Our trip started off with a road trip (of course) as we drove from Texas to Arizona to leave Finn and Roscoe with my sister and parents. Leaving Finn was hard. This was the first time I was away from him for a chunk of time so even though he couldn't have been in better hands, it was still tough to leave him. Miles told me he was proud of me for not crying, but then pointed out that I cried the first time I left Roscoe (true story), so that made me feel like a horrible mother! But in my defense, the first time we left Roscoe, we took him to a vet back in Georgia and it seriously looked like the pound - just hard concrete floors and chain link fences and the poor pup probably thought we were putting him back up for adoption. Finn, on the other hand was getting spoiled and loved on 24/7. But yes - I cried over leaving my dog and not my child. Mother of the year.
Anyway, we flew out of Arizona and arrived in Munich, Germany where our good friends Craig and Michelle, and their dog Molly, picked us up. Craig is stationed in Germany right now and they were such wonderful hosts for our trip. We went to breakfast in Munich and walked through the Christmas Markets, but I'll save that for my Germany recap. After breakfast, we drove to Innsbruck, Austria where we spent the next two days.
Innsbruck was gorgeous. No snow on the ground, but the mountains were covered. The hotel we stayed at was this cozy place that was more like a bed and breakfast. Everyone we met was incredibly kind and welcoming. All of Europe seems to be way more dog-friendly than in the states. Molly was able to come everywhere with us, including all the restaurants and it wasn't weird or out of the ordinary - dogs are just welcome members of the family (as they should be!) so it was really nice to spend our trip with Molly (as well as her parents).
Most places were closed on Christmas Eve and we ended up doing dinner at an Italian pizza place, but it was really nice to walk around and see how decorated the town was.
Our Christmas evening was equally lovely. The center of town (where the big tree was in the picture above) had vendors out and Christmas music playing from three different balconies by three small groups of musicians (mostly brass instruments). After enjoying the impromptu concert we went out for Christmas dinner which probably was the best meal of our whole trip (I had tomato soup, venison, and potato dumplings).
Austria set the bar high for our trip and is definitely on the lists of places we hope to visit again. Next up - Prague!