Europe trip 2019

In March-April we went on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe, Naoko, Zen & I and my parents. We were with Oma & Opa for two weeks in a rental car, three generations together, visiting Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, then back into Germany, seeing old friends & relatives in Austria & Germany. We said goodbye to my parents in Frankfurt, then drove on for another week in Paris, where we gave up the car and became flaneurs!

Here are some pictures from the trip. As usual, click on the thumbnail pic to see a larger picture.

In Changi Airport in Singapore, heading out to Europe for (Zen’s) first time!
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On the KLM flight to Europe!
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First meal in Europe – lunch!!
Naoko Zen

In front of the Hofbräuhaus!
Naoko Zen

The Hofbräuhaus!!
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Beer at the Hofbräuhaus!!
Peter Zen

At the Marienplatz in Munich.
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Breakfast in Munich.
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The Europa statue at the Theresienwiese, where every year the Oktoberfest is held. At this time it was empty.
Naoko Zen

Munich’s Viktuelienmarkt.
Peter

Checking out paintings in the Alte Pinakotek in Munich. This is a painting by Albrecht Aldorfer that made a strong impression on me when I saw it first at age 15.
Peter Zen

With our friend Ingrid in front of a Leonardo da Vinci painting!!
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One of the many big halls in the Alte Pinakotek!
Ingrid Naoko

Surfing on the Eisbach river in Munich. Amazing!!
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Surfing on the Eisbach river in Munich. Amazing!!
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In a beergarden in the English Garden in Munich.
Naoko Ingrid Zen

Zen chatting with his grandparents in a brewery in Traunstein.
Traunstein Zen Opa Oma

Breakfast in Traunstein.
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Posers in Salzburg!!
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Cool doorway in Salzburg.
Salzburg Zen

Salzburg!!
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My old school in Salzburg.
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The Untersberg in Salzburg, Austria.
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At the Königsee in Berchtesgaden, south Germany.
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On the Alpine trail in Southern Germany!
Zen Heinz Opa Naoko

Morning frost on the car!
Traunstein Naoko Zen Peppy

The monastery in Melk.
Naoko Zen Opa

Schönberg am Kamp.
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Checking out the beautiful cat in Schönberg am Kamp.
Naoko

Hanging with Norbert in Schönberg am Kamp.
Norbert Zen

Opa and the kitty in Schönberg am Kamp.
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The monastery in Krems.
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Krems.
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Zen at the monastery at Krems.
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With my parents at Norbert’s house at Schönberg am Kamp.
Oma Opa Peter

Norbert and Naoko at Schönberg am Kamp.
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Having a nice dinner in Schönberg am Kamp.
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Stefansdom in Vienna.
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Stefansdom in Vienna.
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Stefansdom in Vienna.
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Near the Stefansdom in Vienna.
Naoko Zen Oma Opa Norbert

Vienna time.
Peter Naoko

Vienna time.
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Vienna time.
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At lovely Schönbrunn.
Naoko Zen

At Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
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Norbert’s cat at Schönberg am Kamp.
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With friends and family in Schönberg am Kamp.
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Norbert’s cat
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Chilling in Česky.
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In the kitchen of the serviced apartment in Česky Krumlov.
Oma Peter

Česky Krumlov.
Naoko Zen

Česky Krumlov.
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Lovely Česky Krumlov beer.
Peter Naoko

Česky Krumlov by night.
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Česky Krumlov by night.
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Česky Krumlov morning.
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Door in Česky Krumlov.
Peter Zen

Česky Krumlov.
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Česky Krumlov.
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Česky Krumlov.
Naoko Zen Opa

Česky Krumlov morning.
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Česky Krumlov.
Naoko

Prague.
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Prague Old Town Square with the Gothic Church of Mother of God before Týn.
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Prague Old Town Square.
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Prague Old Town Square at night, with the Gothic Church of Mother of God before Týn. This was the view from our apartment.
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Prague Orloj, the famous medieval astronomer’s clock.
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Prague Old Town Square in the morning with the Gothic Church of Mother of God before Týn. A Chinese model was taking photos at 6:30 AM.
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The Charles Bridge in Prague.
Naoko Zen Oma Opa

My parents in Prague.
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The Charles Bridge in Prague.
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Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg.
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Getting some much-needed breakfast items in Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, site of the rallies.
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At the Anders home in Fritzdorf.
Naoko Zen

With our relatives in Ahrweiler.
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With my cousin Roswitha in Ahrweiler.
Roswitha Naoko

At our relatives’ house in Fritzdorf.
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Old house in Ahrweiler.
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With my dad and my Uncle Siegfried.
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Cologne cathedral.
Oma Opa Naoko Zen

Evening at the Cologne cathedral.
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Evening at the Cologne cathedral.
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Evening at the Cologne cathedral.
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Early morning Cologne – getting the buns for breakfast!!
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The Cologne cathedral.
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With relatives in Westphalia.
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On the Mosel in Dieblich.
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In Dieblich on the Mosel River.
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In Dieblich on the Mosel River.
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In Koblenz at Deutsches Eck.
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In Koblenz at Deutsches Eck.
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In Koblenz at Deutsches Eck.
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Silhouette inside the Monument of German Unity at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.
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Heidelberg castle.
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Nice lunch after seeing the cherry blossoms in Heidelberg.
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At dinner with friends and family in Heidelberg!!
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Heidelberg castle!!
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Heidelberg castle by day.
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View from Heidelberg castle!!
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Cherry blossom viewing in Heidelberg.
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A nice lunch after some cherry blossom viewing in Heidelberg.
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On the old bridge in Heidelberg. The castle is in the background.
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Leaving Heidelberg.
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In the village of Foameix near Verdun. We chose it because it was in the middle of our drive from Heidelberg to Paris. Cool town!
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French pizza in Étain, near where we were staying in Foameix.
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Memorial to the dead in Verdun.
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War cemetary in Verdun.
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Breakfast at au Bois de mon Coeur in Foameix, France.
Naoko Zen

Checking out the supermarket on our first night in Paris!
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Strutting in Paris.
Naoko Zen

City Hall in Paris.
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Strutting in Paris.
Naoko Zen

Strutting on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Naoko Zen

At the Arch de Triomphe.
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Checking out the Metro in Paris.
Naoko Zen

First view of the Eiffel Tower.
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Chilling at the Eiffel Tower.
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The amazing Concorde Bridge in Paris.
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At the Seine near the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre.
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Paris sunset.
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Perspective in Paris.
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The Brasserie experience!!
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The brasserie experience.
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Paris metro.
Naoko Zen

Big train clock in Musée d’Orsay.
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Musée d’Orsay.
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Musée d’Orsay perspective.
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Scenes at the Musee d’Orsay.
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Paris sunrise from our apartment.
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Paris scenes.
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Paris, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
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Paris, the Pantheon.
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First view of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
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Paris, the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
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Paris, the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
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Crepe in the Quartier Latin in Paris.
Naoko

Lebanese food in Paris. We at at this place more than once.
Naoko

Entering the Louvre.
Naoko Zen

Mona Lisa, my baby and me.
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Louvre masterpiece.
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Louvre masterpiece.
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Louvre masterpiece.
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Our hood in Paris.
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Looking for a nice place to eat on our wedding anniversary in Paris.
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A lovely wedding anniversary dinner in Paris.
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That was a nice place to eat!
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Paris Metro.
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Paris, Sacre Coeur.
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Paris Montmartre.
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Paris, Sacre Coeur.
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Paris, Sacre Coeur.
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Our last breakfast in Paris, bought bread here.
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Bastille Sunday market in Paris.
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Bastille Sunday market in Paris.
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Oysters & wine at the Bastille Sunday market in Paris.
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Paris bouquiniste near Notre Dame.
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The Seine near Notre Dame.
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At the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Our flight got cancelled, though…
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Chilling in a Holiday Inn Express with our survival packs full of yucky food.
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