10 days-Central Europe: Prague, Vienna, Budapest

Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
Trip End Jan 15, 2010

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We had a 10 day visit, split into three nights each: Prague, Vienna & Budapest, taking the high-speed train between the cities. It was great to see all the incredible architecture of Prague, but also interesting how far the city has progressed since Communism fell in 1989. In less than 20 years, the city has revitalized many of its buildings, brought in a great deal of foreign investment, and encouraged foreign tourists. Prague was a lovely place to spend a few days and enjoy the Central European culture, history, food, and ambience. Beer, cheese, and pork play large roles in their cuisine. It felt like we ate nothing but sausages, potatoes, and roast pork for nearly two weeks during our trip. Scott enjoyed trying all the kinds of Czech beer that you never see outside the USA.

We took a city tour on day 2 to visit the historic 13th century Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock, old town square, and other important sights. On the evening of September 12th, we also saw "Swan Lake" at the State Opera House which was an incredibly beautiful 1870's ornate, gold-guilded building. The performance was excellent and far better than the Swan Lake we saw in June in St. Petersberg, Russia.

If I could change anything, I would have allowed more time for excursions to the small outlying towns of the Czech Republic.
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