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Reflections of Travel to Europe

As a four-decade Certified Travel Agent, global airline company staff member, scientist, author, instructor, and professional photographer, travel, whether for satisfaction or company functions, has actually constantly been a substantial and an important part of my life. Some 400 journeys to every part of the world, by methods of roadway, air, rail, and sea, involved locations both unique and ordinary. This post concentrates on those in Europe.


Ireland, the emerald green island, was likewise gone on a variety of celebrations, and its destinations consisted of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Phoenix Park in Dublin. A Glens of Antrim travel plan consisted of Belfast; Ballycastle, Dunluce Castle; the Old Bushmills Distillery; the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge; and the Giant’s Causeway, which was consisted of volcanic hexagonal basalt columns, all in Northern Ireland.

Early morning tea in the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle consisted of scones, butter, jam, whipped cream, and pots of the tea itself, and lunch in the Royal Court Hotel included fresh fruit; a topside of beef, gravy, horseradish, a pastry cup, roasted potatoes, boiled potatoes, carrots, and cabbage; strawberry and kiwi pavlova with whipped cream and strawberry sauce; coffee; and chocolate mints.

Great Britain:

Fantastic Britain represented various, multiple-mode journeys to its 3 England, Scotland, and Wales departments and numerous of the British Isles.

Sightseeing in London included all of its extremely signs, consisting of the Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Jewel House, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Number Ten Downing Street (the authorities home of the English Prime Minister). Buckingham Palace, the altering of the Guard, a cruise on the River Thames, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Cutty Sark, the Royal Naval College, and the Greenwich Observatory, where Greenwich Mean Time was identified.

Remain at the Hansel and Gretel Hotel in London, whose fairy tale functioned as its decor style with gingerbread and witches’ brooms in the dining room, consisted of a day-to-day English breakfast of eggs, bacon, and racks of toast.

Southampton was a regular pre-and post-cruise and -crossing port of embarkation and disembarkation.

Scotland’s protection consisted of Glasgow, Greenock, South Queensferry, and Edinburgh, the latter with sees to its New Town, the Old Town, the 12th-century middle ages Edinburgh Castle, and the Royal Mile.

The ancient historical site of Skara Brae, dating from 3,000 BC, the Skaill House, the Ring of Brogar, Scapa Flow, and Kirkwall were all checked out in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland.

A narrow-gauge rail journey threaded its method through Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

Travel to Guernsey, among the Channel Islands, represented sightseeing to St. Peter Port, Sausmarez Manor, and an island drive that took in St. Martin’s Parish, St. Pierre du Bois, Rocquaine Bay, St. Saviors Parish, Reservoir, Little Chapel, and St. Andrew Parish.


Denmark, the very first of them, saw both strolling and motorcoach trips of Copenhagen’s considerable sights, consisting of the Radhuspladsen or City Hall; Nyhaven or New Haven, a canal lined with vibrant 18th-century homes and delighted in on a boat cruise; Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the famous Little Mermaid, the Ny Carlsberg Glyypotek art museum, the pedestrian-only Stroget shopping street, the Round Tower, and Tivoli Gardens.

A ferryboat developed range from Copenhagen to the island of Funen, its city of Odense acting as the entrance to the Hans Christian Andersen House, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Manor House, a Danish Country Church, a Danish Farm, and the Oak Forest Castle.

Copenhagen hotel-included breakfasts constantly included wienerbrod, or Danish pastries, and a hodgepodge fat the main railway station required more than 60 meals, from appetizers to dessert.


Covered in light snow, Helsinki, an overnight stop on an easterly worldwide circumnavigation flight, involved sightseeing of its Market Square, its Helsinki Cathedral, its Railway Station, and rock-built Temppeliaukio Church.

High costs demanded “traveler repairs” of crusty baguettes and soft cheese for breakfast bought in the bakeshop around the corner from the hotel and smoked salmon for lunch consumed in the airport prior to departure to Tokyo.


A cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, just a start of what was to later on come, showed an emphasis to Oslo, together with checkouts to the Fram House, which consisted of the brought back, a fully-rigged ship that carried out both North and South Pole explorations, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park (called mankind worldwide’s biggest sculpture park), the Viking Ships Museum, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump when utilized in the Olympics, Stortovet Cathedral, the Flower Market, the Royal Palace, and Akershus Fortress, a middle ages castle in Oslo that was built to offer a royal house in the city.

Substantial protection of the Norwegian Fjords was likewise made.

From Olden, sights consisted of Kjonesfjorden, the valley; Undeelva, the glacier-fed river; Tverrfjellet, the mountain throughout the roadway; Ostedal Glacier, Northern Europe’s biggest; the Norsk Bremuseum, the Norwegian Glacier Center; Jostedal Glacier, from a 2nd viewpoint; the Julestova Christmas Shop; the Audhild Vickers Verstove; and Nordfjorden.

A normally Norwegian buffet lunch, served in the Skei Hotel in the town of the exact same name, consisted of smoked salmon with mustard sauce, egg salad, potato salad, and thin, crispy Norwegian flatbread; gratinated fish, roasted potatoes, lasagna, and dark Norwegian goat cheese; and chocolate flan, Norwegian rice pudding, and fresh raspberries.

From Flam, a drive to Stalheim on the Stalheimskleiva Road, Europe’s steepest with 13 barrette turns, preceded a stop at the Stalheim Hotel for flaky apple, raisin, and nut Danish pastries covered with maple syrup and served with tea, prior to extension to the ski resort town of Voss to see the Tvinde Waterfall. A lunch buffet in the Hotel Voss itself, that included smoked salmon and smoked trout; a salad of lettuce, cucumber, Norwegian cheese, and Russian dressing; French bread; a meatloaf patty, frikadeller, and boiled potatoes; chocolate flan and caramel custard; and coffee, ended up being the start to a rail trip from Voss to Myrdal on the Bergen Railway and after that a transfer to the popular Flam Railway, which pursued it mountain-hugging, tunnel-boring, 886-meter track descent. A see to the Kjosfossen Waterfall along with a go-to and the method to the Flam Railway Museum at its terminus topped the amazing day of experiences.

Alesund paid for sightseeing of the Burgund Church, the Sunnmore Museum, and the Fjellstua Overlook, while Bergen involved sees to Bryggen; the Fantoft Stave Church; and Troldhaugen, the Edvard Grieg Museum, with a piano performance of his music. The Hanseatic Merchant’s Warehouses, a UNESCO World Heritage website, ended up being the very first to check out after a quick trip, and it was followed by sightseeing of Schotstuene and the Old Guild Hall.


Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, redefined the word “city” with its 14 islands and more than 50 bridges nestled on a comprehensive Baltic Sea island chain. Within the cobblestone streets and ochre-colored structures on Gamla Stan (Swedish for “Old Town”) were the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace, and the Nobel Museum, which concentrated on the Nobel Prize.

New viewpoints were obtained throughout sightseeing boat adventures in between the islands. Skansen, the very first outdoor museum and zoo in Sweden and situated on the island of Djurgarden, gone back to 1891 and showcased life in various parts of the nation prior to the Industrial age.

Continental Europe:

Besides the 4 Scandinavian nations, Continental Europe travel included some 15 others.


Surrounded by the stunning, snow-craped Alps of The Sound of Music popularity, Vienna, the online of among the providers that constituted my three-decade airline company profession, represented regular travel for training functions. Cable car and train protection of the city, nonetheless, paid for local-life and cultural direct exposure throughout leisure time.

By day, I took a trip to the bridge-crossing Danube River to engage with the considerable sights, the crown gem of which was St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Mozart statue-adorned Stadtpark, and the pedestrian-only, shop-lined streets. By night, opera efficiencies came alive on phase. Austrian food included wurst, wiener schnitzel, chicken paprikash, and dumplings in normal “Heurigens”- that is, rustic white wine pubs; pastries appearing more like artworks, in the Viennese coffee homes; and the chocolate and apricot “Sachertorte” baked day-to-day in the well known Hotel Sacher.

Throughout a December check out, I threaded my method through the Chirstkindellmarkt, or Christmas Market, with its myriad of treat and present kiosks embellished with pine branches and Christmas lights, snacking on Lango’s fry bread, consuming red Gluewein (hot white wine); and topping it off with chocolate-covered marzipan.

Among the lots of minutes was caught in my Trip Log, as follows. “As I approached the street level from the U1 train station at Stephansplatz to the pedestrian-only Kaertnerstrasse and heard the church bells of the Stephansdom, I understood that I remained in Vienna. The imprints of the clip-clop horse-drawn fakers (carriages) in the Inner Ring just sealed my area.”

Early morning commutes to the Austrian Airlines Training Center were constantly preceded by cable car statements of, “Oberlaa. Last stop.


Belgium represented 2 journeys.

The very first meant just for sightseeing, required checkouts to La Grand Place in Brussels, the Mannekin Pis, and Mini-Europe, a mini-park situated in Bruparck at the foot of the metal Atomium Monument initially built for the 1965 Brussels World’s Fair, and including recreations of European Union monoliths, along with an airport, in 1:25 scale.

Excursion, through train, consisted of those to Bruges, with its canals, cobblestone streets, and middle ages structures, and Ghent, a port city in northwest Belgium at the confluence of the Lele and Scheldt rivers.

A range of restaurants, varying from Italian to French, offered night fare, which was constantly followed by Belgian chocolates.

A 2nd, much shorter journey, demanded by a two-day stopover prior to a global flight to Bangkok, as defined by the de rigueur see to La Grand-Place, looking for Belgian lace, and taking in chocolate-covered Belgian waffles.


In spite of a single-day time limitation in Tallinn, Estonia, itself in Eastern Europe, a reasonable introduction of the city’s culture was experienced with a strolling trip to Toompea Hill, checks out to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Rocca al Mare Open-Air Museum, and an Estonian Folkloric Show.


A breakfast tray of hot, flaky croissants, crisp baguettes, and hot chocolate, consumed in a Left Bank hotel space in the middle of the first crack of dawn and the 6:00 a.m. chime of the church bells, brought warm memories of a January to check out to Paris.

All of its essential sights were explored, consisting of la Place de la Concorde, the Place Vendome, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre ignoring the city, the Trocadero, the Ile de la Cite, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the extensive Louvre Museum, Saint Chapelle, the Parthenon, the Bastille Fortress, Tuileries Gardens, the Luxembourg Palace, the Opera, and Pont Neuf. A cruise on the River Seine might not be omitted.

An excursion to Versailles, as soon as seat of the French federal government throughout Louis XIV’s reign, was topped with a walk through its gorgeous gardens.

Subsequent journeys incorporated other parts of the nation:

One, for research study functions, took me to the red wine-growing area of Bordeaux.

On another, a drive from La Rochelle to Cognac paid for views of the deep green, geometrically-precise vineyards of southwestern France en route to the town of Cognac, area of the well-known red wine manufacturer, where after a trip of the Hennessy Wine Cellars was made. A one-minute crossing of the River Charente on the Richard Hennessy II preceded a trip of the barrel-aging storage facility, a cognac tasting in the Hennessy store, and another strolling trip of the Old Town that consisted of the Eglise Saint-Leger and the Couvent des Recollets

Lunch, at La Mie Caline, an outside café neglecting the primary square, was of normal French quality, including a long, thin, crispy “royal poulet” baguette with chicken, Swiss cheese, sliced egg, mayo, lettuce, and tomato; a “foret noire” (black forest) pastry; coffee; and a chocolate-covered almond accompaniment.

A post-lunch drive to Saintes provided a chance to check out the city’s Arc de Germanicus, the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and the Amphitheatre.

Marseille implied the Vieux Port, Notre-Dame de la Garde, and the Longchamp Palace, and a pop into the Vieux Port Café, where I partook of a soothing coffee interlude.

Sights in Nice consisted of La Vieux Nice, the Cours Salaya Market, and another coffee calm in the Cours Salaya Café.

Impressions taped on the subsequent drive from Nice to Eze, a 1,400-foot-high, walled, middle ages city were as follows: “Driving from Nice to Eze on the curving, mountain-hugging Middle Corniche Road, I was managed awesome vistas of the French Riviera.”

Eze itself, a town of 60 set down atop the Mediterranean amidst castle ruins, included gradually rising stone paths and actions through stone architecture to its peak.

Lunch, in the Bistrot Loumiri, Eze, was served outside in the garden and included Domaine Sainte-Beatrice increased white wine; a salade Nicoise of tomato, lettuce, string beans, tuna, potatoes, and egg; French bread; pieces chicken in mushroom red wine cream sauce with thin, crispy potato patties; vanilla-chocolate fudge cake with Grand Marnier vanilla sauce; and coffee.


Germany accounted for a number of journeys to the significant cities of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg, Munich ended up being the area of a leisure one. Found in Bavaria, it paid for sightseeing chances of its Hauptbahnhof, or “Main Station,” which was constantly the center of life in any European city; its pedestrian-only Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse shopping streets; the Frauenkirche; the Rathaus; the well-known Glockenspiel, whose vibrant figurines emerged with chines, bells, and music from its Clock Tower place; the Nymphenburg Palace; the Schatzkammer; the Alte Pinakothek; and the huge, science and technology-based Deutsches Museum.

Beer, wurst, schnitzel, and sauerbraten with potato dumplings were constantly on the menu, and the close-by bakeshop supplied in-room snacking on Koenigskuchen” cakes.

Like numerous January European journeys, throughout winter season breaks from college terms, the one to Munich happened throughout the Little Christmas celebrations, and the designs, paired with light coverings of snow, heightened the environment.


The land of Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates theorists was checked out both on the continent and on its Mediterranean islands.

Sights on the previous consisted of, obviously, the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the Theater of Dionysus, the Temple of Olympia Zeus, the Agora, the Stoa of Attalos, the Olympic Stadium, the National Archaeological Museum, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Garden, and Hadrian’s Arch.

A journey to the Oracle of Delphi took in the Delphi Museum, the Sanctuary of Pronaia Athena, the Castalian Spring, the Sacred Wing, and the Treasury of the Athenians.

Lunch, normal of “hot nation” custom-made, was constantly souvlaki, moussaka, dolmades (packed grape leaves), and honey- and nut-covered baklava.

Numerous Greek islands were likewise visited.

Santorini, holding on to the cliffs above an undersea caldera, or crater, included its 2 concepts, Fira and Oia towns, with their whitewashed, cubiform homes. White wine, cheese, and olives were delighted in ignoring the Port of Santorini prior to descent to Skala on the previous volcanic rim in a six-passenger gondola.

A strolling trip of ancient Delos, accessed by a crossing with the boat Orca from Mykonos, included the historical site, including its House of Dionysus, its House of Cleopatra, the Town tank, the theater, the primary street causing the temple devoted to the Greek gods, the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Artemis, the remains of the Apollo statue, the servant arena, the Terrace of the Lions, the Statue of the Governor of Delos, and the Delos Museum.


Due to the fact that Amsterdam was the home of the global airline company that worked as my dad’s more than three-decade profession, and its flight advantages helped with many journeys, it was both a regular location and transfer point, the authorities at passport control constantly asking after landing, “How long will you remain in Holland?” And the response, if utilized just for linking flights, was inevitable, “One hour.”

Its sights consisted of the Dam Square; the pedestrian-only Kalverstraat; the Anne Frank, House; the Westerkerk; the Van Gogh Museum; the Skinny Bridge, which represented the many canal-spanning, wire-opening ones linking the city; a diamond factory; the Begijnhof, or Nun’s Courtyard, made up of 18th-century homes surrounding a green yard that used supreme solicitude to senior residents; the Rijksmuseum; and the House of Mr. Tripp’s Coachmen, thought about the world’s narrowest;.

Trips, primarily beyond Amsterdam, required checkouts to Edam and Gouda cheese farms; Marken with its particular wood homes; the fishing town of Volendam on Markermeer Lake; Delft, the canal-fringed city in the western Netherlands that produced the popular hand-painted, blue-and-white Delftware pottery; and Madurodam, the mini, 1:25- scale representation of dutch landmarks and historic cities, total with a design of Schiphol International Airport.

Many journeys counted for an equivalent number of hotels in Amsterdam, one, situated just a block or 2 from the Dam Square, consisted of a transformed canal home, and its everyday breakfast included pieces of ham and Dutch gouda and Edam cheeses, rolls, and bread, butter, coffee, and jam or tea.


Hungary, the landlocked nation in Central Europe, unfortunately, required just a single journey to its capital, Budapest, for Russian airplane research study functions, however, its cityscape, studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s middle ages Castle Hill and grand neoclassical structures along Pest’s Andrassy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge, was lovely.


Rome, the capital of Italy that rests on 7 hills, functioned as the entrance to the nation. Its sights incorporated the most popular ones, such as the Villa Borghese, the Fountain of Trevi, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Forman Forum, the Colosseum, St Paul Outside the Walls, the Vatican, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Mary Major’s Basilica, St John’s Basilica, and the Appian Way.

Protection of Italy extended well beyond Rome.

A post-cruise remain in Genova, in the north, brought relationships with a couple satisfied on an African and Canary island cruising and supper in a normal pizzeria, including a thin, crispy crust pie and deep chocolate gelato.

Even more south, a drive from Livorno to Florence, place of the Renaissance, motivated the following Trip Log entry.

” The first blush of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its ringing belfry as I got in the Piazza del Duomo throughout the morning practically lowered me to tears.”

Aside from it, sightseeing here consisted of the Piazza del Duomo, the Baptistry and the Gates of Paradise, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Bell Tower, the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Piazza della Signoria, the Loggia della Signoria, the Piazzale degli Uffizi, the Arno River-spanning Ponte Vecchio, and the Piazza della Repubblica.

Lunch, another usually “hot nation,” midday banquet in the I Chiostri Restaurant in the Grand Hotel Minera on the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, included champagne, mineral water, and red wine; eggplant lasagna; Italian bread; beef pizzaiola with tomato sauce, crispy roasted potatoes, and peas; vanilla spumoni with nuts and chocolate sauce; and coffee.

A subsequent drive to Pisa influenced another Trip Log entry.

” Passing through the primary gate of the middle ages wall surrounding the Piazza del Duomo, I captured first blush of the round, very-leaning Leaning Tower of Pisa, a lifetime achievement.”

Its sights consisted of the Piazza del Duomo – Campo Dei Miracoli, the popular leaning tower itself, and the Cathedral and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.

Another journey, this needing a hydrofoil crossing and after that, a 600-foot climb on the funicular from the harbor, transferred me to the island of Capri, an experience which influenced yet a 3rd entry.

” The steady, 600-foot climb on le funicolare from the harbor to the town on the Isle of Capri used spectacular views of the blue Bay of Naples.”

A strolling trip took in the Giardini Augusto and the Cattedrale Santo Stefano, prior to a funicular descent and return crossing to Sorrento on the Capri Jet.

Lunch there, in the Ristorante O’Parrocchiano’s greenhouse setting, consisted of champagne and white table wine; Italian bread; spinach and ricotta cannelloni with tomato sauce; roasted veal with roasted potatoes; and vanilla, liqueur-laced cake with whipped cream.

” During the drive from Sorrento to Pompeii on the winding, curving, mountain-hugging Sorrento Coast roadway, I drank in the spectacular surroundings supplied by the Mediterranean, parts of which dropped vertically next to me,” I consequently composed.

Pompei showed another life turning point.

” Entering the ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius looming-not to point out, menacing-above it in the distance, I might just picture the fate that befell the whole city in ADVERTISEMENT 79.”

A walk through the historical site included the Temple of Apollo, the Forum, the Temple of Vespasiano, the Building of Eumachia, the Stabian Baths, and the Great Theatre.


The sovereign city-state of Monaco, situated on the French Riviere, was surrounded by France to the north, east, and west, and by the Mediterranean Sea on the south.

A half-day trip included checkouts to the Old Town, the Cathedral, the Palace, and the renowned Casino de Monte Carlo.


Poland unfortunately likewise represented just a quick stay. It used the chance to explore 3 locations.

Gdynia was a port city on the Baltic coast understood for its modernist structures, such as the Museum of the City of Gdynia and Kosciuszki Square.

Gdansk, another Baltic Sea coast city, included a splendid restoration of its previous World War Ii-torn self, today included the vibrant exteriors of Long Market and the Neptune Fountain, a 17th-century sign of the city topped by a bronze statue of the sea god.

Sopot, in addition to Gdynia and Gdansk, formed the so-called “Tri-City Metropolitan Area.” Understood for its spa, sandy beach, and long, wood pier that extended into the Bay of Gdansk, it included the Crooked House, a surreal structure imitated fairy tale illustrations.


Found on the Iberian Peninsula in southern Europe and surrounding Spain, Portugal, highly affected by the Atlantic Ocean and counting Lisbon as its capital, was the location of another brief go to throughout a stopover prior to a linking flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. It was kept in mind for its lovely beaches in the Algarve area. Much of its architecture dated to the 1500- to 1800-period, when the nation sustained an effective maritime empire.


Russia, more than anything, symbolized Peter the Great, whose really St. Petersburg name showed the city he founded in 1703 and ended up being the royal capital for 2 centuries. It is its cultural capital to today day.

Experiences, rather than large sightseeing, included St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Cruiser Aurora, the Smolny Cathedral with a choir efficiency, the Tsarskoye Selo complex of parks and palaces which were as soon as the house to the Romanov Imperial household, the baroque-style Catharine Palace with its elaborate staterooms, the landscaped Catherine Park Gardens, the Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood, and the St. Petersburg Craft Market, where Russian nesting dolls and designs of onion dome cathedrals were generously readily available for purchase.

Lunch was at a Russian Peasant Restaurant and was followed by Russian Cossack home entertainment.

Destinations on subsequent days incorporated the vast and stunning Peterhof Palace, which in fact included a series of such structures commissioned by Peter the Great to vie with Louis XIV’s the Palace of Versailles in France. Post-lunch palace ponderings continued in the Peter the Great’s Summer Palace and at the Peter and Paul Fortress.


Madrid, the entrance to Spain with its unceasing, arm-and-arm household strolls of the city, triggered the female besides my breakfast table one early morning to concern, “Where do they all bed down for the night?”

Considerable sights here consisted of El Retiro Park, the University location, the Plaza Mayer, and the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal household. Including 135,000 square meters of flooring area and partitioned into 3,418 spaces, it is the biggest operating one in Europe.

At night, Spain’s popular paella might not be withstood.

Direct exposure to Spanish culture barely ended in Madrid. A research study journey to Barcelona in the north was followed a number of years later on by one to the south.

After a drive from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela throughout it, I was triggered to go into the following Trip Log impressions.

” Emerging onto the stone square of Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage City and among the 3 Christian trip websites throughout the Middle Ages after Jerusalem and Rome, I took in the spired baroque façade of the cathedral, which was at first built over remains of previous structures in 1075 and consecrated in 1211. Its elaborately sculpted stones opened onto grand plazas within the walls of the middle age of the old town.”

Besides examinations of the Plaza do Obradorio and the Pazo de Roxoi, the chill-generating see to the Tomb of St. James, among the twelve Apostles, in the cathedral itself was the emphasize.

A subsequent, light breakfast in the Café Casino, a gambling establishment integrated in 1873 and now decorated with fancy woodwork wall panels and small tables, incorporated toasted croissants with butter and orange marmalade, and a “double” coffee.

Marbella and Puerto Banus were on the sightseeing lineup throughout another journey and were preceded by a 45-minute drive from Malaga on the Autopista del Mediterraneo by means of Torremolinos and Mijas. After a walk along the marina and examination of the Don Juan statue, another corrective English breakfast of hot chocolate and little sweet croissants was delighted in at the round, outside, umbrella-topped tables neglecting the water at the Salduba Bar in Puerto Banus.

Another walk-this time through the pedestrian-only Old Town of Marbella with its cobblestone streets, coffee shops, and shops-preceded entry into the Capilla San Juan de Dios.


As the training center area of another among my airline companies, Zurich worked as Switzerland’s entrance. Sightseeing was likewise not consisted of and consisted of the Guild House, the Fraumunster Church, the Swiss National Museum, the Rathaus, the Helmhaus, the Wasserkirche, the Grossmunster Church, the Kunsgewerbenmuseum, and a walk along the Limmatquai, which paralleled the Limmat River’s best bank and threaded its method through the historic part of the city.

Fondue, rosti, and Swiss chocolates were definitely on the menu while there.

Locations beyond Zurich consisted of the Lake of the Four Cantons and Lucerne, a compact city amidst the snowcapped mountains understood for its maintained middle ages architecture, covered Chapel Bridge developed all the way back in 1333, and 870-meter Musegg Wall. The elaborately sculpted, periodically-sounding cuckoo clocks were quintessentially Swiss.

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