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European Adventure

Sun 15 Mar 2015 - Tue 31 Mar 2015

15 Mar 2015 - 16 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015, 3:17 p.m.

Settled in for an overnight flight to Geneva, can't wait to see Bill!

March 15, 2015, 4:49 p.m.

Mari's delayed due to high winds in NJ. Although you can't see it there's a beautiful view of lake geneva just past my foot:)

March 15, 2015, 11:19 p.m.

This is the view I was referring to. My camera doesn't do it justice - everyone should spend some time in Vevey when they get the opportunity.

March 15, 2015, 11:22 p.m.

Geneva @ 6:40am. No sleep on flight. Snoring man in seat next to me slept for six hours without moving, when he woke up i asked if he took ambien. No!

March 16, 2015, 6:47 a.m.

On my way to Lausanne, then Vevey. Once out of Geneve its mostly vineyards and countryside.

March 16, 2015, 7:35 a.m.

Arrived at Trois Couronnes this morning, just in time to enjoy before we move to Montreux

March 16, 2015, 8:58 a.m.

The fork!

March 16, 2015, 9:41 a.m.

This is what I love about small towns/villages. Sweet windows, cobblestone roads

March 16, 2015, 1:14 p.m.

Day one and I have already moved us to a new hotel, just a few miles to Fairmont Palace Montreux.

March 16, 2015, 3:04 p.m.

Yep, I just ran to a castle! About six miles round trip... ;)

March 16, 2015, 4:58 p.m.

View from my run

March 16, 2015, 5:28 p.m.

17 Mar 2015 - 18 Mar 2015

Shopping. First stop.. The bookstore

March 17, 2015, 10:48 a.m.

Taking the bus back from Vevey where i had coffee with my boss.

March 17, 2015, 11:54 a.m.

Freddie Mercury

March 17, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

This is the lovely Montreux. Our hotel has yellow awnings.

March 17, 2015, 3:11 p.m.

I sat on the rocks, post run, and watched the sunset for close to 30 minutes. Nice way to end my day. Bill is at a work event (bummer)

March 17, 2015, 6:29 p.m.

Bonjour! Bill left for his conference and I'm off to the market.

March 18, 2015, 7:57 a.m.

I ran to the castle, took a tour, then ran back. It's what I do!

March 18, 2015, 11:01 a.m.

Photos from inside. It was really damp/cold inside.

March 18, 2015, 11:05 a.m.

This is the prison. Unsettling to think of what happened in this room.

March 18, 2015, 11:45 a.m.

I find myself stopping and taking photos of the lake, offering to take photos for others.

March 18, 2015, 12:32 p.m.

Escalier de Rossillon: on my way to find the castle (hidden steps for locals to get up/down the hill. I saw at least a dozen age 70+ on the steps... Keeps you young!)

March 18, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

I ran up, and over a castle today! Always exploring, I decided to trot up the hill to get a closer look at this building. 12th century, Chateau du Chatelard

March 18, 2015, 3:40 p.m.

Bill's big moment, presenting to 800 people while I ran the hills of Montreux

March 18, 2015, 4:47 p.m.

Trying to time-lapse the sunset

March 18, 2015, 6:31 p.m.

Trying to find dinner after 8pm (almost everything closes by 7:30)...

March 18, 2015, 8:13 p.m.

Wyeth had a successful evening (winning every recognition)

March 18, 2015, 9:07 p.m.

19 Mar 2015

My plan today was to take the train to the top but the fog hadn't lifted, instead I will take the first train to Glion.

March 19, 2015, 10:03 a.m.

Going up to Glion

March 19, 2015, 11:07 a.m.

View from Glion, towards Vevey. There isn't much to do up here, other than taking in the view (and the ride up). Elevation: 689m

March 19, 2015, 12:04 p.m.

Bill finally has a break in his day, shopping for host/hostess gifts for tomorrow's diner party.

March 19, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

The fog and sun peeking through the clouds made for a nice afternoon walk.

March 19, 2015, 4:48 p.m.

Tonight's sunset reminds me of Sorrento

March 19, 2015, 6:27 p.m.

Bill has one last dinner before the weekend. I'm relaxing, finishing a book. Bliss...

March 19, 2015, 9:01 p.m.

Enjoying a moment in the worlds first rotary club

March 19, 2015, 10:47 p.m.

20 Mar 2015

Another early morning for Bill. TGIF... (I'm relaxing for a few hours, then off to Vevey)

March 20, 2015, 7:28 a.m.

Bonjour! This mornings view from our window, standing in Switzerland... looking at France.

March 20, 2015, 7:41 a.m.

Embracing public transportation, I'm now in Vevey. Window shopping and buying gifts for tonight.

March 20, 2015, 10:47 a.m.

The streets of Vevey!

March 20, 2015, 10:49 a.m.

Reading my book and enjoying a latte

March 20, 2015, 11:56 a.m.

The flower shoppe doesn't open until 1:30 (all shoppes close for a two hour lunch) so I'm enjoying the sights.

March 20, 2015, 1:04 p.m.

The buses come every ten minutes, waiting with arms full!

March 20, 2015, 1:42 p.m.

Roclette dinner with friends

March 20, 2015, 9:33 p.m.

$6M Swiss franc... 30 feet wide with lake view

March 20, 2015, 11:51 p.m.

21 Mar 2015

The beginning of our travel to Budapest

March 21, 2015, 7:35 a.m.

Berne!

March 21, 2015, 10:34 a.m.

Lunch at Zurich airport

March 21, 2015, 11:33 a.m.

Welcome to Budapest

March 21, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

After three room changes... The view from our room in Buda... Looking at Pest.

March 21, 2015, 6:12 p.m.

Budapest at night - fantastic view of old Europe. Too bad they're bankrupt:)

March 21, 2015, 6:41 p.m.

Jackson Five cover band

March 21, 2015, 10:41 p.m.

So many choices, what should we do now?

March 21, 2015, 11:04 p.m.

A nightcap at 'the most beautiful bar'

March 21, 2015, 11:35 p.m.

Marie Antoinette would love it here.

March 21, 2015, 11:37 p.m.

22 Mar 2015

Bakers! I can't wait to buy bread here.

March 22, 2015, 1:16 a.m.

We are exploring on foot today, @ the Chain Bridge

March 22, 2015, 12:36 p.m.

'Shoes' memorial to honor the Jews who killed in Budapest: ordered to take off their shoes, and shot so their bodies fell into the river and were carried away.

March 22, 2015, 12:49 p.m.

This homeless dude really knows exterior design - although I couldn't find his bathroom

March 22, 2015, 1:04 p.m.

Laura and Mari enjoying a latte.

March 22, 2015, 1:18 p.m.

We had to try the Transylvanian Chimney Cake... Delish!

March 22, 2015, 1:21 p.m.

Tree of life at synagogue.

March 22, 2015, 1:41 p.m.

Either the fish have a foot fetish or Mari has a fish fetish - weird:)

March 22, 2015, 4:59 p.m.

Always up for new experiences... Let's just say Bill liked this more than me. It stressed me out!

March 22, 2015, 5:12 p.m.

23 Mar 2015 - 24 Mar 2015

Bill is working today. I started my day visiting the great market and finding a pub we want to visit tomorrow.

March 23, 2015, 11:35 a.m.

A fun eatery on the avenue. Loving Budapest

March 23, 2015, 12:21 p.m.

St Stephan's basilica

March 23, 2015, 1:24 p.m.

Where's Mad Max?!

March 23, 2015, 1:39 p.m.

Crossed the Chain Bridge to Buda... Exploring tomorrow.

March 23, 2015, 1:48 p.m.

There are statues everywhere, another thumbs up for this town.

March 23, 2015, 1:53 p.m.

Ran to the yellow bridge, crossed to Buda, over the Chain bridge to Pest. (Standing in Buda, looking at Pest)

March 24, 2015, 12:32 p.m.

We are both working today... Tonight we will have fun. Dinner at Nobu, and the For Sale Pub if time allows.

March 24, 2015, 4:58 p.m.

Dinner at Nobu - sushi, yummmmmm

March 24, 2015, 9:06 p.m.

Good friends, good food, good life

March 24, 2015, 10:14 p.m.

25 Mar 2015

Mari at the bar of 1000 notes. That's an awfully large beer!

March 25, 2015, 12:33 p.m.

Bill is busy updating waypoints while we wait for lunch, at the 1000 notes pub

March 25, 2015, 12:46 p.m.

Heavy Hungarian food - fantastic!

March 25, 2015, 12:53 p.m.

Our note to Michael and Kerrie - good friends

March 25, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

I call this the ontological paradox

March 25, 2015, 1:31 p.m.

Mari ready to rumble! She leads, I follow

March 25, 2015, 2:22 p.m.

I guess Bill leads and I follow (he's 30 feet past the red light... Rule breaker)

March 25, 2015, 2:56 p.m.

View of the Basilica from Buda Castle Palace

March 25, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

Holy shit! They actually wrap steak with bacon? Love this place:)

March 25, 2015, 9:24 p.m.

26 Mar 2015

A mouse climbed into the scooter, creating a scene for a few minutes. Now time to find lunch.

March 26, 2015, 12:13 p.m.

Red light selfie. Today we will find the Ruin Pubs!

Mari's new nickname "danger"

March 26, 2015, 12:29 p.m.

We found it! Szimpla Kertmozi

March 26, 2015, 12:39 p.m.

Mari ordered grilled cheese for lunch - forgot to say sandwich, whoops:)

March 26, 2015, 1:03 p.m.

We may have been off track (lost) for a few minutes.

March 26, 2015, 1:43 p.m.

This is the Liberty/Freedom Statue, built in 1947 when the Nazi occupation ended.

March 26, 2015, 2:24 p.m.

We just climbed to the Freedom Statue, standing in Buda, looking at Pest

March 26, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

We found a park for Bill to take his 3pm conf call.

March 26, 2015, 3 p.m.

Mari didn't appreciate trying to squeeze between a car and a bus - what else were we supposed to do? Wait???

March 26, 2015, 4:09 p.m.

Last stop... Hungarian thermal bathes. Sadly we didn't have time to try it. Maybe tomorrow?

March 26, 2015, 4:31 p.m.

Mari's in heaven. Arugula and some pasta!

March 26, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

Budapest is so quiet, and the lights are beautiful.

March 26, 2015, 11:09 p.m.

27 Mar 2015 - 28 Mar 2015

Mari with her tomato pizza - where's the meat?

March 27, 2015, 12:59 p.m.

Best way to be a gazillionaire - go to Hungary:)

March 27, 2015, 1:25 p.m.

Hungarian street food - where do we start?

March 27, 2015, 1:51 p.m.

Mari gets a Transylvanian chimney cake - they must have run out of Cotton candy

March 27, 2015, 9:06 p.m.

I think we just about covered Budapest - on to Austria!

March 27, 2015, 9:30 p.m.

BK this Bill's favorite. Now to settle in for a three hour ride to Vienna.

March 28, 2015, 11:09 a.m.

On our way to Vienna via car @ 180kph (about 112mph) - this guys is almost is good as me:) Makes me wish we had the Lambo out here.

Rather than screwing around with the health care system I think the dems should build us an autobahn!

March 28, 2015, 12:33 p.m.

First stop in Vienna, Belvedere Palace. Built in 1663 it was a summer palace.

Bill just decided that our house is toooooo small.

March 28, 2015, 3:26 p.m.

Half view of the garden

March 28, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Local street art - very cool!

March 28, 2015, 4:22 p.m.

Now this is the car we should have taken from Budapest to Vienna!

March 28, 2015, 8:21 p.m.

Research... trying to find the signature drink for the unveiling of "The Pit". Right now focusing on either Bourbon or Gin, tough choice...

March 28, 2015, 9:20 p.m.

Let's be clear - it doesn't matter what booze you poor in this, as long as it has cotton candy, Mari's happy:)

March 28, 2015, 9:57 p.m.

29 Mar 2015 - 30 Mar 2015

Mari getting ready for adventure at the U4 train station

March 29, 2015, 11:43 a.m.

Schonbrunn Palace, childhood home to Marie Antoinette

March 29, 2015, 12:33 p.m.

View from the top of the garden, looking that the palace.

March 29, 2015, 12:49 p.m.

Vienna streets have no trees, odd

March 29, 2015, 2:04 p.m.

Out last must see of the day. We walked 6 miles today.

March 29, 2015, 2:07 p.m.

Dinner at Pfarrwirt. Tomorrow we start our journey home.

March 29, 2015, 9:23 p.m.

While Bill goes to the office, I'm off to see a few sights before we fly to Geneva.

March 30, 2015, 9:54 a.m.

Morning walk to Sigmund Freud Museum only to remember most museums are closed on Monday's

March 30, 2015, 10:15 a.m.

Looks at all the eggs at the Easter 'merkt'

March 30, 2015, 10:34 a.m.

Wow, this is the nicest Starbucks. It has four levels below ground.

March 30, 2015, 10:51 a.m.

31 hours to go!

March 30, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

31 Mar 2015

We are settled on for the flight home.

March 31, 2015, 8:51 a.m.

Arrived home after a month on the road. Mari excitedly waiting to get in the car

March 31, 2015, 12:34 p.m.