It’s not enough that I was fortunate enough to go to high school in Germany (Mannheim to be exact) but revisiting Europe as an adult to include my old high school was EVERYTHING! The opportunity presented itself for me to return to Europe with stops in Paris, Munich, and the final hurrah in Amsterdam.
Paris…….”La Ville Lumière” (The City of Light) and otherwise revered as the “City of Love”. It was a short trip in what would be a 7 day adventure but no less exciting. I took the lifts up to the tippy top floor of the Eiffel Tower which provided the ultimate view of the landscape. Paris truly looks like a postcard from every angle or at best like pages cleanly torn straight from an artist canvas.
Munich…….Oktoberfest! Reminiscent of my teenage years at the various Fests in and around Mannheim where I had the fortune of living during my teen years. However (with a long pause and tilt of head), being at Oktoberfest as an full grown adult was an experience to be had and should be had atleast once in one’s lifetime! Sitting here writing this got me thinking about revisiting.
The Munich leg of the trip was great not just because of Oktoberfest but largely in part for the opportunity to make a stop in Mannheim to see how much things had changed since leaving my high school. It was like turning back the hands of time with the exception of a few differences. Unbeknownst to me (at the time), the base itself was shutting down just a few years after my visit (sometime in 2014 I believe) which made it that much more special to have made the voyage back before there was nothing to go back to.
Amsterdam……..Finally as the last stop on this adventure train which was a great end to a memorable trip. The highlight of this final destination of the 3-parter was whatever crossed my path. The only planned event was – believe it or not – seeing Lil Wayne in concert lol! Amsterdam was everything you’d imagine it to be – sights, sounds, the Red Light district, food, arts, architecture, and so on and so forth! It is definitely a place I would visit again.