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.
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.
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.
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.
We went overland by shuttle van from Prague to Budapest. In Budapest.
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.
All back to Ljubljana.
By train to Zagreb (Croatia). In Zagreb.
Flew from Zagreb to Split (Croatia). In Split.
From Split to Korcula Island by catamaran boat. In Korcula.
From Korcula to Dubrovnik by shuttle van. In Dubrovnik.
From Dubrovnik to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzogovina) by shuttle van. In Mostar.
From Mostar to Sarajevo (Bosnia) by shuttle van. In Sarajevo.
Flew from Sarajevo to Vienna. In Vienna.