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We LOVE Having Visitors!

Anyone who knows us well, knows that we love having our friends and family visit us.  Between April and December last year, we had the pleasure of welcoming five different sets of visitors. Each and every visit was a blast!  It gives us great pleasure to roll out the red carpet to our loved ones.  Here are a few highlights from their visits. To everyone else….  The White house Bed and Breakfast is open….  We’ll be here for 17 more months of fun.  What are you waiting for?  Hope on a plane and come on over!!!

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Summer Vacation-June and July 2013

Our first trip back to the States in since we arrived in England was a marvelously magnificent “M” tour.  Maryland, Massachusetts, and Missouri.  What fun memories visiting our family and friends.

First stop…Maryland!

Second Stop…Massachusetts!

Third Stop….Missouri

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March and April 2013

Catching up over the past year, enjoy the “highlight photos” of March and April.

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A Year Already?!

When we started this blog in 2012, it was of course, our good intention to keep it updated on a regular basis.  But HOW ON EARTH have I allowed almost 1 year to go by without a post?  What’s that famous saying about life getting in the way?…  The truth is, we have made a ton of memories this past year, and while I didn’t put them all in writing, they were visually captured indeed.  So without further ado,  I’ll start working on some “highlight” photos for the remaining of 2013 and January of 2014.  It’s hard to believe we are half way through our assignment in London.  We’ve done a lot in a year and a half.   I’ll start with the remainder of our February 2013 Ski Vacation in Germany.

It was indeed a terrific week. I say again…really??  A Year Already?!?  From Zach’s exciting first time on ski’s, to visiting Neuschwanstein, the top of the Zugspitze, Parkenstin Crevice and Obergamerau….it was nice to be back in the Alps–mountains Ray and I hadn’t seen in 20 years– since our study abroad days in college.  And we’re looking forward to another road trip to the mainland in just two weeks.  February School Break 2014–France, Germany and Luxembourg–here we come!

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There Was a Crooked Man and He Walked a Crooked Mile

When planning out the second night of our trip through Europe, we decided upon the German city of Ulm (Try saying this local tongue twister six times: In Ulm, um Ulm, und um Ulm herum.) Not only would it be just a short two hour drive to our six night stay in the Alps, but where else can you lodge overnight in the world’s crookedest house? I mean really, why WOULDN’T you want to sleep on an angle in Ulm?!

Albeit in the late afternoon/early evening when we started on our venture to Ulm, we drove through the peaceful French countryside. As we approached the French/German border, remnant of the not too distant past, sat on the side of the two lane country road, the abandoned old border crossing building. Krista hopped out of the car and posed for a picture of our arrival into Deutschland!

Alas, our arrival in ULM! As Dad’s French boutique country manor pick was a huge hit with Zach last night, the pressure was now on Mom, as Ray and Zach’s skepticism grew with her wonky lodging choice–a crooked house, really?!?! As we drove up to the empty hotel side parking space, seemingly reserved just for us, Zach’s eyes lit up as a placard adorning the entrance to the hotel read–“Guinness Book of World Records 1997–Worlds Most Crooked House”.

 “I’ve been Vaiting fah you,” responded the young German innkeeper as we made our way to the small front counter to check in. “Your vroom is number two– ztraight up zee stairs. Breakfast is included in the Blau river view dining room in the morning. Gutenacht and enjoy your stay.”

Zach led the way up the creaking wood stairs of the small 12 room inn (only of which four of the rooms are crooked beyond belief.) Our first observations, aside from the obvious uneven wood floor, was the LEVEL that was conveniently nailed into the top of the bed…just in case you had any apprehension that you’d wake up dizzy! Zach was amused as the suitcase with the rolling wheels kept sliding across the sloped floor. Ray’s wake in the middle of the night to use the bathroom found him sliding towards the windows, before he gained enough footing to climb his way back up the “kinder hill” 😉

Sunday morning brought sunshine and a delicious European breakfast (including cold deli meats, fresh fish, cheese, beer hall pretzels, and poached eggs) The Frau kindly made two additional scrambled egg orders for Zach and Ray and before you knew it our tummy’s were full and we were ready for some historical adventure after our eccentric and crooked night sleep. Before heading out however, only a few hundred shots were clicked as Krista sought to capture the angular glory of this 15th century rarity.

What a quaint town!! (Again, no English language spoken or Americans in sight) One of the highlights included the town square’s Munster Cathedral, celebrating the world’s tallest steeple at 161.5m high. The only chance of fitting the entirety of the spires into one photo, was to lie down on the cobbles–exactly what Ray did. Zach attempted to secure our buy-in to climb the 768 spiral stairs to the 143m high tower, but we took into consideration that we might need to save our walking/skiing legs for the Alps over the next few days, and that Ibuprofen can only do so much. (Maybe next time!)

Oodles of bridges line the waterway canals throughout the old city and colorful half timber German houses dot the streets. It was a great out-of-the way stopover with a lot of character, charm, and crooked memories that were made!

Next stop….Garmisch-Partenkirchen!

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