December 17, 2017

European Dreaming in 2013

Now that the pages of the calendar have slipped into a new year, it’s the time of year to reflect back and dream forward (and start back to the gym!).  I’m not going to rehash the places I visited in Europe during 2012 but just need to say, if you’ve not been to Germany you must put it on your list for this year.  Make sure to cover the touristy areas such as Munich, Ludwig’s Castles and the Rhine River but also leave time to explore the country’s lesser known jewels as this is where Germany shines!

Make sure you visit those small Bavarian villages, be amazed by the wines Germany offers, taste beer  fresh from the keg, follow Luther’s footsteps into Erfurt and beyond, travel along the many scenic routes like the Romantic Road, explore the beaches of the Baltic and North Sea for a taste of sea side Germany and don’t forget the diamonds in the rough that were once part of East Germany.

But now that we’re a few days into January, I’m dreaming of my travels in 2013. I have not made any travel plans yet but I am dreaming of where I’d most like to go and have narrowed down my list to these 5 areas.

Canoeing Dordogne River France

Dordogne by Jos Dielis, on Flickr

Dordogne Valley France

Small villages, rivers, canoes, hot air balloons, wine and prehistoric history all combine to make the Dordogne Valley call to me. I could see myself spending time driving from village to village enjoying the lovely markets, wines and cuisine along the way.  Adding in days lazing in a canoe along the Dordogne river or visiting the national parks and gardens.  There are many castles and churches to be visited  too!

Adare Manor Ireland

Adare Manor Ireland by Jerzy Strzelecki


When I think of Ireland I see green rolling hills, smiling people, lochs, fog, turbulent oceans, pubs, beer and music…  and castles waiting to tuck me in at night! Along with general sight seeing, I’d most like to enjoy evenings in those famous Irish pubs drinking the local brew while humming to wonderful Irish music.  I’m not a huge whiskey fan but I would enjoy touring a whiskey factory and sampling this distilled wonder.  I’ve always thought I’d probably like whiskey if I was drinking it in Ireland J Besides this, I’d love to drive around the country gazing at the scenery and learning about her history while spending of my nights in some of the many bed and breakfasts that dot the countryside (when I’m not staying in a castle, of course!).

Karlovy Vary Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary Czech Republic by Bobak Ha'Eri

Czech Republic

I’ll admit it, pictures and movies talk to me!  So as I was watching “The Last Holiday” before Christmas I was reminded of how much I’d love to visit Karlovy Vary and even stay at the Hotel Pupp! But that would just be a start to my visit of the Czech Republic.  Of course, I couldn’t leave without visiting Prague but I really want to visit the areas outside the capital city.  Plzen for its beer would definitely be on the itinerary along with the castles, forests, gorges, mountains, caves, architecture and history that Bohemia and Moravia are known for!

Dolomites in Sud Tirol Italy

Dolomites in Sud Tirol Italy by Alesvp

Sud Tirol Italy

I’m a mountain girl and those gorgeous and jagged peaks of the Dolomites have beckoned me for years. I would love to stand in an amazing green meadow surrounded by the soaring mountains.  Of course, I’d also love to sample the local wine, enjoy the cuisine, learn about the history and legends and visit the small villages that sit so cozily at the foot of the Dolomite’s.  There will also be time for a little hiking which would only make the trip complete.

Berchtesgaden Germany

Berchtesgaden Germany by Eric Sorenson


You didn’t think I could make a potential travel list without including spots in Germany did you 🙂 There really is so much of this country I haven’t been to but I think I’d really love to travel along the Alpine Road into Prien visiting Chiemsee, Berchtesgaden and any number of small lovely villages along the way.  Or maybe I should finally break down and visit those lovely Christmas markets!

Boy this is going to be a tough decision!


What are you European travel dreams for 2013?

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  2. Alfie says:

    Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up tthe good spirit.
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  3. I would take any one of them and all of them but I think Tyrol and Czech call to me the most. I hope all of your 2013 travel dreams come true my friend!
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  4. There’s some great places on your dream list Debbie. I can highly recommend the Dordogne and the Dolomites! Ireland has been on my wish list for a year or two now so I’m hoping that this may be the year!
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  5. I always consider myself a beach girl but those mountains take my breath away. I can see why you have Dolomites on your list. It’s quite an impressive list if you ask me! I can’t wait to see all these places through your eyes, Debbie.
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  6. Love all the choices you have here, Debbie! It’s always great to dream and write them all down but such hard decisions. I hope you go to more than half on this list 🙂 Our European travel dreams are still Bavaria Germany, Salzburg and Prague and it’s looking good to go for June. {crossing fingers} Best wishes in the new year and wishing you lots of travel adventures.
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  7. Steve says:

    I’d probably side with Italy, but I doubt you could go wrong with any of your choices. I don’t understand the whole “decide” thing though. I think a week or two in each destination is the easiest way to settle any argument you may be having with yourself.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I do agree that a week or two in each would be optimal but at this point in my life I just don’t see that happening. . . yet!

  8. Laurel says:

    It’s fun to dream isn’t it? I think you should do the Christmas markets and that way you can hit up all the cute villages in Germany and Prague at the same time, which also has a great Christmas market. Then you can make several of your dreams come true on one trip 🙂
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  9. Great list…The golfer in me would say Ireland…the beer lover in me would say Prague. Why not both?:)
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  10. Sophie says:

    Great list, Debbie. Me, I’m thinking deeper into Provence. And more of Northern Ireland. And the Outer Hebrides. And Lampedusa. And Kaliingrad. I should probably make my own top 5-list…
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  11. You’ve got me dreaming of all these places now. I was so lucky to visit Prien and the islands of Chiemsee this year. Hope you make it there in 2013. I’d love to venture into Eastern Europe this year.
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  12. Leigh says:

    Great ideas for travel in 2013. Unfortunately Europe doesn’t figure in my plans for 2013 though from experience I can highly recommend the Dordogne (we biked it) and Ireland though do go expecting rain if you visit there. I have lots of adventures planned and I’d love to go to the Dolomites and the Czech Republic – hopefully in the next few years.
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  13. Margaret says:

    You should try to fit all these in! If you go to the Czech Republic, you should over to the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. Beautiful area, nice villages/towns, great hiking.
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  14. Marlys says:

    *sigh* all these are dreamy destinations that i would want to see in 2013. Even the one in Germany 😉 where I have already been
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  15. Sign me up for all of these! Karlovy Vary has actually been on my list for awhile…I hope to make it back to the Czech Republic someday. Best wishes for the new year!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Happy New Year to you too Michael! I would love a driving trip through the Czech Republic. . . gotta get to it and soon.

  16. That photo of Berchtesgaden looks very alluring, Debbie. I’ve only ever made the tiniest visit to Germany, across the Polish border to Goerlitz, so I’m sure I should see much more. No big plans for me yet this year, but lots of little ones.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Berchtesgaden is very alluring! That part of Germany has been on my list for a very long time. You absolutely need to spend more time in Germany 🙂

  17. Donna Hull says:

    Such hard travel choices you’ve created here. I vote for doing all of them. Since, like you, I’m a mountain girl, Sud Tirol, Italy has to be my top choice.
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