Traveling Solo

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I would never travel with a group, or on an organized tour. I want to do what I want, when I want, and how I want. Last year, I did take a guided tour in Budapest, and one in Prague, for a few hours, but other than that I was on my own for three weeks.

I have been to Paris many times. To me it is the most beautiful city in the world. Last year my socks were literally knocked off by the scenery of something that I had seen before from another angle. This was the Trocadero in Paris. I had always seen it from below, with the Ecole Militaire, the Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower behind me, the Seine, the JFK boulevard, the gardens, and the Trocadero in front of me. Well, last year I saw it from above, and the scenery was incredibly breathtaking. I lingered there for two hours, which you could never do if you traveled with a group, and then I walked around some parts of Paris that I had never gone to, for six hours, ending up at the extremely beautiful Alexander III bridge and the gorgeous Place de la Concorde.

One day, I went to the St-Sulpice church to buy some religious artifacts for one of my doctors, and learned, to my surprise, that the ugly St-Sulpice is the second largest church in Paris, after the incredibly beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral. In Budapest, I walked for hours in what used to be the “embassy row.” In Prague, I went to a store that specialized in cat figurines, and in Vienna I had Sacher Torte and Wiener Schnitzel. In Belgium, I saw cousins I hadn’t seen in more than fifty years. How can you do that on any organized tour?

Yes, travel solo, and be careful, although I never felt a bit afraid in Denmark, Sweden, London, my beloved Paris, and any other country or city that I saw. In Prague and Budapest, where English is not common except in hotels and some restaurants, I spoke with my hands, a bit of French, German, and always managed to get what I wanted, even in a little place in Prague where the owner only spoke Czech. I could use the internet there to make restaurant and concert hall reservations and have them confirmed and printed, using gestures. I would not ever travel other than solo.


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