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AMAZING AVALON RIVER CRUISE ON THE DANUBE

Visited a nice Italian restaurant in town that Betty Ewald found online.  The Ristorante Locanda Marino was hard to find so we needed a ride!!   We had 3 big black town cars full of our group and left the Hilton Prague in style.  Felt like the mafia gang. What an adventure as my husband Gary told our driver to step on it!!  He took us literaly and my legs flew above my head.  But we passed the other two cars and made it there first.  We met the owner of Locanda Marino Ristorante and he was very happy to ablige our wishes.  Gary has to have spagetti bolganese and since it wasn't on the menu the chef agreed to make anything we wanted.  Ice cream for all of us who found him on the internet.  What a wonderful exciting evening we had in Prague!  Many great memories of this night even though we didn't take pictures of our black sedan cars.

We ended the night with a visit to the top of the Hilton for a bit of fun!

My Knight in Shining Armour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next day a tour to the Hradcany castle and St Vitus Cathedral and a nice tour in the square.  Our guide gave us a great recommendation for lunch at a Brewery which made all the guys really happy.  Well trying to find it was harder than we thought but worth every minute of it when we got our meal.  A bit hard to communicate but once we did, the food was amazing here and so reasonable!!!  Our guide was right!

 

Lunch in Prague!  Go out and explore!

Went right across the street and there was a little shopping center we almost missed on our last day.  Bought a nice pair of compfy shoes here and wished we had more time to play and shop!

Motor coached to Nuremberg where our cruise adventure would begin.  Got in a couple of minutes of rest on the coach but woke up to some wonderful scenery on the way.

Went into town to Nuremberg to see this great historic city, its fabulous gothic churches and houses and of course shop a bit.  Some of the guys went on a WWll tour and got into a little trouble.  Not what you think, they were busy eating ice cream, drinking beer and missing their bus!  But some cruise mates asked the bus to stop when they were found.  All is well that ends well!!

Regensburg was quite the medieval city to visit.  Take a tour or go on your own after the complimentary guided sightseeing and beer tasting excursion.

In Passau near Salzburg we really enjoyed our romantic Austria Salzkammergut lake district tour.  Some of us visited have already visited the Sound of Music birth-place of Mozart already so this was a great way to see the Austrian Lake district with local experts.  We had plenty of time on our own on this tour too!

Melk was a little town we walked to and some of our group took the tour.  It was such a shame when the shops were not open because of the weekend!  Oh well, next time!

You cannot go to Vienna without the visit to the Schonbrunn Imperial Palace!  It is a must see after hearing all about the Emperor Franz Joseph and Sisi's love story! Lots of history to be found here from a mighty empire to a waltz around town.

Ending our tour in Budapest was great.  A very exciting tour allows you to visit both cities of Buda and Pest!  Bring your camera and visit the markets and castles here! 

So many amazing medieval castles, gothic churches, cathedrals, the beer, the wine and sights....so little time!  A variety of countries, cultures and experiences...not to be missed!  Enjoy it, we did!

Gayle and Gary Zielke 

 

Hi Gayle and Gary, 

We want to thank u for a wonderful trip abroad... I would rate the trip as great, the staff, the ship,  and service as excellent, the food was excellent for breakfast and lunch and dinner was hit and miss. We loved every port, only wish there was more time.. The 15min. stops were hard, no time to really do anything.

Overall, we have a treasure chest full of wonderful memories with new friends and a beautiful fun filled trip with many laughs and that's what life is all about !! Going home was hard on Dean because of the seat assignments. That is no one's fault, things like that just happen... Looking forward to our get together... Love, Nancy 

Lenny sent us lots of great pictures to cherish!

One of Len Lester's many Ipad pictures, this one of some of us in front of church!

 

Had a wonderful time. Thanks for all the memories.
 
Reggie
 
Mike, Diane and the gang at lunch in Prague.

Gayle

Thanks again for all your help. It certainly was a great vacation!

Mike & Diane 

Allen and Sharon Kohn said about their experiences:

 

trip rate     -  Excellant

Ship      - Excellant

Staff    -  Excellant

Service   -  Excellant

Food    -    Fair

 

Liked all ports and what they had to offer and see.

 

Memories:

 

Bee Bites!   And the ambulance and Emt experience I will always remember.  Also to put onions on bee bites.  Learned something from the Praque locals that were so very nice to me.

And Allen meeting a service friend from 45 years ago, what a chance.  Seems unreal .

 

PS-What are the chances of one of our guests meeting up with a service man from 45 years ago.  They met during the cruise by chance and caught up again! 

 

 

Hello Gayle and Gary,

Just a note of appreciation for all you did to make our Danube River trip a most memorable and enjoyable one!  We sure enjoyed being part of a "fun group" and look forward to getting together in the near future.

 

We are in the midst of scapbooking our pictures into albums.

 

Keep in touch! 

 

Bea and Roger Sikorski  

 

"Travel is not a luxury anymore..it is a necessity!

We would love to recommend a vacation for you that will exceed your expectations!"


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