5 July Farewell to the cruise ship 7:00 – All bags had to have coloured tags and placed outside the cabin doors by then. This meant an early start and breakfast. Some people were making their own departure arrangements; some were taking the extension to Prague by bus; we were going home to Melbourne … Continue reading “Homeward Bound”
4 July – Last Day Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. We did a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest.
3 July New country today – Slovakia. Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic.
2 July Today’s stop was Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. We explored Austria’s capital starting with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we saw Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School (not the actual horses), Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
1 July Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings.