I recently returned with jet lag from a
tour of Eastern Europe, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia (home of the handsome
professional cyclist, Peter Sagan), Hungary, and Austria. It was a fantastic trip, all the history,
sites, food, and culture.We all know
that’s what can be enjoyable in a foreign tour.
I’ll tell you a few things people don’t
usually comment on, serious and not-so-serious.
The fields in the northern countries
are covered with corn, sunflowers, and solar panels.
The toilet paper is like a strip of
Some water closets (toilets) require a
Prague and other cities have a scooper
person following the horse carriages.
Wine is served with all meals!
Hot men own wineries.Their favorite wine is red.
Eating and drinking on a river boat in
Budapest (pronounced Budapesht) after the sun retreats is phenomenal.Buda is on one side of the Danube River and
Pest on the other.
Dogs can go into restaurants and water
Coffee is served per half-cup.Plenty of room for cream and sugar (I don’t
Brie cheese was included with every morning
breakfast.I acquired a taste for cheese
There are armed guards in front of
palaces and around the Hungarian jeweled crown, which had been guarded in the US
for many years.
Vienna is paradise.Time to pour a glass of wine.
You can walk the streets at night and
feel safe in all of our locations…yet watch out for pick pockets.My husband and I outsmarted the group of
three studying us.Yeah!
The Hapsburgs ruled all of Bavaria (all
these countries and more) for 640 years.The summer cottage is smaller than the winter palace.They’re both palaces and I find that funny…the
summer palace has about 1400 rooms.
A Viennese symphony concert in the king’s
palace is outstanding.
By the way, does anyone read or write
about the Hapsburg reign?I bought a
book and it remains somewhere in Eastern Europe. Along with the bookmark.
The shower in the Vienna hotel, the Renaissance,
had a Renaissance print on the whole wall of the shower.If I ever remodel my shower, I know what it
will look like!
Austrian Alps are magnificent.The lower mountains have not had snow on the
caps for the last twelve years during summer.First time in recorded history.
The Kleinstanhaus, Eagle’s Nest as
named by American soldiers, is on top of a mountain and former home of
Hitler.An amazing piece of architecture
I must say that the funny and fantastic
local guide for Austria, Natasha, told us that the “N” word (Nazi) must
never be used and never raise the arm in “Heil Hitler.”You will be pummeled.
Yodeling is easy.Just say… Little old lady who, Little old
lady who.Yeah, right. Natasha told our
group not to give up our day jobs.
Hell, let’s have some more wine!
I think long distance flying
sucks.I’m not afraid and I don’t get
sick.It’s really hard to sit in one
place for so long.Alcohol affects me greatly,
but I still can never sleep.Each end of
the trip resulted in being wide awake for 22-24 hours.Bring a book or three.
I must leave this on a good note.I love men with a European accent.It makes them all sexy.I think that’s part of the requirements for
the waiters.I have a picture of
one.Actually, I have 664 other pictures, but
I won’t bore you as I did my mother.
This trip has given me a "total feel" of writing books located in these countries. I can't wait to get to them!
I’m sure I left a lot out, but I hope
you enjoyed my virtual tour!