Europe

I lived in Germany in the late 1980s and made many business and personal trips while living there and afterward after moving back to the States. I supported the marketing and sales of our products in the northern and southern countries including Benelux, Scandinavia, Italy, and Spain. I spent a lot of personal time visiting southern Germany, Switzerland, and Britain. I got about everywhere else including a visit behind the iron curtain in late 1989 and then immediately after the fall in early 1990. What a time that was!

Germany

Germany is unique in how well everything looked and worked when I lived there. I would try and visit someplace new every weekend that I was not elsewhere. Favorite destinations included Fussen (Neuschwanstein Castle), Munich (Octoberfest!), Rothenburg ob der Tauber (walled village), and the Black Forrest (Cuckoo-Clocks!). There were paths everywhere and I spent countless hours walking between small villages around where I lived. It was a wonderful time. My family visited several times

The Alps – Austria and Switzerland

I made a number of trips to the Alps – usually when someone came to visit. The natural beauty together with mankind’s works of thousands of years is truly unique. I rank Switzerland as the most beautiful country I have ever visited.

East Block – Czechoslovakia and Hungary

I went on a bus tour in the Summer of 1989 to what was then Czechoslovakia and Hungary. We mainly visited Prague and Budapest. I found Prague to be particularly beautiful with a good vibe.

Italy and Spain

I spent a lot of time in northern Italy and never got around to seeing the south beside one hurried trip to Rome. I did several trips and saw Venice and the dolomites and the Italian riviera in the east. I was in an old roman colosseum in Verona and got to see the Queen Mother in her British racing green jaguar make an appearance. Quite a treat! One my first trip in 1985 we drove to Monaco over the weekend and walked the Formula 1 race course!

Benelux

My favorite spots in this area included the village of Kinderdijk in Holland and the ‘Venice of Northern Europe’ at Brugge in Belgium. Amsterdam was pretty interesting too – prostitutes dressed in a nightgown sitting in the front window of their places of business in the red light district – wild! I drove through the tiny country of Luxemburg – I have never seen so many banks in my life ๐Ÿ˜†.

Britian

I tried to visit England whenever I could. I did a couple of car trips including one visiting Scotland and Wales. In the early 1990s, I did the Coast to Coast trail ~ 190 miles through the scenic northern part of England. I loved London and have seen most of what it has to offer over many trips.

Sweden

I visited Sweden fairly often as it had a lot of manufacturing companies like ABB. I traveled around quite a bit and made it to the southern and western parts of the country. I was surprised by how much was still woodlands -it’s a big country with a low population. A favorite memory was sailing the archipelago outside of Stockholm one Summer weekend.

Russia – St Petersburg

I did a trip in 1995 to St Petersburg while visiting friends in Sweden. It was a fascinating place and I wish I could have spent more time there.