Istanbul

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 Spices at the Grand Bazaar This is the last and most flavorful stop on our journey through Europe.  At roughly 15 million residents, Istanbul is more populous than any other European city, and has the gridlock to prove it.  Situated … Continued

Romania

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 Building where Nicolae Ceausescu gave his last speech For our last day of the river portion of this trip, we tie up on the northern banks of the Danube about 200 kilometers from the Black Sea.  Taking our luggage, we … Continued

Bulgaria

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 Town of Velinko Tarnovo \After a full day of sailing through a section of the Danube known as the Iron Gates we reach a small town along the norther border of Bulgaria.  On the other side of the river is … Continued

Serbia

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 A building remodeled by NATO forces in 1999 We sail into the city of Belgrade, capital of Serbia.  After our usual breakfast aboard the boat, we gather in the lounge to hear a local historian.  The presentation is fully attended … Continued

Croatia

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 A building riddled with bullet holes in town of Vukovar We leave Hungary, continuing south to Croatia.  Most tourists to this country visit cities on the Adriatic coast, such as Dubrovnik.  However on a river cruise, visitors instead stop in … Continued

Southern Hungary

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We sail to the southern edge of Hungary, docking at the small town of Mohacs.  Not much to see here, though we stroll the main street, quiet on this warm Spring day with a few pedestrians, more bicyclists and not … Continued

Budapest

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We sail toward Hungary’s capital city of Budapest on a cool spring morning, stopping first at the nearby river island of Szentendre.   We are met by horse-drawn carriages and taken to the sprawling Bodor horse training facility, where we watch … Continued

Bratislava

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Immediately east of Austria is the country of Slovakia, which began it’s most recent incarnation in 1993 when the former Czechoslovakia was set free from the Soviet Union and split into two separate nations.  Prague became the capital city of … Continued

Vienna

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 For my first visit to central and eastern Europe I choose to travel by river boat.  This is a comfortable way to see many cities in a short time, since they are often located along major rivers.  We arrive at … Continued

Prague

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 I’m out of breath, having just sprinted through the Denver airport.  We landed one hour late, giving me just 14 minutes to make my connection.   I stood behind the flight attendant at the open plane door as she held back … Continued