Monthly Archives: June 2017

Onward to the UK

I left Phyllis and Mike Saturday, May 27 in Munich and took an EasyJet flight to London. Before I get into this part of the trip, a few words about transportation. We’ve used intercity buses, metro, funicula, ubahn, local trains and taxis. Always a challenge when the local language is not English, but all have been user-friendly and part of the travel adventures. The European public transportation systems are amazing, especially the trains. And inexpensive. It’s really to bad we must rely so much on cars at home.


Cousins Mark and Ursula Hrabak live outside Reading, UK and hosted me for 3 days. Thank you for a great first visit to the UK, that was very relaxing. Mostly because I didn’t have to figure out anything or how to get anywhere on my own!  

We spent a day in Bourton on the Water, in the Cotswolds. A small stream with multiple bridges was the focal point of this quaint village with beautiful stone buildings and gardens.


The next day we took the train to Oxford and enjoyed a “Morse, Inspector Lewis and Endeavor” tour. A fun spin on the highlights of this university city. As I watch repeat shows, this is what I’ll remember. 😎


Tuesday morning Mark took me to the train  and I was off on my 3 day London solo experience. I found my hostel on the Strand near Waterloo Bridge with no problem and figured out my itinerary from there. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see everything so I chose strategic highlights. A bus tour, Churchill’s war rooms, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, British Museum, Covent Garden and the City of London Museum. London is easy to explore on foot and by the underground/tube. Overdoing the 🚶 part led to a lower back 😖 after 10 days of it, the majority on pavement. 

While I enjoyed London, it was a little overwhelming with it’s hordes of tourists and iphone-focused pedestrians hurrying along. I focused on the Thames and the flowers. 

Adventures With Phyllis and Mike

On May 17, friends Phyllis Zebrowski (my friend since kindergarten) and Mike Siegert (her partner) traveled to Prague from Warsaw. We had 10 days together. First in Prague and Tchorovice, then in Germany. Following the “do it NOW” motto, we Built some great new memories! 

Prague highlights included Petrin, Strahov Monastery area and Zižkov Tower.


During the weekend in the village we hung out with the the number thief and his partner in crime and fed fallow deer at Blatna’s water castle.


Monday morning we took a bus from Prague to Munich. We found the hauptbahnhof and got a train to Füssen. Here we spent two days in the Alps. Day 1: explored this wonderful little town and enjoyed our little Hotel Fantasia. Day 2: Hohschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles. We found out “mad” King Ludwig was not really mad, but extremely quickly. His ministers had him committed for lousy governing and spending Bavaria’s money building castles.


I enjoyed resurrecting my rusty German. We also started walking average seven miles per day. Plenty of breaks, but still made our Fitbits happy!

Part 2 of our German trip was 3 days  together in Munich. Great city to wander, explore and drink liter beers. We really had fun. Viktualienmarkt, Marienplatz, Englisch Garten, Hofbrau Haus, Augustiner Bier Garten.