Reality and Fiction

Since I just returned from a bus tour of Central Europe, I have decided to share with you this exhilarating experience, a marathon visit of Frankfurt, Weimar, Berlin in Germany; Poznan, Warsaw, Jasna Gora, Auschwitz, Krakow, in Poland: Budapest in Hungary; Vienna in Austria; Prague in the Czech Republic, and finally Munich, Rothenberg and back to Frankfurt. Are you tired? Wait till you hear the rest.

Wake-up call at 6 am; suitcases out of the room at 6:30; breakfast at 7 am; everyone in the bus at 8 am to hear our pretty guide and tour director, Sophia,  announce in her Hungarian accent: “Good morning. Are ve all rested?”

Dazed eyes settled on her. A few yawning echoed from various seats.

“I am sure ve are ready to go?” she continued with her unwavering smile.

One or two brave souls answered: “Ready.” Maybe they had an extra cup of coffee or maybe they skipped dinner to sleep.

I loved the bus ride between cities–my best napping time– although Sophia  was determined to impart her vast knowledge about the area. We watched movies, listened to stories and songs, and soaked up the new cultures. And we really lived the momentous events that shaped the History of Europe.


In front of the Berlin Wall


The Allied Point. On the left the American, on the right the Russians.

In Berlin, we spent a night in a hotel in East Berlin. We visited the Berlin Wall, the Allied Point, and heard a lot about the Nazis, WWII, and the Communist regime.


In Krakow, Poland, where Pope John Paul is the big hero, we spent a wonderful day. IMG_3076Churches, restaurants,  stores, line the main plaza of the old town adorned by the historical city Hall. Musicians were everywhere.





In Jasna Gora, Poland, we visited a monastery that housed the miraculous Black Madonna painted by St. Luc the Evangelist in the first century. During the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul, he prayed the Madonna to save his life. Later he donated the sash that still shows his blood where the bullet hit him to the monastery.


The miraculous Black Madonna and besides it, on the left, the sash that Pope John Paul wore the day of the assassination attempt in 1981.

We spent a very oppressive afternoon in Auschwitz, visiting the barracks that housed 900,00 Jews and 200,000 people from Central Europe transported and kept there by the Nazis. We saw the gas chambers, rooms filled with shoes , or hair, or clothes of these poor people. It was horrible the meanness that men can reach. I was about to throw up.


Charles Bridge in Prague

IMG_3634Famous for its bridges and its astrological clock, Prague is one of the most colorful capitals I have visited. Tourists crowd every place. The Swarovski glass headquarters occupy a whole block in one of the small pedestrian streets.



Too bad it was rainy and stormy in Budapest. After a thorough tour bus of the city, we lunched at a small café in front of the Cathedral and had ice cream and gateau in a tea saloon.


The magnificent Parliament in Budapest


Schonbrunn Palace and gardens, in Vienna

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8 Responses to Reality and Fiction

  1. Carol says:

    I’d loved to have stowed away in your luggage. What a wonderful, yet tiring trip. Fabulous memories.


  2. Jill James says:

    Mona, what a world traveler you are. I’m afraid I would accidentally oversleep and miss the bus. 🙂


  3. Sounds like a great adventure. My mom and I went to Ireland and opted out of the bus tour, instead I drove us around the isle. It was fun, but I can see the advantage of the bus tour for sure. I imagine if we were touring more than one country we would have done the same. Yeah for you and another wild travel experience. Love the pictures!


  4. Reblogged this on Kelly Rae & Jocelyn Bell Books and commented:
    Over on the Authors of Main Street, our traveling writer MONA, has been out in the world again. Stop by and see where, when and look at photos. Such an amazing adventure and I am sure she will have new stories to tell and share, soon. Her books always have lovely details about other places in the world, thanks to her travels. I look forward to see what’s next!


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  5. susanrhughes says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I can imagine Auschwitz would be very difficult, but important to preserve it so we always remember.


  6. leighmorgan1 says:

    What a great trip, Mona! Oh, how I envy you’re ability to travel the world.


  7. Joan Reeves says:

    Mona, I love your posts because I always feel as if I’ve had a mini-vacation. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.


  8. E. Ayers says:

    Reminds me of the movie “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium” Hysterical romantic comedy for anyone who has ever traveled with a tour.


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