Day 12 – Berlin, Germany

Berlin. The capital of Germany and the location of our last day in Europe. There are a lot of mixed feelings writing this post. Personally, I cannot wait to get home to my husband and our 2-year old son. On the other hand, I’m sad that…

Day 11 – Magdeburg and Berlin, Germany

Early Tuesday (well, for this group 8:30 a.m. is early!) we boarded the bus for a 2.5-hour ride into Magdeburg, Germany. Rosemary Sands kindly provided the following historical summary as we approached Magdeburg, a city of about 230,000, on the Elbe River. St. Norbert was named…

Day 10 – Doksany, Czech Republic

I welcomed a brief break from my writing duties when fellow traveler Amy Tooley Radachi offered to be a guest blogger for Monday’s events. I concentrated on photography Thank you, Amy! Here are her experiences from Day 10 of our tour: After a whirlwind immersion in Prague,…

Day 9 – Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic

My friend and colleague, Rosemary Sands, is the director of the Center for Norbertine Studies at St. Norbert College. Today, she provided a historical overview of one of the most significant stops on our tour – Strahov Abbey. This is the location of St. Norbert’s remains.…

Day 8 – Prague, Czech Republic

Saying goodbye to Vienna early Saturday morning, we boarded the bus for Prague. Just after entering the fourth country on our tour, we paused for a truck stop lunch to get some Czech crowns from an ATM, since they do not use Euros in the Czech…

Day 7 – Vienna, Austria

Midway through the tour, we had our one and only free day. We woke up to rain, but it didn’t deter us! Seven of us embraced our tourist-ness, and navigated our way by foot to a segway tour company. We fastened our helmets and modeled our…

Day 6 – Vrbová and Trnava, Slovakia

The Lord blessed us with ideal weather for a morning riverboat ride. With wind-blown hair, we floated down the Danube from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia. Christoph and the bus met us in Slovakia’s capital city. We trespassed at local hotels for a quick bathroom break…

Day 5 – Geras, Austria

Hotel Regina in Vienna provides a beautiful breakfast spread. After filling up, we loaded the bus to Geras where we were treated to a tour and lunch with Abbot Michael and Father Andreas. In 1153, just after the death of St. Norbert, the monastery at Geras…

Days 3-4: Schlägl and Vienna, Austria

After another substantial buffet lunch in Roggenburg, we boarded the bus for a 4.5-hour ride to the second country on our tour – Austria. As we approached Austria, the view outside our windows quickly shifted from relatively flat lands to the breathtaking foothills of the Alps.…

Day 2 – Roggenburg, Germany

After a hot breakfast at Hotel Eden Wolff, we met Christoph, the bus driver who will chauffeur us for the rest of the tour. A rainy start to the day didn’t dampen our excitement for the next tour stop—Roggenburg Abbey. Along the way, SNC geology professor…