On our 5th and last full day in Germany, Joachim & Daniela picked us up at our hotel with fresh coffee, tea, and warm, Swabian pretzels [so good!]. We headed southeast to Bavaria. I wasn’t sure whether Bavaria was a different country or part of Germany, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front
On our 4th day in Germany, we drove to see the Triberg Waterfalls which are one of the highest waterfalls in Germany. Triberg is in the Black Forest and is famous for it’s handmade cuckoo clocks. I would have loved to buy one but they were super expensive. We also toured Castle Sigmaringen on the Danube River, which was spectacular!
OMG we did SO MUCH on our 3rd day in Germany!!! I narrowed down my photos for this day and still had 125! I worked really hard to narrow them down even further to a more reasonable 40 50. We started the day in Nürtingen, then had lunch with our extended German family, then toured Castle Hohenneuffen again, and also an open-air museum.
Our 2nd day in Germany began when my German sister & brother-in-law picked us up at 9am with a carafe of fresh coffee for Jim, a carafe of fresh tea for me, and a crinkly bag of things from the bakery – YUM! They did this every morning which was fantastically amazing and SO nice! We spent the day visiting 2 amazing castles – Burg Hohenzollern & Schloss Lichtenstein.
Hubby and I traveled to the Stuttgart area of Germany from 9/30-10/5. We left home 9/29 but didn’t arrive in Germany until the morning of 9/30, which gave us 5 solid days to visit my German sister Daniela & her husband Joachim. They came to visit us this past May and it was amazing to visit them and see the amazing country they live in. I’ve never been to Germany before, and look forward to going back!
We were in Germany for a week [from 9/30-10/5], which was AWESOME. I have 805 photos to go through, and so many memories to record. But the day before we flew home I woke up with a sore throat. That was last Tuesday. I’m still sick. Or at least suffering through the residuals. Now hubby is sick, too. The joys of plane travel. Flying petri dish. But our trip was amazing.
On our last 2 full days in Oahu, Hawaii, we visited the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and finally got to snorkel at Hanauma Bay!
I spent most of Day 7 in bed, but on Day 8 we hiked up to see Manoa Falls. The waterfall wasn’t much to see, but the hike was beautiful! And since hikes are always better with a hint of danger, the sign at the entrance said not to drink the water or even get it into your mouth or you could catch Leptospirosis. Yummy.
On our 5th & 6th day on Oahu, Hawaii, we visited the Aquarium, hiked Diamond Head crater, got mobbed by pigeons, tried to visit the Pearl Harbor memorial [too windy], and toured the the USS Bowfin, a WWII Submarine.
On 4/2, Hubby and I flew to Oahu, Hawaii. We’d never been to Oahu before – our previous trips have taken us to the Big Island in 2014 & Maui in 2015. Oahu is the most populated Hawaiian island, with about 1M residents. It includes the state capital of Honolulu and famous landmarks like Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head crater. Our first few days were spent swimming, relaxing, and visiting the zoo.