One of the greatest parts of our trip to Europe was experiencing all of the older aspects of the magnificent cities there. The cobblestone streets, the incredible stone archways and aqueducts, and the churches built on mountaintops made us feel like we were walking through time to see and experience a different world. The narrow streets in many of the older city areas were built for horse carts, and walking through them made the adventure even more enchanting.
|There's just so much to see and you can't pass them by. Photo (c) Michele Luck.|
But Europe was a whole new challenge. Different languages, different signage, and different pathway structures left me, and Steve, in complete ignorance. More important, as we saw the elaborate churches or the ornate gardens and pathways, we were drugged with "touristitis" and were so easily led astray, and usually off the beaten path.
|We walked past this guy a few times before we gave in and asked for help! Photo (c) Michele Luck.|
|THE BEST GERMAN MEAL! Photo (c) Michele Luck.|
The first block was no problem. We looked in the shops, bought our grand-daughter a postcard, and then headed "in the direction the bus went." "Oh look! There's an open market! We should walk through it!" And there we went... off the path... into lostville!
|Love the cobblestone streets everywhere, but they can lead you astray! They all look alike! Photo (c) Michele Luck.|
|An amazing Beer Stube in the middle of the outdoor marketplace was a very busy gathering! Photo (c) Michele Luck.|
After our ice creams, we started walking [what we thought was] back to the hotel. About 30 minutes later, we finally stopped to ask for help. We were ready to admit defeat: We were lost! And lost, we were! We'd managed to walk in a completely different direction than we'd thought, and the walk back would take us "about 30-40 minutes." The nice man suggested we take the tram, but we had this!
Our walk back ended up filled with as much laughter as frustration! We got off track one more time, tried to catch a tram and failed (you have to pre-purchase tickets and we refused to just "jump the ride"), and then we ended up following a huge protest march of those hoping to bring greater unity to Germany. Did I mention it was V-E Day and we were in GERMANY!
Oh, the places you'll go when you travel with us! And this was not our only lost experience in our 42 day trip. Just days later we were lost in Venice... and then Santorini...oh, and then Rome... maybe for a few minutes in Florence... and definitely in Milan. But with each came another story to tell, and much laughter to share!
|Florence is a beautiful city, but we got so lost here, we understood how so many people moved in and never left! Photo by (c) Michele Luck.|
|We were very careful in Santorini, but still found ourselves unsure of which path led us back down to the buses once we got to the top for that ultimate view! Photo by (c) Michele Luck.|
|After heading up, and up, and up, for that great view of the ruins between the forum and the Colosseum, we found ourselves lost in the winding gardens and pathways through Ancient Rome! Photo (c) by Michele Luck.|
|We "found" the Uffizi on our lost walk through Florence. Photo (c) bu Michele Luck.|