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The Great Synagogue on Dohány Street, largest Synagogue in Europe

Weeping Willow Tree Jewish Memorial Budapest We took a guided tour of the Dohany Street Synagogue with a small group.  We found it fascinating, touching, and inspiring.  Parts of the museum were handicap accessible and others were not.  They did have an elevator to help me get to the second floor.  I was content to wait for the others while they climbed the stairs to the other floors.

The Byzantine-Moorish style synagogue constructed between 1844-1859 was unique unto itself, nothing like we had ever seen.  The largest synagogue in Europe, 3,000 people can enter.  The onion-shaped domes atop the twin towers symbolize the two columns of Solomon’s Temple.

The synagogue was very handicapped friendly and I was able to see all the main floor.  I did not try the balcony, therefore I am not sure if there was an elevator.  

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Dresden, Germany – Wonderful Surprise

We were driving from Berlin to Prague and in our planning we saw Dresden between the two cities.  In an effort to cut the length of drive, we decided to stop in Dresden.  A new museum has recently opened, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Bob’s favorite pass time.  Our hotel, NH Dresden,  was near the Old Town, shops, and restaurants.  It was brand new when we visited, lovely hotel.
You need to be an early riser, because the church bells ring very early. 🙂
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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 …

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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Our hunt for the elusive stork.

Our storks in Croatia In 1999, Stephanie was riding in a convoy across Europe on their way to deliver a shipping container of humanitarian aid to a Russian orphanage.  As they passed through Poland, they were intrigued by the homes with stock nest on the roofs. When visiting Dresden, Germany in 2012, we talked to a Polish guy who now lives in San Antonio, but spends a great deal of time traveling through Europe. It appeared Prague would be flooded by the time we arrived. He said we should visit Krakow, instead. Stephanie asked if there were storks in Krakow. He said, “Yes, lots of them.” Storks nesting in Poland are a sign of good luck and they return to the same nest every year. Read More …

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 …

Downton Abbey Trip – Tea for Two

Our United Kingdom part of our Spring trip was all about Downton Abbey. We stayed at Five Arrows Hotel, but it is more of a B&B than hotel. It was beautiful and quaint, all you could hope for when tracing the Downton Abbey path. We had our own transportation because it is a little drive, but I am sure there are tours available. The restaurant was was very elegant and the food delicious. A little artsy, but wonderful taste. The staff was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. We reserved two rooms in “The Stable”, one bedroom and a suite. We were so pleased by the decor, very up to date, and peaceful. Read More …