Adventures Abroad Turns 1…

…and what a year it has been!

OCTOBER

1. Explored the Castle ruins in Baden-Baden!

The Baden-Baden Altes Schloss

The Baden-Baden Altes Schloss

2. Belgium everything! Waffles, Fries, Chocolate, Beer and Battlefields (Bastogne!)

Mmmmm...Leffe! My favorite Belgium beer!

Mmmmm…Leffe! My favorite Belgium beer!

3. Bamberg, home of the UNESCO-recognized Rathaus and smoked beer!

Gorgeous Bamberg City Hall!

Gorgeous Bamberg City Hall!

NOVEMBER

4. Enjoyed fall for the first time in more than 10 years!

The prettiest colors ever!

The prettiest colors ever!

5. Was introduced to Christmas Markets in Vienna…amazing!

One of the many Christmas Markts in Vienna!

One of the many Christmas Markts in Vienna!

DECEMBER

6. Enjoyed Gluhwein while going to more than 10 Christmas Markts!

The most beautiful ornaments ever!

The most beautiful ornaments ever!

7. Went home to the States for the first time in 8 months!

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

JANUARY

8. Visited the lesser known, but very quaint German Town, Schwabisch Hall!

Schwabisch Hall

Schwabisch Hall

9. Spent an afternoon in Zürich, Switzerland!

Worth an afternoon visit!

Worth an afternoon visit!

10. Stayed in Stuttgart to see the Porsche Museum!

Look for the free afternoons to visit!

Look for the free afternoons to visit!

FEBRUARY

11. Ate Hungarian Goulash and discovered my favorite European building in Budapest!

The beautiful Parliament!

The beautiful Parliament!

12. Was dazzled in Dresden!

The wonderfully restored Frauenkirche

The wonderfully restored Frauenkirche

13. Experienced the unexpectedly colorful Wroclaw, Poland!

Bright colored buildings everywhere

Bright colored buildings everywhere

14. Dressed up for the frenzy that is Köln’s Fasching!

Craziness around Köln's famed cathedral!

Craziness around Köln’s famed cathedral!

MARCH

14. Quick trip to Dinklesbuhl, a lesser-known town on the Romantic Road!

Colorful symmetry!

Colorful symmetry!

15. Saw the bears in Berne, Switzerland!

The Bears on the move!

The Bears on the move!

APRIL

16. Fun at Frühlingsfest with Jake and Renee!

Jake and Renee got into the spirit of the German festival!

Jake and Renee got into the spirit of the German festival!

17. Enjoyed the scenery of the Upper Rhine River!

Bacharach

Bacharach

18. Hiked the highest waterfall in Triberg, deep in the Black Forest!

Pretty, even in the rain!

Pretty, even in the rain!

19. Walked among the tulips in the Netherlands!

So pretty!!

So pretty!!

20. Strolled the Red Light District, visited Van Gogh and honored Anne Frank in Amsterdam!

The canals of Amsterdam!

The canals of Amsterdam!

MAY

21. Stared in awe at a Greek sunset on the island of Crete!

Unrivaled beauty!

Unrivaled beauty!

JUNE

22. Flower overload at the Blumen Insel in the Bodensee!

Mainau!

Mainau!

23. Visited the Queen in London!

Visiting the Queen of England!

Karyn and I at Buckingham Palace!

24. Happiness is the Esslingen Erdbeer Fest!

All things strawberry!

All things strawberry!

JULY

25. Celebrated the 4th of July in the Eternal City of Rome!

The incomparable Colosseum!

The incomparable Colosseum!

26. Stared at the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican City!

We are rebels for taking this...but it was so pretty!

We are rebels for taking this…but it was so pretty!

27. Was guided on a Gondola in gorgeous Venice!

A bucket list experience!

A bucket list experience!

28. Visited Juliet’s balcony in Verona!

No special appearances by Romeo and Juliet...

No special appearances by Romeo and Juliet…

AUGUST

29. Made a return trip to my favorite city, Paris!

The Seine at night!

The Seine at night!

SEPTEMBER

30. It’s festival time, and one of the best is the Stuttgart Wine Fest!

Love these girls...and the Stuttgart Wein Fest!

Love these girls…and the Stuttgart Wein Fest!

What an amazing year it has been…and it can only get better in this next year!

The Adventures Abroad story gets to continue for another year, and I’m looking forward to see what the next year holds! 🙂

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