We returned last week from our travels. COVID managed to create some rather nerve-wracking conditions… as if traveling isn’t already stressful enough. But if you take COVID concerns out of the equation, it was a marvelous trip; and even with all the demands, it was great to be traveling again.
We visited four countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Each country had their own COVID protocols ranging from relaxed to very strict. Our arrival destination was Budapest, Hungary, where you had to have a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before entering the country. That was tricky for us because that meant getting tested on a Sunday (not widely available), but we did it! Our results were emailed to us on a Monday, we departed the US on a Tuesday and arrived in Hungary on Wednesday. Thank goodness there were no delays on any of our connecting flights! Once we got to Hungary, mask wearing was optional. In Slovakia masks were mandatory indoors, in Austria masks had to be the N95 type, and in Germany masks and proof of vaccination cards were required to enter shops, restaurants, museums, etc. Re-entering the United States also required an accurately timed negative test. We stayed healthy through it all, however, and for that I am grateful!
There was no lack of beauty on this trip! I am still sorting through the thousands of pictures I took. I will post photos of each country separately in the coming weeks but for now, here are a few of my favorites.