Effiel Tower

Guten Morgen!

After Berlin, we finished off our trip with Paris, France. We were there for four full days, but  we didn’t see a whole lot due to the holiday lines  (tower for Notre dame was estimated to be a 4 hour wait!). This morning I want to share with you our pictures of the Eiffel Tower.

 
              
Someone was REALLY excited when we finally made it to the top!

The very tip-top floor was closed, but we were able to walk to the level below that. We planned on going ice skating until we realized how tiny the arena was- definitely more kid-friendly than adult-friendly.

Have a lovely day my friends~

Berlin, Germany

If I could describe Berlin in one word during our stay is would be…COLD. At one point it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit outside and that was the general norm during our brief stay. Because of this, we decided to fill our days in Berlin with museums galore to protect our bodies against the bitter cold. We bought the Museum Pass (€48 for two passes, 3 days) and went to the following museums/attractions:
 
     Paragon Museum

I went here 8 years ago when I was in high school and loved the Greek exhibit. I raved about it and Sam really wanted to see it too. As I was walking through the museum I felt that the door that led to the Greeks had been blocked off. It wasn’t until we were done I realized I was right. They are renovating that entire wing of the museum till 2025!
Neues Museum 
Great Egyptian exhibit!
 

Berliner Dom
One of my favorite attractions in Berlin was this old, gothic church. I first mistook it for a Catholic church, but during the tour found out it was a protestant church. It was destroyed in World War II, but was renovated by the soviet’s with the funds provided from West Berlin church leaders.
 
      
Jewish History
Brandonburger Tor 
Checkpoint Charlie
Rathaus
I saw this while we were on a site seeing bus. My recommendation: these buses are not worth the cost. You will see much more of the city on your own two feet, so wear good waking shoes. We took the local transportation to make our way around.

Viking Exhibition
This is one of the things Sam was dying to see. It was during this exhibition that Sam determined we would visit the Fjords next. After all this cold though I really want to go somewhere tropical. However, a trip to Norway doesn’t sound too bad.
 
        Our pedometers told us we had nearly walked 20 miles the two full days we were there. It’s a large city with so much history and so many things to see. Additionally, we had some really good grub too. We went to the Hofbrau Haus (again) and I have to say I like the Munich location better, but admire the calmness of the Berlin location. We didn’t have to search 20 minutes for seating, but inside were seated by an employee. Berlin is famous for their currywurst and we definitely got our fill! I felt a little homesick for Thai food and we found one near our hotel. It was a tiny little restaurant that was dimly lit, but had amazing, authentic Thai food.

Christmas Eve in Vienna 

Have you ever been on vacation for the holidays? This was my first time, and although I missed my family, it was refreshing to get away from the stress of the commercialized American Christmas. 








Christmas Eve we started off by visiting the Art History Museum. No words…this place was exquisite! They even had a café in the middle of the museum where we had a quick lunch and coffee date . We spent the majority of the day exploring this museum and spent the rest of the day wandering around. Eventually all of our walking led us to St. Stephens Cathedral.



Around 5pm we returned to the hotel and got all fancied up for our Christmas Eve dinner. The dinner was served in buffet style and we ordered a bottle of wine to celebrate the occasion. I wish I could have taken more pictures, but I didn’t want to be seen as the “rude American”. We gorged ourselves on dinners with a round of appetizers, main courses and dessert. The dinner as a whole took about 2 hours- very relaxing and my kind of meal.


To end the night we attended midnight mass at St. Stephens Cathedral. I was dismayed to find that even the service was bit of a tourist spectacle. People were videotaping and taking pictures. It was absolutely insane and I wish people had more reverence. On the other hand, the ceremony itself was beautiful and they provided English translations of most of what was said. We meandered back to the hotel around 2am, tired but excited to return to Germany the next day!