I am terrible at foreign languages. Because they're so outgoing and their language is fun, Italians are a pleasure to interact with. I find Italian beautiful and almost melodic.
Portugal's capital city of Lisbon feels to me like Europe's San Francisco -- it has rattling trolleys, a famous suspension bridge, a heritage dominated by a horrific earthquake, and lots of fog.
Grand, centuries-old cathedrals distinguish Great Britain's cities and towns, providing spiritual nourishment to those who visit. Stonehenge is the most famous of these -- and has a new visitors' center to serve nearly one million annual sightseers.
Twenty years ago, I was on a train heading to Rothenburg to update the ultimate medieval town in Germany for my guidebook. As I was preparing for a connection, I realized the train I was on was heading for Prague.
I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries.
Here's a tip. Restaurant tips are more modest in Europe than in America. Virtually anywhere in Europe, you can do as the Europeans do and add a euro or two for each person in your party.