Time to catch you up - France, Germany and Switzerland

Sorry for the long delay. I wasn't ignoring you and your request for pics. Just busy settling in. We left London on 12/26 for France. Took the train. I Sudoku'd for 2 hrs. I'm seriously good at these puzzles. I challenge any of you to a Sudoku-off. (i will most likely win....if you don't have professional sudoku experience). Lets make a note here that THIS is when I started getting sick. It lasted exactly the duration of our week-long road trip. Such is life.

(Forgive me because there's a TON of stops and sleeps missing in here. I don't want to overwhelm you. I'll be making an album of the entire trip and am happy to share if you're ever DYING to see it all. And, of course if you need recommendations on places to stay for a trip like ours, I'm your girl)

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Here are a few faves from our trip to France...

Matt, sleepy. With dirty hole-y socks.

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The train...

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LOVE this one too.

White pigeon flying through the train station...

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Notre Dame...

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Book stands along a street in Notre Dame...

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My MOST FAVE photo from this entire trip. This little girl had bread in her hands and the birds came flying in! So happy to take a photo of a human being and not a landscape for a change:) I wish it wasn't awkward to walk around taking photos of people you don't know.

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When I think of the Eiffel tower, I think of all the street vendors.

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It was heavy...

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Our French family, the lovely Kishbaugh's. They were so kind to let us stay with them.

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Carl bought some chestnuts roasting on an open fire...

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Inside Galeries Lafayette...

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Then we got a car and I had my first Autobahn (sp?) experience. (if you didn't go AT LEAST this speed you were hazardous)

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Then came Germany...and our desperate attempts to translate dinner menus. We did alright :)

I got Putenmedaillons vom Grill. The only word i knew was "pommes frites" because they say the same in France. Means fries. That's honestly the only reason I ordered it. The entire dish came out super yummy!

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We steered clear of big cities for the most part and drove on roads we struggled to find on the maps. It lead us to places like this...

(sometimes "no plan" is the best plan:)

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We took a SUPER tiny and slightly dangerous snow-covered road to the top of a huge hill so I could snap this photo of the town...

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Bakery in another town in Germany...

This is where we discovered the humongo pretzels (after we ordered the medium one first)

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The big papa pretzel, or "Bretzel" as the sign read...

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They're quite the creative-type in Germany...

Another little town...

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Then we changed course and headed to Switzerland via Austria. I want to kick myself in the head (not possible) for taking hardly any photos on this part of the trip. I was on round two of being sick. See?

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And these two when we stopped in Luzern...

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All things swiss right here...

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Then New Years eve rolled in and I was laying in a bed at our hotel in Zurich with a hot towel on my ear. I had so much pressure build-up that I couldn't hear. Rough night. We managed to get in a great dinner but I took no photos. Nada. Until the morning. Then I snapped this LOUSY PIC, of the view from our room, on my computer and called it a day. I think I wanted meds, a bed and the ability to hear.

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Then we routed back through Paris on our way home and stayed at our most favorite location. Les Degres de Notre Dame. We found it when we walked Paris the first day we visited. We would have never found it and would NOT have booked it based on the photos on TripAdvisor (i pay close attention to these things) but after they showed us the room, we were sold...

_MG_8805It was a full trip with tons of photos (not even showing you a 10th of what we took here!) that we'll enjoy putting into an album. Matt even typed out a day-by-day account of our journey for us to relive when we read it again.

Bye-bye France and Germany...

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Hello again to London. Here's a quick video tour of our new apartment. We're no longer in the Notting hill area. We're now Lambeth-ites.

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Stay tuned for some fun London pics...

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