Sunday, October 17, 2010

Travel Envy

Usually, my parents-in-law are hearing exotic stories about their kids’ trips to places like China, India, France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Costa Rica, etc. Since Joanna has been in Nicaragua living with us this semester, Tracy and Orell are temporarily empty-nesters. Upon that discovery, they thought to themselves “what better time to pick up and head off to Europe?” (And have their own incredible, majestic travel stories to tell!)

tracy and orell 2I think they took this one in St. Gilgen, Austria.

castleHere is a castle in Germany. And not just any castle, but the one that inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. It’s called Neuschwanstein. (How do you think you pronounce that?)     

tracyHere is Tracy in front of the Eagle’s Nest, or Kehlsteinhaus, which was a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler. It was meant to be a retreat and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. However, it is suggested that he didn’t visit it more than about 10 times, and most times not for more than 30 minutes.

carcassonne doubleAnd more recently, they visited Carcassonne, France. Carcassonne happens to be the name of a board game the Russell kids enjoy playing. Upon inspection of the box and their pictures posted on facebook, we discovered that they were the exact same place!

They get home on Monday and we look forward to hearing about the rest of the incredible things they saw and did in their travels across Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and Spain. Living in beautiful, tropical Nicaragua seems so non-spectacular compared with cavorting about historical landmarks in the midst of mountains.


  1. That Carcassonne picture is awesome! Eric I got that game as a gift this fall and have enjoyed playing it! Wish we could play it with you!

  2. I believe it is pronounced New-shh-fawn-steen Castle. I have been there, and it was pretty amazing. What is even more amazing is the color of the water surrounding it.

    I sent a birth announcement by the way...I hope y'all get it!


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