In August, 2002, I went to Germany to visit my parents for three weeks. My parents spent three years living in Germany. My trip happened inbetween me coming back from China and starting Grad school. I spent two weeks in Los Alamos getting all my stuff together and then drove to Chicago, left two days later to Germany and started Grad school two weeks after I came back.
This is the view down the street where my parents lived.
This was a fun little slide they had in a park nearby. It seems like they came up with all the cool playground toys in other countries and after I got too old to be socially acceptable at using them, but I did fully enjoy this one.
Boys will be boys. This was at a mideval fest in Germany. They have tons of these events around. They are quite fun.
At these fests, they often have yummy food - in this case, yummy pig.
Seeing as how I just got back from China, I kept noticing Chinese restaurants all over.
Just across from the Chinese restaurant was a nice courtyard.
Newswanstein Castle - the castle that the one in Disneyland is modeled after.
Me pretending to be an archer - I know, I'm not even close with the outfit.
Germany has a great many castles. We had a great time exploring all the knooks and crannies of this one.
A couple times, I found myself crawling up into a completely black hole not knowing where I was going. I just kept hoping that it wasn't the other end of the toilets....
My parents and me posing for a nice snapshot infront of a nice castle.
My mother and I took a long weekend to head over to Paris for a couple days.
We happened to be there on my 24th birthday and my mom thought it would be fun to go to the Moulin Rouge to celebrate. Unfortunately, we weren't able to go since we weren't dressed nice enough.
Walking away from the Moulin Rouge, we noticed a few shops that kept in the essence of the area.
Visible from quite a few points in Paris. It's hard to take a picture that hasn't already been taken of it though.
A nice view of the belly of the Eiffle Tower. Kind of fun to analyze if you are a nerd like I am.
If you analyze it too hard though, you may end up like this guy....
You just have to have a picture like this one when you visit the Thinker.
I really like this sculpture. It is "Love and Psyche" by Canova. To me, it just looks like they are so in love and fully concentrating on each other only. When(if) I get married, I hope my wife and I will look at each other in a similar way.
Everyone standing in line to see...
...the Mona Lisa. The crowd seemed a lot like the ones in China, but these were a little bit more organized.
On the outside wall of Notre Dame. There was a really good story that goes along with the headless statue, but I can't remember what it is. Bet that helps you out a lot.
Is that the famous arch in Paris?
No, it is part of the downtown district - where work actually gets done.
This is in Paris - not really what is typically imagined of Paris. They have tried (and succeeded) and keeping the old and new separate.
We gave our trip a thumbs up (three actually). Well, we gave it two and Paris gave it one also.
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