Postcards from Europe

Five countries, seven cities, 14 days. We’ve been home more than a week, but the memories of our trip through Europe resonate deeply. From Berlin to Achern, Germany; from the World War I battlefields in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace to a boat ride along the Seine in Paris; from beautiful Brugge to Flanders Fields, Belgium; from the Imperial War Museum in London to the resting place of Lusitania victims in Cobh (pronounced Cove), Ireland–we traveled by plane, train, bus, subway, car and foot to do research for my novel in progress, set in 1915 during the Great War.

And we made it. I was exhausted, yes, by all the travel. I dealt with a bout of cellulitis in my right foot at the beginning of the trip (thank goodness for antibiotics). I didn’t get enough sleep. But it was magnificent. Al and I found our way, with the help of many angels, to each destination, were blessed with the hospitality of good friends, stayed in wonderful accommodations on a budget (highly recommend AirB&B if you haven’t tried it), ate great food, and enjoyed the trip of a lifetime.

We’re grateful we could go. And dreaming of our next adventure. Here are just a few highlights . . .

Berlin balcony

Berlin balcony

Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden, Germany

Trenches  at Hartmannswillerkopf, Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France

Trenches at Hartmannswillerkopf, Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France

Storks in Munster, France

Storks in Munster, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, illuminated at night to show original colors

Eifle Tower, Paris, from the Seine River

Eiffel Tower, Paris, from the Seine River

Six flights up to our walk-up in Paris

Six flights to our walk-up in Paris

Medieval buildings in Brugge, Belgium

Medieval buildings in Brugge, Belgium

Poppies in Flanders Fields, Belgium

Poppies in Flanders Fields, Belgium

London, West End, near Ealing-Broadway

London, West End, near Ealing-Broadway

Parliament and Big Ben from the South Bank, London

Parliament and Big Ben from the South Bank, London

Our first view of Ireland

Our first view of Ireland

In Cobh, Ireland

In Cobh, Ireland

Evelyn Herwitz blogs weekly about living fully with chronic disease, the inside of baseballs, turtles and frogs, J.S. Bach, the meaning of life and whatever else she happens to be thinking about at livingwithscleroderma.com.

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