There are unusual sights, and unexpected sights, but sometimes in our travels we stumble into something so surprising that it’s impossible not to stop and take notice. Surfboards and wetsuits, in the middle of Munich? These are the Eisbach River surfers.
Instead of “Where’s Waldo?” today it’s “Where’s Gallivance-o?” It’s a few days until Europe’s biggest party begins, and we’re sitting at a picnic table, under a leafy canopy of chestnut trees.
If you’re a day-trippin’ travel junkie who loves the rush of entering a new country, Malmö, Sweden is the bomb. Feed 105 Danish Kroner (about $19 US) into the ticket machine at Copenhagen’s Central Station, jump on the train for a pleasant ride across the Öresund Strait, and 30 minutes later you’re in another country.
Thirsty sailors, rowdy bars, and busy brothels – you’d never know it today, but if you took a stroll along the quay of the Nyhavn canal in the 17th Century, a seedy party would unfold around you.
Everyone loves a warm welcome, and if you travel into Copenhagen by train, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Take a few steps outside the central station, and the first sounds you’ll hear are joyous laughter and roller coaster screams from visitors to Tivoli Gardens, which is directly across the street. Copenhagen has many unique …
We wrapped up our Lessons from the Road series a few days ago, but on the first day of our trip to Europe, something happened that reminded us of another important lesson.
Like many young couples, as soon as we could afford it, we went to Europe. These were the days of Arthur Frommer’s Europe On $25 A Day, Rick Steves’ Europe Through The Back Door, and Eurail Passes were the way to get around.
This beautiful sarcophagus is one of my favorite pieces of art from the ancient world. This “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” is Etruscan – the region northwest of present day Rome, roughly equivalent to Tuscany – and is from the 6th Century BC.