A few pictures from the Canary Islands and Barcelona — more pictures and comments to come soon!
First stop, Munich:
Above is the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) in the heart of Munich. It is in the center of Munich’s old town. The Rathaus holds Munich’s famous Glockenspiel.
The Mariensäule (The Virgin Mary column) in the middle of Marienplatz.
We also walked through Munich’s outdoor market, Viktualienmarkt. In addition to selling flowers, trinkets, they sell lots and lots of Weisswurst.
Munich has definitely kept its culinary culture alive. At nearly every restaurant, you can find Weisswurst, giant pretzels, and one liter beers.
Katie, Katie, Kelsey and I headed to the famous Hofbräuhaus to get the full, all-in-one experience.
Although the beer hall is mostly filled with tourists, locals still hold down their reserved tables and even have their mugs locked in special holders.
On Saturday, we took a 15-minute train to the Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
The Nazis established Dachau as the first concentration camp in 1933. Primarily, Dachau was a camp for men, political and religious dissidents, gypsys and other men who were considered dangerous or “enemies of the state.” Here, over 200,000 prisoners entered the camp. On April 29, 1945, U.S. troops liberated the camp.
Although the afternoon was very sad, I’m so glad I visited. It was an incredibly moving experience.
The gate of Dachau reads: “Arbeit Macht Frei” which translates to Work Makes (One) Free.
Later in the afternoon, we returned to Munich. My friends and I stopped by the Paulaner.
On our last afternoon, we took about an hour and a half train to Salzburg, Austria.
Salzburg’s claim to fame is that it is the home of Mozart and where the Sound of Music was filmed…And it’s gorgeous!
Many Sound of Music scenes were filmed here in the Mirabell Gardens.
Mozart’s two homes.
On Wednesday, I went to the Globe Theatre for a press day.
This weekend we’re heading to Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to assist on Brian Williams’ Rock Center interview with Prime Minister David Cameron at his residence, 10 Downing Street.
From the ‘Number 10’s website, “10 Downing Street, the locale of British Prime Ministers since 1735, vies with the White House as being the most important political building anywhere in the world in the modern era. Behind its black door have been taken the most important decisions affecting Britain for the last 275 years.”
I also got my 15 seconds of fame sitting in the Monday night broadcast of Nightly News from the London bureau.
Brian’s interview with Prime Minister David Cameron will air on Wednesday.
During week 8, we had a walking tour of the Southbank area.
Southbank skate park that the city almost shut down has some of the coolest graffiti artwork.
Then we went to the Tate Modern museum.
Katie, Katie and I stopped by the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on our way home from class for dinner. The YOCC was built in the 17th century and is located on Fleet Street in the City of London. Until the 1980s, all of the British newspapers were located on Fleet Street. The YOCC is famously known as the restaurant for the “hacks and the flacks.” Charles Dickens used to frequent the YOCC when he was a journalist.
This weekend, we stayed in London and did some more exploring.
On our way to Borough Market, Katie and I stumbled upon the monument to the Great Fire of London.
Our trip to Dublin. More pictures and videos coming soon…
London -> Dublin
Our beautiful bed and breakfast, The Ariel House.
Learned how to pour the “perfect pint.”
Viewing deck in Guinness factory.
The Irish Times.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
St. Stephen’s Green
Got my Irish Coffee…yum.
For Ash Wednesday, Katie B. and I met at St. Paul’s for church.
Occupy London Protesters outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Here are some recent photos as well: