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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The King and Queen of Spain -- Photo Friday

On Thursday, February 19, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia joined the 450th celebration of Pensacola. This year, Pensacola is celebrating it's 450th year. Pensacola was actually settled in 1559, as the first settlement. Unfortunately, a hurricane wiped it out so it isn't considered the longest continuous settlement. King Carlos gave a speech at Plaza Ferdinand. They had a lunch and explored different parts of the city that celebrate the common heritage. I didn't get to see too much because I was working, but we were able to wave at the motorcade as they drove past! Thanks A for letting me use your pictures from the speech!

King Juan Carlos and his wife, Sofia

Walking by the crowd before their speech

Saying hello

Gathering before the King's appearance

Check out other great travel photos at Delicious Baby!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Travel Blogger Tuesday

I know, I know...it is actually Wednesday night, but I am trying to meet some deadlines for work (you know...that real job that pays the bills!). This week, I would like to introduce you to The Mother of All Trips. Mara is a mother who loves to travel! Every Monday, she writes an article called Mondays are for Dreaming. Here, she writes about the places she dreams about visiting or has visited in the past. This week she was dreaming about Jaipur, India!

Some of my favorites:

Is traveling relevant? This mom says yes.
-- In this article, Mara talks about how travel is relevant even though the economy is in the state that it is. I agree with everything she said!

The Top 5 Reasons for Traveling with Children -- My favorite is number 4!

Big and Little in Boboli Gardens -- Great picture of her little one next to a very cool statue!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

I just saw that the dates for the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival have been announced. They have probably been out for awhile, but I just checked out the website today. The 5th Annual Balloon Festival will take place on June 19-21. I am so excited to take my kids!

Last summer, my friend and I took the hour drive over to Foley, AL with BigS to see the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. We almost didn't go because it was getting a little late and the weather wasn't great, but we are so glad we decided to chance it! BigS loved the balloons until he got up close to them and saw how big they actually are. He wouldn't get in one even though I told him that they didn't go far up in the sky and he didn't want me to get in one either. I guess I will have to fulfill that dream another time! We got great pictures and had a fantastic time.

Once it got dark, there were a bunch of people selling these light saber swords. BigS had to have one! There was so much to see and do at the festival. The balloons were amazing to watch as the sun set. When they lit up, everyone was just in awe. Besides taking a tethered balloon ride, there were other kid's activities and a great list of bands playing all day long! We can't wait to attend with both children this year!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Swarovski Crystal World--Innsbruck, Austria

According to my husband, this is one of the strangest places we have ever visited. I was so excited to see this place...I am still not sure how I feel about it now. We waited at the train station for the shuttle that runs to Crystal World. It is about a 20 minute drive. While in the bus (with lots of other tourists), we listened to soothing music...almost like windchimes (or crystals!) clinking quietly together. When we arrived, we bought our tickets and headed into this strange place! We walked into the "giant's lair" and checked out all of the art. There is a whole room dedicated to the Giant (see below). It was a bizarre compilation of art pieces. After exploring the many rooms of art, we were able to wander the Swarovski Crystal store. There were pieces that ranged from just a few bucks to a few thousands. Check out other great photos at Delicious Baby, host of Photo Friday.

The giant's lair

Jewelry display

The "giant's" ring


Monday, February 16, 2009

Travel Blogger Tuesday

This week's travel blogger is SoulTravelers3. This is a family of 3--mom, dad, and little one--traveling the world. They are in their third year of an open-ended world tour. With their daughter in tow, they are experiencing the world and giving her an education unlike any other. I can only imagine the stories that she will be able to tell her own family someday. They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their blog. There are amazing pictures and stories from their travels.

Some of my favorite spots on the blog:

Reflecting on Our Family Travel -- They recap 2008 and link you to amazing posts throughout the year.

Where in Heaven is Mozart -- A video found on Youtube of little Mozart playing violin in many of the countries she has visited.

Photos -- Check out all the beautiful photos they have taken on their journey!

Hofbrauhaus in Munich

Do you like brats and beer? Do you like a loud atmosphere and lots of people? If so, you will love Hofbrauhaus in Munich. This beer hall has a very rich history. The Hofbrauhaus began operation in 1592 and was founded by Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. The menu consists of typical German fare. The Hofbrauhaus is a fixture at Oktoberfest. You can hear the singing down the street as you walk towards the beer hall. Don't be alarmed if someone asks to sit with you at your table. The tables are long and hold many! Just make sure that when you get a table, you don't sit at one marked for the regular patrons. You will know that the table is reserved when you see them marked "Reserviert" or "Stammtisch." When it gets busy, you might find yourself making new friends! During the day, the Hofbrauhaus is a great place to take the kids if they like pretzels!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fairy Tale Lane -- Innsbruck, Austria

Fairy Tale Lane is a wonderful place to take the children during the Christmas holidays. We couldn't believe our eyes as we walked down the street. Through Old Town Innsbruck, there are fairy tale characters hanging all over the buildings. Of course I love these scenes...I am an English teacher!

Check out the other great travel photos at Delicious Baby, host of Photo Friday!