Topic: Travel

I have had pizza and salad in every Italian city I've visited. Cliche? perhaps... but I cannot get enough of the fresh vegetables!

Like Venice Milan gets a Veg stamp of approval too with lots of veg and vegan-friendly options on every menu.

Even a locals-only bar we stopped at offered a complementary platter (with drink order) that was vegetarian -- we sent the cheese back, but nomed on the olives, pickles, pearl onions and tomatoes!

I tried a local ...

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We didn't plan to land in Venice on my birthday.. but its not exactly a bad place to celebrate, 'eh?

Venice is beautiful --- no doubt about that! but it's more jam packed than Times Square in July, or New Years. You can't move it's so congested with people (and yes, the canals are a bit stinky, too). I thought Venice was pretty, but would have preferred it with a little more breathing room. There were just ...

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Mountains, mountains, everywhere!

Innsbruck is such a pretty town with beautiful snow capped mountains in all directions! It also had a lot of veg options!

We got in late in the afternoon and settled into an Italian bistro for dinner. Scott ordered his classic cheeseless veg pizza while I was all over the vegetable soup and salad.

The next afternoon we wandered into a street fair and were over the moon to find a vegetarian stand with many vegan specialties ...

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I don't know why Germany has such a bad reputation for being anti-veg. Both this trip, and my trip 5 yrs ago, I had no problem finding vegan options. What really has impressed me is that the trains in Germany take care to offer veg fare...even with icons indicating what is vegetarian.

Anyway after Hamburg, Berlin & Cologne I'm in Munich.... with Scott, my best friend Jim, his girlfriend, his sister and her friend Craig.

All of us ...

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Scott & I met up in Paris before heading to Munich to meet our friends at Oktoberfest!

Scott arrived early in the morning (7am!) and we ran out to see the sites once we'd connected at our rendezvous point.

The Louve is damn impressive, I must say. After walking around looking at paintings (though, for me, I got most excited about some of the ceilings!) we were starved and dipped into a cute Italian bistro and ordered our eat-out standby ...

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