Sightseeing Central Europe, Part III: Hungary and Austria.

The next capital city we would meet on our tour of Central Europe was Budapest, Hungary. One of the first things we learned about the city was its proper Hungarian pronunciation, “Boo-da-PESHT.”  Regarded as the “Queen of the Danube,” for the formidable waterway that divides it, Budapest has two distinctly unique sides to explore. On […]

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Sightseeing Central Europe, Part II: Auschwitz-Birkenau

The most heartbreaking and painful sight was the room containing two tons of decaying human hair piled floor-to-ceiling behind a glass wall. The majority of these tattered braids and ponytails came from women and children who were sent to the gas chamber. Their lives were rendered useless and their only redeeming quality was the hair on their heads, which the Nazis harvested to make socks, rope, and textiles. Your heart sinks, your stomach turns, you look away in disbelief. There are no words.

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