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Linds Across Europe in Photos

November 1, 2014

Out of 500 photos, these were some of the ones we thought you’d enjoy to highlight parts of our trip…if you haven’t read the posts from our days, I would encourage you to do so in order to have some frame of reference.  Or don’t and just enjoy the pictures!  And, if you think you’ve seen some before, I did repost some Instagram and Facebook photos, because they are just too cute to miss (to me, admittedly)!

Day 1, Driving to Karlsruhe

Ready to go!!!

Ready to go!!!

The drive around France - two hot air balloons!

The drive around France – two hot air balloons!

Paragliders or parachuters…or something else?

Paragliders or parachuters…or something else?

These are the hostels we stayed at in Germany - Axel's baby bed is in the corner behind us.  It was great!

These are the hostels we stayed at in Germany – Axel’s baby bed is in the corner behind us. It was great!

Days 2-4, Driving through Germany and hanging out in The Netherlands

The riverside park in Heidelberg featured some of the best playing equipment we've ever encountered!

The riverside park in Heidelberg featured some of the best playing equipment we’ve ever encountered!

Our little discovered restaurant experience in Germany, Amelia was very happy with her giant glass of milk!

Our little discovered restaurant experience in Germany, Amelia was very happy with her giant glass of milk!

Crossing the border into the Netherlands at sunset, complete with windmills, of course.

Crossing the border into the Netherlands at sunset, complete with windmills, of course.

At the open air museum - family photo attempt!

At the open air museum – family photo attempt!

Running through the farmland at the open air museum in Arnhem

Running through the farmland at the open air museum in Arnhem

Amelia, Levi, Hannah, and Toon - long-distance friends are so fun!

Amelia, Levi, Hanna, and Toon – long-distance friends are so fun!

The men and their kids pull themselves across the lake in Arnham

The men and their kids pull themselves across the lake in Arnhem

Levi and I on the metro in Amsterdam - Levi loved the "train!"

Levi and I on the metro in Amsterdam – Levi loved the “train!”

Excited to enter the Tropical Museum!

Excited to enter the Tropical Museum!

The kids loved the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam!

The kids loved the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam!

Axel danced to music from around the world!

Axel danced to music from around the world!

These are knives from Yemen, where Levi and Amelia's grandparents lived for a year…so, they have some to inherit.

These are knives from Yemen, where Levi and Amelia’s grandparents lived for a year…so, they have some to inherit.

"car" in Amsterdam

“car” in Amsterdam

Levi and I in Amsterdam…I promise he's happier than he looks!

Levi and I in Amsterdam…I promise he’s happier than he looks!

 Day 6, PlayMOBIL Funpark in Nuremberg, Germany

The indoor fun park…and Axel in one of the many "baby pits."

The indoor fun park…and Axel in one of the many “baby pits.”

Matthew is an MAF oddity - not a pilot or mechanic…yet here he is, fixing an airplane!

Matthew is an MAF oddity – not a pilot or mechanic…yet here he is, fixing an airplane!

Axel watching his brother slide a full floor down!

Axel watching his brother slide a full floor down!

Axel in the baby pit…he played for hours!

Axel in the baby pit…he played for hours!

Can you see her expression?  She's about to explode!

Can you see her expression? She’s about to explode!

Levi shoots an arrow with his bow at invaders!

Levi shoots an arrow with his bow at invaders!

Axel and the Pirate Ship

Axel and the Pirate Ship

Matthew is muttering…"why in the world am I doing this?"

Matthew is muttering…”why in the world am I doing this?”

King and Queen…and Levi and Amelia

King and Queen…and Levi and Amelia

Axel LOVED this hammock

Axel LOVED this hammock

Daddy and Amelia in the nest!

Daddy and Amelia in the nest!

Happy, tired kids!

Happy, tired kids!

Day 7, Nuremberg, Germany

Amelia in Hitler's unfinished colosseum

Amelia in Hitler’s unfinished colosseum

Where Hitler inspired a nation

Where Hitler inspired a nation

Axel exploring Hitler's podium

Axel exploring Hitler’s podium

Under where Hitler stood...

Under where Hitler stood…

See photo from the blog post for comparison...

See photo from the blog post for comparison…though that’s Matthew and the kids at the top.

Day 8, Heidelberg, Germany

The church in downtown Heidelberg

The church in downtown Heidelberg

Same church, as viewed from the Castle in Heidelberg

Same church, as viewed from the Castle in Heidelberg

The Heidelberg bridge

The Heidelberg bridge

A street in Heidelberg

A street in Heidelberg

The steep hill up to the Heidelberg Castle - the bench is horizontal for reference

The steep hill up to the Heidelberg Castle – the bench is horizontal for reference

The Heidelberg castle is literally falling apart

The Heidelberg castle is literally falling apart

The truth about traveling with small children...

The truth about traveling with small children…

She's screaming at the top of her lungs…and we were laughing, despite people's condemning stares.  How can you NOT laugh at that?

She’s screaming at the top of her lungs…and we were laughing, despite people’s condemning stares. How can you NOT laugh at that?

From inside the courtyard of the Heidelberg Castle

From inside the courtyard of the Heidelberg Castle

Axel LOVES castles!

Axel LOVES castles!

See the pink blur?  It's a "princess" that gives tours…Amelia was captivated.

See the pink blur? It’s a “princess” that gives tours…Amelia was captivated.

Our kids were popular photo opportunities with foreigners.  Amelia had been smiling, until I took this picture.

Our kids were popular photo opportunities with foreigners. Amelia had been smiling, until I took this picture.

Matthew and the wine barrel...

Matthew and the wine barrel…

Family photo near the castle!

Family photo near the castle!

The crumbling Heidelberg castle

The crumbling Heidelberg castle

Day 9, Freiburg, Germany

The main trade building from the Middle Ages in Freiburg

The main trade building from the Middle Ages in Freiburg

No boring man hole covers in Freiburg

No boring man hole covers in Freiburg

The church in Frieburg

The church in Frieburg

The calendar and sun dial on the church in Frieburg is still amazingly accurate!

The calendar and sun dial on the church in Frieburg is still amazingly accurate!

In Freiburg, the sidewalks identified the stores.  This one still held true!

In Freiburg, the sidewalks identified the stores. This one still held true!

Beautiful stone work on the streets of Freiburg

Beautiful stone work on the streets of Freiburg

A baker

A baker

Pharmacist

Pharmacist

Day 10, Château Chillon, Switzerland

Château Chillon

Château Chillon

One of the four courtyards in Château Chillon

One of the four courtyards in Château Chillon

Château Chillon, I will eat you!!! -Axel

Château Chillon, I will eat you!!! -Axel

Every castle needs one of these, of course

Every castle needs one of these, of course

Gothic ceilings in Château Chillon

Gothic ceilings in Château Chillon

The ceiling painted in the 13th century

The ceiling painted in the 13th century

Amazing how well it's been preserved

Amazing how well it’s been preserved

Lord Byron's signature from his six-year imprisonment in the castle

Lord Byron’s signature from his visit, after which he wrote a famous poem about one prisoner’s six-years of isolation in the castle

Happy Levi!

Happy Levi!

1000-year-old castle, and this is what my children want to see, of course!

1000-year-old castle, and this is what my children want to see, of course!

Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)

Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)

Days 12 & 13 – Grenoble and Annecy

From the top of the fort at Grenoble

From the top of the fort at Grenoble

From Grenoble, looking up at the fort.  The "bubbles" are basically a cable car - we hope to ride these in the future!

From Grenoble, looking up at the fort. The “bubbles” are basically a cable car – we hope to ride these in the future!

The canals in Annecy

The canals in Annecy

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