Friday, October 7, 2011

Trip to Zurich--Bern Temple and Traveling to Germany

I feel it was time to get back to my posts about our trip.

As you may know, Allan and I always try to visit temples whenever we are on a trip and so we couldn't pass up on opportunity to go to the temple in Bern.

It was wonderful to go with Amanda--we have only been with her to the temple one other time--the day she and Darren were married.   We were so very relieved happy because our session was in English.

We headed to McDonalds for lunch.  I have to admit--it was kind of fun.  We even had McFlurry's--BONUS!!!!

We had been looking everywhere for the little brown trucks--and finally saw one ; )  

When you're with a guy who has been involved in transportation all of his life, it's amazing the things you notice and learn.  Did you know the majority of the trucks in Switzerland are cabovers--which probably means they have a length problem.   As well most of the trucks have curtain side--heavy cloth or canvass sides open on the side which allows them to load/unload from the side not the back.  (See now you don't have to feel bad about wasting your time reading my blog--you learned something new ; )

We went home and packed up to head out for a road trip.  Now we had spent many hours in the car over the past few days going here and there.  But today we were traveling to Germany.   When we were in the beginning stages of the trip, Allan asked Amanda if going to Eagles Nest was feasible.  He has always wanted to visit.  So our little tour guide got to work and booked us a hotel and we were good to go. 

The trip was lovely and it gave us an opportunity to have more time with Darren.  As with all our travels, thus far, the scenery was gorgeous.

We stopped in Innsbruck for dinner and had a lovely dinner at a life outdoor restaurant.  Thought this Church was pretty unique looking and snapped a picture as we were heading back to our car to go on to the hotel.  

Actually laughed every time I saw one of these signs--couldn't help thinking of some of my boys who would laugh pronouncing this word:

Saturday was Amanda's birthday.  So first order of business was her opening her presents.

Then we headed down to the restaurant for a lovely breakfast--had to make sure we had enough nourishment for the day ahead--especially our visit up to Eagles Nest.

Had to get a picture in front of our hotel. 

From the hotel, we headed to a nearby lake.  It was beautiful.  There were lots and lots of people there.  If we had known what was going to happen when we got to Eagles Nest, we would have spent more time exploring.

We were very excited when we got to Eagle's Nest, but...


So that happiness quickly turned to DISAPPOINTMENT.

 But, this guy doesn't stay disappointed for long ; )  Nothing and I mean NOTHING was going to put a damper on our trip.  We still loved being there.  He bought a book on Eagle's Nest, so all was right with the world.

We got back into the car and off we went.  We ended up in Salzburg.  We walked around for awhile--saw Mozart's home.  Of course, you can't walk around there without thinking of The Sound of Music.
So, of course, we had to do a little DoReMi photo

We had a nice lunch which included a banana split for desert.

 The only question is--WHY IN THE WORLD DID WE SHARE THEM???  We really should have each had our own--as you can see by the plate, they were so yummy we almost licked the plates.

We stayed in Salzburg for a few hours exploring.  It was so fun and BEAUTIFUL.  I have to tell you Allan was fascinated by this--to the left of the steeple.  He wanted to get in there, but sadly, we never did ; (

Such a beautiful city.

We visited this Church which was AMAZING.

We loved walking around the gardens at Maribell Palace.  They were so lovely.  We kept telling Darren--who has never visited Winnipeg or seen our home, that it was just how are yard looked.  (Yeah, with my green thumb there isn't ONE FLOWER in my yard ; )

It was a lovely trip.  We are so glad we went.

The drive back was an adventure.  I wish I had taken a picture of the cars speeding by as we were traveling on the Autobahn.  Ha, ha, they would have just been a blur.    It was pretty fun when there was no speed limit.  I learned a little more about Darren as we FLEW on the road.  Poor Allan, if he had realized he wouldn't have scared Amanda and Darren he would have had his foot to the floor and there wouldn't have been a Lamborghini or Mazerati that would have passed him up ; )  And can I just say, those things really hum as they whiz by.


Cherie said...

We laughed at all the "Farht" signs too! (Giggle) - You can't help it!

You had a wonderful trip. I have really enjoyed your photos. I am so glad you made it to the Bern Temple - it is beautiful!!

ShEiLa said...

Looks like an absolutely PERFECT adventure. I am always amazed at all you fit into a trip. I love the countryside and architecture. All of your photos are amazing! I have never been outside of the US and Canada... so it was a delight reading about your trip.


Sheri said...

I am so amazed by the architecture, I seriously wonder how?! Love sharing your trips vicariously. Great post on Conference too, I was only able to see and listen too the Sunday Sessions, so I look forward to the Ensign and some time to ponder and study.

Heffalump said...

I loves seeing pictures and reading posts about people's travel adventures!
Looks like it was a great trip!

Janice said...

great pictures and you look amazing!

Valerie said...

Max went to Germany many many years ago and had to stop and pose by one of those Gute Fahrt signs. You can imagine what that pose was...

I love your pics! You certainly saw some beautiful things! One day, hopefully, I'll make it to Switzerland/Germany/Austria and get to see some of those beautiful things too! In the mean time, I'll live vicariously through my friends!

Garden of Egan said...

What a gorgeous trip! Wonderful to be able to see al those beautiful places.
The Bern Temple is beautiful.

Natalie said...

Oh my, your trip sounds and looks just wonderful. What a wonderful adventure. So glad you got to go to the Temple. We got to go to the Frankfurt Temple and we love that too.

I love all of the beautiful architecture and the scenery. I want to go to Switzerland someday. One of our Swiss returned missionary sisters just got married, so I even have a place to stay. I will keep dreaming. :)

You look absolutely fantastic.

Connie said...

I'm so glad my computer is finally fixed and out of the shop! Such beauty in every picture! Too bad about the Eagle's Next.
What a lovely trip you had!

It's so good that you get to visit the temples where ever you go!

Nancy Face said...

What fantastic photos! You look so great, you should be in lots more of the pictures!

I love visiting temples, too! Since we go with Zach Face, we usually just walk around the grounds and take pictures!