Europe 2016: Kim’s Favorite Moments

I am still savoring the memories from my trip to Europe last month. The 11-day vacation, which included a “Sound of Music” tour in Austria, a Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg and a macaron cooking class in Paris, was incredible. My photos vividly remind me of all the breathtaking sights, sounds and incredible tastes we experienced.

And my wardrobe never failed me as I packed for comfort, style and versatility. Knowing the whirlwind of activities on our agenda, I went for packable, easy-care items that readily mixed and matched. Needless to say, there was a great deal of walking involved — and my Mephisto and AGL footwear allowed me to keep up with the hectic pace.

Although it’s always difficult to name the best-ever moment on any vacation, I will share some of the more memorable stops for me along the way in Europe:
The Eiffel Tower is an expected stop in the City of Light.
The Eiffel Tower is an expected stop in the City of Light.
The Flame of Liberty in Paris is an unofficial tribute to Princess Diana.
The Flame of Liberty in Paris is an unofficial tribute to Princess Diana.
  1. There were so many sights to see in Paris, it was hard to know where to start. Some of them were planned (the Eiffel Tower, course), and others we just happened upon. This was the case when we came across the Flame of Liberty, which is the unofficial memorial to Princess Diana who died in a car crash in the tunnel that runs underneath. It’s hard to believe one of the greatest style icons of our time died 19 years ago. Seeing the Flame of Liberty left me a little misty-eyed, but also reminded me of the all the good Princess Di brought to the world.

    Claude Monet's home and garden was dreamy and quite beautiful.
    Claude Monet’s home and gardens were so dreamy and quite beautiful.
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    I can easily see why Monet was so inspired.
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    Giverny lived up to my expectations.


  2. Our trip to Giverny in northern France to see Claude Monet’s home and gardens was a definite highlight for me. We traveled by train from Paris to Vernon and then took a short bus ride to Giverny. After a few days of the hustle and bustle of Paris, this was a welcome day trip. The setting is dreamy, and it is very easy to see why the famed French Impressionist was so inspired. This day trip definitely lived up to my expectations.

    My friends and I enjoyed an evening of fine dining.
    My friends and I enjoyed an evening of fine dining. It’s always fun to get dressed up.
  3. As you can see, this was a girls’ trip. We enjoyed a lovely dinner and concert in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is dominated by churches, castles and palaces. Its picturesque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Coffee is a veritable art form in Austria.
    Coffee is a veritable art form in Austria — and much appreciated.
  4. Coffee is an art form in Austria, and every morning there was a different design in our coffee. What a great way to start the day! A spoon to stir the coffee is not just placed anywhere but on the edges of a small water glass. This is not to dilute the coffee or for digestion purposes, but to symbolize how much the customer is valued.

    Castles!
    The 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria was quite magnificent.
    A Bavarian pretzel is such a culinary delight.
    A Bavarian pretzel is such a simple culinary delight.

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    A beer is the perfect companion with a tasty Bavarian pretzel.
  5. After a day of touring the magnificent 19th-century Romanesque Revival Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria, Germany, it was back to Munich and a visit to the famed Hofbrauhaus in Munich where we enjoyed a beer and some wonderful pretzels. Fun fact: Mozart lived around the block from the beer hall in the late eighteenth century. In a poem he wrote, Mozart claimed to have written the opera “Idomeneo” after several visits to the Hofbräuhaus fortified him for the task.

All in all, my European adventure has created memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Where did your travels take you this summer? I would love to hear all about the highlights of your expedition!

My best, Kim

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