26 January, 2020
I Ate My Way Through Europe
In July of 2019, I had the opportunity to take a river cruise through Europe with my Mom and my good friends Penny and Becky. We flew into Amsterdam, then to Budapest, Hungary. We caught our boat in Budapest and then followed the Danube all the way to Germany. We stopped in Bratislava, Slovakia, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, and Passau, as well as a few other small towns.
We did a walking tour around Budapest, getting to see some markets, use the public transportation system (pretty slick, really), sample some local food (Chicken Paprikash, anyone?), and learned a lot about the country. Just for anyone who is curious, it’s about $6000 US dollars to attend University in Budapest.
We spent two full days in Budapest and then started down the river. I’m not including all the pics here, but if you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw most of them already! We got to disembark in many towns and do walking tours around the town. They had a special concert for us in Vienna, and the museums were incredible. Becky and I hiked to the castle ruins in Durnstein. The castle was built in the 1100s. Rumor is that Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in that castle for 2 years! We visited the Melk Abbey in Melk (unbelievable!) and Mom and I took a day trip to Salzburg.
When we got off the boat in Passau, Germany, we took a car to Prague in the Czech Republic where we stayed for three days before flying home. Prague is an amazing city, and I highly recommend you visit it if you get the chance! We did a lot of walking tours, and did an amazing food tour through Prague Foodies. It covered food and culture, and Vladimir, the owner, was our guide. He was very knowledgeable and interesting.
On the food tour, we tried some local sausage and cheeses. I completely fell in love with their local string cheese. If anyone heads to Prague, can you please bring me back some string cheese?!?
We also did a lot of walking tours around the city and learned to use the public transportation system. I learned about the salt trade back in the day and all about King Charles (for whom the Charles Bridge is named) and the influence he had on the city.
It was a very amazing trip, and I’m really happy that I got the opportunity to go and to share it with you all. Thanks for reading!