Sister Trip to Europe 2015: Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

In August, I took two of my younger sisters, Sarah and Hannah, on a trip to Europe. Best decision we made all year. So far I have written about My Favorite Things and our First Stop: Prague.

Our second destination (and my second favorite place of the whole holiday) was the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we stayed for two relaxing nights. I liked this description by Lonely Planet, “Crowned by a spectacular castle, and centered on an elegant old town square, Český Krumlov is a pocket-sized Prague.”

Cesky Krumlov definitely reminds you of Prague – a quainter, quieter version of it. Even in August with all the other tourists, it wasn’t nearly as crowded. The Vltava River winds through the center, with the Old Town Square on one side and the Castle on the other. The whole center is untouched, with its cobblestone streets and medieval, renaissance, and baroque buildings. No cars are allowed (except for the occasional taxi) which makes it perfect for strolling. We felt like we stumbled upon a fairy tale village.Read More →

Sister Trip To Europe 2015: Prague

When you step onto the cobblestone streets of Prague, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Few European cities (and none that I’ve been too) are as well preserved. Prague is known for its beautiful architecture. It survived WWII mostly intact, so you can see Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, neo-classical and neo-gothic all in one place. And it’s not just the architecture! This city is laid back and clean, with plenty of parks and coffee shops. It’s one of the less expensive European cities and you’ll have best beer you’ve ever tasted. There are about a million reasons to go!

For my sisters and I, Prague was the first stop on our central European Tour. We stayed for 3 nights and 3 days (4 for me, as I arrived a day before Sarah and Hannah) and we had a long list of things we wanted to see and do.

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Sister Trip to Europe 2015: 19 of My Favorite Things

Just one week ago I was 5,000 miles away from home, on a Railjet train heading from Budapest to Vienna with my sisters. We were eating sour cherries from the Grand Market and chatting with the nice German fellow who sat next to us about all of the places he had been, 150 countries and counting! I laughed and thought how proud I am of my measly 10 countries, 4 of which I had just seen for the first time.

Our Sister Trip 2015 was amazing! We spent 18 days galavanting around central Europe, visiting the Czech Republic (Prague, Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov) Austria,  (Salzburg, Mondsee, Bad Ischl, Hallstatt, Vienna) and Hungary (Budapest). Flying in and out Sarah and Hannah got to go to Copenhagen and I got to go to Munich.  We looked at each other about 100 times and said “what is our life right now?!?” We also moaned as we sat in outdoor cafes with our frothy beers about how we would have to eventually go home. “Why is the US so boring?!” “Home isn’t half as charming and cute as this!” The grass is greener on the other side of course, but in Austria I think it really might be, he he. Looking back through my pictures is such fun, I can’t believe all that we saw and did!

To quote the Sound of Music, “these are a few of my favorite things!”…Read More →