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Rome to Istanbul – Day 4 (Taormina)

Taormina Sicily – I was here for work (a NATO ASI project through 3M) 32 years ago. I was anxious to return to see what time had done to a wonderful little village. For me there are three things in (and or near) Taormina that I remember and that I wanted to see. Mt. Etna, […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 3 (Amalfi)

We woke up this morning as we pulled into Amalfi. It is a very charming town. While we enjoyed the Isle of Capri, I dont think we’d return (too many tourists. :-)). Amalfi on the other hand is great. Beautiful beach, lovely town square, amazing emerald grotto. I have taken quite a few shots and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 2 (Sorrento and Capri)

On our second day we anchored just off Sorrento which is about an hour south of Naples by car. In this shot you can see Vesuvius in the background. We came ashore via tender into the main harbor. Quite quaint. Not sure how they built these (especially years ago). From there we took a ferry […]

Budapest – Day 11

This morning we disembarked the Viking Legend after a nice breakfast and goodbyes with new friends (actually some of the goodbyes were at dinner last night due to early morning flights). All in all we really liked Viking. We had a couple of nits but they do a good job. The only issue going forward […]

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 […]