I had an opportunity to go to Europe in the spring of my senior year in high school...1986. It was an 11 day bus tour starting in Rome. I loved Rome. I thought it was a dirty, crowded city, but the Renaissance art was so great I was just in awe. The people were real people there too. We went to Florence next. I was equally in awe of the art and the beauty of the city itself. We then drove through the Alps for an overnight in Geneva and then on to Paris. Geneva was a very clean almost sterile city, and I just didn't care for it. I did come back with a few pocket knives, though. Paris was fun. Not my favorite, but lots of neat things to see. I also really enjoyed London, our last stop, too. For the $1500 dollars or so Dad paid to give this once in a lifetime opportunity, it was TERRRIFIC, and I'll always be thankful to him for it.
I've been back to Paris and London a few times for work and to Munich too. I'm a homebody, but I did enjoy all the opportunities I had to travel to Europe. I hope someday I can give me kids these types of opportunities too. Dad was always real good about making sure I got out to see the world.