The locals were good though not as friendly as Kiwis. I suppose the state of mind as a result of communism is still widely adopted.
Most of the locals we dealt with could understand reasonable amount of English which makes our trip free of language difficulties. People were elegantly dressed most of the time, from high heel boots to full length fur coat and some, walking with their snobbish looking dogs. Designer apparels and accessories from tip to toe!
We visited the infamous Christmas market in every country and had local sausages/hot dog for lunch almost everyday. That's the cheapest food available and still costing us 3 Euro each, equivalent to NZD 6!! Hell! The locals drank hot wine to keep warm and we drank our self-filled tap water (yes, the tap water is safe).
These iron curtain catholics countries are full of well preserved baroque and gothic buildings, which, each has it's own story to tell......
Cars are driven on cobblestoned roads.....
The Christmas spirit was unbelieveable. I love Christmas but I've never had such a strong emotion about it. The winter chill, the Christmas markets, the people, carols/songs, street decors, horse carriages and the traditional architectures all added to a perfect Christmas ambience.
All in all, the trip is an eye opener for me. My favourite place of all? VIENNA!!
p/s: Brace yourself for my next coming posts. Make sure you don't drown in the sea of photos!! (^_^)