March

Eastern Europe Through a Camera Lens

Our eleven person group started our Eastern Europe to the Black Sea River Cruise with a pre-trip extension to Prague. The city is beautiful and we partook of its many cultural offerings (concerts, opera, and art museums), as well as its many sights: the Jewish Quarter, Old Town, Charles Bridge, and palaces...

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Ask Harriet: Visas & currency in Eastern Europe

One of the great things about the Internet is how much information we have available to us—and this is especially true when it comes to planning our upcoming trips. I’ve always felt that the best advice I’ve received about new places I’m visiting is from friends and family who have already been there. That’s why I’m so happy we have our Travel Forums available for Grand Circle travelers...

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Poland: Hope and remembrance

It’s hard not to think about the past when you’re in Poland. The horrific things that happened during World War II, the toll it took on the world—and what a contrast there is with the present, even when you feel like you’re still in the old world. During the war, Warsaw was decimated by bombs—but the entire city was reconstructed exactly as it was, painstakingly rebuilt according to the original urban plan. To walk there, it still feels like you’re in old Poland … only now, the people have hope.

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Remembering Kazimierz Smolen

If someone’s passing can be said to be poetic, then it is that of Kazimierz Smolen. A survivor of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, he passed away in the town that gave its name to that notorious complex of Nazi concentration camps (now known by its Polish name, Oswiecim) on January 27 of this year—the 67th anniversary of the camp’s liberation by Soviet forces...

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Taste Buds Come Alive with the Flavors of Salzburg

As the winter ground begins to thaw and things start to become a little greener, we spring into a season that brings both diverse and colorful flavors and landscapes. It only seemed appropriate to feature two delectable dishes from the fairy-tale city of Salzburg, which is now included as a full-day tour on our Old World Prague & the Blue Danube River Cruise...

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