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...]

A Happy Bamberg Beer Experience

Bamberg Beer tour

WITH NINE BREWERIES PRODUCING FIFTY TYPES OF BEERS, BAMBERG IS INDEED A BEER CITY: Bamberg is a town that's famous for its breweries. There are nine breweries in this small town producing some fifty different beers, including its specialty rauchbier, a smoked beer with a characteristic taste. … [Read more...]

Sainte-Chapelle – Famous for its Stunning Stained Glass

Stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle - A Royal Chapel Full of History and Famous for its Stained Glass: Long before we visited Sainte-Chapelle, I'd already seen many pictures of its exquisite stained glass windows. And, although it is said that a picture paints a thousand words, nothing quite prepares you for the … [Read more...]

Pigalle – A District Famous for its Raunchy Nightlife

Paris Red-light District

The Pigalle District is Notorious for its Sex Shops, Adult Shows and Raunchy Nightlife: Except for a visit to the Moulin Rouge, the Pigalle district is not high on the list of many visitors' must-visit Paris destinations, unless of course if you're one of those visitors for whom the sex shops, … [Read more...]