My favorite part of every summer is when Megan and Travis visit. It started back when we lived in Miami and as thankfully continued as we’ve moved to Europe. We always have such an awesome time! This year was particularly special because they are expecting! Can you say babymoon? Since they visited last summer we had done a lot of the “must do” things around the area. This year, we took it off the beaten path and it was amazing.
Early into their trip, we visited the adorable town of Tubingen which isn’t far from here. We spent the day wandering the streets and eating local food. Travis spotted a sign to take us up a hill (this is why Matt and Travis get along) so, up we went, and we were rewarded with beautiful views from the castle courtyard.
The next day, we headed down to Switzerland in hopes of giving them a glimpse of the Swiss Alps. Sadly, it was pouring rain and gray but we did get a fun boat ride around Zurich out of it!
Towards the end of the week was where the long weekend of fun began. We went down to the Allgau region to the town of Nesselwang in order to give the Jesters a little glimpse of the German Alps. Matt and I stumbled upon this town last August when we ran our Alpine Half Marathon. We knew we had to come back We stayed for two nights. We spent two days hiking different trails up and around the mountain and waking up to the sound of cowbells, from actual cows, outside. This is what you think of when you think of Germany. It was perfection.
One highlight of the trip was stopping at Highline 179. It is the world’s longest Tibetan style suspension bridge. It was terrifying. I don’t have a problem with heights (remember that time I jumped off the Stratosphere in Vegas) but even I was pretty shaken up on this journey. We all stepped onto the bridge and all we could see was the swinging of the ropes from side to side. Travis and I forged ahead while Megan and Matt turned around. It was such a windy day and the bridge was crowded and swinging side to side. I thought I was going to have to turn around, too! Pure stubbornness kept me going. All of these pictures were taken by me trying not to throw my phone down and hold on for dear life.
The bridge didn’t take too long so we all hiked around to all the ruins. It was easy to spend an entire day in the area!
Our trip ended in the Austrian Alps, in Innsbruck. It was gorgeous! We wandered and we went up mountain. Megan and Travis are truly wonderful travel companions. We are so lucky to have friends who not only “get” us but also like the same things as us!
Also, I must say that my best friend is an absolute rock star. She hiked 11 miles one day, yeah, 19 weeks pregnant. Rock.Star. Three countries, seven days, and mountains upon mountains…I bet the baby enjoyed all that mountain air!