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Wedding Day - Day 7 - Eurotrip 2008

Wedding Day - Day 7 - Eurotrip 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 10:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

Today is the wedding day! We started out heading up to the Wartburg Castle which isn't too far from Frottstadt. The castle was in great shape thanks to some restorations in the past. We were all pretty hungover from the night before but it was a fun time seeing and exploring the castle. Scott and Stefanie had some photos taken here before we went to the equivalent of their city hall for the official marriage signing.

After the wedding vows were done in front of a small group, everyone gathered in the town square for some traditional ceremonies and champagne. One thing they had to do was cut a giant heart out of a sheet with some dull scissors and then Scott had to carry Stefanie through it. After this, they got in a horse drawn cart and were taken to the reception venue.

Once we got to the venue, Scott and Stefanie had to saw a log in half using an extremely long and flexible saw. This was supposed to represent the give and take in a marriage. It was pretty funny watching them try to keep the saw moving.

As the night carried on, there was some delicious food, a huge variety of desserts and even more booze. This was followed by a lot of dancing and celebrating late into the night.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Posted from: Germany

Munich to Frottstadt - Day 6 - Eurotrip 2008

Munich to Frottstadt - Day 6 - Eurotrip 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 9:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

We all checked out of the hostel by 6:00 this morning (tough after all the drinking yesterday) so we could catch our first train in the journey up to Frottstadt. Our first train left Munich at 7:22am with a connection in Saalfeld and Neudietendorf before finally arriving in Frottstadt at 11:30am.

We met Scott and Stefanie at the train station and they drove us through town and to the hotel we'd be staying at for the ceremony.

The main event of the day was the big reception / party that Stefanie's family threw. There was an overwhelming amount of beer flowing and everyone had a great time hanging out and catching up.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Tags: germany, munich, frottstadt

Posted from: Germany

Munich Bike Tour and Augustiner - Day 5 - Eurotrip 2008

Munich Bike Tour and Augustiner - Day 5 - Eurotrip 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 9:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

Most of today was spent on a bike tour that hit several beer gardens and took us through several of the sights in Munich. We got to see people surfing in the river in the Englischer Garten too.

We ended the night at the Augustiner brewery where we all had some delicious beer.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Posted from: Germany

Paris to Munich - Day 4 - Eurotrip 2008

Paris to Munich - Day 4 - Eurotrip 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 9:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

We arrived in Munich a couple weeks before Oktoberfest, but there was still a lot of beer to be drunk! Our train from Paris departed at 7:25am and got us into Munich at 1:30pm after a transfer in Stuttgart. The train systems throughout Europe are incredible and do a great job of getting you around. This trip was my first time using the trains and I really came to appreciate how easy they were to use.

After we got to Munich, we checked into our room at the Euro Youth Hostel and then set out to meet up with Patrick, Chrissy, Scott and the rest of the gang that showed up for the wedding. Our meeting spot was the Hofbrauhaus! I tried ordering a half liter of beer but was shamed by the waitress into ordering a full liter, haha. We also had some sausages with good German mustard. All in all the experience was fantastic.

After beer and food, we wandered around Munich and somehow ended up at a playground. We goofed around on the ropes for a while before we stumbled on the Oktoberfest grounds and walked around there as they were setting up.

We finished the night at another beer garden before heading back to the hostel to call it a night.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Eiffel Tower and Versailles - Day 3 - Eurotrip 2008

Eiffel Tower and Versailles - Day 3 - Eurotrip 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 9:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

Today was spent doing more sightseeing around Paris. The highlights today were the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.

We started off the day by walking over to the Eiffel Tower and getting some pics of it from the ground. After that we took the train up to Versailles and spent some time in the museum and the gardens. I remember being extremely overwhelmed with the crowds inside the building and being so relieved when we got out into the gardens and had some space to breathe.

After we got back into Paris proper, we went back to the Eiffel Tower where we took the elevator up to the viewing platform. There was some lady behind us in line that kept bumping into us even though the line wasn't moving. It was pretty annoying and only played into my dislike of crowds, lol. The views from the top of the viewing area were amazing though. You could see the entire city spread out below you.

After the observation deck, we hung around for a little while until dusk and the tower was light up with some bright blue lights. The photos were incredible with the sunset and the blue tower.

This was our last night in Paris. Tomorrow we set off for Munich to meet up with the rest of the wedding gang!

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Tags: france, paris, eiffel tower, versailles

Posted from: France

The Louvre and Notre Dame - Day 2 - Eurotrip 2008

The Louvre and Notre Dame - Day 2 - Eurotrip 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 9:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

After recovering from a huge travel day, we spent today sightseeing around Paris. The main sights included the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe.

Some of the artwork in the Louvre was pretty interesting. I also remember the huge mass of people trying to get a shot of the Mona Lisa. We kept trying to find the Venus de Milo sculpture but kept getting lost. Eventually we did find it and got several pictures, lol.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Posted from: France

Zurich to Paris - Day 1 - Eurotrip 2008

Zurich to Paris - Day 1 - Eurotrip 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008 @ 11:00 PM in 2008 Europe Wedding

Today was one of the longest travel days I've experienced. Neeta and I flew from Albuquerque to Chicago where we had a long enough layover to get pizza with her parents. After getting back to the airport, we met up with Eric who flew in. Our next leg was a flight to Zurich which got us on the ground at 12:20pm local time. We had about 6 hours to kill in Zurich before catching a trail to Paris.

We mostly spent our time in Zurich aimlessly wandering around, trying to beat the jet lag. I remember being extremely tired and not really feeling like we had enough time before our train to really do much.

Zurich was a beautiful city and I'd love to go back and actually spend a little more time there relaxing. 6 hours just wasn't long enough.

Our train ride to Paris was about 4 hours long and got us in around 10:30pm. When we finally got to the hotel, we were all extremely wiped out from being on the move for as long as we were.

Note: This post was written about 13 years after I went on this trip. Unfortunately I didn't keep a journal so this is pieced together from our itinerary and photos.

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Posted from: France