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Describe your favorite European travel moment (2008)

Describe your favorite European travel moment (2008)

Dec 10th, 2008, 01:03 AM
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staring at the glaciers in the Eismeer station on the way upt to Jungfrau. once we reached the top of Jungfrau, i kept pondering on the thought that i am on top of the world in switzerland, the place is so beautiful.

staying at a b & b in rothenburg, the house of the dreaded and powerful former mayor toppler, gasthof griefen, i am actually under the same roof where he used to live.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 01:09 AM
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I was at the Ethnographic Museum In Riga in September.
whilst wandering around all the lovely houses and churches we saw several school groups.We stopped at a little cafe place for a coffee and a snack and a group of the kids heard us talking and approach my friend and i and asked if they could pratice their English with us.They were a delightful group of kids (Most about 12 years old)and we spent a delightful 20 minutes or so chatting about where we were from and why we were visiting their country.
Their command of English was outstanding,a couple of lads wanted to know Scottish swear words ,but we kept them secret.
a delightful time was had.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 01:10 AM
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Starting our weekend in Berlin at Solar bar (Stresemannstraße 76, 10963 Kreuzberg) the other weekend.

A red-illuminated glass lift on the outside of the building takes you up to the 17th floor, where the glamorous (but not pricey) bar restaurant is set on two floors with a huge outlook right over the city centre.

It was my friend's first time in Berlin and therefore a really nice travel moment. The city-night-views made a lovely start to a fabulous weekend.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 01:21 AM
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One travel moment that made me laugh:
Me and Mrs Muck went to Madeira for a week, we knew it was a lovely place where many retired people love to go too.

We are both mid 40's and weren't phased by that at all.

But were surprised at Madeira airport when the staff came to pre load all the elderly and disabled people travelling with wheelchairs.

We discovered that there were only about 12 people walking, the rest were in a queue to be 'pre boarded'.

The sight of that huge queue of wheelchairs and their pushers still raises a chuckle.

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Dec 10th, 2008, 04:44 AM
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Sitting in a beer garden in Munich on the last night of our Germany trip. My husband and I took my younger brother with us (24) and he absolutely loved Germany. Sitting outside, eating delicious food, drinking our beers and reflecting on our trip made for the perfect finale.

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Dec 10th, 2008, 04:48 AM
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Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia the morning after a snowstorm. We had the place to ourselves - I've never seen anything so spectacular and serene. Our 4+ hours spent at Buza Bar on a late afternoon in Dubrovnik is a close second.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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It would have been a first visit to Ireland, but filial obligations took me to Florida instead, and that turned out to be the right choice.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 05:04 AM
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This is a nice thread.

Mine is pulling the trigger on tickets for next year.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 05:09 AM
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When my wife was impressed after I had about an hour conversation with an older German gentleman who didn't speak any English.

When my wife was impressed that I drove through cities and towns in Italy without getting a scratch in our leased car.

When my daughter, who speaks no Italian, somehow communicated to three older ladies, who spoke no English, that it was her birthday and they gave her birthday presents.

When my teenage son was told not to lean on the 500 year old walls in Wurtzburg by the pretty German tour guide and he understood what she was telling him (and actually stopped leaning on the walls).

Learning that kids can thrive living on only pizza and gellato.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 05:37 AM
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I guess I should add my own. The most peaceful moments were (1) sitting on the rooftop balcony at our hotel in St. Goar Germany, looking at Reinfels Castle and the Rhine, and (2) riding the chairlift up a mountain to begin a hike in Mittenwald.

BUT, there are moments in every family vacation that we'll laugh about forever. Here is our most memorable moment, as described in my trip report:

"Our next destination was an "up close" view of the Lorilei. We followed the twisty, narrow road, guided by the signs up to the top, not wanting to go to the visitor's center, but just to admire the view. When we arrived, there were police everywhere and it seemed to be quite busy. An officer directed us to a rather distant lot...well, we thought, it IS a Saturday. We turned down a narrow lane, with cars heavy in front and behind us. Then we we able to see THOUSANDS of cars, parked all around in fields, with no way to turn around. (The surprise.) When we arrived in the lot/field, we told the guy we had made a terrible mistake and were obviously in the wrong place. He said this was an open air Jack Johnson concert, but laughingly told us to drive over and park by the 3 other cars "that have the same problem as you." All of us were laughing so hard-including the other lost souls in the other three cars. After a while the guy gave directions to one driver and told the rest of us to follow him and we made our way though fields and finally to the road down the mountain."

Of course, now that the kids and I know who Jack Johnson is, we wish we'd stayed!
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Dec 10th, 2008, 09:17 AM
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Exploring the scenic Kastro area and climbing up to the old, abandoned upper part of town in Monemvasia, off the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece.

You can read about it (and see pix) here: http://www.onelittleworld.com/greece_7.html
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Dec 10th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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We took our adult children to London in March. We arrived in the city and had to kill some time before we could get into our flat. Decided to walk towards Buckingham Palace. We were rewarded with the "Changing of the Guard" parade. When I saw the looks of wonder on my dear children's faces, I started to cry...my children finally got to see my wonderful London!
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Dec 10th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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Celebrating my birthday in April in Rome with 3 American pals, a German pal, and an Italian friend. The non-Italians were treated to a kind of overview tour of the city, going to the Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and various churches, so there were lovely "photo ops" for the group. The dinner that evening with all of us was absolutely jubilant, especially so in light of my 2007 illness.

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Dec 10th, 2008, 10:21 AM
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Going to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich with a bunch of people we met in our hostel.
We found a huge tabel to fit all 10 of us and sat and drank beer and had pretzels.

How cool is it that 2 girls from Ohio met 4 guys from Pittsburg, PA, a girl from Iowa, and 3 guys from NYC and we all had a great time getting to know each other for that one night in Munich.

Before departing for our hostel we all joined each other in singing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Those poor Germans....probably thought we were crazy!
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Dec 10th, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Baking speculoos in Belgium in the chateau d'Harze. My friend Karen and I attended a morning workshop with 6 other persons in the mill of this beautiful castle, under the supervision of a pastry chef. We had a lot of fun, even though cooking is not really our cup of tea! We were not on a cooking tour but our tour leader from French Escapade had put up that workshop on the itinerary and I am really grateful she did. It was not too hard or too long; while the cookies were baking we had a tour of the nearby Bread museum. This workshop was really a highlight for me because I never thought I would do that when I signed up for this tour. I highly recommend visiting Belgium because it is not popular but it is a great country to discover!
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Dec 10th, 2008, 10:52 AM
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I think mr_go already captured one of my favorite moments...trudging through the waist-high spring flowers atop Monemvasia, practically alone, and contemplating how this was once a thriving city of tens of thousands of people.


Visiting a restaurant in Aeropolis on the evening of Greek Independence Day and being practically the only guests (and only tourists). There was no menu; we were invited into the kitchen, where we saw what was cooking and pointed out our dinners (little English spoken here). And it was good!

Sitting at the bar outside Pension La Calcina on the Zattere near sundown, sipping wine, and watching the endless and varied water traffic on the Giudecca Canal.

Watching my nephews experience the wonders of Italy for the first time--their first trip out of the US.

Gazing down on the Tuscan landscape from atop one of the towers in San Gimignano.

Throwing open the windows in our rented villa outside Montaione and seeing the rolling hills in early morning light.

Standing with a big crowd of Romans clustered around a TV positioned outside of a restaurant on Via del Governo Vecchio--silent and following every move in the big game against Spain (Euro 2008). From our nearby apartment, we later heard their cheers and groans during the penalty kicks.

Okay, now make me stop....
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Dec 10th, 2008, 11:08 AM
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Being cuddled by a Polizia in Florence.

The green grass and orange poppies of Palatine Hill.

Buzzed from wine and jet-lag, gazing at the Pantheon at sunset, and knowing I will visit Rome (with my Hubby next time) for as long I live...

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Dec 10th, 2008, 11:37 AM
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Had to jump in here. First trip to Switzerland in May, 2nd time in Europe. Stayed with friend in Geneva. Nice city, next day took a train to Montruex. Got off train, spoke no French whatsoever, asked someone to give me directions to the "lake". Walked down very, very steep stairs, walked across the street and stood there with my mouth open. The most beautiful glorious lake with the alps in the background on a beautiful sunny day. It took my breath away. Took the cog wheel to Roche de Naye, got off train, went out of station, again, took my breath away with the views. Will never forget it.

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Dec 10th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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Sitting in the courtyard of the Louvre on a late April evening, watching people. The weather was perfect, and everyone seemed so glad to just be outside.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 01:04 PM
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Bookmark, because we didn't make it to Europe this year, but love hearing the wonderful moments others had.

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