June 2007's travel study trip was called the IMPERIAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE and included visit to four former imperial capitals. Berlin is a city emerging from a period of reconstruction and renewal. The city today is no longer dependent on manufacturing but thrives as a center of service sector activities and a growing art and cultural scene. Dresden, Germany was the capital of the electors of Saxony and is today a city with a true imperial feel. Wandering the streets of the old town can transport you easily to day of grandeur and glory.
In the Czech Republic we visited three fabulous cities, Karlovy Vary, Prague and Cesky Krumlov. (picture included) There are few remnants left of over 45 years of Communist rule and the country is flourishing as an economy and as a democracy. The tradition of music is alive in classical and modern forms. However, no capital has a livelier music scene that Vienna, our last stop. The traditions and architecture of the Hapsburgs dynasty dominate the city and give it live and beauty.
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