Well that’s a wrap on Europe. We are now off to Africa to experience some of the most amazing wildlife on earth. Camping on the vast Serengeti, scuba diving off the coast of Zanzibar, roaming Chobe Park, taking in Victoria Falls, and hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town to name a few. If we are lucky, we may get to experience the great wildebeest migration on the way. We spent the last fifty-two days exploring some of the known and unknown parts of Europe. From Iceland to Romania, we visited six countries across the continent. Below we discuss the best and worst parts of our travels in this continent, along with some of what we learned along the way. Read more
There is a place where the buildings are brightly painted, cobblestones line the streets, and grape vines grown in every yard. The place is a little town called Sighișoara, found deep in the middle of Romania. The town claims the birth place of Vlad Tepes Dracul, better known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. Read more
Transylvania is a region known to all as the home of Dracula but visited by few. The city of Brașov is set in the heart of this region in Romania and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountain range. It is a gorgeous town off the beaten path and one of our most enjoyable visits within Europe. Read more
Prague. Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting this magical city? A place where modern life meets castles, basilicas, and stone bridges. A place with a seemingly infinite sea of terra-cotta roofs and cobblestones streets. A walk through the alleys of Prague is a walk through the Middle Ages. Prague has the allure of Paris with a touch of Eastern Europe but the Czech history has taken different paths than Western Europe, creating a contrasting feel from other well traveled areas.
Some places are worth visiting for the natural wonders, some for the culture, others for the culinary delights. Český Krumlov has a different type of appeal. It is a town where you can step back in time almost 800 years and take a walk through history. The streets are impeccably preserved to maintain the look and feel of its medieval roots. Read more
Our third stop in Hungary took us through rolling farmland to the city of Pécs, an area that has been inhabited for 6,000 years. The land has held Celts, been ruled by the Romans, conquered by the Ottomans, and the city has been shaped by its history over the ages. Read more
Eger is the land of Hungarian wine. Or more accurately, one of the many lands of Hungarian wine. The town is home to the famous wine blend, Egrí Bikavér, or Bulls Blood. The name originates from a siege on Eger by the Turkish army in the 16th century. The Hungarian army defeated the Turks after being fed local food and wine, including red wine from the local vineyards. The dark red blend was rumored to be mixed with bulls blood which gave the small Hungarian army the strength to defeat the much larger group of invaders. Of all of our visits to Europe, Eger has been among the most enjoyable areas. Read more