Hello Europe (Part 2) - Get New Ideas Through Travel
It’s been two weeks since I said my Hello’s and my Goodbyes to Europe. Only recently did I have the time to upload all the photos I took and write up this overdue entry. I’ve had a bunch of new projects crop up as I returned here to the city of smiles (Bangkok).
This may be a semi-lengthy post, but hey, you’ll get to treat your knowledge base with some second-hand accounts on these three remarkable cities.
Of course, I’ll keep everything short and sweet.
There were a total of 8 cities which I visited from the three great nations.
- Germany (Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Fussel)
- Switzerland (Bern, Zurich, Luzern)
- France (Strasbourg, Colmar).
I’ll give you guys a quick and simple introduction to what I did and learned about each unique cities.
We’ll begin with Germany, where the beer here is cheaper than the water. Oh, mad props to Paulaner, their wheat beer are must-haves in your fridge.
Heidelberg – The bustling college city, home to must-see castle ruins.
Frankfurt – People tell me that Frankfurt, the burgeoning financial capital, and also host to Germany’s largest international airport, wasn’t really a touristy spot. This came from the local Germans I met in Bangkok themselves.
I didn’t explore too much of the city. Checked out “The Zeil”, a popular pedestrian and shopping street. You can find almost every international brand and famous German retail shop here.
In Switzerland, I got myself a Swiss watch, because it was a touristy thing to do, and I enjoy collecting watches.
I got a chance to tighten my relationship with the majestic Alps. This was probably the highlight of my visit here, where I took the cables up to the snow capped mountain peak, and got to roll and slide down pristine white ramps of snow.
Zurich: Renown for their legendary and untouchable Swiss bank accounts, my stay in Zurich was mostly sight-seeing their museums and visiting their baroque town hall “Rathus”.
Lucerne (Luzern): This was probably my most favorite city-stop, as there were plentiful historical landmarks that would make perfect postcards if you took photos of them with your digital camera.
Here, I made way to the Reuss River, took a lot of photos when sailing on Lake Luzern, and saw the carving of the dying Lion which was a commemorative piece for the hundreds of Swiss guards killed by the mobs who stormed the Tuilleries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792. How’s that for some Swiss history.
There was also the wooden Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), erected during the 14th Century which I got to… walk across!
Bern: The capital, and once voted the most floral city, ranks as the most relaxing of all cities for this trip. Here I strolled through their traffic-immune medieval town’s cobbled streets, saw some nice fountains and sandstone buildings.
Did you know…it is in Bern where Albert Einstein worked, where the Toblerone chocolate bar is prepared, and the Emmental cheese (Swiss Cheese) is made? Now you do. By the way, their melted cheese and bread barbeque are amazing.
Oh, I also met the cities three famous bears, namely Bjork (mother), Urs, and Berna at the Bear park.
Strasbourg – This small bordering city boasts flavors and heritage from both France and Germany. I had the opportunity to get my eyes on the stunningly imposing Orche Cathedral. The architects and designed the cathedral 500 years ago were geniuses.
The cathedral was nestled in the center of the “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you’ll see homes that look like they belong in a fairy tale book, along with shops offering fresh baked ginger breads that taste just as good as they look.
Colmar – A truly charming Alsatian city. Colmar is preeminent as the Land of artistic wealth and wine-production.
Ok, I know I left some cities like Fussel out, but my memory isn’t cooperating with me at the moment, so I think I’ll have to rest this entry for now.
Overall, the cities I visited will be missed, and I would highly recommend you checking htem out if you’re heading to that part of the world.
At the end of this trip, I’ve come to believe in that traveling to harvesting new ideas.