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Zagreb and the Istrian Coast

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I know you've all been waiting breathlessly to find out if we got to Zagreb. Well.....yes, we did but not without a hiccup.

I'll take you back. It was just about 0550 am when we got to the train station. We come up from the Metro ..the station was right there in front of us. After a few minutes, we find a bus that going to Zagreb but it leaves at 0615 (not 0600 as our ticket said). We showed the reservation, which was on Brenda's cell phone, to the driver. He nods and tells us that we have to go and get the actual ticket. The desk in downstairs and doesn't open til 0600. Brenda and Jim stay with the luggage and I go downstairs and I'm first in line at the International ticket window. Promptly at 0600, the curtain slides away and I give her the cell phone. She says "wrong desk... over there" as she points to the domestic travel line. I say "In the domestic travel line??" - she says "No, across the street!!!" I get that very bad sinking feeling. I run (and I don't usually run) up the stairs and yell to Brenda and Jim that we're in the wrong place. By now, I know that when we get there, the bus will be gone. We ask another independent bus driver and he know's nothing. We've missed the bus - literally!! We all look at each other and again "run" back across the street, knowing that there is the 0615 bus that is going to Zagreb. It was almost that time now, but we would still have to buy a ticket. It's downstairs and into the same line. With Brenda's help and pleading looks we beg to the front of the line, buy the tickets and run back upstairs with about....one minute to spare, totally out of breath and a bit frazzled. It was funny as we talked about it later. Jim lets' me know later that while all this was going on, he and I were thinking the same thing. "OK, we've missed the bus to Zagreb, I wonder where the other buses are going and how can we get to Dubrovnik to catch our flight on the 8th??"

27 September 2015

The ride to Zagreb was uneventful. Passports were collected at the border and returned with no issues. We had directions to our apartment from the bus station. The day was a bit grey, kind of like our mood at the time. As we were walking from the the bus stop, an odd thing happened. We started hearing music. From the gazebo, the Puhacki Orkestar Zet was playing. At that moment, we felt as if we were being welcomed to Croatia.

Welcome Music

Welcome Music

Iva, our host in Zagreb, was there to meet us about 30 seconds after we found the apartment. With our bags and her two year old in tow we started up the three flights of stairs. I knew when we booked the apartment that it was the "penthouse". Somehow, that sounds luxurious but in actually only feels like it when there is an elevator. Of course, we managed.

Off to investigate our first stop in Croatia. A few "firsts on the trip", a hamburger that was great and later in the day we watched a movie on the TV. A good "relax and catch up" day. We realized that it was the first time in three weeks we'd watched any TV at all.

28 September 2015

Sometimes when people travel together, we need a break. It's really not a bad thing. Also, since we had to adjust our arrival day, Jim and I had to pick up our rental car. Brenda headed out to wander on her own and we made our way to the Westin Hotel and the Fleet Car Rental Office. Our goal was to see if we could sign all our paperwork but not pick the car up until the next day, thus avoiding paying to park...and it worked. They were more than happy to accommodate us. Paperwork signed and Jim and I did a little touring on our own with plans to meet Brenda in the Town Square by the " Horse statue" and have lunch together. Worked out great.

Since we had a late lunch, we really didn't need dinner and Brenda had scoped out a wine tasting for that evening. It was at Vinoteka Bornstein, the first and oldest in Croatia. Doris and her husband (who was having a well earned night off) have owned this establishment for an number of years. She was more than happy to fill us in on Croatian wines and also the history of Michael Grgich, a Croat, whose wine are is very well known world wide. It was a fun night - drinking and learning - can't get better than that.

Vinoteka Bornstein

Vinoteka Bornstein

Tasting a little Croatian wine

Tasting a little Croatian wine

29 September 2015 thru 01 October 2015

Up early - got packed. I went off to get the car and Brenda and Jim met me down, those oh so many stairs, and we were off - heading to the Rovinj (In the Istria area) by way of of Motovun, a wine area that was recommended the night before by Doris.

The drive was nice with the sun starting to peak out. From a NY Times newspaper article that Brenda had found, we decided on lunch at what is currently called Konoba Mondo. This time of year is great to visit these areas...truffle season. We all got some version of a Truffle dish - Brenda a souffle, me, polenta and Jim a pasta dish. We also started with a pate dish, topped with, of course, truffles - OMG - they were all really good!!! Our waiter was great and since it was after prime season we were actually able to have a conversation about the food and the area. September and October are officially my favorite times to travel.

Truffles in Motovun

Truffles in Motovun

Motovun is a medieval fortified town on a hill top that has been am actual town since the 1st century. The views were wonderful and the city itself very quaint. It actually would have been fun to stay the night but we had reservations in Rovinj -

Arriving in Rovinj, due to construction, it took us a few minutes to find our apartment but when we did we were very pleased. Again from Airbnb, we stayed in an apartment at the home of Giorgio Certo. Once a large property, started by his grandfather, it is still quite big and in a perfect location, only a few minutes walk to the harbour but away from the tourist noise (which at this time of the year really wasn't noisy at all).

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Being located in the northwest corner of Croatia, the Istria area has seen many changes over the last 100-200 years. Giorgio told us that his father actually had four different passport and lived his whole life in the same house: Austrian Hungarian, Italian, Yugoslavian and Croatian. The area definitely has the feel of a mix of the Mediterranean cultures.

Rovijn

Rovijn

Nighttime in Rovinj

Nighttime in Rovinj


Three nights was perfect to stroll the cobbled streets of Rovinj, take a boat tour and also, take a day out to see Pula (about 30 minutes drive to the south) and it's Roman Amphitheater.

Front view Amphitheater in Pula

Front view Amphitheater in Pula

Roman Amphitheater

Roman Amphitheater

With our host Giorgio

With our host Giorgio

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Budapest

The Paris of the East "or as locals prefer to say Paris is the Budapest of the West"

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Our stay in Budapest will be the longest in any one city. We arrived on the 21st after our short hop to Vienna and then on the 26th, our plan was to take the train to Zagreb. Was that to be??? You'll have to wait and see!!!

21 September 2015

The train ride to Budapest was uneventful. We chatted with a family from Toronto who were coming in to meet Hungarian relatives. The Dad (sorry - didn't get his name) was born in Budapest but left in 1956 with his family as the Revolution started. As a side note -We've met so many people from Toronto, I'm not sure how many are left in town.

From WIKI: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 or the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the Hungarian People's Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Though leaderless when it first began, it was the first major threat to Soviet control since the USSR's forces drove out the Nazis at the end of World War II and invaded Central and Eastern Europe. Despite the failure of the uprising, it was highly influential, and foreshadowed the downfall of the Soviet Union.

Arriving at the train station, we were directed downstairs to the Metro, got our tickets and with the directions from our Airbnb hosts in hand, we were off. Note re metro tickets: if you are a group of 3-5 and will be staying and traveling together - a 24 hour transit ticket costs 3300 Forint (about $12) for the group. Other wise, it would be 1650 Forint ($6) per person for a 24 travel card. We wanted to check out the location of our apartment before deciding if a travel card was even needed.

Coming up from the Metro in a new city is always interesting. After getting our bearings, we found our apartment with no problem. Brenda texted our hosts and they arrived within minutes and showed us to the elevator and up four floors. The apartment: nice size, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small patio and kitchen - perfect for our time there. Price -total $395/5 nights. Andras and Balint (our hosts) took time to orient us and give us some great suggestions of things to do and places to see. It was late and we were tired so it was off to the small bar around the corner for a beer, a quick stop at the grocery store (SPAR ) for morning coffee, making it an early night.

On the street where we lived...in Budapest

On the street where we lived...in Budapest

24-26 O Utca - Budapest

24-26 O Utca - Budapest


22 September 2015

A good night sleep cures all. Our plan: up with a small breakfast (there are bakeries everywhere) and we were off to the Central Market Hall. BUT first, seeing the Danube and walk across the Liberty Bridge. It was a beautiful day and the Danube was indeed "Blue".

Our first view of the Danube

Our first view of the Danube

Being right next to the Danube it was off to the Market. If we got one piece of advice from those that had been to Budapest it was..."Try the Salami". It wasn't too hard to find. There were butcher stalls everywhere, along with veggies, milk products, alcohol, bakery items and desserts on the first level and then upstairs food kiosks and many types of Hungarian souvenirs.

Central Market

Central Market

Cardiologist Nightmare

Cardiologist Nightmare


If we only wanted to cook!!!

If we only wanted to cook!!!


We decided eat first - shop later. The food stalls offered local and hearty Hungarian foods. Jim's dish turned out to be the best - stuffed cabbage rolls. Definitely didn't look great but he said it was the closest to his Grandmas that he's ever had.

We also discussed whether or not to purchase the "On and Off Bus" ticket and after looking at the price vs what you got - we did buy them. Cost was about $20 USD per person for 48 hours and we got the seller to throw in a third day. In the end, we weren't disappointed. We used the pass for transportation, a walking tour and a boat tour on the Danube. Along with the pass we did a lot of walking and used the Metro when needed. Budapest is a very walkable city, great little surprise views at every turn.

The location of our apartment was great - the State Opera House (supposedly the most beautiful in Eastern Europe) was a 5 minute walk. There are tours every day and we decided on the late afternoon tour with the mini concert (a slightly higher price). The story goes that Sisi (Empress Elizabeth) loved Budapest and the Hungarian people and wanted her husband to fund an opera house in Budapest. His only stipulation was that it could not be bigger than the opera house in Vienna. So....when built, it was not bigger but most believe more beautiful. Franz Josef came for the opening of the opera house, stayed for two or three acts, left and never returned. Many believe it was because the Budapest Opera House was more beautiful than the Vienna.....or so the story goes.

Budapest Opera House

Budapest Opera House

Dinner that night was a little Thai place just down Andrassy Street. Though the food from this area of Europe is really good, it was nice to have break.

23 September 2015

With our Hopon/Hopoff Bus ticket we got a 2 hour walking tour of Budapest (note: guides work for tips and if you get a good guide they work hard). We were lucky to get a young Hungarian named Balint. He was an economics student at the local university, who knew his city very well and enjoyed filling us in on the highlights. Our two hour tour turned into three and that was just an overview of the main sites. There was about ten in our group so it was easy to get from place to place while Balint talked about local history and culture.

24 September 2015

We decided to try and pack in as much as we could today, since thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow.

There were a couple of places from the walking tour that we wanted (and it was suggested by Balint) to return to. St Stephen's Basilica was one of them. It's HUGE!!! Also we were told that the view from the tower, along with Fisherman's Bastian, has some of the best views in Budapest. It was a little grey but we could see for miles.

From St Stephen's tower

From St Stephen's tower

After St Stephen's it was off to Cafe Gerbeaud for coffee and sweets. (Rosie - this was for you!!)

Then it was off to the Jewish Quarter. As in Prague, the Jewish Quarters were major targets of the Nazi Regime. We decided to take a full tour of the area (about 2 hours) and we were glad we did. Walking the streets of the quarter, we stopped at various sites. One of these sites was simply a door to an apartment building. In front of the door, embedded in the sidewalk, were two small plaques with a name and date etched into each. Our guide explained there were call stolpersteins.

From WIKI: A stolpersteine (from German, literally "stumbling block") is a type of monument created by artist Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of Nazi oppression, including the Holocaust. Stolpersteins are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual victims of Nazism. They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia facilities, sterilization clinics, concentration camps, and extermination camps, as well as those who responded to persecution by emigrating or committing suicide.

While the vast majority of stolpersteins commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust, others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people (also called gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, black people, Christians (both Protestants and Catholics) opposed to the Nazis, members of the Communist Party and the anti-Nazi Resistance, military deserters, and the physically and mentally disabled.

The list of places that have stolpersteins now extends to several countries and hundreds of cities and towns. As of 20 August 2014, over 48,000 stolpersteins have been laid in 18 countries in Europe,[1] making the project the world's largest memorial.

Leaving the Jewish Quarter, it was past lunch time and the dilemma - wait for dinner or just have a mid day dinner. We were having that exact discussion as we passed an Indian Restaurant (Shalimar) and the aromas from within sealed that decision. Indian it was and it was great. Our waitress was a woman from Indonesia which, of course, brought about conversations of our travels there. She was delightful and very funny. We were having a discussion regarding Jim and his need for a haircut. He decided to let our waitress decide if he need one....she was in full agreement with Brenda and myself.

With the weather holding, we decided tonight would be our boat tour on the Danube. An night time boat tour was another "must" suggestion. We hopped on the "hopon/hopoff" bus at the stop close to our apartment and made it in time for the 2100 tour. The boat was not full and we were able to get pictures from all sides. I have to say - it was not wonderful.....it was FANTASTIC!!!!! We thought Budapest was beautiful during the day - the lights along the Danube create a truly magical feeling. It still brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes as I write.

25 September 2015

The rain arrived right on schedule and rain it did. That morning, I worked on my blog and we sent Jim off to get a haircut. Our afternoon plan was to head to the Gellert Baths. Nothing like soaking in hot water when it's chilly and raining.

Transportation Note: All week long we've been trying to get train tickets from Budapest to Zagreb. Although the border between Hungary and Croatia is open to cars and buses, it is closed to the trains. With our time to leave getting close we decided to buy bus tickets just in case the border remained closed. BUT...always a but....we would have to leave on the 25th or the 27th and the bus on the 25th was full. We contacted our Airbnb hosts. "Our" apartment had guests coming in on the 26th, so they contacted a friend and he was glad to help out. So as it stands - we'll be staying in Budapest one more day (not a bad thing) and take the bus at 0600 on the 27th to Zagreb. Luckily, our host in Zagreb was also able to make the adjustment.

26 September 2015

Another rainy day in Budapest - it would have been a good travel day but obviously that didn't happen.

We checked out 24-26 0 Utca and moved to 5 Dob U. We were greeted by Balint's friend Benjamin who is just getting his apartment ready to put on Airbnb. It's a very nice apartment and he asked us to give him feedback to make it more desireable. Jim relaxed that afternoon as Brenda and I wandered through Gozdsu Udvar, a neighborhood bazaar area. We decided on a nice dinner for our last night and Spinoza (just down the street) fit the bill.

27 September 2015

Up EARLY!!! Our 0600 bus to Zagreb left from the Negligent bus station. It was amazing that at 0500 the streets of Budapest where busier than I thought they would be. We jumped on the Metro and arrived at the bus station in plenty of time...or so we thought!!!! Stay tuned for the next chapter to our little saga!!

Remember to check out our Shutterfly link for more pics of Budapest. I've downloaded quite a few - it's just one of those cities - I couldn't decided what to leave out.

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Vienna, Austria

Whirlwind Tour

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20 September 2015

Some will say we are little crazy deciding to forgo six days in Vienna for time in Cesky Krumlov and Salzburg - with only 24 hours to explore this beautiful city.

We took the train from Salzburg, arriving in Vienna ready to hit the streets after dropping our bags off at our hotel. We walked, toured, ate and marveled at Wien and it's history .

Our street for our whirlwind stay

Our street for our whirlwind stay

We chose a hotel (our only real "hotel" of the trip - the Hotel Graf Stadion (Buchfeldgasse 5) due to it's proximity to the city center. It really worked out great. The room was huge with comfortable beds, great breakfast and wonderful staff. Though a little more expensive that we usually go ($143 per night) - location, location, location.

Very small, very cool and very old elevator

Very small, very cool and very old elevator

Hotel Graf Stadion Vienna

Hotel Graf Stadion Vienna

Off to see Vienna!! We took the Metro to a stop near the Opera house with hopes of being able to fit in a tour. It was not to happen so..time for breakfast. We dropped into the Café Tivolevhof and I thought we were transported back in time. The feel was total 1920's. Loved it!!

With a little fuel on board....we were off. We rambled up and down the cobbled streets marveling at a time gone by. Hours flew by in a flash.

There was a restaurant that we wanted to try due to it's reviews but found that it was not open on Sunday - oh boo. That evening we did find a small cafe around the corner from the hotel. A little Italian place - Pizzeria Scarabocchio. The food was very good BUT our waitress was incredible. Her smile and laugh warmed our hearts more than the wine.

On Monday, we packed, enjoyed a great breakfast and stored our luggage in anticipation of the afternoon train and again, we were off. We made our way to the Hofburg Palace viewing the Silver Collection and the Sisi Museum. Sisi is the nickname of Elizabeth the Empress of Austria, who after marrying Franz Josef as a teenager, never adjusted to royal life and was really quite sad throughout her lifetime. It was interesting following her life with mementos through the rooms of the Palace that she actually lived.

Great Breakfast Spread

Great Breakfast Spread

More strolling and it was time for lunch. "Let's try Trattoria Toscana" - was a thought that was agreeable to all. Toscana was where we had wanted to go for dinner the night before. Yes, it was Italian twice in two days ......but that's not a bad thing. We were greeted by Mario the owner and lead into the small but stylish dining room. The menu was small but tastefully selected. Mario was on hand to offer suggestions for dining and wine, all of which surpassed our expectations. After we ate, Mario had time to chat a bit, educating us as to how and why he ended up in Vienna. Funny and passionate is how I would describe him. We talked about his family in Vienna and Italy. Remember...one cannot live on goulash alone, so if you are in Vienna and are craving Italian - this is the place to go. But remember "it's the restaurant on the LEFT!!!"

With our bellies full, it was back to the hotel and off to the train station. Hungary - here we come!!!

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Salzburg, Austria

We are traveling east and many are traveling west

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17-19 September 2015

Getting to Salzburg was an easy shuttle ride (about 3 hours). Our driver, Tomas, took a liking to us and dropped us off right at our guesthouse - Pension Jahn (yes, just like Karen and Shel). It was just around the corner from the train station and on his way. But I think the real reason was that Brenda had finished a book (true story) about a dog who helped the Czechs in WWII and she offered it to him as a present. I'm not sure any other passenger had ever offered him a present and seemed sincerely touched. Hopefully, he'll think of us fondly as he reads.

We checked in and found that our room would not be available until 2pm (it was about 1130). That gave us time to go to the train station, get money (Euros used in Austria vs Korunas in the Czech Republic) and see about getting train tickets to Vienna on the 20th.

Brenda and Jim relaxing at Pension Jahn after a long day

Brenda and Jim relaxing at Pension Jahn after a long day

The train station was less than a ten minute walk and as we approached the station there was a large squad of police officers walking in formation from their station (across the street) to the depot. There was also a very large inflated quonset hut type structure put up by the Red Cross set up to assist the refugees. Life just got real!!!

I would be remiss if I failed to mention what is going on in Europe right now. The plight and flight of the Syrians from their country is not something I need to explain. It's in the news and on the internet daily. It's one thing to read and hear about it - another to see it. I'm sure another altogether to live it.

We made our way into the station. The officers gave us a passing glance, obvious to all that we're nothing more than three middle aged travelers. It appeared to us that it was "shift change". The officers fanned out and took positions throughout the lower station area near shops, restaurants, outside the bank and near the train ticket office, seeming to be more of a presence than anything else. In Salzburg, there were not the hordes reported in the news but I think by this time people were making their way in smaller groups just trying to get "somewhere". There were men, women and families - so many children - all was orderly but oh so sad.

Outside the Train Station in Salzburg

Outside the Train Station in Salzburg

One other reality check - while trying to get our tickets from Vienna to Budapest we're told that the border was closed to train travel. We'd need to check back the next day. Compared to what others are going through, a little inconvenience isn't really such a hardship.

Our day continued with lunch at beer garden which in all truth was OK. I still like Czech sausages better.

The next couple of days in Salzburg were lovely. Rain threatened but never really appeared at least not for very long.

Note: We decided to purchase the "Salzburg Card" - 36 Euro and good for two days for many attractions and public transportation. If you're thinking about purchasing this card, first, think about what you want to do and if it comes close to breaking even, in my opinion, go for it. We used it for the cable car to the top of the mountain at the Untersberg station, the funicular, a couple of museums, boat ride on the Salzach River, the Castle and transportation and it paid for it self. If your interests are elsewhere - there were many other sites where you could use the pass. The ease of just grabbing a tram or bus was an added plus.

Our trip to Untersberg was fun. Making our way to someplace new is always exhilarating. The cable car up is not for those who don't like heights but the view from the top was outstanding. My first view of the Austrian Alps :-). It was back to town to see more of Salzburg. We crossed the Makart Bridge and observed it's thousands of locks. This seems to be a current theme to add locks with names and dates to bridges. I have heard this was the case in Paris also but that the locks became too heavy so they cut them all off. Don't know if that will really stop people from "locking" again.

The I(Tourist Information) office was very helpful with information about concert and eating suggestions - so with a suggestion in hand it was off for some tasty Austrian food and to discuss our evening plans. We decided to do a Mozart Concert with dinner the next evening up at the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It was a bit pricy but sometimes you've got to splurge.

As we were walking back towards "home", we walked through the beautiful Mirabell Gardens and took a side exit thinking it would just lead us out to the street. It actuall lead us right into a group of kiosks selling "Sturm" and small plates of food. What the heck is sturm?? We found that we had stumbled on a yearly festival to celebrate the first press of whatever grape it was (really not sure). We were given a taste and decided to stay. There were a couple of different "sturms". The one we all chose tasted a bit like a bubbly sangria. A bit...anyways - it was good enough for a second glass.

A quick stop at the train station and we were in luck. The border to Hungary was open again and we were able to get our tickets.

Our last day in Salzburg was supposed to be rainy but again the weather gods blessed us with sun - at least most of the day. Brenda headed off to Hellbrunn Palace and JIm and I wandered the streets of Old Salzburg. We toured St Peter's Church, drooled over the fresh produce at the Farmer's Market and learned more than I ever knew about Mozart from two different museums. Our stroll back lead us right by the Sturm Fest - oh what the heck...we stopped again. It was great fun people watching.

Rain did not quite hold off for the whole day but did at least to let us get to the Hohensalzburg Fortress to tour the complex and then stay for dinner and the Mozart Concert. Again, I'm not a big classical fan but on this trip I've come to appreciate the talent of the wonderful musicians.

Don't forget - check out photos from this trip on my Shutterfly site - see link below.

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Cesky Krumlov

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15 -16 September 2015

Sad to leave Prague - such a lovely city. Five days - not really long enough - but enough that we learned a little about the city, ate some great food drank some great beer and got over our jet lag.

We're off to Cesky Krumlov - a small town (UNESCO site) south of Prague, near the Austrian border. The skies were overcast and threatening rain so I guess it was a good time to leave. While Brenda and I were at Terezin yesterday, we had Jim scope out which tram/bus we should take to the bus station. It was up early, a short walk down the hill from our apartment and about 15 minutes later we arrived. Easy - Peasy!!!

Bus to Cesky

Bus to Cesky

Our next destination

Our next destination


Bus ride was about three and half hours of rolling country landscape - very similar to NYS Southern Tier. Arriving at the Cesky bus station, we weren't quite sure where to go...but we just followed the crowds towards the end of the parking lot, up a small hill and as we crested the rise, before lay the fairy tale village of Cesky Krumlov.

Our first view of Cesky

Our first view of Cesky

With a spring in our steps, we made our way down the hill, over a bridge and along the cobbled streets and over another small bridge to our home for the next two days - Pension Meandr.

Note: if you get to ever get to Cesky - Pension Meandr was wonderful. Small pension (guesthouse) with three rooms, it was right along the river with wonderful views of St Vitus Church. Also, the breakfast was great - not low cal by any stretch of the imagination - but enough to hold us most of the day - maybe!!

Pension Meandr

Pension Meandr

Not exactly heart healthy ...but very yummy!!!

Not exactly heart healthy ...but very yummy!!!

After getting settled we wandered the town. It really is a great town just to wander - beautiful views around every corner - alot of ups and downs and the cobblestones can be a bit brutal but so much more the reason to stop for a tasty Czech beer.

Our second day in town, we took in the Castle and it's environs. Again, just beautiful!! Enjoy the photos....oh and just a note: most restaurants except for the ones associated with the hotels don't take credit cards...Cash Only but there are a couple of ATMs right in the town square.

Tomorrow off to Salzburg...why ??? because the hills are alive with the sounds of music...or so I'm told :-)

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