2016 was a very good year for taking photographs. Norene and I took a 40 year anniversary trip to Europe and spent four weeks exploring Prague, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We visited major cities such as Berlin and Hamburg in Germany, and Salzburg and Vienna in Austria. Along the way, we learned about German history related to World War II, visited numerous museums and memorials to the slain Jewish population and visited the Mauthausen Memorial Concentration Camp which was one of the last concentration camps in Germany. We saw beautiful scenery in southern Germany, Murren Switzerland and Austria. We rode gondolas and walked on a "Thrill Walk" in the Swiss Alps that hugged the side of a mountain with a 2,000 foot drop below. We sampled fine cuisine and drank a lot of German beer and wine. We spent two nights in Munich during Oktoberfest and experienced the many beer tents. Additionally, we experienced Fall color in New England and the Great Smoky Mountains, and welcomed our second grandchild along the way. The following are our favorite images in 2016 to share with you.
Prague was an afterthought when planning our trip. We originally planned to fly into Berlin, but couldn't find a good flight connection. So we decided to extend our trip a few days and tour Prague. We are glad we did. Prague is a beautiful city, rich in history and very photogenic. We spent two and a half days in a whirlwind tour of the city, getting up at daybreak and staying out late in the night.