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 →

Bainskloof Pass

Bainskloof, South Africa, scenic pass, mountains, Western Cape, Boland, wine,

One beautiful, clear, and windless Saturday, while on our way home from visiting the Slow Market, Joshua fell asleep in the car just before we reached home.  Parenting 101: do not wake a sleeping baby! As any sane parents would do, we just kept on driving. We’ve heard great things about the Bainskloof Pass – the scenic, not-so-high-way between Wellington and Ceres/Worcester, that forms part of the Limietberg Nature Reserve. So decided it was the perfect time for a little adventure.

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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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