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European Vacation 2016

To celebrate David’s 50th birthday we took a family vacation to Europe.

Starting in Prague in the Czech Republic, we spent a few days exploring the narrow and winding streets of the city that survived much of the bombing from WWII.

Prague is a beautiful, and surprisingly, large city. Almost everything is historic, even outside the tourist areas the bustling city is within very old streets and buildings.  Our hotel was at the foot of the Charles Bridge, and we explored narrow streets, large castles, and sidewalk cafes by foot for 4 days.

Hopping on a train, we spent a late morning speeding through the Czech country-side to Berlin where we spent 5 days walking around the largest city in Germany.

Berlin is large, and although we explored much by foot, we did end up on the tram and hailing a taxi  several times.  We followed remnants of the Berlin Wall and tried to understand what the separation was like during the Cold War. What is hardest to comprehend was how events eventually led to WWII and the holocaust, as you are reminded  when you see bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk, explore the Holocaust Memorial, or visit the Olympic Stadium.

The highlight for David were tickets to a sold-out Bundesliga (soccer) game where home-town Hertha BSC was facing mighty Bayern Munich at the 75,000 seat Olympic Stadium. The atmosphere was electric as we enjoyed watching the Ultra’s chant, sing, and jump in unison cheering on their team. Unfortunately, 4th place Hertha could not hold off league-leading Bayern and lost 0-2.

Glad to be home, if you ever need help booking a vacation, or especially a cruise, please consider talking with Julie Osinski, Cruise Planners, in Bath.  She is wonderful to work with and would not have enjoyed ourselves nearly as much without her help.

Minneapolis Architecture Tour

In October, 2015, David and nine other architects from Maine toured Minneapolis and the Marvin Windows and Doors factory in Warroad, Minnesota.  Ron Conterio, AW Hastings, and Jeremy Bate, Eldridge Lumber, sponsored and hosted this tour.Minneapolis, and neighboring city of St Paul, is full of interesting architecture.

We were able to walk the city and University of Minnesota, and were awarded private tours of the Christ Church Lutheran (Elliel and Eero Saarinen), The Malcolm Willey House (Frank Lloyd Wright), and the Purcell-Cutts House (William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie)

.A truly wonderful gift was a private tour of the Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum by the architect, Joan Soranno.  She, along with her husband and business partner, John Cook, have received numerous awards for this inspiring building, including the 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture.

A private jet flew us within 6 miles of the Canadian border to Warroad, Minnesota, to visit and tour the Marvin Windows and Doors factory.  This family-owned business has been in operation since 1904, and still makes many products by hand when needed.

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