Saturday, May 9, 2015

All the Pictures...Cinque Terra (and other adventures)

I think there's a ton to say about this trip...but I also think I'm tired. So instead, a massive photo drop. I'll add captions to the pictures, ok? So there's that, at least.
B+ for effort on this. Maybe B-.
We drove from Germany to Interlaken, Switzerland to the Cinque Terra, Italy and then back through Innsbruck, Austria and finally home. It was delightful and more than once Zach and I had moments of "wow. This opportunity. These experiences. The travels we've had." We have had trips of a lifetime in 3 short years. And as our time here comes to a close, we are more thankful than ever and soaking it in as much as we can.

I love Zoe's face so much. Just a typical family shot in Lucerne, our lunch stop.

Lucerne, Switzerland

Oldest covered wood bridge in Europe

Please pass the Dramamine. Driving through the Alps

The sweetest

Interlaken, Switzerland


How bad do you want to waterski across that mirror lake? SO BAD.

View from our hotel room in Interlaken.

We took the train ferry through the Alps!

View along the way. Couldn't get over it.

From our apartment in Monterosso. View of the other 4 cities in the Cinque Terra.

It was warm and sunny and the water was beautiful.

Couldn't beat the view


My heart

View from the hike to our apartment. Also know as "I had to stop here to catch my breath and decided to play it off like I just wanted a picture".

Post-nap snuggles.

The focaccia! The pesto! The wine! All of it.

Watching the city light up. View from our room.


Hiking trail.







Sometimes you just need to catch a quick snooze

Playing in the "sand"

Final evening, all 5 cities

Innsbruck, Austria. Whoa.

Innsbruck again


  1. Gorgeous photos! I am so glad to see that you guys drive. Did you bring your car from home or buy one when you got there? We're hoping to bring ours and do lots of driving vs taking trains since we'll have two babes and it's so encouraging to see you guys doing just that! Thanks for such a beautiful post!

    1. Amanda, this is probably the most un-European thing to say but we actually prefer driving over the train when we travel! The military shipped one car for us and we also bought a car here, but it's the car we had shipped that makes the trips with us (can't beat Honda gas mileage!). Honestly, with the baby(ies) driving is so lovely because you can stop when you need to stop, you can go at your own pace, you don't have to worry about disrupting other passengers, etc. AND you can bring the amount of baby gear that you really need (plus snacks, a cooler, etc.) Z and I love how much of Europe we get to see when we drive (versus flying) as well! I will give Z all the credit here because he does all of the planning and driving and we've had great road trip experiences, but I will say we have also encountered some scary-windy-steep-narrow roads and some destinations are really not car friendly (I shudder to think at the parking situations...). That being said, we highly recommend the road-trip-through-Europe method! I am SO excited for you and your family as you head over here!

  2. My husband and I just got to Germany too! Found your blog when I googled "what to wear to hail and farewell" needless to say, I'm addicted to it. You're so real and relatable! Love that you guys drive too! We can't wait to start traveling!

    1. Hi Luisa! Seriously, why is there not a clear directive on what constitutes proper H&F attire?! Too much angst. And welcome to Germany! I hope you will love it as much as we have. Thanks for saying hello :)