Monday, March 24, 2008

We took a couple of days after our annual meeting (see pictures 2 posts down) and stayed near the Italian-Slovenian border. We took a train into Venice and enjoyed the sights. (See the next post too, for a favorite sight.)

If you are a fan of the Indiana Jones movies, go pop in your copy of The Last Crusade. The church in Venice that was converted into a library is fiction, but the actual church they used exists. It is off the tourist path, but if your priorities are right you have to find these sorts of things. What is history, when there is pop-culture to be seen? There is only one manhole in the courtyard, and it doesn't look like the one in the movie, so they must have changed it since then. The bridge you see behind me is the one they cross on their way to the church at the beginning of the scene. Check it out.

Well, we had another great annual meeting, this time in the Castle in Mittersill, Austria. The kids got to enjoy an Easter Egg hunt early with all their "cousins."

Logan insisted on wearing his new sunglasses for the end of the week musical performance.

Caedon looks appropriately miserable in the Mittersill dungeon. It is the oldest part of the castle, almost 900 years old!

The kids got to enjoy the Krimml waterfalls this time. When we went in 2006, they stayed at the castle while we climbed the falls. This time it was a little too "slipperly" (according to Logan) for us to hike very high.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

We had a visitor from the States... Flat Stanley! We took him around town and showed him some sights. Today he heads back home via the German Postal Service. Thanks for letting him come, Morgan!

The Opera House

The Dresden Frauenkirche (Most beautiful Lutheran Church in the world)

The F├╝rstenzug (A wall showing Dresden's Royals through history.)

A Statue overlooking the Elbe River

The Castle and Hofkirche

The Hofkirche (Catholic Cathedral)