Central Europe – 2017


My Travel Tribe…Cindy, Janie, Sylvia and me.

This summer’s vacation took me to the Central European countries of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It was great to be joined by my friends and travel companions Sylvia, Cindy and Janie.

Three of us arrived three days prior to the start of the tour to spend some additional time exploring Prague. On our first full day we took a food tasting tour. What a great way to get oriented to the city and eat…eat…eat. We started at a gingerbread shop. From there we had sandwiches, meats and sausages, soup, wine and finished up with a meal of braised beef with dumplings and apple strudel. It was all delicious.

On our second full free day we visited the Lesser Town covering many sites. We traveled by foot, tram, funicular and Metro. Long and tiring but we saw much.

One day in Prague I opted to set up an e-bike tour. That was really fun. I’d never ridden an e-bike before. It was so fun and easy. Over 3 hours we covered about 12 kilometers including a ride up to Prague Castle. I hardly broke a sweat. Best part, I was the only one to sign up so got a personal tour with my own guide.

After leaving Prague we drove to little town of Cesky Krumlov for three nights. What a spectacular place. Our hotel was on the town square in the city center. You couldn’t ask for a better hotel location.

From Cesky Krumlov we headed to Slavonice. On the way we toured the Budweiser Budvar factory in Ceske Budejovice. Slavonice was a little town in the middle on nowhere and off the tourist route. This was the local interaction part of the tour. The day we arrived we had dinner at a local woman’s house. She had a wonderful garden compete with tomatoes and cannabis! Very progressive gardener. The next day we spent time at a local horse farm meeting with the owners and joining them for lunch.

The next stop was Bratislava, Slovakia for 2 nights. This town didn’t have the history of some of the others but still had a great city center with much to explore.

The final stop was Budapest for four nights. Over three days we explored much of the city including an evening cruise on the Danube. After our farewell dinner as a group we drove up to the Citadel in Buda for spectacular views of the city lights. Once the formal tour ended the four of us spent one final day exploring Budapest.

The food was good, but very heavy with lots of meat, potatoes and dumplings. For our free meals we broke it up with some burgers and Italian food. Who wouldn’t want a burger from a McDonald’s housed in a train station designed by Gustave Eiffel? It was the fanciest McDonald’s I’ve ever seen.

Keeping up with three currencies was a challenge. 23 Czech Koruna to the Dollar; .89 Euro to the Dollar; 274 Hungarian Forints to the Dollar. When we arrived in Hungary I hit the ATM and withdrew $100…the ATM spit out a 20,000 and 10,000 Forint note. Tough to buy a gelato with notes that big.

Hope you enjoy the photos of my journey. Time to plan my next adventure.

Dates: May 24 – June 11, 2017

Operator: Overseas Adventure Travel

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