Austria, Wachau Valley

Legends of the Wachau Valley

There’s nothing like a good story…and legends are the best kind of story. Legends abound along the picturesque Wachau Valley, Lower Austria. As our Viking River boat cruised the Danube River, the landscape was dotted with castles overlooking small hamlets…

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Budapest, Hungary


Exploring Budapest’s beauty through Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church, Chain Bridge, and the sad story of the iron shoes. Heroes’ Square: Seven Chieftains of the Magyars. 1896 is an important Hungarian date…it marks the one thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian state….

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Andulusia, Spain

Granada: Andalusia, Spain

Granada was a surprise. Since I don’t like to read history and Bill doesn’t want me reading ahead about where we are going. I have the tendency to want to do everything I see that looks like a point of…

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Edinburgh: Mary King’s Close

The year is 1645. The most virulent strain of the Bubonic Plague has immobilized Edinburgh, Scotland, claiming the lives of more than half the city’s population. The area hardest hit: Mary King’s Close on High Street, a busy thoroughfare and…

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Spain, Valencia

Valencia, Spain

By contrast to most tours, we went on our own to Spain and chose not to spend time in the largest cities of Madrid and Barcelona but to tour the historic sites of fabled ancient cities of Toledo, Granada, and…

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Europe, Scotland

Scotland’s Fairy Tale Castles

The drive through the Trossachs National Park along Lake Lomond is beautiful with hills rolling in light green grass, and many of them had thick forests of evergreens and deciduous trees. This is picturesque countryside. We stopped along the way…

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