Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

 

Travel Memoir ~ Munich, Germany

I visited Munich in Spring and it was quite beautiful. It’s a neat city to explore with many interesting shops (yes, I did buy a cuckoo clock) and terrific restaurants. As I did not rent a car, I took a tour to the beautiful Linderhof Palace and the Black Forest.

 

Being in Munich, I had to go to a large beer hall. It was crowded and I cannot imagine what the area must be like during Oktoberfest (very large crowds!). I had heard that beer is the Bavarians favorite drink and it is fabulous. Everyone was in a very jovial mood. I ordered and looked about, noticing that the servers were carrying several (four?) large beer steins in each hand.

 

When the waitress put the beer stein in front of me, I laughed as I realized it was heavy because it was thick glass, filled with the most delicious beer. It was quite unlike the beer I had previously tasted. I immediately understood why the Bavarians love their beer.

 

Everyone at the table toasted “Prost” (German for “cheers”) and we drank, enjoyed the food and became merrier. Visiting a beer hall is a definite “must” when in Munich. The phrase to know is “Ein Bier, bitte” (a beer, please)

 

Memories of my visit to Munich are highlighted by the very warm, generous people, terrific food (especially the pastries and desserts) and Munich beer and the beautiful scenery. I treasure my short stay there as I have life-long marvelous memories of this gorgeous area.

 

Travel well and often and savor your journeys!

 

 

Namaste

Traveling to Nepal in the mid 1980’s was the first time that I encountered the beautiful expression, “Namaste”. Instinctively, I knew that it was far more than a simple greeting. One of my guidebooks translated Namaste as “I welcome the gods that dwell within you.” Another translation which I have on a framed poster in my bedroom is “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

When I hear Namaste or see it in print, I think not only of the word’s translations but also of the fabulous time I spent in Nepal and the many beautiful people that I met. I think fondly of a smiling father proudly showing me his young son, of the hotel staff going out of their way to ensure that I got on the correct local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhra and the waiters who had such delight when I ordered native food and drink. Namaste is not only the reminder of a beautiful place but of a state of mind.

Read about my adventures  in this beautiful land of towering mountains and radiant smiles.

I wish you Namaste on your journeys.

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal (Addendum)

Travel Memoir ~ Tokyo Disneyland

My favorite memories include …

  • A beautiful sunny day
  • Great memory of my mom and I enjoying our journey to Japan and especially having so much fun at Tokyo Disneyland, truly a magical place
  • Many familiar rides / exhibits
    • Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Peter Pan, Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Main Street, etc.
  • Spectacular, unique to Tokyo Disneyland exhibits included a terrific panorama about the Sea … this is what probably evolved into Tokyo DisneySea, which opened late summer, 2001
  • “The happiest place on earth” opened its first location outside of the US in Tokyo in April, 1983 .. the atmosphere was fabulous .. familiar yet marvelously different
  • Adults and children seemed to love the place, enjoying the rides and open spaces
  • The Parade was very popular with everyone, with many smiles and lots of laughter
  • Everyone at the Park was very friendly and excited to be there
  • I’d love to return to create new memories, especially to see Tokyo DisneySea

Travel Memoir ~ Japan

Travel Memoir ~ Rome, Italy (Addendum: Additional Photos)

Travel Memoir ~ Rome, Italy

 

The Armchair Traveler ~ 20th Century Travel Posters

Recently, I was browsing books in Barnes and Noble and came across “20th Century Travel” by Jim Heimann and Allison Silver. It is a marvelous book detailing the changes in travel (in both text and posters/ads) from the grand tours of wealthy tourists to the jet age. It’s a terrific book to browse and dream and whet your appetite for travel. I added some favorites below.

  • Think about your favorite places.
  • Immerse yourself in the images you create.
  • Visualize the glamour associated with embarking on a deluxe ocean liner or taking a flight to a favorite spot or a place you have always wanted to visit.
  • Check out the posters below and imagine taking a journey in the beginning of the 20th century, before travel became popular.
  • Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach or an ocean liner or a Pan Am Clipper flying to Asia or Europe.
  • Have fun and enjoy your dreams.

Plan your journeys using the mystique of your imagination. Pick a spot and learn all about it – its history, culture, cuisine, art, literature, etc. The world is yours to explore. Savor it.

 

Quebec City, Canada

If not on your travel “bucket list,” do add Quebec. It’s a beautiful magical city to walk about and explore. It is France in North America with superb cuisine, lovely people and beautiful scenery. While French is the official language, Quebec is delightfully bi-lingual.

I loved the morning half day walking tour, commencing in the Upper Town. It covered the historic center, pedestrian only streets and ended at the base of the Old Quebec Funicular in the Lower Town. The guide loved his city and the small group I was part of also came to know and appreciate it.

At the conclusion of the tour, I had a fabulous lunch close to the river and was all set to take the funicular back to the Upper Town. But, while it had been working earlier, it was closed for maintenance. So, rather than walking back up the hill, I opted for the stairs. Another time, I did take the hill. Either way, it is great exercise!

The Red hop on –hop off Bus is the best way to tour the city. I purchased a two day pass and used it extensively. There are 12 stops, including newer areas of the city, the Art Museum, and parks. A favorite park is the beautiful Jeanne d’Arc Garden with its classical French and English flower-garden styles.

The Red Bus starts and ends near Le Chateau Frontenac which dominates the Quebec skyline. There is a marvelous walkway in front of the hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the Lower Town.

Rather than renting a car, I opted to take a few tours outside of the city, including a cruise on the St. Lawrence River which passed Montmorency Falls. I also took a ½ day coach tour to the Falls which is a beautiful area to walk about.

My favorite restaurants include:

  • Portofino Bistro, which has incredible Italian food (Spaghetti Carbonara is magnifique!), great service, very good wine list; a marvelous European atmosphere. https://portofino.ca/quebec/en/home/
  • Pub St. Patrick, a fun place, very good food and service (Onion Soup delicious) https://www.facebook.com/PubStPatrick/
  • Tournebroche Bistro, a fabulous casual French place, excellent service and a very good wine list; perfect spot for lunch or dinner; if weather permits, opt to sit outside; try the Quebec Pudding for dessert https://tournebroche.com/en
  • In Lower Town, I liked Cochon Dingue Champlain, where I had a terrific lunch; sit outside, weather permitting http://www.cochondingue.com/#/english

Quebec has a marvelous European feel which I immediately noticed as I walked about. I think it’s partially due to the architecture but also the ambiance. Also, eating at several of the restaurants, I felt as if I were in Italy or France, rather than North America. I have many great memories of my journey to Quebec and am planning my next visit to this fascinating area.

Travel well and often.

Photos below plus additional photos at the link: Quebec ~ Photos …