October 31, 2008

Think Pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Please take a minute to check out Pennies in Action
It only takes a penny to make a difference!

This charity supports research for more than just a cure -
we're supporting a program that is working to develop a vaccine to prevent breast cancer!

October 26, 2008

New York City

I know, I know - this isn't Europe! But I was sorting through all of the photos on my computer today and came across this one of New York City, and I like it so much that I decided to post it! I took this from my car (don't worry, traffic was terrible so I wasn't actually moving) and I love how it turned out slanted. Completely unintentional - but I think that sometimes accidental pictures turn out better than planned ones!

October 25, 2008


lovely houses on the shore of the Traunsee Lake

This picture was taken in Gmunden, Austria. We spent the day at the Traunsee Lake. It was beautiful there. The lake was surrounded by houses like these. My favorite house in this picture is the yellow one on the bottom left.

October 21, 2008

St. Basil's

looking up at St. Basil's Cathedral

I absolutely adore this church! This is taken from the side facing GUM, the huge shopping mall that spans almost one whole side of Red Square. I like this picture because it shows the differences in each tower. I also love how blue the sky was that day, and how the sun was shining so brightly. It highlighted the church beautifully!

October 18, 2008

West Chester, Pennsylvania

old firehouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Here's a bonus shot from America! West Chester is a fun little town, lots of little shops and restaurants, and some interesting buildings too! This is the old firehouse, which has now been turned into a restaurant. Below is a picture of the door that caught my eye.

This is such a beautiful door!

October 17, 2008

Vienna from the Riesenrad

just a pretty view of Vienna :)

Vienna's Prater, in the 2nd district just outside of the city center, is a wonderful park.
We stopped to take a ride on the Riesenrad (ferris wheel). It's the one that was shown in the 1987 Bond movie The Living Daylights :)

The views from the wheel are simply amazing! The gondolas are quite spacious, and we were lucky to only share ours with 2 other people! I think I took 50 photos just from this one time around on the ferris wheel! This is a shot taken on our descent, about halfway, if I remember correctly. Click on the picture to make it larger so you can truly see the beauty of this scene!

October 15, 2008


mountains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Being nestled somewhere in the mountains is definitely my ideal vacation. The crisp, fresh mountain air, and the opportunity to take pictures like this is all I need !
I have yet to visit the mountains in the winter, and I would love to go back to Garmisch to re-take all of these pictures with the mountains covered in snow!

October 13, 2008

Воздвиженка улица

Воздвиженка улица, Москва

Воздвиженка улица (Vozdvizhenka Street) was the first street I explored in Moscow. I love the contrast of this picture, the old and new is apparent in both the buildings and the cars! The yellow building on the left originally belonged to the Sheremetyevs, and it was built in the 1790s. The gray building on the right is the Kremlin Hospital, and it was built in 1930.
140 years certainly makes a difference in architectural style!

October 12, 2008

Kärntner Strasse

Kärntner Strasse, Vienna

Kärntner Strasse (Kaernter Street) is a famous shopping street in Vienna.
This street is also home to the State Opera and St. Stephan's Cathedral (pictures of those to come later). This particular segment of the street is pedestrian only, so it makes for a very enjoyable walk!
There's a little bit of everything there - try to see how many familiar things you can spot in this picture!

October 10, 2008

Добро пожаловать и Москву!

This was taken just after I got off of the plane in Moscow.
It's at the top of the stairs before you go through the fun that is passport control :-)
My advice - fly in at 5:00am. There's no one there so you don't get stuck in any lines!

October 8, 2008

More from Bad Ischl

View of the Danube in Bad Ischl, Austria

Water, everywhere!
The ground was wet, the fountain was running, and the Danube was flowing very rapidly!
Even though the weather was dreary and gray, and it was July and we were all wearing turtlenecks and jackets, being able to take pictures like this make the weather tolerable!

October 6, 2008

Дом педагогической книги

Moscow, Russia

This is another treasure I found on one my aimless walks through Moscow.
I love the window here! The photo doesn't really show it, but it's a fairly large window.
By the way, the top sign says "rent" and the bottom says "house of pedagogical books".

October 5, 2008

View of Linz

view of Linz from Pöstlingberg

We took a trip here to ride of the famous Pöstlingbergbahn, Europe's steepest tram.
It was closed for the day, so we drove up halfway and parked, then walked the rest of the way.
It certainly is steep! But it was worth it, because I got to see this beautiful view of Linz!

October 4, 2008

Building Details

I found this building as I was just walking around and exploring Moscow.
I love the details - everything is so intricate!

October 3, 2008

Schloß Weinberg

Schloß Weinberg, Oberösterreich (Upper Austria)

This was taken on one of the many little day trips I took to various regions of Upper Austria. Schloss Weinberg (Weinberg Castle) was built in the 17th century. If I remember correctly, some of the rooms have been turned into classrooms.
That would be a fun place to attend school!

October 2, 2008

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow

This is one of Stalin's 'Seven Sisters' buildings. This was the only one I managed to see on my trip. It certainly is an impressive building when you see it up close. I've got some great pictures of the building up close that I will post another time!

October 1, 2008

Pink Building in Linz

Linz, Austria

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I chose this pink building in Linz.
Many buildings in Austria were pink, but this is the only one I took a picture of!
And if you're wondering - yes, those are palm trees... I wasn't aware that Austria had palm trees either!