Trek through Europe

I just got back from a two week trek through Europe – traveling with my wife and another couple. We started in Frankfurt, stopped for a night in the beautiful ‘olde town’ part of Heidlberg.

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From there we headed off to the Czech Republic, to one of my previous favorite spots, Prague. Unfortunately, Prague has become a little more touristy than I remembered it..and with that, more expensive. It is no longer insanely inexpensive – bummer. It still has the Eastern European feel that you don’t get in many major cities any longer – but it has lost something in my mind. From CZ we headed source to Austria stopping for an evening in Linz before getting on an overnight train to Venice. Spending a full day (not night) in Venice is great. I felt like we saw everything we needed to before heading down to a smaller city on the easter Italian coast called Rimini. From what I can tell, Rimini is a hopping place in the summer – its on the sea – and there are a bunch of oceanfront-resort-looking stuff three. It was too cold for the water however.

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We treked next to Rome, a great place for sightseeing – so much history. From there we headed into Tuscany, stopping at a neat town, somewhat off the beaten path, called Lucca. Oh, did I mention the great vino in Italy… After Lucca, we stopped in Florence for dinner and briefly checked out the sights. There is more to Florence than I gave it credit for last time. Next on to Switzerland – overnight from Florence – to Lucerne. Beautiful place, and I was really struck by how orderly and clean everything was. Lucerne has a bunch of history too, we visited a ver cool (high tech too) museum there. Then on to Paris for a couple days. Paris is great, and I think it has gotten better since I was there some years ago. This time, the line for the Lourve was non-existant which was great. More on Europe later maybe.

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I’m Ben Hoffman, this site is a collection of thoughts, links and notes about whats going on for me. During daylight hours I can be found at New Eagle, where I work as Product Platform Architect / Software Team Manager. This is my personal website and reflects my views and opinions only. Any comments made on this website, by myself or by third parties, do not necessarily reflect views or opinions of my employer.
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