Travel Stories

A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Warsaw for 48 Hours

Old Town Castle Square

I went to visit Warsaw for 48 hours to break up my trip from Krakow to Kaunas into two stages. I didn’t think there would be much to see. Boy was I wrong! When will I learn? Learning the history of Warsaw was almost more impacting on me than Auschwitz. On September 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, Warsaw had …

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A Humbling Day in Auschwitz

Fence with Warning

I finally visited Auschwitz. What an experience. My grandfather was in the US Counterintelligence for World War II. Concentration camps are part of my family’s history. I’m not one to experience negative emotions. I very rarely get angry, upset or afraid. Four hours touring through Auschwitz Memorial Museum is enough to get to anyone, and certainly was humbling for me. …

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Who Knew Krakow Is So Beautiful?

Krakow

After traveling through fifteen countries in eight weeks, it was time to settle down and catch up on the blog. Originally I had planned to go to Germany after Prague, perhaps Dresden or Leipzig and then Berlin, but instead picked the cheaper and shorter journey to Krakow, Poland. I’m very glad I did. My arrival into Krakow was something beyond spectacular. I …

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A Budget Adventurer’s Guide for Things to Do in Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague, also known as Praha, Praga and Prag. For years I heard it was the most beautiful city in Europe. After seeing it for myself, I’m tempted to agree. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Prague. Prague is the fifth most visited in Europe. For good reason. With the largest castle compound in the world and a …

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Beautiful Vienna is More than Music

Monument to Maria Theresa

I went to Vienna simply knowing it was home to some of the best classical musicians. I didn’t expect to find one of the most beautiful cities in my travels. What surprised me most is how large, diverse and truly beautiful Vienna is. Did you know Vienna has nearly 2 million people, the sixth highest population for a city in the …

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