Hi from Rick: Adventures and Mementos
I love how travelers collect mementos of their journeys. At a restaurant the other day, I met a man with a well-worn walking stick lined with weathered Stocknagels. Those are the old-fashioned medallion souvenirs that Germans tack onto their sticks, commemorating each castle, hike, or festival they've enjoyed. He was proud of what he and that stick had experienced together.
When I was a kid on my first trip, my dad and I each purchased a felt hat in Bavaria. Each day we added souvenir pins and feathers to our hats in a friendly competition to come home with a hat that jangled and bristled with happy memories. For 25 years, here at Rick Steves' Europe we've issued an annual patch for those who join our tours, and many wear these on their day packs like proud veterans of foreign adventures… Read more