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Sweet Sabbatical 2012

North America » United States » Kansas » Topeka July 12th 2012

What do you REALLY NEED for a 6-week trip? (This list is to remind ME of how to cut 20 lbs. out of my luggage!) Remember, you must deal with the following weather conditions: Cold (below 60 degrees) Cool (60-70) OK (70-85) Hot (85-90) Hot Hot (90-100) Hot Hot Hot (above 100) Rain (snow?) Shoes: Great walking shoes (athletic) and 2 pairs of socks Sandal or flat airy walking shoe (for ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 9th 2012

We got up at 6, ate at the breakfast buffet at the hotel, and packed up. The shuttle picked us up at 7:00 am (midnight Kansas time). We went through security and waited to board the plane. Gary bought Johnny Walker Blue scotch with some extra euros (need to use them up somehow). The plane was on time. The ride was 10.5 hours to Atlanta. We went through customs, but the “smelling dog” pawed at my backpack. It turned out the poppy seeds that I picked on our walk from the Munich airport hotel were NOT allowed. So we went through the agricultural section of customs and the seeds went in the trash. We caught the flight to KCI, landed early, got our bags and were shuttled to Gary’s car. We went to Children’s Mercy Hospital ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 8th 2012

We walked to the Salzburg train station, about 10 minutes, easy walk on flat sidewalks, and caught the 9:51am train to Munich. It was a nice 2 hour ride in air conditioning. We had to transfer to a local train iin Munich to get to the airport. Then we had to take a taxi, 15 euro, to our Holiday Inn Munich Airport. We had planned to go into the city but it was very expensive and time consuming to travel there: 10 euro shuttle back to the airport, 20 euro to and from the city, and 10 to shuttle back. We decided to hang out at the hotel, which was very modern and nice with good AC and WIFI. We took a walk and explored the village next to the hotel. The hotel recommended Italian restaurant ... read more
Homemade Pasta with Seafood
The Italian Bistro
MD and GG at dinner

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 7th 2012

My usual pattern here in Salzburg is to go to the lobby, which has WIFI, and check email first thing in the morning. Internet at this hotel is very frustrating. Sometimes it works but most of the time there are difficulties. I got into AOL this morning but it took 2 hours to read 7 emails and try to respond to several. Skype did not work at all yesterday or today. I definitely did not post a blog entry. I started walking in a new direction after the frustrating start to the day. I found the photo galleries I was interested in visiting. I went to the Leica Gallery, Fotohof, Gallery 5020, and the Gallerie Welz. I was disappointed because there was nothing unusual or stimulating, but I did see some classics in the Leica Gallery. ... read more
Procession Hats at Folk Art Museum
Entrance to Beer Garden
Gary delivering beer

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 6th 2012

We had breakfast at the hotel, quite a lovely buffet, almost as nice as the Gellert in Budapest. Gary went to his meeting and I went to check email. We are waiting for Baby Andy to arrive… Betsy and Matt are at the hospital. No news yet. I walked to the Salzburg town center, going in churches and just poking around as I went. I visited the beautiful St. Andra Church, where I lit a candle for the new grandson coming today. Then I visited the Holy Trinity Church. I made my way across the river and stopped at the Salzburg Museum. It had a great exhibit on Middle Age Church relics and art, which I enjoyed. It also had a video of a man walking around with a video camera, and the GPS recording it ... read more
Mozart statue
Susie Pryor, Gary Baker and Mandy Thimmesch
View from Castle Terrace Restaurant

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 5th 2012

It is hard to believe that we are on our way to Salzburg, our last stop on the trip!!! Five days and we’ll be headed back to Topeka and our restarting our lives there. We leisurely made our way to the Budapest Keleti train station to catch the fast train to Salzburg. We had purchased tickets on line before arriving in Europe. Our ticket was to Munich instead of Salzburg, because it was 20% less cost than the shorter one to Salzburg! (Thanks, “TravelAdvisor.Com”) We had reserved seats on the 2nd class car. The seats are comfortable, and the AC works. What more can you ask for? The train is quite modern and has a video information system on the ceiling, with maps and other information. We went 96 miles an hour!!! We arrived, followed hotel’s ... read more
Dinner of Hungarian specialities
Keleti Train Station, Budapest
Fast Train

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary July 4th 2012

Today is July 4th: Happy Birthday USA! There are 3 train stations in Budapest: Deli (we arrived there from Croatia); Keleci (more international traffic; we traveled to and from Bratislava and will go to Salzburg); and Nyugati (inland/national trains). We took a tram and the metro to get to the Nyugati station. We were headed to see the Hungarian Photography Museum in Kecskemet. This morning, we had breakfast in the Gellert Hotel, and left around 8:00 am. We found the ticket office and got round trip, 2nd class, for approximately $25.00 USD each round trip. 2nd class was nice: we had assigned seats in a clean, comfortable, air conditioned car…SO nice!!!! The trip was 1 hour 15 minutes. Kecskemet was unexpectedly DELIGHTFUL! We walked out of the train station, through a park, and followed (really) a ... read more
St. Nichola Exterior Shrine
MD at Photo Museum

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » New Town July 3rd 2012

Today we got up early and opened the breakfast room at 7:00. It is easy to tell when the room is about to open: “Muzac” from the 70s starts to play and the doors open. Today we heard “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Danny Boy”, and theme from “Exodus.” We had a nice breakfast and tried a couple of new items: a dill cream cheese, a piece of lox with an olive, and a creamy cheese cake dessert with a coconut crust. We headed for the Kelceti train station on Bus #7 (found the stop last night) and arrived there in 10 minutes. We purchased our tickets to Bratislava, Slovakia, with an hour to wait. There was no seating in the train station, so we bought COKE LIGHT at a café and settled down to blog/read. This was ... read more
Communist Architecture
Cooling off in the Park Pools!
Beer and Wine Measurements

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest July 2nd 2012

I slept very late this morning, almost 9:30. We had a ticket on the Hop On Hop Off tour bus today. We walked around for an hour to find the starting point. Then we rode around Pest for 90 minutes, listening to recording about the sights, perspiring in the heat. The recording was easy to understand and we learned a lot about the buildings on the route. We ate our sandwiches on top of Gellert Hill during a 20-minute stopover. We had an appointment with Beata Szechy who is director of an artist residency here in Hungary ( She had given us specific directions to her house: take the #18 tram to the Deli Train Station, catch bus #51, get off at the intersection of Tamasi Aron and Fodor u.… and 3rd house #34 down the ... read more
Cold Peach Soup and Cucumber Salad
Evening on the Balcony at the Gellert
Our Room at the Gellert

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda July 1st 2012

We slept in until 7:30…. No AC, warm early. We ate breakfast at the hotel, and what a spread!!! They had traditional breakfast items such as several kinds of eggs, meats, cereal, yogurt, pastries and bread, juices, coffee, etc. They also had many kinds of lunch meats, cheeses, desserts, salads, fruits, etc. I tried a lemon curd, which was cream of wheat with lemon and sugar. Gary tried some cooked vegetables that were great. We made sandwiches for lunch to take with us. We decided to explore Buda, specifically Castle Hill. There is a funicular (tram) that will take you to the top. However, we ended up on Gellert Hill instead, without a tram. Gary counted 363 stairs up plus as many inclines. It took us almost an hour to reach the top, and it was ... read more
Hiking up Gellert Hill
Baths at the Gellert
Bad Restaurant on Vaci Street

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