Feeling Blue in Bratislava…

During a free Walking Tour through Be Free Tours of some of the highlights of Bratislava, we stopped at the Church of St. Elisabeth, or more commonly known as the “Blue Church”.  Our Tour Guide was great!  She’s a theater major and led an entertaining tour.  Bratislava was another City that was very walkable.  You don’t need to purchase a transport card…just walk everywhere.

I captured a photo of the Blue Church’s interior through the gate…

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Such a pretty church…

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I love quirky statues and Bratislava seems to have quite a few…

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We love Bratislava!

When traveling through Eastern Europe, many tour companies neglect to include the beautiful town of Bratislava, Slovakia in their itinerary.  It was the third stop on my itinerary beginning with Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and finally Budapest.  My group of 11 travelers and myself had never been to these countries and didn’t know what to expect other than what we had read or photographs we’d seen, so we were pleasantly surprised with Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, with it’s old world charm and low prices!

I love to goof around, so whenever there’s a cute photo op…I’m in!

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Having taken a photograph from the front and, as in this photo, the back of these statues, I liked the back view because of the sun’s position.

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Here’s part of the Old Town Square…

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I love the old architecture…

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This monk seemed to be in a hurry…

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I only scheduled 1 1/2 days in Bratislava for exploring because it is quite small, but located only an hour train ride from Vienna, it shouldn’t be missed!

Vienna’s Belvedere Palace and Naschmarkt

The final day of our visit in Vienna found my group of 11 travelers and I storing our luggage at our hotel and spending most of the day exploring Vienna!  Now that everyone had made friends and were a bit familiar with Vienna, people began to explore in smaller groups.  Because there were six solo women travelers, including myself, I switched everyone’s rooming partner each time we changed locations, so that we could get to know each other better.  One of the other ladies and I headed out to see the palatial Belvedere Palace

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I didn’t know what to expect and was quite impressed!

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European Vacation: 9 Countries, 10 Cities, 27 Days, 12,500 miles

Having just returned a few days ago from my month-long European Vacation, I’d like to share a photo from each of the ten Cities I traveled through.  I’ll be going more in-depth in future posts about my experience of taking a group of travelers through Europe, my feelings and thoughts, challenges and delights!  The photos are in order of Cities visited…

Here’s most of the group (a couple of people’s flights were delayed or missed) (for the Eastern Europe portion) in front of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

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Within the Hofburg Palace Complex – Vienna, Austria

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Let’s go to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest!

Planning a trip for yourself is one thing, but when you’re planning for a group of 12, the importance of a solid travel itinerary is essential!   I’ve spent over 100 hours planning an 11 night trip for May of this year to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, traveling from City to City via train.  I’m so excited!  I’ve longed to visit Eastern Europe and am giving a presentation to my travel meetup group next week, to see who would like to join me!  After checking how much other travel companies charge for a very similar trip, my group will be very pleased to discover how economical it will be…at almost half the cost.  I plan on staying an extra week to travel to Berlin and Amsterdam and hopefully Couchsurf!

With the weather so cold, its been the perfect time to get all of this planning finished!  I took these photos the other morning…

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You can barely see the sun peeking through the pine trees here…

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I’ll post the itinerary for everyone when we get closer! xoxoxo

 

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