I’m still in the honeymoon stage of life in France. Culture shock is due to set in soon, but for now I just think this place is lovely! Everything is pretty. Food is delicious. Groceries are affordable. The weather is nice. People are friendly. Here are some nice pictures for you.
I don’t know if you remember me, but I visited you a couple of times in the past few years. I was the one who spoke high school French and ate your snails and frog legs. In a black coat. Walked a lot. Ring any bells? Well, we had some good times together.
When I visited the Salzburg Fortress, the one up on the hill that is 900 years old, I was happy to hear that they had a toilet to show me. Why? Because we’ve all read dates and places and battles in the history books, but I always wanted to know what life was really like back then. What would I have been doing? Toilets show you how the nitty gritty happened. Rubber meets the road in the toilet. That’s one reason I like them.
Sometimes when we visit a place, we see every last inch of it, chew it up, drain the dregs, and belch comfortably as our train rolls away from the station. Sometimes, we get a taste of the place and enjoy it so much that we’d like to go back. That’s what we did with 24 hours in Salzburg.
Why do people go on tours? I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of two trips and find out. We recently took two daytrips from Vienna, and I will now compare and contrast our two trips: a tour to the Wachau Valley, and a DIY trip to Budapest.
This is my first Christmas in Europe, so it’s my first time to visit Vienna’s Christmas markets. I have been to several of them this season, and they are every bit as lovely as I had imagined. I plan to go to several more. But why? I’ve finished my Christmas shopping, the weather’s colder than a witch’s elbow, and the crowds are massive. Why would an introvert put herself through that?