The mention of King Matthias creates a chain reaction in the faces of many Budapestians - surprise, pensiveness, then mildness accompanied by a little smile. That motivates me to collect pieces for a royal mosaic - 550 years after the reign of Matthias began. Read more
With the fall of the Soviet Union, Central Europe has opened up to Western tourists. Alongside the return of the old favourites, Communism has become a tourist attraction. John Guzdek provides a guide to the new Communist East.
Sally J. Walton does a twosome for this final segment of her journey. After using buses, trains and her feet, the return flight feels luxurious before the inevitable time and culture adjustments.