All the places I go!

  • Prague Central Train Station - Praha Hlavni
    Architecture,  Europe,  Food,  Travel

    Cultural Connections – Prague, Budapest, and Vienna – Part 1: Prague

     In the second half of the 19th century, the world saw the formation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that encompassed as many as eleven different national groups and ruled the area from 1867 until 1918, the end of World War I.  The different nationals in the region were fierce in maintaining their identities and eventually formed separate countries again.  However, for Prague, Budapest, and Vienna the influence of their time spent as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire formed lasting cultural connections. Planning Our Trip My husband and I spend a lot of time planning our trips and use many resources.  To keep track of all the different parts of our travels,…

  • the California Zephyr
    Trains,  Travel

    Travel by Train – A Trip on Amtrak’s California Zephyr

    As part of a quick visit to Denver to see the Elton John Farewell tour, we thought it would be fun… and different… to travel by train and take the “California Zephyr” home to the Bay Area.  Amtrak is the United States passenger train service. The California Zephyr is a popular route on Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco (Emeryville) stopping in Denver, Co., supposedly daily.   We booked a sleeper car since the trip from Denver to Martinez (the stop closest to our home) is supposed to take around 30 hours.  You may have heard that train travel in the States is not a popular form of holiday travel.  Yes,…

  • Viking Long Ship
    Art,  Coastal Views,  Europe,  Norway,  Travel

    Oktoberfest: Oslo Layover

    On our way to Oktoberfest, we decided to spend a few days in Oslo, Norway. This layover was prompted, in no small measure, by the very inexpensive fares Norwegian Air is offering from the US to various European cities right now. Neither my DH or I have been to Norway before, so we think a small sample will be fun. We had a blast on our Oslo layover here’s what we did… Oslo Layover: Day One – Arrival! Our flight was an overnight transit, and we arrive in Oslo just after 2:00 pm. Going through passport control is a breeze, I think we were the only non-Norwegian, non-EU passengers around,…