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Day 19 – An Amazing Pan European Road Trip – A True Modern Day Adventure


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August 19, 2012

We made it back to USA on August 19, 2012 as scheduled. It has been an amazing journey. Just a few days ago I was going through the details of the journey, making, sketching and remaking routes in Google maps. There were so many doubts and so many unknowns we had.  Well its all done and we are back in USA safe and in one piece.

It has been an amazing adventure for us. We felt like modern day Marco Polo. There is so much to write about our experience. While I was able to keep notes and periodically wrote this blog, but there are hundreds of small little things and observations during this trip that it will be few more days before I could complete. In the past 20 days our road trip took us from London to Istanbul and back to London. About 4600 miles, covering 12 countries and about 18 cities, the adventure of traveling with full control, unplanned excursions and detours through the small towns of Europe was simply the most unique experience in traveling one can have.  We have tried to capture the moments and have gotten thousands of pictures but we feel that we have only captured just glimpses of it. For our family and friends we share our journey through this blog, I hope you will enjoy it. The home page of this blog is where you will see the articles and posts in chronological order. The categories will take you to a particular country we visited.

Day 18 – From Paris Back to London

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August 18, 2012 The last section of the trip was to return back to London. From Paris we started early in the morning, around 7 am, to catch the train to transport our car through the English Channel Tunnel back to England. This process was the most streamlined I have ever seen. From the passport […]

Day 17 – Through the Mountains of Switzerland and France – Amazing Backroads of Europe

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August 17, 2012 Returning from Zurich to Paris, we had charted out our journey from Zurich to Geneva in the Google maps, which we thought would be a very good scenic route. We were correct, this route went through the mountains followed by valleys and miles of beuatiful views. Unfortunately, there were no spots where we could […]

Day 17 – Zurich to Paris, the most beautiful ride

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August 17, 2012 The drive from Zürich to Paris was one of the most beautiful rides. Again!, the perfect weather 17 days in a row. First the drive from Zürich to Geneva where we detoured briefly into a small town north of Geneva then drove towards Geneva. Just before approaching Geneva we decided to change […]

Day 16 – Visit to Dachau Nazi Concentration Camp near Munich, Germany

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August 16, 2012: As we were planning our trip from Vienna to Zurich, I had charted out our first stop from Vienna would in Salzburg, Austria which was about 190 miles. We had planned a lunch there. A night before Nofel had asked me if we were going to be near Munich, Germany as he […]

Day 16 – Breakfast in Vienna, Lunch in Salzburg and Dinner in Zurich

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August 16, 2012 Today was going to be a busy day as we were leaving Vienna to Zurich, Switzerland, about 500 miles. Started early in Vienna and reached Salzburg, Austria in time for lunch. The stay in Salzburg was a short stay for a lunch but we were able to visit Mozartplatz and city squares […]

Day 15 – Vienna, Freud, Beethoven and Mozart

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August 15, 2012 The day was spent in Vienna, again with bright, pleasant and sunny day as started early morning. Walking through the streets of Vienna, so clean and elegant, and at every corner we were greeted with such an historic buildings, it felt like we were walking inside famous some european paintings. We visited […]

Day 14 – Budapest and Vienna in One Day

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August 14th, 2012 Today we spent morning in Budapest and afternoon in Vienna. Since Vienna is 150 miles from Budapest we had planned to spend time in Budapest and leave after lunch. The city certainly is very impressive. Last night we enjoyed the cool evening stroll to the famous “Hero’s Square”. This morning we got […]

Day 13 – From Sofia, Bulgaria to Budapest, Hungry and Hero’s Square

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August 13, 2012 The ride from Sofia to Budapest was a long journey but we felt fresh and were ready to go out walking on the streets of Budapest. We were very much impressed with the city. There were so many monuments with very elegant architecture that we wished we had come earlier before the […]