Do you ever get asked what your favorite destination in Europe is?
I do. People ask me regularly what my favorite place is and as I’m about to reply I start thinking what about location A or what about location B? It’s kind of like asking me to pick my favorite child!
I could easily say my favorite place in Europe is Bavaria. I find myself drawn to this part of Germany time and time again. But by picking Bavaria, what does that say about all the other wonderful places I’ve been? I mean who couldn’t love the French Basque region? Or Normandy? Or what about Innsbruck? Last summer I visited Innsbruck and fell in love. So just because I haven’t spent as much time there means it’s not my favorite? How do I know it wouldn’t become my favorite if I spent more time there?
And by picking a favorite, where does that leave all the places I dream about visiting? Dordogne, Croatia, Costa Brava and Black Forest are just a few of the places I long to visit. Will one of these replace my current favorite?
What makes you label a place as your favorite? Is it the people? The food? The scenery? Or is it a sense of peace you get just by being there? Like love, no words need to be spoken you are just filled with an overwhelming sense of comfort. Just like an old pair of shoes, this special place fits you like a glove.
If I’m honest, that is exactly how I feel when I visit southern Bavaria. I love the people, the food, the scenery and the ambiance. It just seems to fit me like a glove and makes me feel warm and comfortable. This part of Bavaria is also a sentimental favorite since I spent most of my time here during my very first European trip. So . . .