What to Expect on a Danube River Cruise with Emerald Cruises

Sailing along one of Europe’s majestic waterways elicits a feeling of luxury and relaxation. Emerald Cruises Danube Delights 8-day river cruise ticked those boxes and more. We were able to explore 8 beautiful destinations without packing and unpacking our bags, and worrying about travel logistics. A significant advantage of cruising is sleeping in a comfortable…

Great off the Radar Eastern European Cities to Visit

Eastern Europe is fascinating and can also be a romantic slice of the globe to explore. It also generally offers far better value than Western Europe. The secret has long been out of the bag with Prague, which doesn’t offer nearly the same value as it did 15 years ago. But there are several cities…

Budapest Parliament: Architectural Wonder of Europe

Budapest is divided into two sections that are separated by the famed Danube river. Not surprisingly they are named Buda and Pest and were once completely separate towns under different rule. The seat of the current Hungarian government, the Országház, was completed in 1904 and built to showcase the grandeur of the then very powerful Austro-Hungarian empire. The…

Budapest’s Castle Hill at Night

The Danube separates Buda from Pest, which used to be different towns. Here are images of Budapest’s Castle Hill at night. The photo of Budapest Parliament above was taken from the Pest side of town. Moving on to Castle Hill photos… Budapest’s Royal Palace, on a frigid October night.