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1 month already?! June 8, 2011

Posted by Dustin Hsu in Travel Log.
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It’s hard to believe I’ve already been in Europe for almost a month. I’ve experienced so much already and am a little sad that the time is going by so fast. Since my last post, I’ve traveled to Interlaken, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Paris, Versailles, and Normandy.

View of Interlaken

Interlaken was one of the most picturesque places I’ve been to. My friends and I went canyoning and hiked about 3,000 feet to a breathtaking overlook. In Salzburg, we were able to walk around the birthplace and residence of Mozart.  We also visited a monastery and a fortress, both dating back to the 12th century.

We went to Stuttgart for the sole purpose of going to the Mercedes Benz Museum. I was really impressed with how the museum was set up. In addition to showcasing hundreds of Mercedes Benz cars from different eras, the museum explained how different periods throughout history impacted Mercedes and the development of their cars.

This past weekend we spent four days in Paris and took two separate day trips: one to Versailles and one to Normandy. We hit the main tourist attractions in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. The Palace of Versailles was simply remarkable. The size of the palace was mind-blowing and the interior was extravagant beyond comparison. My favorite part of the trip was going to Normandy and getting to see Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery and Memorial. It was definitely a somber environment, but a clear reminder of the sacrifice paid by so many troops during WWII.

American Cemetery

Eiffel Tower

On deck for this weekend is Munich. Besides seeing the city, I’m planning on checking out Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration behind the Disneyland castle, and Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany. With three tests, a handful of homework assignments, and a lab write-up keeping me busy this week, I cannot wait for the weekend!

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