Dürnstein and The Legend of Blondel

The Wedgewood blue tower of Durnstein-Stiftskirche

DURNSTEIN CASTLE WAS WHERE BLONDEL FOUND THE IMPRISONED RICHARD THE LIONHEART: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 11 By late morning, we were back on the ship in Melk and sailing for Dürnstein, frequently referred to as the "Pearl of the Wachau". Dürnstein is only a … [Read more...]

A Day of Sightseeing in Vienna

Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna

THERE IS A LOT TO SEE IN VIENNA, ALSO KNOWN AS 'THE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD': Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 12 Today was our Vienna visit day and our morning sightseeing tour by coach provided an overview of the city and included the lavish Hofburg Palace, the … [Read more...]

Sightseeing in Bratislava, Capital of Slovakia

Bratislavský Hrad - Bratislava Castle

A DAY SIGHTSEEING IN BRATISLAVA, CAPITAL OF SLOVAKIA: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 13 This morning we woke up to find our ship already moored in Bratislava. This is a new destination for us and we were very much looking forward to the guided morning … [Read more...]

Visiting Budapest – Queen of the Danube

Hungarian Parliament Building on the Danube, Budapest

BUDA SITS ON THE WEST BANK AND PEST ON THE EAST BANK OF THE DANUBE RIVER: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 14: Our ship arrived in Budapest at 10.00 a.m. and we were originally supposed to do our city sightseeing tour in the morning. But, as the shops in the Central … [Read more...]

360° Paris Views from Montparnasse Tower

Tour Montparnasse, Montparnasse Tower

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE FAMOUS SIGHTS OF PARIS FROM MONTPARNASSE TOWER: When Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, it was the tallest skyscraper in France. The Montparnasse Tower is mainly occupied by offices but the Panoramic Floor on level 56 and the roof-terrace are open to the public. They … [Read more...]

Opéra Garnier – A Grand Paris Opera House

Palais Garnier, Paris

Palais Garnier is a Paris Opera House fit for an Emperor: You don't have to be an opera buff to appreciate the Palais Garnier which is also known as the Opéra de Paris or the Opéra Garnier, or more commonly referred to as the Paris Opéra.  Located on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris' 9th … [Read more...]