“Travels to a Different Time” : 14August1974: Dusseldorf West Germany: All the Way to Dusseldorf with a Sore Ass: A Ride with the Most Beautiful Woman in Europe: Who are the Most Beautiful Women in Europe?

Up at 08:00 to complete the morning ablutions. Paid my 32 schillings ($2.10) for the night. I headed out to a grocery store and bought my breakfast including a litre of milk. My first good milk in two months! I had my breakfast sitting on a park bench. The autobahn was about a kilometre walk and I got a lift ASAP from the most beautiful woman in Europe a lovely Austrian around 25. She took me to the German border and using her great beauty actually arranged a ride with two German guys in a BMV travelling all the way to Dusseldorf. I understand enough German to understand how much they were dazzled by this fair maiden! Zipping along the Autobahn we passed Stuttgart, Bonn and reached Dusseldorf. My ass was sore! I found a bus near the train station that took me to the youth hostel. I know enough German to ask how to get around as I studied it for a year. The youth hostel room was tiny and stuffy. Dinner was some leftover buns and cheese that didn’t travel that well. I used my last Deutschmark for a lemonade. In Germanic authoritarian tradition all the lights were turned off at 23:30.

Speaking of the most beautiful women in Europe I get asked this question by my Canadian friends. North American girls in Europe are immediately recognizable. But my answer is no European country can boast of the most beautiful women. Norwegian ladies are perhaps the most friendly and welcoming. I say to my friends beauty is not everything. It may help in setting off a spark but intelligence warmth and sincerity are what is going to capture your heart and you never know what women can pop up in your travels that can melt your heart. If you are a serious traveler, you may be going in one direction and the apple of your eye the other. Being in transit sometimes is not the best for a romantic relationship.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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