Spoiler Alert! This is the end of the trip and my final post. If you want to start from the beginning you’ll have to scroll down a few cities!
Before I finish, I should mention some things that impressed me as we traveled around.
In Germany and Austria, almost every home, no matter the age, was using Solar power. This really impressed me, especially living in Florida, solar power should be a no brainer. I was really impressed by that. As we drove through Holland there were many Wind Farms. We need more in this country.
The vegetables were fresh and sweet and real. I loved it. I’m thinking of having a garden this year.
German/Austrian beer is delicious. Italian food, OH. MAH. GAWD.
While I realize there are parts of the US (Portland, Or) that are very bike friendly, most places aren’t. We need more; and as someone pointed out to me the other day as we were discussing this; yes you can probably ride your bike without getting killed in Delray, but when you get there, there are no bike racks.
Well here we are on this big boat waiting to take a final sight seeing trip before we head home. What a sight for the eyes. The river is dotted with little stopping points and castles along the way, high up on hills. The Rhine River is one of the largest in Europe so it was not surprising to see barges carrying ocean containers. If you enjoy a nice Riesling this is where it comes from, the Rhine River Valley
It was a beautiful day and the scenery did not disappoint!
We spent our last night in Rüdesheim, a little touristy town on the river. A big end to our tour and a final dinner was on the agenda. The crazy Americans had the Non American crazies singing and doing the Chicken Dance. If they were expecting a nice quiet dinner, they didn’t get one. With an early wake up call and a drive to the airport, we all headed for home.
One last thing, you hear people say, “Oh, your camera takes great pictures.” Which of course is funny because there needs to be someone behind the camera making them great. In this case though, I have to give props to a 24-70mm lens I bought used last Christmas. I’ve struggled with that lens all year, went as far as taking it to the shop to see if I got a lemon. When I started downloading the files to edit I was blown away. It was the only lens I used. I guess we just needed some quality time together.
I hope you have enjoyed this little taste of Europe through these posts. I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to travel not just in the US but in the UK and now parts of Europe. My advice, suggestion to you is Travel! You will see life in a whole new light.
auf wiedersehen~tot ziens~arrivederci~au revoir~till next time