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Vienna, Day 3: Polite vs. Friendly

September 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Austria, tourism, Travel, Vienna

Living in France, one comes to appreciate the daily niceties, at least in the country’s small towns. It is considered declasse’, bordering on overtly rude, to pass someone — anyone — in the street without saying hello. The encounter can be with young or old or snarky teen, and still social conventions call for a […]

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Vienna, Day 2: ‘Kokosblutenzuckerflocken und Beerenmus’

September 16th, 2017 · No Comments · tourism, Travel, Vienna

Not making this up. The three words in the headline are an actual bit of explanation for an item entitled “Tewa’s cheesecake” on the menu of the comfy bio-bistro where we had dinner, in Vienna. It reinforced what I have been learning, here in Austria: I may be able to conjugate common verbs and translate […]

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Vienna, Day 1: Beer, Bier, Pivo, Sor …

September 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Budapest, France, Prague, tourism, Travel

If you hope to dine like a local, in central Europe, you start by accepting one condition: You must order a beer with your meal. Or else you are an even bigger poseur than most of the rest of the tourists visiting the region. Which has led me to drink beer for nine consecutive days […]

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Budapest, Day 4: Sources of Confusion … Language and Money

September 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Budapest, Prague, tourism, Travel

We liked Budapest. Quite a bit. We wish we were staying longer. But a couple of basic issues pertaining to Hungary and its capital city threatened to trip us up every time we left the apartment. Talking about money … and talking about talk.

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Budapest, Day 3: Liverpool Wins in One Sports Bar

September 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Budapest, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, soccer, tourism, Travel

I get it. Some might consider it silly, ridiculous even, to be headed for a sports bar on a Wednesday night while visiting an exotic capital city. But keep in mind that 1) the sports bar is about 50 yards away from where we are staying; 2) the bar serves food as well as beer […]

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Budapest, Day 2: A Walking Tour and Shaking the Hand of Ronald Reagan

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Budapest, tourism, Travel

I was in Budapest for a few days, in March of 1990, to cover the U.S. national soccer team in a pre-World Cup friendly loss, 2-0, to Hungary. (A few days later I covered the Yanks in East Berlin; East Germany won 3-0.) So this was all just the other day. Back then, Hungary already […]

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Budapest, Day 1: First Impressions and a ‘Ruin Bar’

September 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Budapest, Prague, tourism, Travel

We spent most of the day on a train. From Prague to Brno (in the Czech Republic) to Bratislava (in Slovakia) to the marvelously named Szob (in Hungary) to Vac to Budapest. It was fairly direct. Not a “crow flies” kinda straight line but one that takes into account that people might actually want to […]

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Prague, Day 4: A Pilgrimage to a Revived Church and City

September 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Germany, Lutherans, tourism, Travel

On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther posted on a church door a list of 95 issues he thought the Roman Catholic church should address. That act, just short of 500 years ago, led to the Protestant Reformation — an event which changed Europe irrevocably and next month will be observed in […]

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Prague, Day 3: A Flawed Gem

September 9th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Prague, tourism, Travel

Much can be said for Prague. It is a jewel of a city, small enough that most of the most popular bits of it can be seen in a single day, on foot, by the energetic visitor. It offers castles, museums, dramatic vistas from hilltop perches, a wide river, shopping from one end of the […]

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Prague, Day 2: You Don’t Say

September 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Prague, tourism, Travel

So, here we are in Prague, and we have no idea what anyone is saying. The locals, in the Czech Republic, speak Czech. Fair enough. It is a Slavic language spoken by about 10 million people, though it probably is closer to 6 million if 5 million speakers of Slovakian (mutually intelligible but not quite […]

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