I still need to go through several archival binders of negatives and digitize them. I have several cities to cover, but I must say that looking at my images from Amsterdam reminds me – 40+ years later that its just the most livable and warm and friendly city I think I’ve ever visited.
There are many types of interesting cities in Europe. Zurich was the most peaceful, clean and quiet, with natural beauty nearby. Berne was gorgeous but I didn’t care for Geneva – at all. London was the most fun and really quite comfy but much busier than Amsterdam or Zurich. Paris is awesome but had a seedy edge – there were shysters, gypsies and pick pockets everywhere – so it ties NYC for being edgy and dangerous. However, I’d choose Paris over NYC for the more bohemian and artsy aspects – but in a weird way, they are a lot alike.
The German cities that I visited – Munich, Augsburg and Stuttgart were OK – but I can’t say too memorable. I hear Berlin is that one German city that I really need to visit before I spin off this mortal coil. My fathers side of the family is from Stuttgart, Reutlingen, Pfulligen, and anything along the Neckar. The Black Forest is awesome and in my blood – when I visited there I could feel it.
My Mom is from Torquay by way of London – specifically Hammersmith and Bow. I felt a very strong connection when I lived in SW-10 and visited relatives in Devon.