Monday, December 29, 2014

Chocolatiers In Trainin



Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Reason For The Season



A Christmas In Europe - Day 5

Stop 17 - Luxmbourg, Luxembourg: The next morning we took a drive through Luxembourg to see the city better in the daylight. We were impressed by the beautiful buildings and unique architecture. As we viewed the Grund area near the canal we noticed that it slightly resembled the views along the canals in Strasbourg, France.  

Stop 18 - Semois Valley: On our way back towards Brussels, we took the scenic route and drove through the beautiful Semois Valley. The views were breathtaking and reminded us of our drives through the Black Forest in Germany the year before. 

Stop 19 - Dinant, Belgium: Continuing on our journey, we drove through the stunning city of Dinant to view its unique cathedral and colorful buildings lining the River Meuse.

Stop 20 - Brussels, Belgium: And of course we just couldn't leave Belgium without getting waffles one last time. So we headed back to our favorite waffle shop in Brussels city center before heading to the airport.


A Christmas In Europe - Day 4

Stop 14 - "Reading Between The Lines Church": The next morning we set out to find the small see-through church near the town of Borgloon, Belgium. Although it took a while to find, it was worth the search as the church was pretty incredible.

Stop 15 - Ardennes American Cemetary: Our next stop was the humbling Aredennes American Cemetary near Neupré, Belgium. It was a cold day and the sprawling cemetery was completely empty making it all that more humbling as we imagined the treacherous conditions the soldiers had to endure before losing their lives in battle. Ryan quietly explained to the kids the significance of the cemetery and the thousands of headstones lining the field. He explained the writing on the headstones and why some of them didn't list the persons name. We're grateful for the opportunity that we had to stop and pay our respects to the many men who sacrificed so much for the freedom of others.

Stop 16 - Luxmbourg, Luxembourg: Our final stop of the day was in the beautiful country of Luxembourg. Upon entering the city were instantly impressed by the grandeur of it all. The entire city was immaculately clean and everything was very large and majestic. We went to the Christmas market and experienced our favorite market of the trip. After exploring the market and listening to some of the Christmas performances, we took a ride on the ferris wheel. The kids laughed through the ride and enjoyed looking down on the lights of the city. As we continued to explore the market, the kids were able to ride the merry go-round and drink some German kinderpunsch. It was definitely a magical night to remember.


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