Thanks Katherina for including me!
Now, European Travelista’s ABC’s of Travel.
A: Age you went on your first international trip: At 23 I made my first international trip to Europe which was also my first solo trip and is still my favorite!
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: The best foreign beer I’ve had was at Stiegl Keller in Salzburg. If I’m honest, I’m not sure why it is my favorite but I think it might have something to do with the amazing views of Salzburg or the fantastic meal I enjoyed. Whatever the reason, it was memorable!
C: Cuisine (favorite): Mexican Food! I love it spicy and could eat it for every meal. While in Europe, my favorite cuisine would have to be German. Can’t get enough of schnitzel, spatzle, sausage and sauerkraut or goulash soup 🙂
D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Bavaria Germany holds a special place in my heart! This was my first stop on my first trip and Bavaria just feels so comfy to me. I can’t seem to get enough of the mountains and tiny Bavarian villages. My least favorite would have to be Budapest which just left me feeling Bleh! Although I am going to give it another try.
E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: This summer I had the unexpected opportunity to witness Lederhosen clad goat herders bringing the goats back to the barn! An event I thought only lived on in books.
F: Favorite mode of transportation: Ooh that’s hard. I actually like all modes of transportation and have used them at different times. Trains, buses, cars are all amazing and offer different perspectives. I guess my favorite mode is via an airplane because when I get on an airplane it means I’m going somewhere!
G: Greatest feeling while traveling: The feeling of awe when seeing amazing scenery, experiencing the peace and serenity of mountains, flower bedecked houses or realizing how old the city or building really is.
H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: Ixtapa, Mexico during July!
I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: Once we were eating at a café in Paris and we had a great waiter. He would joke with us (yes it was Paris France) and when we asked what type of Dijon mustard they had on the table he gave us a bottle! It’s the little things that make a difference to me.
K: Keepsake from your travels: I love buying Christmas ornaments from any where I travel because I get to relive my travels while decorating the tree with my family!
L: Let-down sight, why and where: The Terror Museum in Budapest. This museum left me wanting more. . . much more. Upon entering you hear intimidating music, see an old Soviet tank and busts of some of the more notorious characters of the soviet period in Budapest. I was expecting many more items of torture and not the narration in Hungarian I got. The museum was really very stark without many exhibits of actual devices of terror.
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: My first trip to Europe in 1981 filled me with a love of Europe that has lasted to this day! I love traveling anywhere and am the one that does all the research and planning for trips no matter where we are going.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: My personal budget doesn’t include luxury hotels very often but I do enjoy luxury when I get it. The nicest hotel I have ever stayed in would have to be the Palace Hotel in Lucerne Switzerland! I had a corner suite which had amazing views of the lake and mountains surrounding this lovely city. My next choice would have to be the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. I love old historic hotels and my room in the old portion of this beauty was perfect.
O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?: I’m not sure I have an obsession but would have to say amazing views usually from or of mountains!
P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? Oh if only they consistently stamped my passport! Many places in Europe including London, Paris, Biarritz, Toulouse, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Copenhagen. Add in Mexico and Tahiti.
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: The Alligator Farm in Buena Park, California. I loved this spot as a child since those alligators were really scary but alligators right across the street from Knots Berry Farm?!!
R: Recommended sight, event or experience: Spend a day in Auvers sur Oise (outside Paris) reliving Van Gogh’s last days, then visit the Orsay museum to view his art work! This will make an art lover out of anyone!
S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Local food, but not at trendy fashionable restaurants, including beer, wine or local cocktail!
T: Touristy thing you’ve done: A tour including the Changing of the Guard in London. Couldn’t see a thing but I went back early in April and was able to visit on my own and see the entire procession without any one in my way!
U: Unforgettable travel memory: Visiting Zermatt Switzerland for the first time! This charming village took my breath away. Explore the village and mountains during the day and then enjoy an exquisite meal of fondue that night. It is so warm and comfy!
V: Visas, how many and for where? To date, I haven’t need any visas 🙁
W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? So I don’t remember what type of wine we had but my husband and I had some great Italian red wine in Stresa overlooking Lago Maggiore!
X: eXcellent view and from where?: Ooh there are a lot of great vantage points. How about the amazing views from Neuschwanstein castle or the top of Mt. Pilatus? Or the view of Paris after climbing the stairs at Notre Dame! Or locally, the view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Y: Years spent traveling?: I have traveled my entire life if you include some vacations. Unfortunately, my life has not afforded me the opportunity to spend years abroad . . . yet. That is on the bucket list!
Z: Zealous sports fans and where?: I am not a zealous sport fan but my first ice hockey game was very memorable. My friend got tickets about 4 rows from the glass which makes for an exceptional game. I didn’t know I had so much testosterone in me!
Well that’s my ABC’s, I would love to read the ABC’s of these fine bloggers: