Europe – It was fun

This is my final European trip post. I figured six weeks give or take was enough. I hope you enjoyed my adventures. Life is pretty amazing no matter where we are, isn’t it. 

Instead of a story I thought I would conclude my post with a series of pictures. They were taken during the last week of our trip. We were just a tad exhausted but hey, it’s France and England, there is no time for exhaustion.

On a side note: Because of my book being released and my other book being written I will have to limit my posts to once a week. There is just not enough hours in the day. It bummed me out but I knew I could not write at the level I expect.

On a bright note: I am pleasantly surprised at the popularity of Fozzie Bear. He was going to retire as soon as his European pictures ended but now I wonder, should Fozzie continue?

So here’s a question for you all: Would you like Fozzie to continue wishing you a happy and productive week? If so, I will drag my sorry knee (kids and wife let’s be honest) all over Western Oregon and wherever else we may go with pictures and happy wishes.

Let me know if this is a great idea or a bad one. Now, on with the pictures!!!!!


The beautiful town of Calais. Our last town in France


Calais, France


Who doesn’t love phone booths in London? Well, I thought they were cool.

London 1


Double deck buses were the best. I kept my feet, and chair on the bottom floor but still…it was cool. 

London 2


I was a tad bummed the studio was closed. On the other hand I was able to visit their store.  

London 3


But Abby Road is always open. 

London 4


It wouldn’t be London without a trip to Buckingham Palace. I waved. Sadly, he didn’t. 

London 5

Can you say Schweineschnitzel?


It was really good that first day

As my experiences of Europe come to an end the one thing I have not spoken enough of is the food. 

We all have our favorites and I know if this were you, we would be reading the types of food you were drawn to and it’s probably safe to say all of the stories would be a little bit different.

Before I share my experience I want you to do me a favor. Cut and paste the word – SCHWEINESCHNITZEL.

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You’ll notice how appealing it looks. Mouth watering, you might way. A dish that one could really sink their teeth into.


If only had it stopped in Vienna

I first came across this tantalizing dish in Vienna. It was lunch time. We were guided into a nice little place complete with buffet. 

The place was shiny and bright. A nice little language barrier tossed in for fun causing the cook to point to a special dish on his right. I smiled and pointed yes. I quickly realized when one smiles and points language barriers are quickly forgotten. 

The story could have ended here. It could have turned into a nice pleasing experience. Happy even. Sadly, that’s not where this story is going.


It wouldn’t go away

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The following day the dish appeared again. But with this particular experience there was no buffet there was only one choice: Our main evening meal chosen by the tour. 

On the bright side I got to choose a side dish.

The routine continued into consecutive days of eight or nine …or was it ten? Whatever it was it was non-stop Schweineschnitzel. 

Sometimes we had the pork version, sometimes the chicken. Whatever it was the damn thing kept coming.


A Star is Born…..sort of

To say I was a bit tired of this once appetizing dish is pretty accurate. On the bright side my tired taste buds slowly spilled over to my touring companions.

It wasn’t long before sarcastic songs came into the mix.

Sweet Home, Schweineschnitzel 

Hotel Schweineschnitzel

We are the Schweineschnitzels

 And our personal favorite: 

The Long and Winding Schweineschnitzel.

Our bus was jamming with so many classics we were literally taking it on the road.

Looking back I could have done without the nine or dozen servings in the nine or dozen cities, but if there is a silver lining I will say this – 

If you are ever in Austria, Germany or Switzerland try this dish.

But do yourself a favor: Try it once.

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Fozzie and Stefan


Fozzie enjoyed all of the sites as he traveled the word but the one thing he enjoyed the most was Stefan, our tour guide. They were a lot alike in so many ways.

Not exactly sure that’s a good thing.

As the kids get back into school and we celebrate the final holiday out here in the states, Fozzie wishes you a fun and productive week.