May 16, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Places in Europe

Rothenburg, Germany! Like stepping through a time machine and going back in time! Where history still breathes from every corner. Cobblestone streets, quant old shops filled with dolls, linens, flowers, cheese, wine, all kinds of knick-knacks and, of course, Nutcrackers!

Paris, France. Big, busy & beautiful! “The City of Lights” they say. True. It’s magical.

Rue de l'Alma where Princess Diana was killed. We were there just months after the accident. The streets and bridge above were still covered with flowers & photos & messages of love. We could see the skid marks and broken concrete where the cars made impact with the walls of the tunnel. It was sad. But we loved the Eiffel Tower – to the very top. We loved the crepes – a family favorite. We loved Notre Dame, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Versailles and more.

Salzburg, Austria. So beautiful and quant. My son’s wouldn’t be caught dead in the Lederhosen but Ashley thought the Dirndls(dresses) were cute. I loved it all. Old buildings and castles, fortresses, gardens, alps and convents. “The hills are alive with the sound of music”!

Hampton Court Palace. This was my favorite stop on a trip to London, England. England’s finest Royal Palace – 500 years of Royal history by the Thames. And, oh, how I am fascinated by the Tudor’s & King Henry VIII, his many wives and their intriguing, exciting, yet tragic lives. Divorced-beheaded-died-divorced-beheaded-survived. Not a great pattern!

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