S: BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE IN 17 DAYS FALL 2010
BC: Our trip to Eastern Europe was probably the best ever of all our Rick Steve's experiences. What a tumultuous history this part of the world has experienced, yet what resilient, welcoming people they are. We want to express our sincere thanks to Ben Curtis, our guide, for his insightful and comprehensive leadership and to our travel friends who made this a truly memorable experience.
FC: Rick Steves' BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE IN 17 DAYS
1: Prague, Czech Republic | Dinner was delicious in a local brewery said to be in operation since 1466. | We arrived after an easy flight and found a comfortable, hospitable hotel awaiting us.
2: A rainy morning was perfect for some "on our own" exploring in Prague before the tour began. | Even the streetcars added color to our walk.
3: A view from the historic Charles Bridge
4: An early morning walk through the colorful streets of Prague. | Wenceslas Square
5: Our visit to the Museum of Communism was enlightening.
6: We meet our group and Tour Leader over dinner | Our esteemed comrade and leader, Professor Ben Curtis, complete with practised "sneer."
7: Martin,our local guide for Prague, is a native of the city. Did we mention that it was raining?
8: Local artist on Charles Bridge
9: Walking back from Prague Castle | Perhaps this was the assistant local guide we never met.
10: St. Vitus Cathedral | Astronomical Clock
11: Scenes from Prague Castle
12: Lunch in a local pub
13: The Castle Gardens were open for their once-a-year public showing.
14: Strambeck, Moravia for lunch
15: Dinner and "buddy introductions" followed by entertainment by local dancers in the Beskydy Mountains
17: "Every human being should visit Auschwitz at least once in their life..." local guide
18: Kazimirerz, Krakow The Jewish Historical Museum and Jewish Quarter
19: Streets of Krakow | Pope John Paul's home Church
20: Wieliczka Salt Mine with some beautiful amateur carving from more than a hundred years ago.
21: Kohari Winery outside of Recsk | Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia | Public Baths in Budapest
22: We tried out public transportation.
23: Street artist in Budapest | Mr. Lenin supervises Monument Park
24: Liberty Square, Budapest. It does seem to rain in Eastern Europe.
25: Lunch in Market Hall
26: A few of our favorite scenes...
27: ... and people
28: Beautiful Lake Bled, Slovenia
29: Our farewell dinner | ... winging our way home after a marvelous trip.