February 18, 2018

My Travel ABC’s

Before Thanksgiving I received an invitation from Katherina  of 1000 Miles Highway to participate in the A to Z survey about travel called The ABC of Travel!

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!Schnitzel at Klosterbrau Bamberg Germany

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.

J: Journey that took the longest: Driving through Austria and Switzerland during my 2 week honeymoon!

Kathe Wohlfahrt Rothenburg Germany

In Front of Kathe Wohlfahrt Rothenburg Germany

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.

View from room at Palace Hotel Lucerne Switzerland

View from Palace Hotel

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.

Biarritz Seaview France


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!

Hohenschwangau Bavarian Castle

View from Hohenschwangau

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:

Inside Journeys
Devour the World
Adventures with Ben
A View to a Thrill

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  2. Denise says:

    mmm…you must have misunderstood the purpose of the house of terror in Budapest. ‘Terror’ does not mean torture via instruments, but the terror of an era. The narratives in Hungarian you mentioned, as far as I remember, had English subtitles, and I remember spending 30 minutes reading and crying my eyes out. The stories of those people are the ‘terror’. To fully understand the place, you need to know a bit about what happened to Hungary after the second world war. The museum is definitely not marketed as a place where torture devices are displayed!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree but I am more visual and expected something very different. I have been to museums that depicted the ‘terror’ much better (for me), like the Holocaust Museum in DC. What I didn’t like was just wandering room to room where in most was a TV screen scrolling video in Hungarian. There were papers in each room that told the stories of the room but they were a page or more typed and just too much for this visual person. I do understand Budapest’s history before and after WWII and the atrocities that went on. In fact, the history is one of the things I liked about Budapest.

  3. Emme Rogers says:

    That A-Z definitely made me want to hop on a plane and do some more traveling.

    ~ Emme

  4. I like your idea of buying Christmas ornaments from where you traveled to. That sounds like a great way to remember your travels and also a great conversation starter during Christmas gatherings at home =)

  5. Loved reading your ABCs! We’ve definitely got some things in common. I like to buy ornaments for souvenirs, too. It’s wonderful to reminisce about the places I’ve been while I decorate the tree. (They also don’t take up much luggage space.) You also mentioned some gorgeous views — right here in our own backyards!

  6. Ooops, I nearly missed that. Thanks for inviting me. I’ll work on the list.
    DId you come up with the questions?

  7. What a lovely way to revisit your travels and sharing them with us.

  8. Alessandra says:

    This ABC is so cool! I didn’t understand if you had to come up with the ABC questions as well or if you made them up!


  9. This is fun! Mexican food is my favorite too!

  10. What a fun concept! I’ll work on it this weekend and thanks for the invitation.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I’m already anticipating some great funny pictures in your post! Looking forward to reading it too 🙂

  11. This is a really cool idea! We didn’t have our passports stamped in the Czech Republic OR Hungary! I was so bummed.

  12. Red Nomad OZ says:

    What a great idea!! Who would have thought an article with 26 categories would be so fun to read!!! Look forward to catching up with the others when they’re done …

  13. jenjenk says:

    YAY!! thanks for the invite! I’ve already finished it!! will hopefully go out on Friday on Monday at the latest! 🙂

    …and YES, the beer in salzburg is FANTASTIC!!!!! still dream about it!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I’ll be looking forward to reading your ABC’s! It’s strange but sometimes I can get a whiff of a beer and it will transport me right back to Munich or Salzburg. Great memories 🙂

  14. Interesting and comprehensive alphabetical list! I got to thinking about my own A-to-Z’s, but I was stumped at a few letters! 🙂

    I’d love to spend a lot of time in Europe, and even if I’m planning to stay for 3 months at the end of next year, it’s easy to recognize that that’s just not “enough” time.

    Thanks for your post, Debbie!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Henry! I’d love to spend ‘a lot’ of time in Europe too! Your 3 months sounds like a great start 🙂 Where will you be?

      • Hi, Debbie.

        Thanks – I’m going to try to make Berlin my “base” next year.

        Even though I’ll be in Europe during late-fall/early-winter, I’d like to see Krakow and Warsaw in Poland; Tallinn, and perhaps, Riga and Vilnius, in the three Baltic states. There’s a great deal of Germany I still haven’t seen, especially parts of the east, and I’d like to spend more time up on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coastlines. I’ve also promised some folks I’d visit Edinburgh, Madrid (again), and Barcelona.

        And that’s not even including the little projects I’d like to carry out in Berlin. 🙂

  15. inka says:

    Nice to get some insights into your personality.


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