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How old were you when you the first time you went?

Old Feb 24th, 2008, 06:42 PM
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I went in 1972 when I was 25. I was originally enrolled in a month long weaving course in a castle in Mayorca but 2 weeks before I was to leave they cancelled the class and a week later I crashed my VW. The VW mechanic offered to buy my crashed car and help me arrange to pick up a new one in Germany so my whole trip was rearranged on the spot. I visited family in London, friends in Paris, Belgium and Madrid. And wandered all over Spain, France, No. Africa, Belgium, Holland and Germany - wherever the winds carried me. I stayed in Hostels, cheap hotels and camped alongside the road. It was a wonderful, exciting and adventuresome trip. Oh to be young and fancy free!
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 01:12 PM
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1. I, unfortunately, had to wait until I was 33.

2. We went to Germany (Mainz, Rothenburg, Fussen, Dinkelsbuhl) with a quick side trip to Austria (Salzburg). We were there for 10 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas - absolute HEAVEN! In Salzburg we happened upon a Christmas Festival complete with werewolves (can't remember what the locals actually called them) and Kris Kringle. We went without any kind of reservations (freaked me out completely) and couldn't have planned it out any better if we had tried!

3. My husband had been lucky enough to live in Germany for 4 years while in the Air Force and really wanted to show me the country.

We've only been back to Europe once since then (most of our recent travelling has revolved around visting our friends/family - Boston, Dallas, Charlotte, Seattle, Honolulu). We spent 2 weeks last April. 9 days in Italy (Rome, San G., Florence) and 5 days in Dublin. Though, we are planning another trip to Ireland - hopefully later this year!

My husband retires soon, so I'm hoping we will make Europe a yearly destination! I'm shooting for Australia, too (we have friends that live there, so definitely have to go. Right?!).
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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I was 21 and had just broken off my engagement so I figured I'd better take it on the lam. Three of my girlfriends had planned a trip to Spain and Portugal so I latched on to them and we had a ball! Much better than getting married -- for me, anyway!
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 09:48 PM
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I was 27 and borrowed money from the credit union to finance my first trip to the UK despite advice from my mother that I should buy a new mattress instead. I loved it so that within two years I had paid the money back and borrowed some more and again I travelled to the UK. My husband and I had a fantastic time in England in 2005 and in 10 ten weeks time my friends and I will again be back for 3 more glorious weeks. My passion for this country has never abated and I have never regretted not buying that mattress or borrowing the money for those first two trips.
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Old Mar 6th, 2008, 08:24 AM
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1) 21

2) Two weeks traveling through Scotland and Great Britain (1 week in London)

3) My grandmother took myself, a cousin, and an aunt. Her family immigrated from Scotland, and we went to see where they lived and meet distant cousins.
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 12:24 AM
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31 and I went to Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Antwerp, Brussels and Luxembourg city. I went for a conference and took time off to visit the places I wanted to got. Loved most of it found luxembourg city a little restrained for me.
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 12:37 AM
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1. 6 years old.

2. Paris

3. It was a stopover on the way to Yemen!
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 02:00 AM
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Age? 52 years old. No, that's not when I got the bug. I was first booked to go to Europe in pre-airplane days when you took 6 weeks to get there by sea. That venture collapsed at the last minute, and affordability, job and family commitments etc, all conspired to delay it another 30 years.

Where? Malaysia, Turkey & Greece initially, then a good deal of UK and Western Europe, returning via Canada (3 months altogether).

What circumstances? Lots of things serendipitously came together at the same time. The kids had grown up and fled the nest, my wife & I were both temporarily free from job demands (but had the security of jobs to come back to), our desire to travel had peaked after several years of false starts (there's a story there), and some good travel deals came on offer at exactly the right time.
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 04:24 AM
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1. I was 42 the first time I went to Europe, in 2006. To be honest, I never envisioned I would ever leave the good ole USA. Took hubby and 19 yr. old daughter along. Left kids ages 2, 17, and 13 at home.

2. Spent eight days in Paris. We spent two weeks in Prague. Somewhere in there we went to the CZ countryside, half a mile from Austria, to their country home. Unfortunately, our passports were left in Prague, so we were not able to leave CZ. The Paris part was my dream...always wanted to go there, never thought I would. There was no way I was going to Europe without going to Paris!

3. We were invited guests to spend two weeks in Prague, CZ. Invited and treated like royalty, might I say. The previous year, we hosted a young girl as a foreign exchange student. She lived with us for eight months unexpectedly (long story, emergency residence change). We became her substitute parents while in the US, and fell in love with her. Her parents invited us to Prague as a way to say 'thank you' for taking such good care of their daughter. We still have contact with her, she will be coming to visit us this summer for about a month. Prague is very beautiful! Hard to spend two weeks there, but also it was about forming bond with her family as well as sight-seeing.

Sunny from Iowa
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 05:13 AM
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I first went to Europe when I was 23 with my boyfriend who I married a few years later.

He flew from from Montreal to Halifax where he picked me up and we went to London where we had an 8 hour layover (thankfully we had maple leaf lounge passes) before flying to Thessaloniki and then to Athens. It was long travel day. When we got to Athens there was no one at the airport it was after midnight and when we went outside there was a tank, I was definatly not in Nova Scotia anymore.

My boyfriend and I had been dating long distance for about 8 months when we went to Greece. He hadn't been back to Greece for about 5 years (he's Greek) and he invited me which I readily accepted. We visited family in Patras, went to Zakyinthos, back to Patras to visit YiaYia who got sick and was in the hospital and then went to Santorini for the last 5 days of the trip. We had an amazing time and I would never trade one minute of it, I fell in love with Greece and I found a partner for life.
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 05:20 AM
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What a fun thread!
Age -- 24
Where -- England, Paris, Rome, Sicily in 3 weeks
Circumstances -- Dreamt of going for as long as I can remember. My husband thought we should fulfill those dreams before we settled down to "real life" and our family. We started "trying" for the family and planning the trip at the same time. Unfortunately and fortunately, I wound up getting pregnant right before the trip! So, when my son answers this question he can say "6 weeks and still in the womb!"
We loved it so much we went back to Paris when he was a year and moved permanently to England when he was two. We've been here for almost 8 months and have no plans to go back any time soon. We love it here.
I realize that all the people that answered this thread were already browsing the Europe forum, but isn't it amazing how many lives have been changed by our travels? I think I read all of the threads and no body answered "And I'll never go back!"
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Old Apr 16th, 2008, 05:26 AM
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1. I was 17.

2. I visited London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon before taking a ferry to France where I visited Mont Saint-Michel and Paris.

3. It was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, and my AP History teacher took a group of us from his class.

At the age of 32, I'm going back to Europe in May (Greece) for the first time since then and can't wait!
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Old Apr 17th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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1. 2 years old

2. Germany (mostly)- my family lived there for 4 years and we traveled to the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Spain and France.

3. My father was in the Army and we were stationed in Heidelberg (Germany) for those 4 years.

I didn't get back to Europe until my honeymoon 25 years later when we traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy.

Have been back to Switzerland 6 times since then, mostly to hike and twice to ski. We hope during retirement to spend a summer in Europe, and an entire month of that summer hiking in Switzerland.
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Old Apr 17th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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First time I was 27 a 12 hour stop over in London on the way to Zimbabwe with my dad & my 6 year old daughter. That was my first trip overseas.

While I was out of the country for 2 weeks my husband started to have an affair which eventually (when I found out) ended our marriage, forced me to move to another city with my daughter and get a new job (we owned a business together).

Less than a year later my new job took me to Germany and then on to many European countries over the next 15 years - I've lost count of trips but including personal trips I've been at least 40 times.

Although I left that job in September 2007 my current husband and I love to travel and plan at least 2 trips a year over seas. In March we visited Greece for the first time and are planning a 10 day trip to Switzerland & Italy in September.

Happy travels......
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 08:36 AM
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I was 15 years of age. My highschool geography teacher and his English wife organized a trip for a group of students from a very small town in the wilds of northern Ontario. We spent 3 glorious weeks in England in the spring of 1972.

Looking back, I realize what a monumental effort it was for this young couple to plan this trip for us. They organized billets with their relatives for two weeks in the Lake District. We were each paired up with a student in the local highschool and spent a day going to classes English-style, followed by an evening school dance in our honour. The town even held a civic reception for us. We climbed Great Gable and went horseback riding. They took us to a fancy dress-up restaurant and taught us which fork to use first. This was quite an adventure for the bush babies that we were - our experience with fine dining up to that point involved 3 flavour enhancements: salt, pepper, and ketchup!! They took us to an operetta which I confess I slept through - jetlag, I'm sure!

After two weeks there we said tearful goodbyes to our wonderful and generous hosts and piled onto a train bound for a week in London, where we had rooms in a wee hotel in Earls Court. It was typical of the day - dusty lounge, squeaky, lumpy beds, and bathroom down the hall - or stairs. We didn't mind at all, and tucked into an English fry-up every morning with gusto.

Every day in London was also planned with great thought and precision. We had a marvelous time visiting the London Zoo - where I say my first Canadian wolf -- go figure!! We saw all the usual sights: Tower of London, Changing of the Guard etc. We went to the theatre to see "MouseTrap", and --- drumroll please --- the musical "HAIR"!!!!! Remember folks -- this was the seventies and we were hicks from the sticks! Boy did we have bragging rights when we got home!

Being a fashion conscious young lady, the icing on the cake for me was shopping, and our money went a very long way back then. I came home to our little northern town showing off the latest "Hot Pants" and over-the-knee suede high-heeled boots!! Fortunately no-one was unkind enough to tell me that I looked like I was ready to turn tricks!

It truly was a trip of a lifetime and we all owe that couple a debt of gratitude for introducing us to the big wide world out there. One of those students has "paid if forward" many times since by taking groups of Girl Guides from the same little town abroad to various jamborees. Those girls will be forever thankful to her for opening up their world.

I had to wait until I turned 40 to take my next trip to the UK, and my husband (who had backpacked through Europe as a hippy-dippy in the seventies) drove me through England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a fantastic month long birthday gift. The highlight of that trip was meeting my cousins in Northern Ireland for the first time --- which necessitated a return trip, with my mother and sister in tow, 5 years later, when we toured all of Ireland.

That was followed by another road-trip to explore Yorkshire and the East Anglia area. My last trip was to celebrate my 50th birthday, when we spent a week in London. It was my first time back to London since I was 15, and it was every bit as wonderful as the first time - but our accomodation was much improved!!!

My husband would really like to return to the Continent, but I just can't seem to get enough of the UK -- I LOVE IT!!!
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 04:47 PM
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Susie50: What a trip! And at age 15!! I will be visiting England, Scotland, and Wales in July for the first time.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 06:20 PM
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Age:15
Where: England & Scotland
Circumstance: School trip!
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 06:30 PM
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1. 5 (possibly 6, but I believe it was 5). Flew ALONE!

2. West Yorkshire, UK

3. To spend the summer with my nana.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Well, I was 29, it was 6 weeks after 9/11/01 and I still convinced DH (who was always a terrible flyer) to go to Italy for a friend's wedding (whose apt was in the quarantine zone in Manhattan, so we spent 3 of the 6 weeks after 9/11 waiting to hear if there still was going to be a wedding in Tuscany.)
Best decision we ever made. We have gone all but one year since.
In 7 days we will take our not-quite-two year old daughter to Paris. Hoping she gets bit by the travel bug a little sooner than I did....
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 08:05 PM
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I was 16 years old when I went to France for the summer as an exchange student. I lived with a wonderful family in Rouen, France.
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