Sturges European Tour 2013

Too much to write about, so I will speak with pictures.  I must say to all my British compatriots that you live so close to so many unique cultures—you must explore them as often as you can.

BERLIN

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Brandenburg Tor

Brandenburg Tor

Holocaust Memorial.  Some of these blocks are up to 5 meters tall.

Holocaust Memorial. Some of these blocks are up to 5 meters tall.

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.  Pergemon Museum.

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. Pergemon Museum.

Weather was hot.  Fountains cooled us off.

Weather was hot. Fountains cooled us off.

SO36. Famous Berlin Punk Rock club.

SO36. Famous Berlin Punk Rock club.  We stayed in the Kreutzberg section of town, which is known for its artists and musical history.  Gritty and tough part of town, but we liked staying here immensely.

BUDAPEST

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Szechenyi Baths. We spent most of our first day here in the baths.  Sun came out and we all got a slight burn, but it was nice to just relax in a variety of pools.

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St Stephen's Basilica.

St Stephen’s Basilica.

Bela Lugosi!

Bela Lugosi!

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Breathtaking view at night of Budapest.

Breathtaking view at night of Budapest.

Buda Castle.

Buda Castle.

Hungarian train timetable.  For the life of me I picked up NO Hungarian words.  Too Hard!

Hungarian train timetable. For the life of me I picked up NO Hungarian words. Too Hard!

Inside the Parliament building.

Inside the Parliament building.

Having a cold one inside a "ruin pub". This one was called Szimpla, and is considered one of the best bars in the world.  Probably more fun at night without children.  Place was huge and very quirky.  Would go over well in Portland.

Having a cold one inside a “ruin pub”. This one was called Szimpla, and is considered one of the best bars in the world. Probably more fun at night without children. Place was huge and very quirky. Would go over well in Portland.

PRAGUE

Pilsner Urquell.  Invented near here and the oldest pilsner beer in the world.

Pilsner Urquell. Invented near here and the oldest pilsner beer in the world.

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Prague Astronomical Clock.

Prague Astronomical Clock.

We took a bike tour.  A great way to see someplace you have never been to before.  Weather getting a bit hotter!

We took a bike tour. A great way to see someplace you have never been to before. Weather getting a bit hotter!

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Prague Castle.

Prague Castle.

St Vitus Cathedral.

St Vitus Cathedral.

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PISA

Before we left for Europe our children wanted to see two specific things.  This was one of them.

Before we left for Europe our children wanted to see two specific things. This was one of them.

We toured the tower early in the morning, and they rang the bells at 9:15.  At no other time did we ever hear the bells ring.

We toured the tower early in the morning, and they rang the bells at 9:15. At no other time did we ever hear the bells ring.  The pole in this picture is vertical, allowing one to see the tilt.

Pisa was very hot and very muggy out.  We stayed there for only one night, right next to this place.

Pisa was very hot and very muggy out. We stayed there for only one night, right next to this place.

FLORENCE

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A David, but not THE David.

A David, but not THE David.

On the Ponte Vecchio.  Florence was very crowded and very hot, but not as humid as Pisa.

On the Ponte Vecchio. Florence was very crowded and very hot, but not as humid as Pisa.

The communal sitting room outside of our room.  The place we stayed in was a converted palace.  No tv, no AC, and mosquitoes.

The communal sitting room outside of our room. The place we stayed in was a converted palace. No tv, no AC, and mosquitoes.  Toilet is off to the right, and our room has the door open.  The room itself was huge!

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Another David.

Another David.

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Next up, Paris…..

3 thoughts on “Sturges European Tour 2013

  1. Hi the Sturges family! I hope you returned home safely and have now settled back into home-life. It looks as though you had a great time in Paris, etc. It was great to meet you and learn more about how your envious lifestyle and how Portlanders live! I am sure your work colleagues, friends and family are so pleased to see you. I wish you all the best for the future and look forward to keeping in touch by email/’Kaye updates’! Love from Helen

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