Home Again

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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.

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30 Comments

  1. Wow, just look at all the beautiful photos. Travelling during a pandemic requires a more detailed and cautious approach than before, but it can be done while minimizing risks to you. By taking a proactive approach, you can help keep yourself and those travelling with you safe. I can’t wait to read all about your trip, especially Budapest! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  2. I’m so EXCITED you got to travel out of country! It’s good to know it’s doable even though a bit tricky with the testing protocols and timing. My daughter loves to travel and has been to Budapest, Hungary among the places you visited. 🤩 I Love all your photos and you are right these places are so in need of tourists. I’m not much of a traveler, so I enjoy seeing thru others eyes and/or lens! 😍

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    1. We were pretty excited too… it was a long time coming. Budapest is now one of my favorite cities. That part of Europe thrills me, and pictures really help me remember. I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks and take care!

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  3. You are very brave to be traveling these days GW – I’m still in the “stay-close-to-home” mode. Your images are beautiful and a great reminder of our own visit to the same countries years ago. I think Budapest is near the top of my list as beautiful places go! welcome home. Enjoy your perusal of your favorite travel moments!

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    1. We are blessed to have stayed healthy over the course of our trip, but we will hunker down again and look forward to less stressful times… for traveling and everything else. Glad to hear you have experienced these beautiful countries as well. Take care!

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  4. The lead photo is spectacular! Where is that beautiful cityscape and what is the building in the foreground? I hope you’ll write more about this particular locale.

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    1. Thanks, Dave! Both the first and second photos were taken in Budapest. The foreground of the first is Fisherman’s Bastion, and the second photo is the Parliament Building. I am just finishing a post on this gorgeous city… should be done tomorrow or Monday. Take care!

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  5. I so miss these countries. Thanks for taking me back to some lovely memories. Oh noooo that would be very stressful but happy that these views compensated for the stress.

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