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Trip Report Back from Central Europe - 2

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So to continue, we moved on to the South...

In Prague area: over Charles Bridge to Lesser Town, Hradcany Castle with changing of guard, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Sq. with astronomical clock, Rott crystal shop, Meisel Synagogue with lunch next door at Golem, university lecturer on "From Communism to Capitalism," dinner at Radisson with Polish folk group, lunches at Kogos and at U Fleku beer hall, sring ensemble/baritone concert in Reformed Church, Mucha museum, Dvorak's country home at Pribam with dinner at Davidorffs, polka party in village of Nosalov

In Budapest area: Castle Hill in Buda with Royal Palace and Matthias Church, dinner at Szegeds with gypsy music, Heroes Sq. monument and park, collection of Great Masters in Fine Arts Museum, strolling on Andrassy St., Vaci utca promenade and Vascarcsamok market/arcade, pastries at Gerbeaurd cafe, Parliament building with royal crown, university lecturer on "Past and Present Politics and Economics," Reformed Church choral fesitval concert at Liszt Academy, Danube Bend cruise to Szentendre, museum with Margit Kovacs clay scupture art, Renaissance feast in Hotel Vivegard, Holloko village with dinner in a home

In Vienna Area: Karntnerstrasse leading to St. Stephen's Church, performance of Mozart and other music at Wien Konzerthaus, Strauss concert in Stadtpark, coffe in Hunderwasser district, Belvedere Palace, Fine Arts Museum with Dutch Masters, Schoebrunn Palace with train through gardens, Hofburg Palace and huge Treasury exhibit, lunch in Flohmarket, Vienna Woods excursion with stops at Mayerling, Holly Cross monastery, Baden, dinner in Bruckberger wine restaurant, also at Rosenberg's with food priced acc. to weight, performance of Puccini's Manon at Opera House, sacher torte afterwards at Sacher Hotel

Quite enough for a couple of oldsters. This was our 10th European trip.

Observations: is there anything grander than the Budapest parliament building? Will that astronomical clock in Prague ever stop running? What will the newly purchsed Schindler's factory become as a tourst site?
Are Hungary and Czech Republic really better off under the free market?

Ozarks Bill

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