoversch Munden

Street in Hannoversch Munden

Brad Erin Val on bridge

Brad Erin Val on bridge

Erin Megan door from 1500

Erin Megan door from 1500

Fachwerk houses

Fachwerk houses

Erin Val Megan Hannoversch Munden

Erin Val Megan Hannoversch Munden


It must be said that our time in Kassel was filled with beautiful scenery (yay for fall!) and lots of good food. We had coffee and kuchen everyday and really wonderful breakfasts, dinners, wines, Sects, Proseccos, beers, and "schnapps". Thanks Val and Brad!!!!

Tomorrow we're off to Amsterdam where we will finally meet up with Kathleen (see excited blog comments from previous posts). woot woot!

Posted by erincadden 01.11.2009 13:10 Archived in Germany Comments (3)

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