June - July 2015
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  • Day39

    Berlin

    July 24, 2015 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    I visited Berlin once again on our way back to western Germany. It was nice and we did a few cool things and learned a bit. My touristy pictures are from the Reichstag dome, Neue Synagogue, Berlin Cathedral, and Brandenburg gate.Read more

  • Day33

    Vienna

    July 18, 2015 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    We enjoyed lots of classical music, Gothic and Baroque architecture, and extreme heat (ha!) in Vienna. However, the city didn't quite have Budapest's charm as it was very touristy and rather expensive.Read more

  • Day31

    18h in Bratislava

    July 16, 2015 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Our mostly unplanned evening in Slovakia...in which we climbed to the top of the city, ate too much food, and discovered medieval walls.

    Interestingly, the monument is for the Soviet soldiers who died during the war fighting the Germans (erected in the 50s, I believe). This is in sharp contrast to what I understand of the Hungarians' relationship with the Soviets...Read more

  • Day28

    Budapest pt. 2

    July 13, 2015 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    More from Pest, including Parliament in daylight, Margaret island, and Dohány Synagogue (the largest in Europe!).

  • Day27

    Budapest

    July 12, 2015 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Both of our favorite city of the trip. (My runner-up: Lisbon.) Budapest is gorgeous, inexpensive, and unique. No place I've been to has suffered so greatly, again and again throughout history, only to get back onto its feet.

    Nighttime along the Danube is stunning. I also loved the ruin bars -- which are what they sound like, abandoned buildings turned into bars.

    Note: The shoes pointing into the river are a memorial to the Jews who were shot into the Danube there in 1944-5. I have so much trouble comprehending that entire era in history...(who doesn't??)... but it's a very moving monument. There are so many memorials around Budapest honoring those who were heroes during either the war (e.g. helping to save the Jews) or the communist era.

    Note 2: Notice the bats flying above the Parliament building!
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  • Day23

    Paris

    July 8, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    City of Lights...hmm. I liked Paris but not for the reasons I had expected. It's a little grungy (which I like), not as expensive as I'd thought, and certainly beautiful in parts but not any more than other cities. In fact, I think I prefer Madrid's ornate, colorful buildings or Amsterdam's canals...

    But we still had a great time. I met up with A and we had our first airbnb experience of the trip, in a lovely flat with a view of the Eiffel Tower and a crazy cat. Lots of sights to see but it was fun!
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