The Rest of the Story

There was so much more to our TOP Tour than the few posts I’ve written. Here are a few highlights from some of the other events of the two-week program.

Würzburg and Geisa

Würzburg was a favorite for many of us. We spent three days in this university town along the River Main. The town is known for its production of white wines. In Geisa, in the former East Germany, we stayed in a castle for two nights, visited a bakery that was founded in 1553, and heard about life along the East/West German border.

Point Alpha

Point Alpha, just outside of Geisa, was the westernmost point of the Iron Curtin during the Cold War. It was heavily guarded by US troops at the time and is now a place to learn about the Cold War and life along the border.


I took advantage of being in Europe to extend my trip by five days to visit Prague. It’s as beautiful as everyone says it is. It turned out to be a great meeting place, also. My son, Ricardo, flew in to meet me there at the start of his European travels. I met up with a fellow teacher from my TOP Tour, Jenny, who was traveling with her husband. And a fellow volunteer from the Dolphin School of English in Cambodia last year, Carole, drove up from Switzerland for a visit.

Comments (6):

  1. Lori

    July 20, 2018 at 15:54

    Awesome adventures, Tim…….oh….when did Ricardo get so old???????

    • Tim Flanagan

      August 7, 2018 at 16:13

      Funny how he grew up and we stayed the same!

  2. Elaine Temel

    July 20, 2018 at 17:45

    These are all wonderful pictures! What an incredible experience.

    • Tim Flanagan

      August 7, 2018 at 16:14

      It was amazing. Can’t wait to do it again.

  3. Marika

    July 21, 2018 at 10:05

    Would love to hear about this opportunity! Seems very interesting and something Bill and I would enjoy!
    You look very handsome in your suit! Safe travels!

    • Tim Flanagan

      August 7, 2018 at 16:15

      Yes, you should both apply. You’ll love it.


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