Monday, August 22, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Sullivan’s Post!

I am Sullivan, and I am home now. We thought we would be so sad, that we could cry for 24 hours, but we’re too tired for that. I want to tell you about Wednesday when we got up and watched Spongebob Squarepants in German.
We were in Fachbach Germany in a big hotel apartment which was huge.

We were in an area of Germany where there are lots of castles, so this was our castle day.
We checked out and drove a short way to the Marksburg Castle. We didn’t go in.




Schloss Stolzenfels

The hiking around this castle looked just like home. Lots of trees and hills and even a small waterfall. It was nice.


Burg Eltz

At the Burg Eltz Castle the family that had lived in the castle in the 1100’s descendants still own it!

So, we were driving up on the Mosel river and we kept going through these adorable old German towns, and it was cool beans.
 

We went into the village of Brem to look for food. But instead of food, we found this cat stretching out.

Then we went to a delicious German restraunt and had plenty of schnitzel.

I think that you should go to Germany and visit all of these amazing castles and watch Spongebob in German, and go to a delicious German restaurant and remember to have plenty of schnitzel!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — Karina has her say


We started off the day in Cologne. I found that I liked the inside of the Cologne Cathedral in the morning as opposed to yesterday evening because mass was going on and it was a lot quieter. I think in order for a church to really feel church-like you need to whisper. It was very beautifully gorgeously amazingly massively huge. Wow.
Next we went to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, famous for the angriest Beethoven statue ever...

...and the decapitated heads in front of the Munster Basilica, another old church. (Just kidding. It’s actually famous for being the capitol of West Germany, when Germany was all split up after WWII).
Ok. Don’t you wish you could by these in the TJ Maxx in America?
(I totally would’ve gotten one if it hadn’t been 70 euros) And yes, in Germany, it is TK Maxx.
The next place we went to was probably the highlight of my day and the event that Sullivan had been dreading-A Haribo outlet that was on the spot of the first Haribo factory, like, ever.
Then we drove to Koblenz, which is the place where the Rhine and Mosel River meet, and there has been human inhabitants in that area for 800,000 years! Old! The first thing we did there was take the cable car(scary, pretty) to an old Roman fortress.
Roman, meaning parts of it were from 300 A.D.!! Again, Old! Some parts were dark and scary. There were plastic mammoths!! Yay!!! 

When we went back across the river we visited a church that was built in 347, and before that, there was a Roman temple (Because the 300’s was the time when the Roman Empire converted to Christianity… I think….).
Sorry I love the history behind all these places it’s very interesting and I could go on and on about them but you all are probably getting bored so I will wrap up the rest. We stayed the night in Fachbach, a ways away from Koblenz (down a windy road thru the countryside). The hotel was amaze balls, and we all had a good nights sleep and many a yay times. Goodnight!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Final Adventure, Day 1 — By Ethan Starbuck May


Monday, August 15, 2016

We had to leave Amsterdam.
 But we went to yet another amaaaaaazzzing Dutch town (no surprise there), called Deventer. 


It was an old Roman town, and it was ridiculously quaint and beautiful. Here are some pictures:


Can you see the kitty in the window?
Here is De Waag, an old town hall kind of thing in the old town square that they turned into the tourist information center. Cool.

Here is the St. Dutchsoundingwordname Kerk, an old Gothic or Roman church. The current structure is only from the 15th century, but there was a church there since 768.



Here is the Bergkerk, another church that wasn’t given as much love, probably because it was smaller, but the current structure was actually older than the St. Dutchsoundingwordname Kerk (I forgot the actual name).


After that, we crossed the border into Germany, which gave Kirse an unsettled feeling. She hasn’t had many great experiences in Germany, and she tends to think the language sounds angry. Plus, she has a historian’s concern about Nazis. Luckily, we did not encounter any major ‘staus’ (see previous post), and drove into Köln (or Cologne, for lazy people) with relative ease.
Cologne is most famous for its humongous Gothic Cathedral, with its two iconic massive towers. Upon completion in the 1880s, it was the tallest building in the world. Just look at its magnificence!




It is seriously so ginormous you have to crane your neck to see the top spires of the towers, and inside, the upper ceiling is very high. The picture above is actually a panorama, because it was the only way we could get the whole interior in the shot.

At the end of the day, we went to our first hotel in Cologne, which was actually kind of an apartment. Some of us were sad that we only were staying there for one night. We got down and got ready for more exciting German Adventures.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tot Ziens :-(

Oh how we have loved you, Amsterdam. Your canals, your churches, your Albert Heijn, your bicycles, your clouds, your rain, your cheese, your parks, your wonderful Dutch homes, your kindness and your energy. We will miss every bit of it (except for the biker who yelled at me yesterday, you are dead to me, you hear me, DEAD).
Bye little apartment!