Setting The Scene

A selfie in Vienna, with St Steffan's Cathedral

A selfie in Vienna, with St Steffan’s Cathedral

Nath, Rod, Sonya on the famous Chain Bridge in Budapest

Nath, Rod, Sonya on the famous Chain Bridge in Budapest

This amazing Eastern Europe trip covered a lot of ground—literally, historically, geographically, musically, transport-wise, and of course food-wise. How can you not taste the foods and sip the drinks of countries/towns/villages you visit, as one way of learning about the culture of that place?

Lots of preparation went into making this trip as smooth as possible, and we all voted that it worked.

It was a special trip in many ways: the four of us travelled well together without any disagreements at all; it was Sonya’s first time to be out of the USA, so it was all new and different for her; Nathalie is pregnant, so we had to take account of that; Rod and I had been to some of the places before, but not all of them, so much was new and different for us too; we were all eager to learn as much about everything as possible and lapped up all the information. We all took a huge number of photos, so we’re still trying to work our way through them and organize them. But, as I work my way through this trip here in written form, that will happen.

Lake Bled (Slovenia) is arguably one of the prettiest spots in Europe

Lake Bled (Slovenia) is arguably one of the prettiest spots in Europe

To give some structure to this blog, I will probably mostly write up our stories chronologically. I’ve already put a few posts up on my regular blog, so I’ll just link to those.

Viv and Sonya on Charles Bridge, Prague

Viv and Sonya on Charles Bridge, Prague

A brief summary of our itinerary (with pictures):

Shows how incredible it was, and gives an idea of the range and breadth of things and places we visited and enjoyed. Please be patient and scroll through this all!

Rod and I went via Paris to Maastricht, where he had a conference.

Nath and Sonya flew to Amsterdam for a few days.

Krakow's main square, the Rynek Glowny

Krakow’s main square, the Rynek Glowny

In Krakow's main square we find the Eros Bendato head sculpture

In Krakow’s main square we find the Eros Bendato head sculpture

Rod and I went by train to Schipol Airport, where we met Nath and Sonya and we all flew to Krakow, Poland. In Krakow, and a visit to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine.

We went overland from Krakow to Prague by shuttle van. In Prague.

Sonya, Nath, Rod pose on Charles Bridge, Prague, amidst many other tourists

Sonya, Nath, Rod pose on Charles Bridge, Prague, amidst many other tourists

On the road to Budapest

On the road to Budapest

We went overland by shuttle van from Prague to Budapest. In Budapest.

Budapest's Castle Hill from the other side of the River Danube

Budapest’s Castle Hill from the other side of the River Danube

Budapest has some incredible revolution history

Budapest has some incredible revolution history

Overland from Budapest to Ljubljana by shuttle van. In Ljubljana, then Rod to Potoroz (Slovenia) for a conference, and Nath, Sonya and I for a few days to Lake Bled.

Ljubljana's Dragon Bridge

Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge

A great seafood meal in Ljubljana, overlooking the Ljubljanica River

A great seafood meal in Ljubljana, overlooking the Ljubljanica River

Dinner at Lake Bled, overlooking the castle

Dinner at Lake Bled, overlooking the castle

All back to Ljubljana.

By train to Zagreb (Croatia). In Zagreb.

Wandering Zabreb's colorful market

Wandering Zabreb’s colorful market

Flew from Zagreb to Split (Croatia). In Split.

You can just see Nath at the Golden Gate in Split's old city walls

You can just see Nath at the Golden Gate in Split’s old city walls

From Split to Korcula Island by catamaran boat. In Korcula.

Lunch with a view on Korcula Island

Lunch with a view on Korcula Island

From Korcula to Dubrovnik by shuttle van. In Dubrovnik.

Us 4 on old Dubrovnik's city walls

Us 4 on old Dubrovnik’s city walls

From Dubrovnik to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzogovina) by shuttle van. In Mostar.

Mostar's Old Bridge over the Neretva River

Mostar’s Old Bridge over the Neretva River

From Mostar to Sarajevo (Bosnia) by shuttle van. In Sarajevo.

A museum near the Latin Bridge in Sarajevo marks the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie were assassinated in 1914

A museum near the Latin Bridge in Sarajevo marks the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie were assassinated in 1914

Flew from Sarajevo to Vienna. In Vienna.

Coffee and cake at iconic Cafe Central in Vienna

Coffee and cake at iconic Cafe Central in Vienna

Home.

Wow!!

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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