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S: Eastern Europe Budapest, Vienna, Prague Spring 2007

FC: Eastern Europe ... Budapest Vienna Prague April 26 - May 6, 2007

1: Museum at Dohany Synagogue Budapest

2: Budapest | Central Market

3: Central Market Hall

4: Leigh and Paul Hofman | Hero's Square | Parliament

5: Fishermen's Bastion | Castle Hill - Royal Palace

6: Gellert Hill

8: Restaurant Rezkakas | Robert Kuti Violinist

14: Chain Bridge

16: Opera House

18: Szentendre with Gabrielle

29: Dohany Synagogue

30: Dohany Synagogue

32: Andrassy Street

33: Vienna

36: Vienna

37: Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

46: Cesky Krumlov

49: Prague

50: Old Town Hall Astronomical Clock

51: Jewish Quarter

54: Library of Strahov Monestary

56: located in the Jewish Quarter

61: William Lobkowicz

62: Terezin (Teresienstadt) Concentration Camp

68: Eastern Europe - April 26 - May 6, 2007 traveling with Leigh and Paul Hofman Left Chicago the evening of April 26th and arrived in Budapest on Friday afternoon, April 27th, stayed at a beautiful Hilton Hotel on the Buda side. Budapest is split into two sections, Buda and Pest, by the Danube River. On the Buda side you will find highlights of Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Danube, Fisherman's Bastion of neo Romanesque design and Matthias Church. On the Pest side, highlights are the Embassy District City Park, Androssy Avenue, Heroes Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, State Opera House, which opened in 1884 with its royal boxes, gilded, vaulted ceiling, and exquisite murals. The Parliament building is a neo gothic masterpiece. We went to services at the beautiful Dohany Synagogue on Friday night, seated separately in male and female sections. We visited with the cantor following the service. The next two days, April 28th and April 29th were spent with Gabrielle, in a private car, visiting Budapest sights not on the tour and going to Szentendre, an area outside of Budapest. On the Tauck tour we visited the highlights of Budapest, had dinner on our own and arrived in Vienna on May 1st. We stayed at the Grand Wein, a spectacularly beautiful hotel. We toured the city to enjoy an overview of the former capital of the old Hapsburg Empire. We rode along the Ringstrasse, saw the Opera House, City Hall, Parliament. Later we toured Schoenbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece. In the evening we were entertained in a gorgeous room with dancing and singing by beautifully costumed performers. Then on to Prague, by bus, stopping in the town of Cesky Krumlov, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its Old Town with 300 protected medieval buildings and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic. Surrounded by rolling hills and the Vitava River, Cesky Krumlov's

69: cobblestone streets wind past centuries of old town homes, inns, shops, and Cafes. Located in the southwest part of the Czech Republic, this picturesque city is home to about 14,000 residents. The town was created around the castle, which was founded by the Lords of Krumlov around 1253. The architecture of the Castle and the town is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. We continued on to Prague, the ancient capital of today's Czech Republic. Took a walking tour of Old Town linked to the castle district by the ornate Charles Bridge, lined with statues from centuries past and alive with street musicians, artists, crafts persons and people out for a stroll. We saw the Powder Tower, the Astronomical Clock, Jan Palach Square, the Municipal House, and other landmarks of one of Europe's best preserved historic cities. We explored Prague's Hradcany (castle district), remarkable complex of the Prague Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Built in 9th century, it is the country's traditional seat of power and incorporates palaces, museums, monasteries and halls for knighthood ceremonies. We visited the cathedral of St. Vitus, the coronation site for Czech kings and queens and visited the libraries of the Strahov Monastery. We walked through Wenceslas Square. Our visit to the Jewish Quarter included the Old-New Synagogue, the Pinkus and Maisel Synagogues and the Klausen Synagogue, a Baroque synagogue completed in 1694. Within is an exhibition of Hebrew prints and manuscripts, an exhibition of Jewish traditions and customs and drawings from the children from the Terezin Concentration Camp. Our final celebration was a beautiful dinner with entertainment at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle. Our extended next day took us to Terezin, the concentration camp outside of Prague.

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