Serbia and the Enchanting Danube

May 4, 2011 through May 15, 2011

Today begins a series of posts about our trip to Serbia and then our Uniworld cruise for 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest Hungary to Passau Germany.

Over the next several weeks, I will display images of Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci Serbia and then the following cities along the Danube:

  • Budapest Hungary,
  • traveling the Danube to Vienna,
  • the city of Vienna,
  • Durstein and other towns along the Wachau Valley in Austria,
  • stops at Melk,
  • Linz,
  • the city of Salzburg and
  • finally Passau Germany.

As with the Peru/Amazon trip, I will try to clip out a few facts from Wikipedia on the various sites and cities that will be included in this next journey across Europe.  I hope you enjoy that adventure as much as I did!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 and Thursday, May 5, 2011

We began our trip out of the Charlotte airport about 5:00pm and flew through the night.  We landed in Munich Germany about 8:00am and then caught a flight from Munich to Belgrade.  Ana and Ivan picked us up at the Belgrade airport about noon.  It was about a 1 hour drive from Belgrade to Novi Sad.

So why were we going to Novi Sad?  Ana Pap was an exchange student from Yugoslavia  that we hosted in 2001.  We have maintained contact with her over the years and kept up with her journey from a high school student, through her bachelors and then her Master’s education.  We promised her, that some day we would come to Serbia to meet her parents.  Ana is also getting married and we wanted to meet her “husband to be.”

So we arrive at the Pap residence and meet Ana’s parents (who don’t speak English by the way) and we begin our 3 day adventure with Ana and Ivan as our translators.

Here we are with Ana in the City Square

Here are a few images of Ana’s back yard which Mom is getting ready for the wedding on Saturday the 14th.