While in Germany, my parents and I took off on a week long excursion to various parts of Europe including Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy. We drove most of the places, so we got to see a lot of it, but didn't get a lot of time to interact with the people. This actually worked out very well for me since I had mono at the time, so I could do plenty of stuff, but would get tired easily if I was doing too much.
Heading off into the morning light. We saw plenty of the road with beautiful scenery all around us.
Wizzing by, we saw quite a few churches and other neat structures.
Occasionally, we would run into roads that were less than fast. This one was a little dizzying to get up.
Along the way, we ran into some interesting signs. I kept reading this one as 'we,' but my mother kept insisting that it was 'wc.' I guess she was right.
In the bathroom, I saw this sign. I had no idea what it was advertising or how it could related to anything. In August, 2008, I received an email from Ivana (in Serbia) who explained what this ad was for: '"The consumer doesn't act always as he is expected." Under the girl in the male toilet it says: "The advertising on the places you never expect is very efficient." This is the ad for advertising on those little pannels which are placed on public places like the toliet, metro, bus stops, passages etc.' Thanks for the translation Ivana!.
We understood the sign, but didn't understand where we were supposed to go.
On their ATM machines, this hippo was dancing around. I thought he was rather cute.
Looks like a statue, but that is actually a person. Every now and then, she would look around and move.
This guy was really good - he would be perfectly still until you came a little close and then he would robotically greet you with various different types of movement.
Alas, even human statues need a break occasionally.
In this same square with the statue humans, there was a giant cookoo clock - kind of fun to see.
A game of chess is never so stressful when a crowd is watching you play with half-life-sized pieces. These guys were very into their game.
A nice little island lighthouse in the middle of a lake we stayed on in Slovenia.
A castle overlooking a cliff - the next pictures are of the castle.
A cute little castle.
"You only get one shot at this cause I'm not staying up here long," my Dad told me as he was filling in for the midding statue.
A cute little building on the way across all the countries.
The view out of our hotel in Slevenia.
This was actually taken to show off my camera to my Dad - he didn't think I could get a nice picture out of it at night.
A nice beach in Croatia. My mother was worried about being in Croatia, but it really just seemed like the rest of Europe. Granted, we weren't in it more than 10 hours, but the people we met were friendly.
Just to prove that we have actually touched water in the Adriatic Sea.
The wonderful sinking city of Venice...
...with it's lovely little water filled alleyways.
I guess you could call this 'road construction.'
If you look closely, you will notice that the front of the building they are working on has a picture of what it will eventually look like.
We randomly stopped at a restaurant and ended up talking to the owners for quite a while. They were wonderfully fun and nice. He had a fascination with puzzles and showed us the 20 or so puzzles he had done over the years.
At this same restaurant, they were very proud of their Chinese cook. I told them I spoke Chinese and were so impressed that they brought out three bottles of their Chinese liqueurs for us to try. It was my parents and me (three of us) and three bottles, so we each tried one. They were very interesting. I could only make out a few of the characters on the bottles though.
Ahh, isn't that just so cute.
The above 4 pictures are just some of the scenery we had to sit through along the way. It was sooo terrible.....
And, now we head home, with a wonderful journey left in our minds forever....
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