Saturday, August 25, 2012

Teacher Travel

I thought I would share a few pictures from my wonderful vacation in Europe this summer!  It was so much fun and a wonderful family experience.  One of the things that made it so special was our tour guide extraordinaire!   You would love to have John take you around!  He is a delightful Brit who has tons of patience and a great sense of humor!  I can personally vouch for his his enthusiasm and impeccable service.  So, if you just want his company to schedule your hotels and travel, you will not regret it!  I told him that I would share the info with teachers in the USA who would definitely appreciate a discount!
John having a Gelato with us in Rome!

The collage above is from Italy.  We started in Venice and then went to Tuscany and Rome.  John filled us in on all the history and informative tidbits!  He had minibuses or trains scheduled to transport us from city to city.    We stayed in family-owned hotels that were great and reasonably priced.  Every hotel was clean and more than adequate.  A few didn't have air-conditioning, but that is to be expected in Europe.  All of the hotels in Italy were air-conditioned.  It is very hot in Italy during the summer!
We really enjoyed a trip to a winery.  The views were just beautiful!
We had a wine tasting and then a great meal!

John departed in Rome, but we headed by train to Interlaken, Switzerland.  Words cannot describe the beauty! 

Our hotel! Seehotel Bönigen

We took the Jungfrau to the Top of Europe.  This was a great experience for the kids.  They loved snow-tubing and zip-lining in the Alps.  I know that this is a touristy thing to do, but it was worth it, especially if you have young people!  The views from the mountains are gorgeous!
View from the Top!

Bundled up in the Ice Palace!

We then headed to Germany!  Check back next Saturday for more pictures!  


  1. I love it! Italy is my favorite European destination. Did you make it to Florence? That's definitely one of my happy places.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Yes we did! Florence is lovely! We stayed nearby in Montecatini Terme. It was a great location to get to Florence and Pisa. I am so glad you have been too!

  3. That looks like an amazing trip! I have never been to Europe, but I am certainly inspired now!

    1. It was amazing Kelly! Traveling to Europe really changed my world view! I would love to go and teach a semester of balanced literacy somewhere over there! Wouldn't that be an experience!

  4. Travelling around Europe is definitely one of my dreams. Italy is a beautiful country, lots of beautiful places to visit. Venice is definitely one of my favorite, the gondola ride is just romantic.

    1. Venice is very romantic, Nadine! It is just so unique!