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Budapest – Day 10

After the spectacular lights the night before I rose early (30 minutes prior to sunrise) to see if some of the magic was still there. It certainly was. Here is the Budapest Castle which is now home to the state museum. The second image is of the Chain Bridge.  This was the nicest part of the […]

Arrival in Budapest – Day 9

We were warned no less than ten times that the arrival in Budapest on the Danube at night is spectacular. We were scheduled to arrive at about 11 so we scheduled and planned accordingly. As our arrival time neared we staked out places on the deck and assumed our positions. Here is Marty acting as […]

Bratislava and the float to Budapest – Day 9

We awoke just a short walk outside Bratislava. It is a fairly small capital city with a population just over 500,000. It is the only capital city that borders three countries – Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. That partially explains its many years of integration into Hungary and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since WWI the history has […]

Wien (Vienna) – Day 8

Our day in Vienna started with a bus tour of the ring around central Wien. Franz Joseph realized that expanding beyond the old fortification wall would help promote significant growth in the city. He was certainly right.  We traveled past many of the city’s cultural landmarks including the opera house, parliament, the University, etc. We […]

Melk and Durnstein – Day 7

As we travelled down the Danube we had a two stop day. The morning stop was is in Melk with a visit to the Abbey. It was founded in 1089 when the King donated a castle. In the 12th century the school was formed (today they have about 900 students from nearby attending classes there). […]

Salzburg – Day 6

We boarded our bus at 8:30AM in Linz headed for Salzburg. We took a break halfway there in Mondsee. There is little more here than a rest stop but Mondsee is an absolutely beautiful lake with mountain backdrops. I would guess that more often than not, those on their way to Salzburg stop here if […]

Passau – Day 5

Passau is a quaint little city of about 50,000. It is also know as the city of three rivers (the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube). That gives it lots of character and variety but also makes it subject to flooding. I am glad we didn’t try to do this tour last year. The flooding […]

Prague – Day 3/Passau arrival – Day 4

On Saturday we took a leisurely breakfast and walked back into town. The old town square was a buzz with vendors, hawkers, and performers. The guy in the first image below did a Roundhouse Rodney impersonation (now that dates me). We explored some of the small streets and passageways filled with people. One thing that […]

Prague – Day 2

We both LOVE Prague. Friday was our programmed day in Prague. In some cases, things that we stumbled past last night we had a chance to explore anew. We signed up for two tours, one of the old town center city and the second one of the Lobkowicz Castle. We started in the Jewish quarter. […]

Prague – Day 1

We arrived at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague at about 2:00PM yesterday. Uneventful flights all around (except don’t eat the breakfast sausage on the Delta flight – I thought I was Tom Hanks in Big with the caviar). Checked in at the Hotel, freshened up met up with Marty and Terri Wade at 5:00 for […]