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Prague

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Prague was one of the places we were most excited to visit and while our time there wasn’t spent entirely as I anticipated, we had a really, really good time and thoroughly enjoyed the city!

Inside the Basilica

Inside the Basilica

The first night we arrived in Prague after a bit of a dinner disappointment, we decided to stay in, watch a movie, and go to bed early. Well we watched a few too many movies and an early start (not surprisingly) just didn’t happen. We spent the day at the Prague Castle, which was really very beautiful. We wandered through the exterior courtyards, visited the Basilica of St. George, the Powder Tower, and the Golden Lane. It is a very extensive and elaborate castle and while not the most impressive as in wow-factor, it was in my opinion the most informative and all-encompassing (although there were a few too many details about torture for my taste). After a few hours we exited through the back of the castle onto a terraced hillside overlooking the city. We stopped at a cafe to split a carafe of wine and to fully appreciate the view of the city.

Overlooking the city

Overlooking the city

After our drink we made our way down the hill to “Lesser Town” the area across the river from the main city of Prague. We wandered through the streets for a while, went into a few shops, stumbled across a children’s dance group performing traditional dances in traditional dress, and then walked across the Charles Bridge to Old Town, the historic center. As it was approaching evening this area was a bit too touristy for Erik and I, so we sat in a park for a while and watched the loud American tourists that seemed to be everywhere! As soon as the crowds started to thin we went in search of dinner and had the worst meal of the trip! They clearly forgot about our food, we watch as people who arrived after us sat down, ordered, ate, and left, before finally receiving our dinner which was cold and had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for the last 30 minutes. Erik was not happy and we decided that we needed to change the course of the night.

Excited in the Ice Bar

Excited in the Ice Bar

We had heard 2 things repeatedly about Prague–that we should go to an Ice Bar and on the Prague Pub Crawl. I was really excited about one and Erik the other, take a minute to guess . . . I bet you guessed correctly, Ice Bar was me and Pub Crawl Erik. Well I won out (mainly because it was too early for the Pub Crawl) and we went to the Ice Bar which was a lot colder than I thought it would be! We were given gloves, parkas, and vodka shots with flavored syrup in ice glasses when we walked in. It was still early so it wasn’t very busy but it was fun. We left there just before the Pub Crawl was supposed to start and decided on a whim to try to make it, and make it we did!

Dancing Building

Dancing Building

It was our last week in Europe and we decided that it was now or nothing, so we didn’t hold back. The deal with the Pub Crawl was the first hour you drink unlimited vodka shots, absinthe shots, beer, and wine, so we did. We met some Australian and Canadian friends and I won’t tell you all the details but to sum it up, we drank a lot, had a lot of fun, and Erik and I lost each other at the last stop which was a 5 story club with hidden rooms everywhere. We both made it back to the hostel safely at a ridiculous hour and we slept nice and late the next day.

Paddle Boating

Paddle Boating

Saturday with our late start we wandered around New Town, saw the dancing building which was cool but not worth all the hype, and then went paddle boating. I appreciate the gimmicky cheesy stuff every so often, but Erik is a no apple picking, no pumpkin picking, no touristy fun kind of guy so I was very pleasantly surprised when he say “Let’s rent a paddle boat,” and it was a lot of fun! It’s one of those things you always want to do but never get around to and Prague was a good place to finally get to it. We paddled around for an hour before taking a walk along the river, stopping for a much needed cup of coffee, wandering around a bit more, grabbing dinner, and then embarking on Prague Pub Crawl Part 2!

Prague Pub Crawl Part 2

Prague Pub Crawl Part 2

We knew what to expect this time and did it right! We made tons of friends from all over, had the correct ratio of absinthe to vodka shots to be drunk but not unhappy, did a bit of dancing, stuck together so we didn’t get lost, and ducked out of the club part early because it was too much to handle twice in a row.

The following day, our last in Prague, we explored another area of the city, ate some street food, saw too many tourists, found a cafe in a square for an afternoon drink, and then had to head back because I wasn’t feeling well. I wasn’t hungover, if this trip has taught me anything it is how to avoid a hangover, no I came down with something and spent our last afternoon in Prague in bed feeling like death. The following morning we said goodbye to Prague, hopped on our train to Berlin, and the count down to the end has unfortunately begun.

My next post will be from the States. All good things must come to an end I suppose. . .

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Cambridge, York, & Edinburgh

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Cambridge

Cambridge

With 14+ hours of sleep behind us we made our way into the BEAUTIFUL town of Cambridge–a town in which I hope to one day live or at the very least spend a bit more time. The town besides the many colleges is home to countless beautiful old buildings, churches, cobblestone streets, squares, alleyways, and arcades. A river divides the historic portion of town and punts are available for hire. Although we decided to skip the punt tour, we walked along the river for quite a while and it was truly magnificent. Boats were moored along the edges and flowers blanketed the banks. It was one of the more beautiful places I have ever been!

TRAINS

TRAINS

The following day we set off further north for York and arrived 3 trains later in the walled city of York just before dinner. We checked into our hostel, The Fort Boutique Hostel, which was the nicest and most affordable hostel that I have ever seen! We were on the top floor in a mini apartment. There were 2 rooms each with 2 bunk beds and a TV, a full kitchen, and a bathroom. It was really nice and the first opportunity we have had to really cook since we arrived. Erik’s foot was bothering him so he had a rest while I went out to explore and pick up dinner. I am a weak soul and wound up coming back with Fish and Chips and beer, but it was a good meal and probably one of the cheaper dinners we had had up to that point so oh well. We were still in “Yay we are on vacation” mode and haven’t started counting pennies but we are trying when we have the chance and went out to the grocery later that night to pick up breakfast and lunch foods.

York

York ruins

We met a really nice girl, Olivia, an 18-year-old from Melbourne, Australia and shared a bottle of wine while we chatted about our trips and shared the information we had each researched/discovered thus far. She was a great help and gave us some great advice on what to do in York as well as on how to save money on our train trips.

York Minster

York Minster

We spent the next day exploring the town, walking atop the city wall, taking a tour of the Minster, exploring the city parks, window shopping, and walking along the river. Both of us agree that the York Minster was our favorite part of our stay and the highlight of the trip thus far. It is an amazing and breathtaking building that took over 250 years to built and was constructed in 3 different architectural styles. I am not a religious person but walking around in the York Minster made me wish that I was, as I said at the time I have never seen a building that made me want to cry as much as this one did. It was an incredible experience and not one that either of us are soon to forget!

York Wall

York Wall

We had a slight complication with our train and realized that it would be dramatically cheaper to stay in York another night, so we did. Travelers Note: in the UK ALWAYS book trains at least 24 hrs ahead or the price doubles! We spent the next day walking the remaining 2 portions on the city wall, and we went on a tour of the York Brewery. Having worked this past harvest in a winery and growing up in a wine family It is safe to say that I know a fair amount about wine, but embarrassingly little about beer. It was very informative and I was surprised to see just how similar the wine and beer making processes are. We went grocery shopping again, made dinner, drank a bit of wine and relaxed a bit so we were ready to head off to Edinburgh, Scotland (a change in the original plan) in the morning.

Inside Edinburgh Castle

Inside Edinburgh Castle

We spent a few hours in the morning the following day in York before heading off. We didn’t get to Edinburgh until later in the night and decided to grab dinner at a pub and then head back to the hostel for a drink and a little pool before joining the Pub Crawl the hostel had going that night. We had a great night, met a few Brazilian girls and a guy from Malaysia while playing pool and then a few Americans, Australians, and an English guy and Canadian girl on the Pub Crawl. It was a really fun and really late night and Erik had a bit of trouble getting up in the morning. I wasn’t in much better shape but we had made plans to meet up with an American Madelyn and the Canadian girl Allegra in the morning to go sightseeing so I got up and struggled through.

Allegra with a princess crown inside the castle

Allegra with a princess crown inside the castle

Edinburgh is another beautiful city and after I got a little coffee in me, we set off for the Edinburgh Castle–a must see when in the area. We spent several hours exploring the interior of the castle, saw the Crown Jewels of Scotland, visited a number of museums about the Scottish military, went through a Prisoners of War exhibit, witnessed the cannon sounding ceremony, and walked through the royal chambers. It was all very impressive and while pricey definitely worth the cost! We the left the castle and found Erik wandering the Royal Mile (the main historic part of town) in search of us. We all went to Oink for lunch and then to The Real Mary Kings Close, a tour of the underground city that was built beneath the Royal Mile. Now I am a bit claustrophobic but it was an amazing experience and truly astounding that people lived in the terrible cramped, disease ridden conditions under the city of Edinburgh. After that it was off to the Scotch Whiskey Experience where Madelyn, Erik, and I learned how whiskey was made viewed the largest collection of Scottish Whiskey in the world, and had a tasking. I am not a big whiskey drinker but it was so interesting to now be able to compare whiskey, beer, and wine production. We met up with Allegra again for a pub dinner before heading back to the hostel.

Edinburgh Castle Church

Edinburgh Castle Church

Tomorrow we have a few hours in the morning before our train to Leeds and are hoping to see Tom Riddles grave (the grave that inspired Lord Voldemort’s name), the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote most of the Harry Potter books, and the maybe anotherScottish historic site–pictures to come soon!

Erik at the Scotch Whisky Experience

Erik at the Scotch Whisky Experience