04 JAN 2008
We just got back from an incredible tour of Paris, France. In the slide show, you will first see photos taken at Versailles (home of Louis XIV through XVIII). We were fortunate to get a view (and some photos) inside the chapel that was added on between 1699 and 1709 by Louis XIV. Next, you'll see Napolean's Tomb under the Dôme des Invalides. We rode a tour bus that picked up folks from several U.S. bases in Germany (see Erica get on the bus). We next rode over to the Louvre (which was also jam-packed full of people). There you'll see photos of Napolean's coronation, Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Venus de Milo. We then took a boat cruise up and down the Seine River and got some photos of the Eiffel Tower right at dusk. Later, we walked along the Champs-Elysées and took some photos in front of the Arc de Triomphe. The next day, we visited the Eiffel Tower. We took an elevator up to the first deck. Erica and I even hiked up to the second deck. Next, we spent a good bit of time admiring the cathedral of Notre Dame. We didn't take any photos of the New Year's Eve celebration, but wait till you see the video! On New Year's Day, we visited the Sacré Coeur where they have had continuous services (every hour, day and night, since 1885). Finally, our slide show ends with a couple self-portaits by Erica in her new fashionable hat from Paris and a quick photo taken outside the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had lunch. Whew!!! Click on Paris Slide Show (at left)....Please be patient while it downloads....It's 75 photos.
09 DEC 2007
Here are some of the pics that have sat around too long without being posted. The set is labeled as 2007-11-xxx. All three of us have so many irons in the fire that we've slipped up on our postings lately. We'll try to pick up the pace. Pic #1 & #2: Landtag (State Parliament) (Built 1959-1961) Location for political debates of the Baden-Wurttemberg State Parliament; three stories, square building with a reinforced concrete frame design, bronze aluminium facing and dark insulated glazing. The outside is all glass. Sorry no pictures from the outside. Pic #4: Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) Symbol of historical Stuttgart; main Protestant church, built by Hanslin and Jorg in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Pic #5 and #8: Inside the Neues Schloss (New Palace). Pic #15: Outside of the Neues Schloss (New Palace) Baroque building (1746-1806) former residence of the kings of Wurttemberg. It now houses ministries and official rooms of the State Government.
Pic #16: Schlossplatz: The heart of the city and a popular meeting-place; the Jubilee Column was donated in 1841 on the occasion of the Silver Jubliee of the government of King Wilhelm I and was topped off by the 5 meter-high goddess Concordia in 1863. Erica is hanging out looking for someone to talk to. Just kidding.
26 OCT 2007
We've assembled our second batch of photos in three PDF slideshows (click on Slide Show 1, 2, & 3). You'll see photos of a kite fest outside our new adopted home of Malmsheim. Next are photos from the Bad Cannstatter VolksFest...the oldest fest in Germany (and the model for the Oktoberfest). Look for Matt and Erica on the swings way up in the air! Finally, the third slide show is a group of photos that Tammy took on a tour of the Lichtenstein castle, just outside Stuttgart, from the 1300s! Fair warning...the slide shows contain full-size pics...they may take a while to load (not dial-up friendly, I'm sure). So far...so good...more later!
05 OCT 2007
Here is our first
set of photos from Germany. We still struggle with
gaining reasonably priced internet access, so our ability to
communicate on-line will be inconsistent until we move in our house. In this set of photos, you will see our
hotel (SI-Suites) in the background and the pics of the house
we are renting, but not moving in until 15 Nov. The church (photo 12) is in
the center of town....about 5 houses away.....and will be
Erica's bus stop in the morning. The terrace on the
back of the house is visible in photo 13. The old
barn (photo 16) is just down the street from us.