February 18, 2018

Favorite European Travel Moments

I have arrived back home from Europe a little tired but none the worse for wear.  As I am attempting to re-acclimate and get caught up I have also been spending time reminiscing about the trip I have just taken.

Below are some of the experiences that stand out.

When I looked over this list I noticed that none of them are museum, tours or events but just life being experienced in a foreign land.  To me this is what travel is all about.  It is these experiences that make travel come alive.

So here are a “few of my favorite things”!

  • Heading up to a lake above Mittenwald to cool off!  Surrounded by the mountains it was a great place to relax and put my feet in the lake.

    Lautersee above Mittenwald Germany

    Lautersee above Mittenwald

  • During the first afternoon in Bamberg there was a brief rain storm.  Instead of hiding inside I decided to take refuge from the rain under an umbrella and enjoy a beer, bowl of soup and realized I’m in Germany!
  • Enjoying local music while having a traditional Bavarian meal in MittenwaldGotta love that oompah music!
  • Wandering from one platz to the next and coming across an amazing group of men playing awesome classical music in Salzburg.  This musical city did not disappoint.
  • The uncomfortable feeling in my stomach realizing that my guide at the Synagogue in Budapest was born in the Budapest ghetto.  The children of WWII are all we really have left and it is their stories that will keep the memory alive for the future.

    Soccer Fans in Budapest Hungary

    Soccer Fans in Budapest

  • Experiencing football fanaticism up close and personal in Budapest!  Not sure there was anyone left in Sweden because they all showed up to route for their team.  Although they lost the European Championship Qualifying round, I’m sure they had a good time!
  • As I watched children melt under the heat, I realized there is a universal language.  Reading their faces I could tell exactly what they were saying even though I couldn’t understand a word out of their mouths.  Body language is the universal language.

    Mountain above Innsbruck Austria with snow

    Mountains above Innsbruck

  • The mountains in Innsbruck dusted with snow the morning after a thunder storm and the views of the mountains in Mittenwald.  There is such peace in the enormity of these mountains.

These are a few of my favorite moments while I was traveling.  As the weeks go on I will be sharing with you more details of my travels experiences in Germany, Austria and Hungary.

What are your favorite memories when traveling?

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  3. Lynne says:

    One of my standouts is stumbling onto the little village of St-Marsal in southern France, tucked into the foothills of the Pyrenees and stopping in the almost deserted square for lunch under an umbrealla where the owner said he had no sangria and then gave us some from his personal reserve.
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  4. Anjieline says:

    Almost every person loves traveling and this can be an inspiration to them…Including me of course…
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  5. Lerry says:

    Hi Debbie…I am glad that you have enjoyed the European travel and I am thinking to visit those places too…
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  6. Nice lookback. Thanks for taking us along.
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  7. Anjie says:

    It seems you really had a great time traveling…I want to experience this too…
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  8. Looking forward to hearing how you got on in Austria – we loved our weekend in Salzburg although I didn’t really do so much of the musical thing
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  9. Wow, nice roundup of your experiences. I bet the classical music in Salzburg was magical as the mountains of Innsbruck! What a trip!!!
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  10. Lenny says:

    WOW!!This is really awesome!!Can’t wait to have a vacation at those places…
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  11. Sailor says:

    Seems like you had pretty interesting time in Europe. Both the mountains look great!
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  12. Your favorite moments sounds wonderful to me. I particularly related to having a beer and a bowl of soup realizing you were in Germany. Love those times when it almost seems unreal that you’re actually there. (A little rain doesn’t stop me either!)
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  13. Jenjenk says:

    The food – a great trip for me will almost always be highlighted by wonderful food!!
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  14. It is such a great idea to take a look back at favorite travel memories while things are still so fresh in your head. I should do this more often.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I should have been doing it as I went along! This old tired brain isn’t liking to function right now 🙂

  15. Renee says:

    Any time I get the opportunity to really interact with the locals, it’s a special treat. There are so many wonderful things that you learn that you can’t find in a guidebook and most are very friendly. How long were you gone, Debbie?
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      You are so correct, Renee! I was in Europe for 2 weeks. Part of the time I was at the Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Innsbruck. Great conference and great trip 🙂


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