Saturday, January 28, 2012

From Kitz to Kidz...

Kitzbuehel and the races - the weather finally improved enough to run the famous Hahnenkamm (albeit, a shortened start gate).  The 'fly over' here was quite different from the one in Wengen by the Swiss Air Force!!

Kitzbuehel's version of the opening flyover.
While the US skiers did not fare well in the Kitz races - one of our favorites, Didier Cuche from Switzerland, who announced his retirement at the end of this WC year, won the downhill!!  A GREAT way to end his 'run' and the highlight of our race experience here.

The crowd at the Downhill awards ceremony was larger than the crowds we get in Park City at the actual competitions.  YEAH for Dedier!!
 The action on the 'streets' in Kitz was something to see also -

More fan club action.

Downtown Kitzbuehel before the crowds arrived.
We even got a little blue ski on Sunday for the Slalom.  Again, the US guys did not get the results they wanted;-(

Slalom finish area.
Monday we said good bye to Judy and Tim and headed for Stuttgart to stay with our cousins, Cindy, Brett, Barrett and Harrison;-)  One little side trip - to Baden Baden - an elegant spa resort known as the "Summer Capital of Europe".  A wonderful little town with lots of good restaurants, great pedestrian areas and 'the baths'.

Downtown Baden-Baden.

Street entertainers on Langestrasse in Baden-Baden
We are so lucky to have wonderful friends and family that open their homes and welcome us with open arms.  We spent several days with cousins Brett and Cindy and their sons Barrett and Harrison.  (Harrison even gave up his bedroom so we had a place to sleep!!)  Saturday we all ventured to Rothenberg ob der Tauber - a really charming little village.  Brett really had his hands full here with all of us!!

The main square in Rothenberg ob der Tauber.
The kids are having a ball.

Street scene from the old walled city of Rothenburg.
 We really enjoyed our visit - and had a GREAT time with the boys;-)

Barrett took a bear hug break.

Soooo, what does an Elephant sound like?

Mmmmmm.....great pizza!
It has been a wonderful trip from the Kaiserball to the World Cup events to visits with friends and family.
But, all good things must come to an end - and it is time for us to return to the States and put all these wonderful events into our memory banks.

It is hoped that you have all enjoyed sharing our trip - see you in a few weeks when we begin our spring trip in Magic!!

Love to all - Elizabeth & Gary

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