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Our Train Ride to Budapest

Our trip to Budapest from Vienna was a little exciting, to say the least.  We could not find a van rental company which would let us drive from Vienna to Budapest.  We took the train, instead.  Normally, trains are very consistent, but the flood was something we could not have planned for.  

Family waiting for train in Vienna heading for Budapest

Family waiting for train in Vienna heading for Budapest

We boarded the train in Vienna and headed for Hungary.  The travelers behind spoke English and as the ticket taker was punching their tickets, we heard the the conversation.  The train employee told them they would board a bus to transfer to another train station.  I am thinking, “Gosh, they had bad connections.”  Our trip connected to the next stop.  Everyone got off the train, but us.  In a few minutes, the passengers behind us came back on board to tell us the train could not proceed because of the flood.  We quickly unloaded and looked for a train staffer who could tell us the plan.
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Berlin, Germany

My first visit to West Berlin was in 1962 when I was eleven years old, where we actually we lived in West Berlin for the next three years. The Berlin wall had just been completed and it was a brittle and dangerous time in history. My Dad was in the British army…and despite the daily horrors that were taking place, he moved us all…my Mum and six children in tow, to live in Berlin. Frequently I was taken into East Berlin for the day. I met East Germans in their plight and regimented Russian soldiers alike. My mother was never fearful, therefore, therefore neither was I. We were prepared in depth for atomic warfare … but we saw life as one big adventure…the good and the bad, the dangers and unknowns…
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Prague…Best Old Town Square

Our private transportation, perfection on every level! Our first trip in 2004 was mixed with difficulties family, health, and weather.  We loved the city but our 4 days there was watching it from the apartment.  This was pre-Luggie, so we could only get around by taxi.  Our goal was always to return. In 2013, we had the perfect trip!  We began in Berlin and drove to Dresden, Prague, Vienna, train to Budapest, drove to Zegrab, and flew to London.  Without realizing it, we were following the Danube River south, and so was the floods of 2013.  Each town we arrived in, we brought the crest. Read More …

Beautiful Brugge, Belgium

Picturesque canal homes Oh, how we love Brugge with its charming canals, picturesque cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Google Images of Brugge, Belgium We had easy access to everything with our Luggie’s, which navigated the cobble streets well. Brugge is known as the “Little Venice”. However you’ll be happy to know that their bridges, unlike those in Venice, have no steps! The canal boat staff were very helpful, including getting on and off the boat and caring for our wheelchairs. Restaurants are mostly accessible with excellent cuisine. We advise you visit Brugge midweek to avoid endless tourists. Brugge is a wonderful place to roam, and smell the roses… Read More …

Colmar, France

Ornate Colmar restaurant sign Colmar is an incredibly beautiful tiny village that is just 20 minutes from Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is near the German border, in the Alsace region of France. The culture, food, and architecture are blended with German and French influences. Here in Colmar we found an enchanting village, full of fairytale steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco, and old timbered buildings. 
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Monet’s Garden near Paris, France

The little road to the gardens… Here we found a quintessential special place where you feel like you have stepped back in time and entered into a dimension of bliss! Being handicapped we could have stayed home…but instead we took the risk, and in spite of our disabilities were so blessed to experience such beauty in life… The staff was all very helpful and handicap friendly. The terrain was natural, and therefore the pathways were dirt and gravel…but our faithful Luggie’s navigated and handled it all so well. Lots of parking available, including handicapped. We have found our USA handicap plaque works perfectly abroad. Read More …