Thursday, December 16, 2010

Trafalgar's European Explorer 2006 memoirs part 9

More assorted couples on my 2006 trip, a Trafalgar's bus tour, on an itinerary called the European Explorer.

Trafalgar European Explorer 2006-March-28

An American couple who joked about being from "the land of the giants" -- and with good reason, because both of them were really tall!

Trafalgar European Explorer 2006-March-28

A cute Jewish mother-daughter pair who ducked out part-way to divert to Israel. I vaguely remember the issue of the daughter being an orthodox Jew was highlighted in France when, to make things easy, she just declared herself vegetarian for the wait staff.

I also remember there was some logistics error in France because our party size was way underestimated or simply relayed incorrectly, and there was a shortage of food at dinner. Dessert came as an unopened can of yogurt. It did not seem like they tried to make it up to us later, either.
Plus there was smoking every which way in France, and I had a helluva time with that. We were also in a hotel that seemed tucked away in the burbs, and not walking distance from anything interesting at all.
Finding a phone card that could call Australia was also apparently tricky. I can't remember exactly what the reason was, though.

Trafalgar European Explorer 2006-March-28

This South African couple were doctors, and one of the friendliest duos in the entire group.
I happened to see the tall flowers in the restaurant, and quickly set up this shot. The wait staff thought he really was proposing, and they had to settle them down and explain they were already married.

I remember having a discussion with them about the taste of drinking water around the world, as we had by then sampled tap water from various countries. London's was bitter, and Europe in general seemed to have hard water. They insisted that Sweet Water, Cape Town, South Africa had the tastiest water anywhere in the world.

Much later, in 2009, I'd visit Germany, and discover that everyone drank bottled bitter mineral water. Hmm...

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