Well the flight home yesterday was uneventful, which means good, when facing three flights starting at 6:30 AM from Salzburg to Berlin, then connecting to Chicago and ending up with the short flight to Dallas. The first two flights were on Air Berlin and both planes were nice and the personnel were very helpful.
The flight from Chicago to Dallas was on American and again no issues at all, we tried to take a bump in Chicago for $300 a ticket (DC Fund) but they ended up not needing volunteers, probably best we did not get the bump since when we got home last night we were beat.
This final entry will wrap up the trip and a few comments.
We started from Dallas on the 6th and ended up in Dallas on the 17th, seems like a good progression. In-between we visited and had extended stays in Salzburg Austria, Budapest Hungary, Prague (Praha) Czech Republic, Geneva Switzerland, and Paris France. We traveled through the US, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and France. We took two night trains and the rest of the time stayed in local/regional hotels.
We traveled by train primarily
but within the cities we used bus, taxi, metro, boat and Segway.
unfortunately we did not travel by
But at least we did not have to go by
I mention this because everywhere we went there were ways to get around for reasonable prices. I should also say that on the trip we walked an average of 10 miles a day, which allowed us to eat without concern.
I believe Julie, Morgan and I would all say that Budapest and Prague (Praha) were our two favorite stops but that Paris was very nice as well. Each location had its highlights but those three were top. Geneva was nice but we probably had too short of a stop there to be able to comment fully.
Salzburg was not considered in that list because to do so would be unfair. Salzburg is where Morgan calls home for now having been there six weeks and looking forward to the next 7. She seems to love the city and the country and without a doubt the wonderful new friends she has made. Morgan was glowing about all of the experiences and stated that attending school in Salzburg is the best decision she had made, she has absolutely no regrets. The people we met from the city, the school, and her home and in general are great.
Julie and I left even more convinced that the kid’s decisions to spend time in foreign study, the UK for Alex and Austria for Morgan were good ones. They both have had once in a lifetime experiences and have grown as individuals. The time abroad has given them the opportunity to test their beliefs outside the safe confines of home and has enabled more exposure to the world’s perspectives and cultures.
Their experiences living outside the US will serve them well in the years to come and we feel blessed that they were able to take advantage of the opportunities. With that we will close out the trip BLOG for Europe Spring Break.
Time to start planning for the next Motorcycle trip – should be late summer/early Fall – stay tuned