Travel Memoir ~ Thailand

In a recent post, I wrote how foreign currency left over from a journey can evoke marvelous travel memories. The Thai currency I have certainly fits the bill. It brought back marvelous memories of my first trip to Asia (solo traveler) as I loved every minute of that fabulous journey. I explored Tokyo, Thailand, Hong Kong and Honolulu. 

I spent about five days days in Bangkok, taking several half day tours, including the Floating Market (fascinating) and the Royal Palaces (beautiful) tours. The people were delightful and very helpful. It was off-season so not that crowded with tourists.

It was the first time I ate Thai food and quickly became a fan. 

The hotel where I stayed (Siam Inter Continental) was fabulous. I fondly recall meeting a Pan Am flight crew and we all celebrated Thanksgiving at the hotel. It was a very memorable meal, high-lighted by a fun group, a special menu for the Holiday, including turkey, French wine and rather than pumpkin pie, we were served sweet potato pie. It was another first for me and it was delicious. We had lots of laughs and very much enjoyed Thanksgiving abroad.

I checked online and unfortunately the hotel was torn down in 2002 to make way for a shopping mall. I was sad when I read the article; however, memories are forever.

http://2bangkok.com/2bangkok-masstransit-intercon.html

After several days, I flew north to Chiang Mai. It is breathtakingly beautiful and I was very fortunate that I went before it was “discovered” and it was also off-season. Temples were beautiful to explore as was the botanic gardens. People were warm and friendly and eager to please. 

I reserved a ½ day tour to see the surrounding area. As I was the only person on the tour, the guide asked me if I’d prefer a private car or go on his motorcycle. Of course, I opted for the motorcycle. It was a memorable afternoon. We explored several villages where people enjoyed showing us what they crafted. We stopped for delicious local food.  Somehow we managed to carry my “souvenir treasures” on the motorcycle as we headed back to the hotel.

In addition to currency, post cards make memorable mementos, They are wonderful to look at years after a trip as they will conjure up memories of your journeys. Several are shown on this post. 

Savor your journeys… current ones as well as those that you have taken and are re-living via your memories.

 

Armchair Traveler ~ Foreign Currency Evokes Memories

 

 

 

 

 

Armchair Traveler ~ Foreign Currency Evokes Memories

I have a large bowl where over the years I have put currency from some of my travels. It’s fun to spread out the coins and bills as a great way to remember past trips and special moments.

Looking at the Austrian currency, I fondly remember a trip to Vienna with a friend. It was one of my first trips to Europe. We took a local bus to Schonbrunn Palace and as we did not want to wait for the English speaking tour, we joined the German speaking tour. We looked about at paintings or artwork when everyone else did and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though we did not speak a word of German.

Schonbrunn is a gorgeous palace with beautiful gardens. We loved the pastries (sacher torte a specialty) and Viennese coffee at Demels and other pastru shops. Vienna has many other memories including walking about the beautiful city and meeting friendly Austrians at the Giant Ferris wheel in the evenings. It was great fun and a marvelous introduction to Europe.

The currency from Hungary reminds me of my journey there in the early 1980’s while it was still part of the USSR. As I was on a tour, there was no time to wander about by myself. I remember so much gray (it was a November), but also having great fun at a disco, marvelous food and Tokay Wine and Budapest being a beautiful city.

Coins from Denmark remind me of Tivoli Gardens, a magical amusement part in Copenhagen. The city has many beautiful parks, especially Kings Garden. I took a mini tour to Legoland (great fun). And I can taste the fabulous open sandwiches, great desserts and fondly recall the friendly people.

In addition to looking at your photos or reading about your favorite places, it’s enjoyable to look at mementos of your travels. Ask friends about their mementos – share your love of travel with others. Even if you cannot travel to a place you dream of, keep dreaming. It will become a part of you.

Be an armchair traveler … learn all about your favorite places. Study their language, cuisine and culture. You might learn more than tourists who travel abroad but never become travelers.

Most important, have fun and be creative as you “journey” to a favorite spot … even if for now, it is a dream.

Savor your journeys… real and imagined.

 

Favorite Travel Photos

Photography is the art of capturing something fleeting; holding something which cannot be held; time made still.

Travel Memoir ~ NYC ~ Operation Sail, July 4, 2000

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

 

 

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Growing up in NYC, I knew that I lived in a very special place. While I have moved to the west coast, I enjoy my visits to this very unique city and yes, I am still a Yankees fan (Mets also!) and love listening to Frank Sinatra’s recording of “New York, New York” (pronounced Neu Yawk).

Let me share some of my memories and should your journeys take you to New York, New York, you will also have incredible memories which will last a lifetime.

  • The Twin Towers, including cocktails and fabulous brunches at Windows on the World Restaurant … a part of me will never be the same because of 9/11
  • Walking all about Manhattan, from east side to west side, downtown by the water, up 5th Ave to the Museums, etc
  • Central Park, beautiful any time of year
  • Rockefeller Center, especially memorable at Christmas
  • Circle Line boat about Manhattan
  • The Staten Island ferry
  • Broadway shows (check out TKS for tickets, waiting in line, not knowing if you will get tickets for the show you want)
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Lincoln Center
  • St Patrick’s Day Parade and then going to a fabulous Irish Pub, lots of laughs
  • Discovering your favorite Italian restaurants (best Italian food outside of Italy)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (always a must visit)
  • The Natural History Museum and Planetarium
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Nearby beaches including Jones Beach, Long Beach, the Hamptons and the Jersey shore
  • Katz’s Jewish Deli on Houston (pronounced Howston)
  • Macy’s and Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor
  • Local shops and restaurants on the upper West Side
  • Macy’s July 4th Fireworks
  • Walking along the restaurant row area, picking a spot, before going to a Broadway show (terrific memories of Becco Italian Restaurant)
  • Studio 54 and Xenon discos
  • Top of the 6’s (Fifth Ave), when it was a restaurant, with a great view
  • Fifth Ave at dusk
  • Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Off Broadway shows
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Late night restaurants, including great dessert places … mouth watering
  • Water taxi to Hoboken, NJ for terrific Italian food
  • Terrific Greek restaurants in Astoria
  • Best bakeries …

I could continue, but you get the idea! It is the most incredible city to explore … enjoy!! The links below have some favorite photos of NYC …

Savor your journeys!

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

 

 

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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!