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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 17th 2012

We have arrived! Due to a storm near the Atlanta airport, our flight was two hours late departing. That turned an eight hour flight into ten. But we were happy to be on the plane and on our way. The flight was uneventful although Jackie got much more sleep than I did. Our first adventure developed after clearing customs. We knew the name and address of our Munich hotel but not the neighborhood. The info that BMW sent us indicated that they would arrange for a limo to meet and take us to the hotel for only 110 euros (~$135). We decided that riding public transportation would be fun and much cheaper. Only one problem, where is the hotel? Fortunately, after some time, Jackie noticed that the hotel was only 150 meters from the main train ... read more
Munich Central Train Station
Hummel signs everywhere

North America » United States » Georgia » Dunwoody July 16th 2012

Hello friends and family, When I last posted a "travelblog" it was September 2, 2010 and we were in Prague. We haven't posted more because we have not 'traveled' anywhere. Well, if you don't count Amelia Island, Florida. I promised Jackie that we would do another overseas adventure this year and now is time for it. We are leaving today to fly to Munich to pick up yet another BMW. Some of you will remember that we did the European car pick up for the first time in the summer of 2008. We did a travelblog on that trip for the first time. Since then we took advantage and printed a copy of the blog, along with the photos as a great reminder of that trip. I plan to do that all over again for this ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia April 1st 2012

The weather continued as the warmest in years. We loved it.... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » New Town September 3rd 2010

Day 18-Prague 9/3-Wednesday This was our last full day of the trip. We decided today to follow the Rick Steve’s tour of the New Town. It was fun to find all of the highlights noted in his book. We acted like we were on TV’s Amazing Race. We started at the top of Wenceslas Square and stopped at all the highlights. After walking north for about a quarter of a mile, we turned west to the Vltava River. Then we went south to find the Dancing House. Afterwards, we found a Metro station to ride back to the Flora Mall to meet with Jay and Camille for lunch and some shopping. I was not surprised that Jackie and Camille purchased some new funky shoes. They have that on their mind since one of our shipmates, Joseph, ... read more
St. Wenceslas Statue
Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town September 2nd 2010

Day 17-Prague 9/2-Wednesday We had overcast weather again today. We started the day with a group tour of the Little Quarter. The first stop was the Wallenstein Palace Garden, the largest and most beautiful garden in the neighborhood. Aside the garden was the most unusual wall. It was an artificial wall of stalactites. Embedded were a few strange looking faces. We never heard the meaning of this wall. After the garden we walked up through the Little Quarter towards the Charles Bridge. As we walked we spotted an interesting courtyard of a restaurant with two mechanical men working as a fountain. The hips of the men rotated from left to right as the men seemed to be urinating into the pool. Instead of being an adults only we could see a “Children’s Zone.” I guess their ... read more
Wallenstein Palace Garden
Wallenstein Palace Garden
A different kind of duel

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town September 1st 2010

Day 16-Prague 9/01-Tuesday We had overcast weather today with an occasional break with clear skies. We toured in the morning with the entire group in the Castle Quarter above the west side of the Vltava River. This is where we saw the Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Catherdral. The castle is still considered a royal palace and thus is guarded by sentry. After the Castle Quarter, our tour moved down to the Old Town. We passed through the Jewish Quarter to the Old Town Square. There are lots to see in this area with monuments, churches and the Astronomical Clock. The tour group was walking from the Square to the Powder Tower on their way back to the hotel on the Metro. We chose to drop out and do our own thing. We had lunch ... read more
Castle Quarter
Castle Quarter
Castle Quarter

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town August 31st 2010

Day 15-Budapest to Prague 8/31/10-Tuesday Want to know our weather? No you don’t. We had rain and cold today. You’ll see in the photos. We wound down our cruise today. Last night we had a nice cruise around Budapest on the Danube. We would have been happy to have a few more days here but we are excited about the next stop, Prague. The trip north was on a motor coach. There were about 35 people from the ship that were joining the final leg of our trip to Prague. The scenery was interesting but nothing unusual except for a large number of wind turbines. On the way to Prague we made a stop in our sixth nation, Slovakia. We stopped in Bratislava, the capital city. It is a city of about 430,000 people on the ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Budapest August 30th 2010

Day 14-Budapest, Hungary 8/30/10-Monday We actually had clouds today. Still no rain. We had two goals for our last full day in Budapest. First, we planned to shop at the Great Market Hall. Later, we planned to take the subway over to the famous hot springs baths. Jay and Camille came with us. We first took a motor bus from the ship along the river to a stop near the Hotel Gellert and Baths. From there we walked across the Liberty Bridge to the mall. After shopping for an hour at the market (Jackie purchased the kids some jewelry), we walked for a while to find the Kalvin ter Metro station. Once there, we purchased four tickets to use going out and coming home. After buying from a cashier, we headed for the escalator. There were ... read more
Liberty Bridge
Cave Church

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 29th 2010

Day 13-Budapest, Hungary 8/29/10-Sunday Yet another beautiful, clear day. I started this day with a brisk walk with Jay to buy tickets for a tour of the Parliament. We were lucky since we got in line about 9:30am and had our tickets by 10:00am. We chose to do our tour at 2:00pm. So, after returning to the ship, Jackie and I set out for a trip up the ridge on the Buda side riding the funicular. To get there we crossed the Chain Bridge on foot. The views from the top are really spectacular. We walked around the Royal Palace and took some photos. We heard that both the Germans and later the communist party used this building as offices. It was bombed by the US during WWII. The gardens around the palace were in full ... read more
Tom and Emre Nagy
Nice view of our ship
Royal Palace Gardens

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda August 28th 2010

Day 12-Budapest, Hungary 8/28/10-Saturday We docked this morning early. I knew we were docking due to the way the boat was motoring. We were lucky in that our room was on the port side and when we looked out our window we were seeing the best view of Buda, the part of the city to the west. In fact, the view from my bed was right at the Chain Bridge with the Buda Castle (Royal Palace) in the background. At night, the bridge is well lighted creating a beautiful view. We started the day with a city tour by bus. We stopped at the neo-gothic Matthias Church. The church was named after King Matthias. Legend has it that, in the thirteenth century, he was called to return to Budapest by his mother using a raven with ... read more
Matthias Church
Matthias Church
Matthias Church

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