Summer 2010 European tour with my father

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(Last Updated On: May 20, 2019)

All my life I have heard my father talk about his time in the army when he was stationed in Berlin. It is a place I have always wanted to visit with him and I regularly wear his jacket commemorating his time there. I thought I would finally get my chance four years ago and then our plans fell through. This summer I finally got my chance.

Summer 2010 European tour

It will take me quite awhile to get all the photos edited and posted, but as I do I will index them here.

July 27 – Almost in the Air

Minneapolis: We seem to be off to a good start (aside from the collection of dead pens I apparently brought with me): I got everything organized and packed (as far as I can tell), finished what HAD to be done at work (from home, via my personal computer), finally found a cart to whisk us to gate G22 (it took awhile), no problem with our first class seats (Dad is flying on my frequent flier miles and it seemed too good to be true), and we have a pilot who actually has a sense of humor (I was beginning to think TSA had banned that) and who has been roaming surveying the first-time first-class fliers and all the kids as to whether they would like to fly upside down or right-side up.

Atlanta: This seemed as if it would be a quick change, but we spend over an hour on the runway waiting for a rain shower at the end of the runway to clear. I know this is true because I noticed the poorly located and very isolated rainstorm through my window. But an hour seems like a long time to wait for a storm that is so localized that it is barely cloudy where we are waiting on the runway and there are only a few drops of rain.

It could be worse. When we fly out, I count 34 planes waiting to take off after us.

And now we really are on our way.

July 28 – Salzburg, Austria

We Arrive in Munich – Sans Luggage

I’m waiting at the luggage carousel, a little woozy after the flight, when I hear what could be my last name announced. While I’m usually ecstatic to hear my name called when I’m waiting to check into a flight (can you say “upgrade”?) I’m thinking it’s probably a bad sign when they call your name at baggage claim.

Which turns out to be correct. Delta has indeed neglected to transfer our luggage in Atlanta.

In all the flying I’ve done, this is the first time my bag hasn’t arrived with or ahead of me, so I was due.

They promise it will be delivered to the hotel in the morning and provide a couple of overnight kits. . . it could be worse.

Troublesome Transfers

Settling In

July 29 – Salzburg, Austria, and Berchtesgaden, Germany

Waiting for a Bus in Mirabell Gardens

View through the bus window on the way to Berchtesgaden

Scenes from the trip between Salzburg and Berchtesgaden:

Lunch in Berchtesgaden

The Kindness of Strangers

We are in Berchtesgaden today because the one thing my dad is a big World War II history buff and has always wanted to go to Berchtesgaden to see Hitler’s Eagles Nest. I have booked us on a half-day tour that will take us up the mountain to the Eagle’s Nest with a stop along the way to tour a portion of the extensive tunnel system the Nazis built into the mountain.

On the Mountain

July 30

Salzburg and the Austrian Lake Country

Salzburg at Night

July 31 – Salzburg


Getting to Hohensalzburg Fortress

Taking in the view

August 1 – By Train to Berlin


August 2 – Berlin Germany

The Reichstag

Potsdammer Platz


August 3, 2010 – Wittenberg, Germany

August 4 – Berlin

August 5 – Potsdam and Berlin

August 6 – Spandau and Berlin

The Gardens at Charlottenburg

Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church


August 7 – Berlin

August 8 – Travel to Finland

August 9 – Kronoby, Finland

August 10 – Kokkola, Kronoby, and the surrounding area

Lakeshore Dining

August 11 – Traveling through Finland by rail and sea

A Glimpse of the Finnish Countryside

From the Deck of the Silja Serenade

August 12 –

August 13 – Touring Rural Sweden

August 14 –

August 15 –

Trip Details

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