The trip home seemed much longer than the trip there, probably because there is less excitement about returning home than there is when embarking on a new adventure. We also had a five hour layover in Berlin Tegel, which is now one of my least favorite airports. Rather than having a main security check point that leads you to the terminal and gates, the terminal is outside the secure area and each gate has its own security line. I think it’s pretty inefficient since our flight alone had about 20 security officers and, as a traveler with a long sit time between flights, it was also very inconvenient because you can’t just relax since you’re worrying about getting through security. I probably also disliked it because we were selected for random screening and I was extremely uncomfortable with the process of a full body pat down in front of all the passengers on our flight, followed by another behind-the-curtain pat down and baggage check. The officer asked me in English if I spoke German and English or just English. Even though I told her just English, she spoke only in German for the rest of the screening and did not switch back to English until after I was cleared to go. I’m all for security, but appreciate a little common courtesy!
During our wait, we walked around the airport and sat for drinks and lunch at a cafe. I treated myself to a strawberry dessert because vacation! Once we made it through security and boarded our flight, we ate again. And then before landing we ate again. It felt like all we were doing was eating! On the drive from New York to PA, we even stopped at Taco Bell. While I was sad the trip was over, we made so many great memories and I was really happy to see the pups!
Since it took me approximately 4
years months to get all our Euroadventure posts together, I decided to do a roundup below of the entire series. We covered a lot of ground in 10 days and I have already had requests for travel tips, so hopefully this helps make it all a little easier to find based on your destination or interests.
Travel to Europe: Includes my tips for staying “fresh” during and after a long flight!
Prague, Czech Republic
All Photos: Euroadventure Part 1: Prague
Day 1: Dancing House, riverside lunch, Petřín Hill and Tower, Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Old Town Square, ghost tour
Day 2: Lunch at The Mill, St. James church, Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Jan Hus Memorial, Astronomical Clock, Pařížská Street, Jewish Quarter, Old-New Synagogue, Czech Beer Festival, Prague Beer Museum, Restaurace U Pinkasů
Day 3: Dave’s Birthday! Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Basilica and Convent of St. George, Golden Lane, Little Quarter Square, Kampa Island, Lennon Wall, Charles Bridge, dinner at Bellevue
Austria: Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt
All Photos: Euroadventure Part 2: Austria
Day 1: Imperial Treasury, Burggarten, Ringstrasse tram tour, Eissalon am Schwedenplatz gelato, St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Day 2: Drive to Salzburg, Sound of Music tour, Mirabell Gardens, Augustiner monastery brewery, Steingasse bar hopping
Days 3 and 4: Hallstatt day trip, Mozarts Geburtshaus (birthplace), Austrian desserts, Imperial Crypt, Cafe Sacher, train station schnitzel sandwich
All Photos: Euroadventure Part 3: Budapest
Day 1: Shoes on the Danube memorial, Hungarian Parliament, traditional Hungarian restaurant
Day 2: Great Market Hall, Széchenyi Medicinal Baths, City Park, Heroes’ Square, Andrássy Avenue, ruin pubs, Great Synagogue, wine tasting, Danube sunset river cruise
Day 3: Castle District, Hospital in the Rock, Matthais Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Vintage Garden restaurant, Arabella at the Hungarian State Opera House
That’s it! Thanks again for following along my very belated and drawn out recap of our trip. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming …