History, architecture, art, music, and a little nature
On most of my trips I have tried to mix visits to urban areas, complete with their wealth of cultural experiences, and time to enjoy the outdoors in places of scenic beauty.
This trip emphasized the former and had little of the latter. In fact, all my destinations were cities, and except for one day trip to a national park, I had a very small taste of nature.
The saving grace was that the large cities were magnificent, and the smaller cities had their own visual charms.
Prague and Berlin had been at or near the top of my bucket list for a while, so when I decided to build a trip including those two cities, it was an easy decision to include Poland. In the end, fully half the trip was in Poland.
As usual, I took way too many photos, but I have made some highlight albums for those who don’t want to see the same thing from every possible angle. Just be aware that there are a lot of great pictures that didn’t make it into the “Best Of” albums, so limit yourself at your own peril!
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