- Courtesy (for example, saying ‘hello’ to the bus driver – AND getting a reply!) varies from city to city, country to country. Bristol seems to have the friendliest bus drivers! In China a young person will always offer his/her seat on the bus to an elderly person. In the UK, the elderly are invisible to young people!
2. You don’t have to go to New England to get a glorious autumn display
(Westonbirt Arboretum) Autumn in the UK: https://www.flickr.com/gp/willnewcomb/2w2C4v)
3. The ‘shock’ of using a knife and a fork everyday and not seeing kuaizi (chopsticks) for a whole 3 months!
A delicious meal at the exceedingly friendly highest pub in England (Tan Hill Inn) http://tanhillinn.com/
6. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was a big disappointment! I was hoping for a better selection of Rembrandt’s. Hardly any of his etchings, mainly held in the Rembrandt house; I’ll head there next time. Loved the Frans Hals works
7. Surprised by the early works of Van Gogh and Picasso. Gave me a new appreciation of the depth of their abilities.
Head of Fisherman with a Sou’-wester 1883, VVG Van Gogh Museum http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en
8. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was the most moving church building I’ve ever visited. The storytelling of the scriptures in the sculptures were large enough to read (unlike most stained glass in British cathedrals). I was on the verge of tears by the end of our tour. I hope I’m alive and mobile enough to visit it again when it’s completed (mainly the exterior).
9. The discount Roma Card wasn’t really worth it! Still had to pay separately for a tour (and entrance) of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters. Hardly used the buses. and only wanted the Forum and Capitoline museum entries. Could have saved some for extra gelato, while other things like the Trevi Fountain are free!
10. Visiting the Anne Frank house was probably the most moving event of the 3 month visit. So many lessons to learn for today about refugees fleeing for their lives.
Anne Frank Museum http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/