The Rise Of The Electric Scooters

Economical and Convient Transportation They’re everywhere… zipping down busy streets, running on sidewalks and racing past bicycles in the bike lanes. They’re lime green electric scooters and you will find them in most large cities in France and probably most of Europe as well. You’ll see young men racing each other down streets and  couplesContinue reading “The Rise Of The Electric Scooters”

Port of Call Lisbon Portugal

It’s easy while walking the streets of Lisbon to think you have somehow slipped back in time. The port of call of Lisbon really seems to live in the past. Quant cobblestoned streets lead to plazas bordered by palaces, churches and castles. Attractive small cafes and restaurants abound and shops and galleries invite at everyContinue reading “Port of Call Lisbon Portugal”

Having Coffee in RĂĽdesheim Germany

Recently we spent a little time in the very picturesque town of RĂĽdesheim Germany with a local coffee being one of the afternoons highlights. RĂĽdesheim am Rhein in the heart of Rhine wine country is a town that has become maybe too cute for words. A favorite day trip destination for area Germans, its streetsContinue reading “Having Coffee in RĂĽdesheim Germany”

The Port of Venice, Italy

Port of Call Venice One of the most popular ports of call on Mediterranean cruises, Venice (in Italian Venezia) is also regularly an over-night stay for many cruise itineraries and a port of departure for some cruises. It is an island city criss-crossed with a number of canals and is home to the iconic gondola.Continue reading “The Port of Venice, Italy”

River Cruising in Europe Part Two

A Cautionary Tale Part Two Note: See Part One Here Low & High Water We just got home from a European river cruise and it didn’t go as we had hoped. Sometimes the rivers experience high water conditions that prevent the long boats from passing under bridges. In our case, Europe has been suffering aContinue reading “River Cruising in Europe Part Two”

Castles – A Photo Tour

We’ve been to Europe a number of times and are always drawn to the fantastic castles found in virtually every country. They stand as a substantial reminder of the remarkable history of this region. There’s a tour guide joke about traveling thru Europe called ABC – standing for Another Beautiful Church. Maybe not often asContinue reading “Castles – A Photo Tour”

River Cruising in Europe – Part One

A Cautionary Tale, Part One We had planned a river cruise across central Europe about a year and a half ago. You have to book way in advance as these cruises fill up. As trips go, this was the most per-day cost we have ever spent traveling, but everyone we know kept saying we mustContinue reading “River Cruising in Europe – Part One”

Passau Cathedral Germany

Located in Passau, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, is a baroque church dating back to 1688 and dedicated to Saint Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr. The first church was built in 730 AD on the site of the current cathedral. The current cathedral is an impressive baroque structure dominating the center of Passau 328 ft. in length andContinue reading “Passau Cathedral Germany”

Getting Around In Budapest

Click the map above to download our pdf Budapest Visitor’s Map re-imagined  to get you to the major attractions using public transportation. The first problem trying to get around in Budapest is the Hungarian language. While many Hungarians speak English you will find few maps, signs or streets in anything but Hungarian. If you followContinue reading “Getting Around In Budapest”

A Hotdog in Vienna

Street Food Is Sometimes A Good Option We became”pen pals” with an Austrian couple after cruising with them a while back. In one of many e-mail exchanges, we told them we would be visiting Vienna which prompted them to send us a list of things to do while there. High on the list was aContinue reading “A Hotdog in Vienna”