A couple of weeks ago, I shared some memories of touring with Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus, the summer after I graduated from high school. How about a few more memories of my first trip to Europe?
I remember the situation of the photo above very well. We had flown over and landed in my most-anticipated European country of all, the home of my ancestors: Germany! The first town we drove through was Worms, and here we are in a restaurant there. I was sitting with Wendy and Christie, my friends on the trip, and Wendy’s mom. I remember on this trip feeling quite often that I enjoyed the company of the parents on the trip more than that of the kids my age. This has happened frequently in my life. This was particularly true when I was in a group of teens who were interested in drinking, partying, and carousing — never my interest. I am glad at this point to be an actual adult 🙂
Sound of Music
I loved so many things on the trip. We saw some sights from The Sound of Music, my favorite movie. Here’s the “16 Going on 17” gazebo, which I was distressed to see in such poor condition. I forget where it was located, but I went back to Europe in the next ten years and it had been moved to a different location altogether. Yes, I did go inside and leap from one bench to another, a la Liesl.
Charles & Diana
Another highlight was St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London. Forgive the less-than-impressive photo, but again, such was much of photography back in the early ’80s. In 1983, Charles and Diana had been married just two years. As far as any of us knew, all was still a fairy tale. I was so excited when we stopped here and actually went inside. I remember walking slowly down the center aisle, humming “Trumpet Voluntary” and imagining Diana doing the same thing. It was a totally surreal experience!
Standing on a Cathedral Roof
Did you know that you can climb up a gazillion steps to stand at the top of some of Europe’s grand cathedrals? It’s true. Here I am with friends on top of the Milan Cathedral in Italy.
The trip didn’t include a visit to any of King Ludwig‘s castles (affiliate link), but we did get to visit Versailles in France, which inspired the king. Honestly, I don’t remember much about Versailles. It was huge, though.
Have you visited any of these sites? Which European country would you most like to visit (or re-visit)?