I recently returned from an eighteen-day trip to Europe in which I visited Germany, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I’m going to share some highlights and low lights of the trip. I like to start this post with a scripture from Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 that fits our trip. “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”
When we got ready to make the trip, my husband informed me that I would have get everything for the trip into a carry-on roller bag and a backpack. He promised me that we would do wash halfway through the trip. We had these faithful traveling companions. Thankfully our daughter provided us with these marvelous backpacks to go along with our roller bags.
Photos can’t capture all the beauty of this cathedral. The carvings and paintings all told a story. I loved the guide’s explanation of how the pillars are very plain at the bottom, representing things here on earth. As your eye goes up the pillars, they become increasingly ornate until you see the intricate carvings and paintings that represent the glories of heaven. We listened to an organ concert here. In the photo, you can see some of the pipes of the huge organ.
On our trip to Salzburg, we stopped for a bathroom break and my hubby took this photo. The scenery was beautiful and the bathrooms were free. Having to pay to pee was one of the low lights of this trip. Another low light was the weather. We live in hot Arizona and were looking forward to some cool European weather. What did we find? A heat wave with temps 95 to 102 degrees for the first ten days. The day we arrived in Prague the heat wave broke, but that meant two days of rain. It was not fun trudging through the city in the rain, but we still look happy despite the gray day.
As a romance author, this custom in the photo fascinated me. Locks on the bridge. Couples buy the locks and put their initials or names on them and then lock them on the fencing that runs along the side of the bridge to symbolize their lasting love.
I took over 700 photos on this trip, so it’s hard to pick only a few to share. These last three are a some of my favorite things from the trip.
A portion of what is left of the Berlin Wall. Not my favorite city. I encountered my only pick pocket here on the train to our hotel. Fortunately, he didn’t get anything. He tried to unzip a pocket on my backpack. He picked the wrong one because he would only have gotten my jacket or my nightgown, but it shook me up that he tried to take something from me.
And finally a fairy tale ending. Neuschwanstein Castle.
What has been your favorite trip?