What is your favorite Europe memory?

Mar 23rd, 2004, 06:18 AM
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Great responses! One of my fav memories is going to a small chapel in Florence to hear a soprano and organ recital of Ave Maria selections. The setting, the music....another great moment was being at the top of the capanile in Venice San Marco when the bells started tolling. Wow! Good times.
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Mar 23rd, 2004, 09:34 AM
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So many great memories, yet this question is easy for me to answer. My favorite memory is my first trip to Europe with a group from my high school. I had grown up a poor kid with a burning desire to see the world, so at age 16 I got my first job and saved for a year in order to make my dream a reality. The trip started in London and ended in Rome, lasting 5 weeks. I'll never forget the moment the plane touched down at Heathrow, and I said to myself, "I finaly made it!!" Although I've made many trips to Europe since then, nothing can ever re-capture the thill of being a teenager out exploring the world for the first time, especially for those of us who wondered if we would ever have the means to do so.
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Mar 23rd, 2004, 09:57 PM
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I, too, have a hard time choosing just one memory. Reading all of yours makes me weepy, just re-living my best ones in the cinema of my memory!

My favorite Europe trip, though, was 4 years ago with my mom, my brother, my sister, and my (then) 22 year old niece. My sister and I had already been to Europe many times, and this was a wonderful way to share our love of the place with them. I think I got the most joy out of sharing Europe with my niece, who until then was pretty sheltered and did not have a big desire to travel internationally. Whether we were trying new cheeses & sausages in Munich or touring palaces in Vienna or watching the world float by in Venice or standing in awe of the Notre Dame...or even just playing cards for schillings on the train...the sheer pleasure of being able to spark the passion of expanding global horizons with my niece is the one best thing I've ever done in Europe!
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Aug 15th, 2013, 12:48 AM
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Old topic but very funny:

From Paris to Berlin, I have hitch-hiked during 5 days with a young married couple. He was German and she was French. It was my first time; they were “professional” and have been practiced it in Europe. So fun. We have visited many villages but I forgot names. We met a man who invited me to sleep in his house boat. A wonderful night with his friends: drink, play music etc

I think it’s my most memorable memory in Europe.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 04:06 AM
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Wow, a long-forgotten gem of a thread!

I'd like to change my answer from nine years ago. There was one special evening, at the Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald after a long day of hiking. We were unwinding downstairs with a couple of drinks when a gregarious Danish man sat at the piano and started to play. One by one, people started to come over...and some started to sing along. There was a young couple from the Netherlands, another couple from Japan, a young school teacher from New York State, and a few others...and soon, we were all singing, and laughing and ordering more bottles of wine. After a while, the proprietor started opening bottles from his own reserve. And more bottles, still.

This went on until 2:00 in the blessed AM. And no matter what song was requested during that time, the friendly Danish guy knew it by heart. And for several hours, this diverse group of travelers was united by music, wine, the alpine air, and the joy of travel. It was a night I'll never forget.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 05:02 AM
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Great old thread! I had the exact same experience as one of the earlier posters at Ste Chapelle many years ago. I almost thought the lower chapel was the whole thing and felt rather underwhelmed. Then I walked up the steps and gasped out loud when I saw the stained glass... it literally took my breath away. I was traveling with my brother and sister so I waited at the top of the stairs as they came up behind me. I will never forget seeing their eyes light up as they got that first magical glimpse.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 05:16 AM
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Left our backpack in Piazza del Signoria on the steps of Palazzo Vecchio after watching a concert. Had everything in it - $, passports, glasses, phones, ipad, cameras, credit cards. Returned 30 minutes later to see the women who was sitting next to us sitting alone guarding our bag.

Did not realize this was an old thread. But anyway.
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