Budapest, Hungary

Before the unification in 1873, Budapest was actually two separate cities, Buda on the west side of the Danube, and Pest on the east side of the Danube.  The combined city is one of the largest cities in the European Union, and is the capital of Hungary. Budapest is a very picturesque city with impressive…

Passau, Bavaria, Germany

Passau is a small town in Bavaria very close to the Austrian border.  It’s at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn, and Ilz.  It’s known as the “City of Three Rivers”.  As you can see below, the streets are all cobblestone and the buildings are from the Baroque period.  We toured the city…

Now Boarding – The AmaSonata

We boarded our riverboat, the AmaSonata, in Vilshofen, Germany.  This riverboat is Amawaterway’s newest boat having been inaugurated in May of 2014.  This boat is state of the art in every respect.  The cabins are larger that I expected, most with a French balcony (sit in the cabin with an open sliding glass door) and…

We Made it to Prague

We made it to Prague……. and even beat our luggage by 8 hours, because it didn’t want to come on the same plane with us.  Anyway, Prague has been really great so far.  We are in downtown (central) Prague, staying at the Grandior Hotel.  More on that in a later post. Prague combines historical and…