FC: THE BEST OF EUROPE IN 21 DAYS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010 | FRED AND CANDACE STIESBERG
1: Rick sent us all instructions, Meet up in Haarlem town. But think twice about what you pack, For you'll be lugging it up and down.
2: Breakfast is at 7, Be out front by 8. Jennifer is calling "BUDDY CHECK," Don't be the one that's late !
3: We saw bicycles, Rembrandt, Van Gough and canals, | Lost three members from the train. | But we all made it to Amsterdam, | And followed Jennifer in the rain.
4: We saw the home of young Anne Frank, Felt her presence and mourned her fate. But reality hit us square in the face, When we walked through Dachau's gate.
5: Oh, and then there was Richard, | Waiting to take us on the road. | His shining bus stood ready, | For this motley crew to load.
6: We marveled at his shining shoes, | His jackets, shirts and ties. | Because we all looked like fugitives, | From a store called REI.
7: A fancy bus just for us, | With a bathroom, drinks and comfy seats. | We cruised south, then east, then west and north, | Towards a dinner each day of tasty eats.
8: Breakfast is at 7, | Be out front by 8. | Jennifer is calling "Buddy Check," | Don't be the one that's late !
9: We climbed to our rooms in Bacharach, | Felt the train go rumbling by. | But the part that I'll remember most, | Was when Herr Jung made me cry.
10: We were told of how the Nazis, Ruled with a heavy hand. And how his youth was stolen, and brother lost, In a war in a foreign land.
11: Now Rothenburg is quite a sight. Quaint, like Germany Used to be. We saw the Jakob Altar and Medieval wall, And the Night Watchman Told his story to us, one and all.
12: Down the Rhine through Germany, | And Austria's quaint towns.
13: Hohenschwangou,Neuschwanstein, Oh look, there are castles all around !
14: The Rhine was fine, | The wine divine. | We climbed to castles on the hills.
15: Then the Brenner Pass delivered us, | To the land of pasta thrills.
16: Breakfast is at 7, | That big bus just won't wait ! | Jennifer is calling "Buddy Check," | Be out front by 8.
17: Here we are in Italy, | With vaporettos, | scooters, | and wine.
18: We saw statues, frescos and galleries,
19: By artists and sculptors, of the famous and divine.
20: The cities of Florence, | Are not too much like home. | Venice, | and Rome,
21: They've got marble, statues, and ruins, | And miles of cobblestone.
22: But watch out for those drivers, They'll surely mow you down. | You'll be missed at the "BUDDY CHECK", | When we get to our next town.
23: Cinque Terre was like a movie set, The weather warm and clear.
24: We rode the train and walked the trail, Took the boat from there to here.
25: Breakfast is at 7, Be out front by 8. Jennifer is calling "BUDDY CHECK," | Don't be the one that's late !
26: On the way to Switzerland, | The deluge from the sky. | But all those tunnels could not stop, | The bus was waxed and dry.
27: We rode the tram to Gimmewald, Then Murren and on to Birg.
28: And stood high up on the Schilthorn, The view, Too great for words !
29: I've seen pictures of Switzerland, I thought I'd seen it all.
30: But never did I imagine sights like Murren, And those crashing waterfalls.
31: Breakfast is at 7, | I hope that I'm not late! | Be out front by 8. Jennifer is calling | "BUDDY CHECK,"
32: We tasted wine in Beaune, | We drank it in the dark. | We feasted on beef bourguignonne, | In a room built before the ark.
33: We traveled on to Paris, And then felt strangely alone. As we waved farewell to Richard, As he headed off for home.
34: I know that I've forgotten, to tell a tale or two. | Like Oktoberfest, | Gondolas, | Or Indonesian food.
35: But every day is a memory, Because I shared it all with you.
36: Paris, | The Seine, | The Louvre, | They've all gone by so fast.
37: The time has come to bid farewell, To new friends that we hold fast.
38: Yes, the time has come, We're sad to say;
39: Tot ziens, Auf wiedersein, | Arriva derci, | Au revoir, | Good-by.
40: So, I better end this story now, | Before I start to cry.
41: Breakfast is at 7, Be out front by 8. | Jennifer is calling "BUDDY CHECK," Good grief, I think I'm late !
42: Thank you Jennifer, and all the staff at Rick Steves for a wonderful trip, and the memories!