Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lazy Sundays


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Christmas 2013




The Christmas Story 
Told by Maeli McFarlane

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The McFarlane's Euro Bucket List

1. Eat a brat in Germany 
Heidelburg, Germany

 2. Take a stroll through the La Petite France neighborhood
Strasbourg, France

3. Try a beignet like Tiana makes in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" 
Strasbourg, France

4. View the lights & "Singing Christmas Tree"
Zurich, Switzerland

5. Take a drive through the Swiss Alps 
Switzerland

6. Visit the Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle
Schwangau, Germany

7. Ride a cable car to the top of Mount Untersberg
Salzburg, Austria

8. Go ice skating in Mozart Square in Old Town Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

9. Watch the Glockenspiel go off at Marienplatz Square
Munich, Germany

10. Try German Kinderpunsch
Munich, Germany

11. Visit the Christmas markets in Germany
Germany


12. See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London 
London, England

13. Visit Hamley's Toy Store
London, England

14. Take an open-top bus tour
London, England

15.  Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
 London, England

16.  See the life-size model of a blue whale at the Natural History Museum
London, England

17. Take a stroll through Hyde Park
 London, England

18.  See the street performers at Covent Garden
 London, England

19. Attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

20. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum
Paris, France

21. Shop Paris's flea markets
Paris, France

22. Leave a note for Quasimodo in the bell tower at Notre Dame
Paris, France

23. Lock down our love at the Love Lock Bridge
Paris, France 


24. Watch a marionette puppet show at Luxembourg Gardens
Paris, France  



25. Charter a toy sailboat in the ponds of Paris
Paris, France 

26. Ride the carousel at the base of the Eiffel Tower
Paris, France 

27. Explore the Catacombs beneath the city of Paris
Paris, France 


28. Row a boat through the Grand Canal at the Palace of Versailles
Paris, France 


29. Explore Paris's Covered Passages
Paris, France 


30. Eat macaroons at the original Laduree in Paris  
Paris, France 


31. Bike the final leg of the Tour de France, the Champs-Elysees        
Paris, France 

32.Visit the land of Ryan's ancestors
Scotland

33. Try Haggis in Scotland
Loch Lomand, Scotland

34. Roam the hills of Faerie Glen
Faerie Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland

35. Visit Tinker Bell at the Fairy Pools
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland


36. Search for Nessy at Loch Ness
Loch Ness, Ireland

37. Sip cocoa at the Elephant House cafe where J.K. Rowling first penned the Harry Potter series
Edinburgh, Scotland

38. Shop the Portobello Market at Notting Hill
London, England

39. Cross the famed Abbey Road Crossing
London, England

40. View London's landmarks from the top of the London Eye
London, England

41. Take a trip upstream along the River Thames
London, England

42. Make some important calls from a red telephone booth
London, England

43. Enjoy a meal cooked by the kids at the child-run restaurant, KinderKookKafe
Amsterdam, Netherlands


44. Try red herring in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

45. Visit the infamous Red Light District
Amsterdam, Netherlands

46. Splash in the fountains at Vondelpark
Amsterdam, Netherlands

47. Cruise through Amsterdam on the Pancake Boat
Amsterdam, Netherlands

48. See the Rainbow of flowers at Keukenhof gardens
Lisse, Netherlands

49. Teach our kids about the holocause at the Anne Frank House. "To build a future you have to know the past." =Otto Frank
Amsterdam, Netherlands

50. Take in the colors and fragrances of the floating flower market
Amsterdam, Netherlands

51. Pay a visit to the Flower Puppy at the Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao, Spain


52. Party with the masses at the San Fermin Festival
Pamplona, Spain


53. Witness the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
Pamplona, Spain


54. Climb atop the giant Gulliver at Gulliver Park
Valencia, Spain


55. Drop off some milk for the stray cats at the House of Cats
Valencia, Spain


56. Take a drive through the Spanish wine country
Carinena, Aragon, Spain


57. Take a stroll along the multi-colored fisherman's homes in Villajoyosa
Villajoyosa, Spain


58. Make a pit stop at Laguna Salada de Torrevieja - dubbed by Maeli as "Lake Pinkalicious"
Torrevieja, Spain



59. Sing "Let It Go" from the stage of Cartagena's Roman Theatre
Cartagena, Spain


60. Wind through the colorful alleyways of the Albayzin district
Granada, Spain


61. Run through the decoratively designed halls of Granada's Alhambra Palace
Granada, Spain 


62. See Africa from the Rock of Gibraltar
Gibraltar


63. Visit with the free-roaming monkeys in Gibraltar
Gibraltar



64. Discover the classic whitewashed villages of Southern Spain along the "Ruta De Los Pueblos Blancos"
Andalusia, Spain



65. Get as many "brain freezes" as possible
Casares, Malaga, Spain

 
66. Practice distracting the bulls in one of Spain's oldest bullrings
Ronda, Spain


67. Get lost in the white villages of Andalusia
Andalusia, Spain


68. Search for hidden treasures at the Mercadillo Filatelico flea market
Seville, Spain


69. Witness the sea of sunflowers following the sun
Andalusia, Spain


70. Watch the clouds go by in the Benagil Sea Caves
Benagil, Portugal



71. Play hard on the beaches of Spain
Spain


72. Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride through the beautiful canals of Venice
Venice, Italy


73. Get lost in the backstreets of Venice
Venice, Italy


74. Pick out our fantasy summer home on the postcard-perfect island of Burano
Burano, Venice, Italy


75. Leave a love note on Juliet's Wall
Verona, Italy


76. Soak up the silence at the secluded Santuario Madonna della Corona
Verona, Italy


77. Catch the cablecar to Pigra to admire the views of Lake Como
Pigra, Como, Italy


78. Chase pigeons in Piazza del Duomo
Milan, Italy


79. Cruise the streets of Milan on the urban trolley
Milan, Italy


80. Borrow a flashlight from a local & trek 1/2 a mile through a pitch black train tunnel to Cinque Terre's secret Guvano Beach
Corniglia, Italy


81. Wind through the centuries old footpaths of the Cinque Terre
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy 


82. Visit Geppetto's workshop in the birthplace of Pinocchio
Florence, Italy


83. Fix the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a slight tilt of the head
Pisa, Italy


84. Sample grapes right off the vine in Italian wine country
Siena, Italy


85. Drink from the fountains in Rome
Vatican City 



86. Race to the top of the Spanish Steps - winner gets gelato
Rome, Italy


87. Dance to the street performers in front of the Pantheon
Rome, Italy



88. Consume as much pizza, pasta, and gelato as possible
Italy



89. Observe the ancient architecture in Rome
Rome, Italy


90. Skip from column to column at the Giant's Causeway
Country Antrim, Northern Ireland


91. Break a world record - Largest Santa Claus Run
Dundalk, Ireland


92. Tower over Europe's most beautiful monuments
Brussels, Belgium 


93. Scold the famous naked boy for peeing in the fountain
 Brussels, Belgium


93. Soak up the spirit of Christmas at the musical light show in Grand Palace Square
Brussels, Belgium


94. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Bruges' Grote Market
Bruges, Belgium


95. Cringe as the locals dive into the freezing canals
for the annual Kerstdulk (Christmas Dip)
Bruges, Belgium


96. Watch the trains go by at Antwerp's Central Station
Antwerp, Belgium


97. Visit Elsa in her ice palace at the Disney Dreams Ice Festival
Antwerp, Belgium


98. Skate until our toes go numb in Steenplein Square
Antwerp, Belgium


99. "Read between the lines" at Limburg Church
Borgloon, Belgium


100. Stop and pay our respects to the American soldiers
who lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge
Neupré, Belgium
 

101. View Luxembourg from the top of the ferris wheel
Luxembourg, Luxembourg


102. Take detour through the winding Semois valley
Bouillon, Belgium


103. Stop and see the sparkling reflections along the River Meuse
DInant, Belgium


104. Consume an obscene amount of waffles, fries, and chocolate
Belgium

105. Merry go round the Christmas markets of Europe
Europe

106. Get lost amid the field of concrete slabs at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Berlin, Germany

107. Exchange a book at the Berlin Book Forest
Berlin, Germany

108. Leave a message of peace on the Berlin Wall
Berlin, Germany

109. Explore the abandoned military hospital where Hitler was once treated
Beelitz, Germany

110. Witness the 12,000 tangled gravestones representing the 100,000 burials in the Old Jewish Cemetary in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

111. Watch their faces light up when the drinks arrive on
a model train at Vytopia Railway Restaurant
Prague, Czech Republic

112. Roam the centuries-old chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mines
located more than 1,000ft below the surface
Krakow, Poland

113. Visit the office of Oskar Schindler - the inspiration behind the movie "Schindler's List"
Krakow, Poland

114. Enter the gas chambers of Auschwitz where so many lives were lost. Leave with gratitude in our hearts and a greater resolve to be a little bit better. 
Oświęcim, Poland 

115. Explore the world's oldest zoo in Vienna
Vienna, Austria


116. Discover the many statues of Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia




117. Climb aboard the child-run railway in Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

118. Splash the night away in Budapest's thermal baths
Budapest, Hungary



119. Climb the ceremonial stairs at Fisherman's Bastion
Budapest, Hungary

120. Watch the elephant do yoga at the Hungarian State Circus
Budapest, Hungary

121.Escape to the sleep villages in the English countryside
Cotswold, England

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