By the time we bid farewell to Switzerland, most of us were getting kind of excited about all that would await us in our new home back in Colorado.
Those beautiful mountains and valleys spoke our language.
They especially spoke Newel's language.
His greatest skill is organization and these are his kind of people.
We set out in the early morning toward Austria with a slight detour through Bavaria.
Newel and I had visited Neuschwanstein Castle a few years ago and I thought the kids would love to see it so we planned a return visit.
It was a rainy day and the viewing bridge was closed for construction and the lines were so very long to get in that maybe the kids were a bit less enamored than I had been those years ago.
But they loved touring the grounds with Newel and having a good laugh together, though I have no idea what they were having a good laugh about.
Charlotte wanted to go in and see the princess even though we told her the princess was long gone.
We got a lot of poked out lip about that.
I loved these interactions.
We walked the long trail back down to the car, trying to outrun a thunderstorm downpour.
We said goodbye to such beautiful countryside.
And spent a few hours waiting for the closed highway to re-open.
Eventually we made it to our house in Bad Gastein with all of it's Austrian charm.
We loved the detail work of the house.
We started off another Sunday by making the drive to meet in the Salzburg Ward.
And let another week begin.