Thursday, June 18, 2009

Latest Adventures...

The past couple weeks have been filled with a TON of fun, family, and traveling. We were so excited to have Brock's parents come and visit us in Germany. I definitely lucked out the most because while Brock had to work throughout the weekdays, I got to travel all over with my fabulous in-laws. We had so many fun adventures throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We wouldn't have been able to see so many awesome things if they hadn't come and I was so excited to spend time with family! Here are some highlights from our travels.

Brock and I celebrated on the day of our 1 year annivarsary by eating out in this beautiful little city called Esslingen.

While we were in Austria we hiked up these amazing gorges. We climed up a ton of stairs, but it was so worth it!

Brock giving us a good M.J. pose in the cave.

This was an awesome castle in Austria just sitting on the very top of the mountain.

We decided to visit the worlds largest ice cave and this is my face when I realize what we are doing and also realize what I am wearing....

I obviously didn't get the memo on the correct clothing to wear into an ice cave. I wasn't alone though because all four of us were in shorts and t-shirts, but luckily we did have very warm jackets. We quickly realized we were out of place when everyone else that was going were dressed like they were hitting the slopes. Every person that passed us also felt the need to stare us down, laugh, and even ask if we had other clothes hahah. But we toughed it out and were so glad we did because once we got inside the ice cave it really wasn't so bad.

This is what we had to climb up to get to the cave.

This is right before we went in... looks cold huh!

We stayed warm in the ice cave by going up and down the 700 stairs throughout the cave. We were so glad we did it. I have never seen anything like it. It was hard to get good pics of the inside because it was pretty dark.

I must say I was pretty happy to be out in the sun again after our hour in the cave. On our way down we didn't get as many stares because people knew we had just done it in shorts and all! So hah! I guess we are just built for the cold since we are from Utah.

Just stopping to smell the roses in an amazing rose garden in Vienna, Austria.

We also had a fun bus tour in the city.

This is Innsbruck where the winter Olympics were held a long time ago.

While we visited Salzburg, this was my favorite thing to see. There were a lot of shops with hundreds and hundreds of elaborately decorated eggs. They were so cool.

This was Brock's first visit to the infamous "Neuschwanstein" castle in Bavaria. Too bad part of it was under construction.

This is Lake Constance in Germany. It is huge and very pretty. There are no motor boats allowed on the lake which is a total waste of good skiing water as my family would say :)

Lucerne, Switzerland

We ended our fabulous trip back in Munich where we started. We had a great German buffet along with some fun entertainment.

Thanks Kris and Layne for all the great memories and adventures!


hilary said...

i may have said this before, but i live vicariously through you and your adventures. ah, looks like you guys had soo much fun! i would love to go to those places someday. glad your family could come visit, cute pictures!

Nicole said...

Arrienne! It looks like you guys are having so much fun. I'm jealous of your adventure :) Congrats on hitting your one year mark. We miss you guys in the ward!

Rachel said...

hey girl! love the update! congrats on one year...i can't believe that, time flies. and how fun that your in-laws could come out and visit for a while, i bet that was nice for you. how is your german coming?

Steph said...

Oh man, that is so fun!! I remember going in to Neuschwanstein when I was little, seeing all your pictures bring back so many memories.. I totally live vicariously through you too!!

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

Hey, some of those places look familiar!! Looks like you guys are having way too much fun over there! Happy Anni!

B.A. + Leah said...

It looks like you're having so much fun! My cousin stayed in Lucerne, Switzerland when she played volleyball over seas. Looks beautiful!

Kylee said...

I'm so jealous that you got to spend all of that time with mom and dad. I heard you had a ball. What a beautiful place! We miss you guys...we'll have to skype this weekend when we're with the Williams'. Love you guys!

christy said...

hey arrienne! haylie said you were living in germany and i'm sorry but i'm going to staulk your blog now haha that is me and eli's dream!! hope your doing great!

The Hansen's said...

It looks like you guys are having some fun times! WE miss you here but am so glad you are able to experience this great adventure!

Steph and Brady said...

Wow! You guys have been busy! It looks so pretty there! Happy Anniversary! I bet it has gone fast! That is fun that Brock's parents came to visit. I am sure that was fun for all of you! Well, I am jealous of your fun adventures!

Kristen Nicole said...

Oh your life is the best. That's all there is too it.

Nick & Lindsey said...

Chuck...I love the picture of the close up of your face. That is such a you pic. I love it. Okay so my plan is that you find all of the sweet places in Europe and in a few years, we can go back together and you guys can be the tour guides. I love you and miss you. Can't wait for the next update

Meg said...

You look so cute and it looks like you guys are having so much fun!!!

Mom and Dad said...

I loved seeing the pictures of our great adventure. I laughed out loud as I thought of all of those German people looking at us like we had lost our minds. all I have to say is at least we didn't have flip flops on. Thanks for such a fun vacation. Arrienne, I loved spending time with you. You are such a sweetheart. Hope all is well. I love you, both. Mom

Aunt Lulu said...

Wow! It looks like you had such a great time together! You gotta love Germany and all that goes with it! I'm so glad that you all got to spend time together. The pics are, Wunderbar! Liebe, Lulu

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