Hi Bella Family:
Hmmmm, so no one has anything to share on European Travel?
Posted By: anna*AHHA*
Re: European Travel! - 12/20/11 03:56 PM
I do and I have many fond memories of my voyages overseas.
I especially enjoyed the trips to Spain and France.
I feel that life is more appreciated there and lived at a slower pace: the simple joy of drinking a cafe au lait paired with a freshly baked chocolate croissant for breakfast and then taking a leisurely stroll, for example, on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is delightful.
A bus trip through the countryside, walking the streets of Monaco, ambling through the town of Grasse and the perfumeries and simply gazing at the full moon over the Mediterranean...AH! Crossing the border to Ventimeglia, Italy, to indulge in a beautifully crafted gold chain and driving through the mountains of Andorra, one of Europe's smallest countries.
I'll never forget the Rock of Gibraltar, either, and the ferry I took through the straits of Gibraltar to set foot on the African continent in Morocco.
The food, the wine, the scenery, the people, the architecture that is centuries old is simply amazing.
And the breathtaking Alhambra in Spain, the beautiful gardens have left a mark on my soul along with the delicious paella and rioja wine I drank by the bottles. Goodness! I could go on forever.....
I can just picture myself there with you as I read the post.
Thanks for sharing with us - much APPRECIATED!!!
Posted By: anna*AHHA*
Re: European Travel! - 12/21/11 05:08 PM
Thanks Angela: I'm happy to share and also glad that you got the sense of the experience itself.
Posted By: Eurogirl
Re: European Travel! - 12/26/11 08:22 AM
Christmas in Zermatt is one of my favorite Christmas memories. On Christmas Eve the church bells began to ring and the multiple bell sounds bounced off the mountains echoing until it was a joyful cacophony. Add a little falling snow and it was Christmas card perfect.
Posted By: Eurogirl
Re: European Travel! - 12/26/11 08:23 AM
Has anyone spent a New Year in Europe? I'd love to hear your midnight into the new year experiences.
Sounds awesome, wish I was there(lol).
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing with us - much APPRECIATED.
All right, this will make you smile: When I was 15 - many, many moons ago - I spent few days around New Year in Paris with my much-older brother and some of his friends. "Wonderful!" you might think, but I will have to go back one day and enjoy Paris for good this time, because believe it or not that was the most cold, wet and sad New Year of my life. The boy I liked in schoold those days would not even suspect my existence on this planet, not to talk about my crush and my heart aching for him, and there I was in Paris, the most romantic city on Earth (well, maybe after Venice) "alone" with a bunch of adults in a fancy restaurant being marry drinking champagne, while I was thinking of him having pommes frites (what we call HERE French fries) and orange juice. To top it all, I could only get glimps of the famous and beautiful decorative lights along the Champs Elysees through a wet window, while the "City of Lights" was for 4 days under one of the worst winter storms of the century, with heavy rain, winds, snow and ice, making it impossible to explore and enjoy that which was supposed to be one of the best travel experiences of my life!
Today, some times I think back and smile about that trip.
My husband said he would like to take me there next year. I answered it would be wonderful being there for my birthday. In June!
Posted By: breet
Re: European Travel! - 07/24/12 11:32 AM
i have never been Europe but i want to go there.
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Posted By: sailingmaggie
Re: European Travel! - 07/26/12 09:46 PM
Venice is my favorite place in the world. I was there in my twenties (I won't tell you how long ago that was). I ended my European backpacking trip with a best friend. She had to go home to start a new job and I stayed on in Venice for a couple of weeks. It was fall, so less busy and settled in with a family who rented a room out by the week or month. It was lovely to have the luxury to spend time exploring, eating with the locals, and learning of all of their favorite spots. I've been back a number of times since - I just adore it.
Posted By: RonP
Re: European Travel! - 10/17/12 12:08 PM
We've were fortunate to live in Europe (Rome and Copenhagen) for the last five years. Now we're back in the States and truly miss Europe - especially Roma!
Our favorite places were most often found by mistake. Although we did not own a car in Europe, we often took off "traveling" on our motorino! Due to highway and autostrada restrictions, we drove the smaller roads, stopping often in quaint villages.
Knowing we were "rotating" soon back to the States, our last 10 weekends were spent climbing on and off planes, heading to "new" unseen destinations. It was exhausting, but exhilarating and we miss the "ease of travel" we found in Europe.
So I suggest... get off the beaten path - we did! As Robert Frost said... "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."