See what happens when you tack on an extra week to a vacation? After ten days in Ireland, I was exhausted, but there was more to do! The guys headed home and I trekked across a couple of ponds to mainland Europe and eventually Vienna. The next week was a whirlwind of Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Budapest, courteously organized by my big brother. Because I've clearly failed at the day to day, here's a quick list of sights and impressions of the whole shebang:
Snow in Zurich, plague memorials in Vienna, excellent sauerkraut, trams, the Belvedere, Klimt, cafe after cafe after cafe, Sacher torte, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Spanish Riding School, schnitzel!, sparkly things at the Schatzkammer (sp?), Schoenbrun, the Danube, the Easter Market, schweinnestelze, trains, Nonnburg Abbey, Mozartplatz, the Dominican Cathedral, garlic soup, rain in Salzburg, Schloss Mirabelle Gardens, Mozartkugel, more trains, Prague, Castle Hill, St. Vitus, the Charles Bridge, Kafka, musicians on the bridge, bread dumplings, palenka, tokaj, boar stew, the old Jewish cemetery (closed, bah), overcrowded nightclub, the Danube again, Budapest, the crumbling Parliament, bridges and more bridges, the spa, the ancient subway, the statue of the scribe, chicken paprikash on the river, the old Synagogue, St. Stephen's gold dome, back to Vienna, excellent Italian food, back to Dublin for a heartbeat, and home.
Phew. Good stuff! Now to start planning the next one while I take a year or two and sort photos.