The Lost Days on the Road…

Thanks to my mom, we now have a little documentation of the last week of our road trip – Thanks, Mom 😀

So, Mom arrived safe and sound on Saturday morning in Strasbourg via train,

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and miraculously, we were able to find each other in the train station without any agreed upon meeting point or any knowledge of what each of us were wearing (so as to more easily spot one another)…

With minds so in sync, we were bound to find one another :P

With minds so in sync, we were bound to find one another 😛

We then made our way back toward our yellow house in the Black Forest. Not without making a stop in Oberkirch (a town just outside of where we were staying) to walk around and check out a couple bier gartens.

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Mom looking fresh and happy to be with her lovely daughter 😀

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We set out again for the Yellow House… With another scenic pit stop 🙂

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Mom recalled a bit of her high school German to ask the lady cleaning the little church if we could go inside and take pictures – so charismatic, that woman…

We then finally made it back to our neck of the woods…

The pronunciation of this sign cracked me up...

The pronunciation of this sign cracked me up…

Me looking alarmingly uncomfortable in spite of sitting with my own husband...

Me looking alarmingly uncomfortable in spite of sitting with my own husband…

Metrying to daintily sit on my mommy's lap only to look as though I'm completely crushing her. Not to worry, no injuries resulted from this picture.

Me trying to daintily sit on my mommy’s lap only to look as though I’m completely crushing her. Not to worry, no injuries resulted from this picture.

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It was a long hike up the falls - Mom needed a breather...

It was a long hike up the falls – Mom needed a breather… But she’s still smiling 😀

We were fascinated by how many slugs we came across while out hiking around the falls!

We were fascinated by how many slugs we came across while out hiking around the falls!

A picture of mom's room in the Yellow House

A picture of mom’s room in the Yellow House

A departing shot of the ruins on our last day at the Yellow House

A departing shot of the ruins on our last day at the Yellow House.

Next stop: Cologne, Germany!

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Mom couldn’t get enough of the German “ausfahrt” signs (meaning “exit”)

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Mom with giant stone heads on the ground in front of a church in Bonn.

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Beethoven’s house – in Bonn.

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Giant cathedral in Cologne

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CRAZIEST modern art museum I’ve ever visited! The exhibits were incredibly raunchy and disturbing and fantastic all at once!

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There IS actually color in this piece!

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Mom and I discussing the merits of this piece (b/c we're intellectual like that)

Mom and I discussing the merits of this piece (b/c we’re intellectual like that)

Not to be outshone by our own intellect, Mom evened things out by poking fun at the paper sculpture's butt (can't take her anywhere, I tell ya!)

Not to be outshone by our own intellect, Mom evened things out by poking fun at the paper sculpture’s butt (can’t take her anywhere, I tell ya!)

This statue (yes, statue!) scared the bee-jee-zus outta me!

This statue (yes, statue!) scared the bee-jee-zus outta me!

After such an intense art intake (and losing Connor, yet again! He found us after about 20 minutes, though), we all decided we were ready for a drink... Mom got chummy with the bartender at the the Irish pub :D

After such an intense art intake (and losing Connor, yet again! He found us after about 20 minutes, though), we all decided we were ready for a drink… Mom got chummy with the bartender at the the Irish pub 😀

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Based on the above bartender’s recommendation, we hit up a beer haus for German food and…
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… beer. The waiters come around with endless supplies of glasses of beer and just constantly replenish!

We then took a quick time out at our hotel to get cleaned up, drink a few more beers, and play cards :)

We then took a quick time out at our hotel to get cleaned up, drink a few more beers, and play cards 🙂

Then I got hungry - so pasta, it was!

Then I got hungry – so pasta, it was!

And Connor was such a gentleman :D

And Connor was such a gentleman 😀

The night was still young, so we went to another pub...

The night was still young, so we went to another pub…

where Connor did shots...

where Connor did shots…

,,, so did Mom.

… so did Mom.

After seeing her reaction, I figured I'd abstain.

After seeing her reaction, I figured I’d abstain.

Next, we moved onto Belgium!

We badly needed a bit of rest upon arriving at our flat in Oostend...

We badly needed a bit of rest upon arriving at our flat in Oostend…

And some comfort food :D

And some comfort food 😀

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After a solid night’s rest, we were up and at ’em again the next day exploring Brugge!

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Connor, the lone traveler…

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Open-air market in the center of Brugge…

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We opted for another Irish pub for our mid-day pick-me-up…

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Where shepherd’s pie and beer did us all a great service 🙂

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Mom’s turn to clobber me!

We then made our way to Lille, France where we were all set to part ways on Friday – Mom to catch a train to Paris to fly back to Cincy, and Connor and me to catch our flight to Morocco… So we spent our last day touring around a cemetery and eating 😀

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And that, my friends, was the conclusion of our whirlwind European road trip 😀

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