SPAIN

El Masnou From Vienna we flew to Barcelona where we arranged for our Airbnb hostess, Esther, to pick us up and take us to her lovely, seaside apartment in El Masnou. View from the front window View from the back window There are times while traveling for a long time that you feel you've reached …

Austria

VIENNA I was looking forward to my first visit to Vienna and spending time with my friend Pearl Nitsche who had very graciously offered us a room in her huge apartment for a week of exploring her city. But, sometimes unforeseen things happen. Due to much- needed surgery, which Pearl had hoped would have been …

The Czech Republic

ČESKŸ KRUMLOV Romantic. Quaint. Picturesque. Mountains. A winding river. And of course, a Castle! Everyone had told us not to miss Českÿ Krumlov while we were in the neighborhood. So, this time we booked a FLIX bus to take us from Prague to this southern Czech Republic town, and it didn't show up! We waited …

The Czech Republic

PRAGUE Another train ride, another country! This time we were in a 6-person compartment. Two large sofa-like benches in a lovely green fabric; 3 seats on each side facing each other with the most minimal of leg-room possible. Joyce and I shared the space with 3 very large Czech young men returning from their first …

POLAND

KRAKOW From Budapest to Krakow we took a 7-hour train ride. We had seats across from 2 young men, one Australian and one from Finlandia, who both loved to talk! The train had a club/dining car and was perfectly comfortable - until it stopped all of 20 km from Budapest and sat on the tracks …

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST We were sad to leave beautiful Lake Bled, but also excited to keep moving on! Once more we boarded a beautiful, big, extremely clean and comfy European tour bus for our 7-hour trip to another stop on our tour of Eastern Europe - this time Hungary. Our ride to Budapest Joyce will now step …

SLOVENIA

LAKE BLED Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a beautiful princess in a castle perched on a mountain top overlooking a crystal-clear, turquoise blue lake. The Princess, against her father's wishes, fell in love with a handsome boy from the village down below. They would sneak away and laugh …