Thanks for the great pics! I've only ever seen Bratislava from the river while on a Budapest to Vienna ferry...but now you've put it on the menu for our next time in Vienna. Worth noting: since Ryanair flights to "Vienna" actually land at Bratislava, it's a good opportunity for budget flyers to pay a visit before or after their time in Vienna.
Thanks, Ready2Go! I didn't know about Ryanair landing there. Bratislava has the benefit of being much cheaper than Vienna, so if you want to spend time in the region, your budget will go much further here than in Austria. Also, it's much less heavily touristed, and in some of the side streets you'll feel like you've got the place to yourself.
DrFumblefinger— A few days could be enough in Strasbourg itself, but if you want to tour the vineyards, I'd stay a week in the area. You could stay two nights in Strasbourg and then a night or two in Riquewihr and beyond. And I'd suggest renting a car to go at your own pace. For my next trip, I will plan at least full week in the region because I want to stop at the vineyards and visit more of the museums. And don't forget Chateau Haut Koenigsburg.
GarryRF - my friend, quite right, it must have been terribly cold in those enormous high-ceiling rooms before central heating. A big roaring fire - great but all the heat goes straight up the chimney. So tall narrow windows give maximum light with minimum heat-loss.
To see the most remote and probably the most beautiful parts of NI you need to have a car. It's best to rent locally as a Ferry from Britain, and return, is quite expensive. If you just want a "Flying visit" to Belfast or Dublin you can catch a plane from Liverpool to either city for a bargain. Maybe stay a few nights in Ireland.
Thank you so very much for this fascinating piece on Dracula!! I grew up scared of vampires as a small boy because I''d watched Bela Lugosi when I was a little to young to understand. But at least I knew I was safe in the day, as vampires could not come into the sunlight. Amazing what an industry Vampires have become, with hundreds of movies, television series and books written about them. You've give us yet another reason to visit Romania. The country moves further and further up my list of...
Well first thank you for reading my post:d I just want to share what my country can offer I'll start with the wine cuz' you know we talk here about vampires and stuff. Our land can provide fine wines also, because we have a vast grapevine crops, the most in the land Dobrogea, which starts from the near field of Bucharest and goes all the way through the country and reach its fullest near the Constanta county (the county near the sea). Also we have a some wine tours, which you can follow if...
I love this post. It poored the day I went to Sintra. All I saw was the National Palace, rain and fog. Thank you for all of these great pictures of places i would love to actually get to see when I go back Portugal.
Travel Luver: thanks! Your profile says Portugal is an upcoming trip for you.. are you going soon? Jonathan: Doesn't it suck when weather gets in the way of you fully enjoying a destination you've been looking forward to? We got lucky in Sintra, but it rained for 2 days straight in Porto when we were there.
Beautiful photos, thanks and a fascinating tour of the delights of Sintra. We went there in great haste by car and it just was not a good day so saw little of it's delights that you have shown us. Many thanks!
Thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed! There is so much to do here in Copenhagen that I've lived here 6 months and still have a long list of places left to visit. I hope you all get the opportunity to experience Copenhagen again, whether for the first time or a return visit.
Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present!
Originally Posted by My Thatched Hut: Great article. Thank you. Would like to go. Thank you. It is a great destination, combining history, beautiful surroundings, friendly people and tasty food. Feel free to read my other post from Albania on www.travellinn.net to plan a full round trip.
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present! Thanks. I think it is important to know a bit about the places you visit, to understand the...
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Great piece on a country been wanting to see for some time!Are there any precautions for eating the food or for the drinking water in Albania? Thanks! Regarding food, I basically like to try everything I have never eaten before. That meant quite a few things in Albania, without being sick. The tap water is said not to be the best so I mostly bought bottled, but I have been drinking water in taps along the road coming down from the mountains without any problems.
Ah, the regrets you've given me! I spent a pleasant nearly-a-week in Copenhagen a few years ago, and now you remind me of all the things that couldn't fit into the time...No cure but to go back. Seriously, thanks for a great insight into a fascinating city!
I first visited Cesky Krumlov in 1995, when it was still being restored and the tower repainted, as it had deteriorated during the communist period. I would also advise anyone visiting the area also to see nearby Rozmberk, which is a pretty village with a quite impressive castle, but with far fewer tourists (First 2 pictures). Prague is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but there is much more to see in the Czech Republic including Cesky Krumlov and South Bohemia.
Cesky Krumlov like many of the cities behind the old "iron Curtain" seem to be frozen in time. I'm glad I visited eastern Europe before the arrival of McRonalds appeared on street corners. The Czech Republic has produced excellent cars for 50 years but was starved of cash by Moscow for many years. But it's just now become one of the top producers in Europe.
Many couples like to re-affirm their vows after 25 years. Many older couples in England (and Wales) had a Wedding ceremony that was frugal because of circumstances. Plus - you can invite the Kids! It's a woman thing - means nothing to us men !
Well, leaving aside anyone's feelings about royalty or whatever (play nice, everyone!), someone has to do the chores and mopping up, and the gatekeeper above is not alone in that...this picture is from the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace ("Christopher Robin went down with Alice...") After the impressive parade and band performance, this fellow and two or three others were left behind to store the music stands...
When I stay with Family in the US I'm told there are many cultural subjects to avoid. I don't talk about your recent history, religion, your politics or your gun laws. With or without a sense of humour ! So I'll tread on the side of caution and not upset the natives !
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