It was so amazing walking down the streets of Munich at night and hearing beautiful classical music being played and just stopping for a moment to 'take it in' and just enjoy the beautiful sounds and melodies of past composers - I felt so 'alive' in this moment and as much as I like today's modern music, there is something about being in Europe and being 'swept away' by classical music that is just magnificent!!!
I actually cried as I saw the cathedrals in Salzburg, Austria. My grandmother I used to watch "The Sound of Music' together every Christmas and she passed away a few months before I went on my Europe trip - actually being in Salzburg and seeing the 'abbey' first hand, I felt my grandmothers presence with me and I will never forget that moment because it made me realize that she will always be with me, even though she is not here physically!!!
The scenery from the train was simply breath-taking, especially when we traveled through Italy, where this picture was taken! This photograph really captures the beauty of the European landscape - simply stunning!!! The big cities in Europe are amazing, but so are the little villages, forests and lakes you see in Europe! Traveling by train is a fantastic way to really 'see' and take in Europe!
I fell in love with Zurich - for some reason, it really resonated with me. I found the people really friendly, the main city was so beautiful and inviting. Zurich and Switzerland in general is definitely a place I will be returning to!
A scene from a boat tour we took while in Zurich - I love this photo because it captures someone's real life moment!!!
There is a Cathedral in Zurich that was built by Charlemagne and the presence and feeling of history coming alive was so 'real' when I was there - It was awe-inspiring just being there and I really felt a spiritual connection and presence!
One of the traditional dishes of the Alsace region of France is the onion tarte (which is almost like an onion pizza) - the dough was so light and crispy and the tarte itself was so creamy and melt in your mouth - after a full day of walking, I finished this entire onion tarte all by my self and enjoyed every tantilizing bite!!! I had some of my best and favourite 'food' moments in Switzerland and France. In Zurich, I had the most amazing salad with hard-boiled egg and a dijon based dressing that was 'out of this world' good - the next evening I had a salad with goat cheese and honey and this pureed vegetable soup that was out of this world - This culinary experience is was taught me that there is no excuse to eat fast or processed foods - you need to love the food you eat, savour it and enjoy it - food is an experience, a love affair. This is something that the Europeans have discovered and respect to this day!
Last but not least, the light and sound show every evening that illuminated the main Cathedral in Strassburg was 'beyond words' - just try to picture the beauty of this Cathedral coming to life with colours and lights and classical music - add to that the most delicious, creamy frozen yogurt you're 'ever' tasted and you're got an experience that is pretty close to heaven itself. I will cherish this moment forever!!!
I hope after reading this post you can understand why I love Europe so much and why I am on this eternal quest to 'become' that polished, timeless, classic European! Its not about a particular city or place - its about being able to get lost in the moment, letting go, enjoying 'living', embracing the now, feeling beautiful and sensual, allowing yourself to eat the most delicious food without guilt and simply loving and being who you are!!!