Jeremy from Budget Travel Adventures started an awesome year end event about Best Travel of 2011. Ben from AdventuresWithBen asked me to participate and I thought it was a great time to reflect back on the good, bad and ugly before setting off on this year’s adventures!
Over Memorial Day we spent the weekend at Sorensen’s Resort in the Hope Valley and completely fell in love with this area. . . again. Sorensen’s is lodging comprised of little single cabins but without TV or internet although you can get internet access in the restaurant if you really need! Being Memorial Day weekend, we expected warm dry weather so much that we didn’t even check the weather prior to leaving home! At least we were better prepared for the 4+ inches of snow than those that were out in shorts and capri’s! If you haven’t been to the Hope Valley, I highly recommend it!
Another area I loved was Mittenwald Germany but my favorite part of my stay was the Goatherd Encounter along the Lautersee above Mittenwald! I wouldn’t have been at Lautersee if it weren’t for the suggestion of my hotel, the Alpenrose. Yes trying to cool off allowed me this amazing encounter!
As I mentioned in Innsbruck You Captivated Me, I am in love with Innsbruck Austria and can’t wait to go back to explore the city more before stretching into the surrounding area. Armored Schloss Ambras, The Bizarre World of Swarovski and Worlds 2nd Largest Tomb is in Innsbruck are just a few of the reasons I fell in love with Innsbruck. I would love spend more time in the city exploring the nooks and crannies more fully and walking in the mountains plus discovering the nearby quaint villages and the Oetz Valley!
Worst Travel Experience 2011
I would have to say Budapest Hungary was my worst travel experience of 2011. Budapest is one of the Cities that Leaves Me Bleh! I am completely bummed about my feelings because I really wanted to love Budapest! But I didn’t. As I was watching Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol I was struck by the beautiful views of Budapest. Yes while I was in Budapest I found the beauty along the river but not elsewhere but the views shared in the movie has left me knowing I will return and give Budapest a second chance.
Most Embarrassing Travel Moment 2011
Fortunately or unfortunately my personality doesn’t allow me to have ‘those’ embarrassing moments. During the past year I have enjoyed reading AdventuresWithBen partly due to all the amazingly crazy pictures of himself he shares with us all! I find his smiling face infectious 🙂 So a New Year’s resolution to allow myself ‘those’ silly moments and share them with you has been made!
By far, I’d have to say San Francisco is the best local destination! We have enjoyed exploring the city more as our children have left home. This year we biked the Bay Bridge, enjoyed a free walking tour of Nob Hill, wandered the Haight and spent a very pleasant day watching the Columbus Day parade pass us by while being entertained by the jets flying over hear during Fleet Week. We have spent more time using the rapid transit system and shared that with my brother’s family over Thanksgiving weekend. The ‘colorful’ people you run into on transit is worth the price of admission 🙂 Yes being less than an hour away from San Francisco is a very enviable place to be!
Best Travel Lesson from 2011
Four inches of snow over Memorial Day weekend taught us a lesson! Oh did I mention that the windshield wipers on our car stopped working too? Yup not checking the weather made for an interesting and fun weekend but taught us to always check prior to leaving home.
To continue the Best Travel 2011, I’d love to hear from:
Moving forward, tell us your travel plans for 2012!