Europe on our Minds...

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Just got back from our trip to Europe last Friday! What an amazing time! As many of you know, it's been Mom and I's dream to go to England for many years! So it was very fun to visit there and add Germany has a bonus to our trip! 

I've had some people ask me, "Well, is England everything you hoped it would be?" To which I reply, "Yes! And so much more! It was truly magical!" Through the tearoom we met the nicest couple, Alan and Ilse. They were our official England tour guides and "English B&B hosts." :) 

Alan & Ilse ~ Our England Hosts
A Trip to London ~ Donna, Miss Spenser, & Ilse

As for Germany, that was quite a fun experience! I was able to meet my pen-pal friend, Kaya Mogge and the rest of her family. 
Kaya & Spenser in Germany
Her family opened up their home to mom and I. Kaya's grandma did a good job "pampering" us and Kaya's mom, Ines, we have nicknamed "Pathfinder," as she was amazing at always knowing where to go! First we were in the northern part of Germany, hopped over to Denmark for the day, then spent the weekend in Berlin, and finally traveling home to Kaya's hometown of Dortmund. It was so much fun! Kaya and I are very much alike that it's like we've known each other for a very long time. We're Kindred Spirits for sure! 
A visit to Starbucks ~ Ines, Kaya, & Miss Spenser


Donna, Miss Spenser, Kaya & the Berlin Bear
While in Germany we also were able to visit the town of where our ancestors came from, Uslar! It was amazing to see such old and beautiful buildings! 
These are just a sampling of the pictures I took! This fall we'll be hosting a tea party about our trip, so you'll want to be sure to get your ticket for that to hear all the fun stories we have to share and see more pictures! 

Today, I find myself missing Europe and my adopted European family! We are so grateful to both the Ridgeways and Mogge family for their hospitality and all the effort they made to make us feel at home and make our trip memorable! Which it truly was! Thank you!! Can't wait to go back! 


  1. Thank you for the peek! We'll be in France and England starting next week. I hope our trip is magical too.

  2. Thanks for sharing a bit of your travels. It makes me want to travel there. It will be two years before we travel to England and the anticipation will be hard to tolerate. So very happy you both had a dream come true trip. How wonderful to have special friends to host and take you around.

  3. Sounds like an amazing visit! So happy for you!

  4. Oh how wonderful- I am so truly happy you had this experience.

    Hope it opens the wide world open for more travels in your future.


  5. Sounds like a wonderful time and place to visit thank you for sharing .. with love Janice

  6. Our Daughter is planning on a trip like that in a few years with her family. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Weren't the Bears in "Bear-lin" fun? Looks as though you had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Such a fun and memorable trip! How fortunate to meet you pen pal, too! Looking forward to hearing about your tea time adventures!

  9. How delightful to see so many fun photos so representative of the amazing time I know you had on your trip! Wish I lived closer so I could attend the tea party about your travels! (And I'm jealous you have a pen pal!)

  10. What a wonderful trip! I wish I could visit more often. I have pen pal in London and we have trouble with the language! We mail a letter with the postal service, and they post a letter with the mail service. Really enjoyed your trip adventures!


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