Now that we are back and *mostly* recovered from the trip I thought I would write about the things we enjoyed most.
First – we enjoyed visiting with our family and friends. We were able to experience four different countries – three of those with a family member or friend. We are grateful for that.
Now – onto the other things. If you ask the kids what their favorite parts of the trip were – they will say the Alpine slide that we did in Austria and climbing the church tower in Munich.
I of course have several favorite things. I loved riding the trains throughout. Trains are just so much better than being stuck in a car driving. The one time we had a long drive ahead of us we were stuck in traffic. With trains that is not a problem.
I loved Munich and the Garmisch area. Next time we go to Germany I think we’ll make a whole vacation based in this area. There is so much to do around here. I would love to visit the area around Christmas time and go to a Christmas Market and then go skiing in the Alps. The mountains are beautiful. I also would not visiting this area during any other time of the year. There appeared to be many hikes near us. Garmisch also appeared to be a nice little town that was big enough to make it feel like a normal size town that I could actually live in. I would love to be able to rent an apartment for a summer sometime in this area when the kids are older.
My favorite thing that we did – go to the Bavarian festival in Garmisch. This was so awesome. I would plan future trips around this festival. It was pure German culture and it was unstaged.
I loved the Alpine slide. I could have just stayed at that mountain all day. I wish I could have had the day on the mountain with just my husband – it would have been fun to take the chairlift to the top and then walk down.
I loved renting bikes in the Netherlands and riding to see all of the windmills. This made me feel so Dutch and I loved passing other people riding bikes.
I loved the historical museums in Berlin. Berlin is a city that I could easily visit on my own without the family and just spend hours in each museum. Bike riding seems to be very big in Berlin also.
I loved visiting Rheinfels castle. This castle would have been fun to spend an additional hour or two at. It was huge and really fun walking around in the tunnels.
I loved visiting Paris, though our visit was short. We weren’t willing to drag the kids into museums here, but just being in Paris is an experience.
I loved that lunch could be as simple as walking into a local bakery and picking up a loaf of bread. I don’t think I can even count the number of sit down lunches we had on our trip.
And finally – I loved that I was able to show my kids Europe with them being at such a young age. Sure – we ate more McDonald’s than I had anticipated. But we were able to do a lot with them and they were relatively good sports about it.