Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spain - Part I

17 days. 4,500 miles. 34 cities. Castles, cathedrals, bull rings, soccer games, art museums, a national park, natural thermal bath, a cave... Whew! We had a wonderful time! Auburn is a great little traveler. We feel so grateful that we are able to travel and see so many wonderful things.

Castillo de la Mendoza
in Manzanares El Real just outside of Madrid
Daddy and Auby at Coca Castle
The aqueduct in Segovia. It was built in the first century by the Romans and does not have any mortar holding it together.
Auburn and I in front of one of the city gates in Avila. The entire city is enclosed by 88 towers and eight gates.

Simon at the Porto game. We spent one night in Portugal. They didn't allow babies in the stadium, so Auburn and I explored the city while Simon went to the game.

We spent Easter morning in Salmanca. This is the main catedral. We missed the Semana Santa processional, but saw preparations at the church while we were there.

This is the main plaza in Salamanca decorated for Easter.

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Home of Real Madrid

Auburn enjoying her first game in Spain! Real Madrid beat Valladolid 2-0.

The caves at Santimamine. The cave has stalactites, stalagmites and prehistoric cave paintings.

Castle Butron
It looked like it was right out from a fairy tale.

Orbaneja de Castillo
Pictures don't really capture how beautiful this little city is.

The catedral in Burgos.
This catedral was gigantic and very impressive. It is really hard to capture with a camera.

The windmills of Conseugra. These are the windmills that haunted Don Quoijote.

Castillo de Calatrava

Auburn enjoying the view from the Castillo de Calatrava.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The latest photo shoot

I can never decide which ones to are just a few.

General Conference

I love these guys!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring, glorious spring!

Spring is finally here in Munich. I am so grateful! After living in Florida for 8 years, I have forgotten how long and cold winters can be. We would have weeks when the temperature would barely go above freezing all week, yuck!!! Auburn and I have been taking advantage of the good weather by going on long walks every day. Even though we live right downtown, we are very close to a few parks, Luitpold Park and Olympic Park (where the 1972 Olympics were held). After WWII, these parks were the dumping grounds for all of the rubble. They created large "hills" on top of the rubble. We have been walking up the paths to get some great views of the city and for some really good exercise!

On Saturday, we walked to a park that is a little bit further away. Simon plays pick-up soccer every Saturday at the Englischer Gardens. Auburn and I had a little picnic and watched the ducks while Simon played soccer (and scored a hat trick) and then we walked back together.

I forgot my camera on Saturday. This is a picture of us at the Olympic Park. Just a few months ago this lake was solid frozen and we went for a walk across it.