SPAIN

MADRID Our next stop was Madrid. This is where we would have a pre-departure lunch with the others who had volunteered with DIVERBO to teach conversational English to Spanish executives for the next 8 days. But more about that in my next post. I wanted time in Madrid for two very special reasons - to …

SPAIN

BARCELONA Cala Milá This visit to Barcelona was all about Gaudi! We hopped the local train from the seaside into the main square of downtown Barcelona, Placa de Catalunya, and found the sign of where we would be staying for the next 3 days just across this very large square - Hotel Ginebra. This is …

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 …

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 …