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Magical Cesky Krumlov: Tips for Visiting

September 8, 2016
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Just 3 hours south of Prague sits a magical little town nicknamed the Jewel of Bohemia. Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s a not to miss day trip from Prague if you have the time. This was one of the destinations I was most excited about when planning our trip. When our bus arrived into Cesky Krumlov at 11pm, I couldn’t wait for morning to finally see it with my own eyes. Tips for Visiting Cesky Krumlov Stay the Night Most people visit Cesky Krumlov…

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6 Places to Go for the Best Views of Prague

September 2, 2016
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Prague is a stunning city and it looks good from every angle, especially from above. There are so many great vantage points to find, each one with a totally different perspective. During my days here, I’ve been on a quest to seek out the best views of Prague, and it’s been a great way to get to know the city. Old Town Bridge Tower  The view from the Charles Bridge Tower was one of my favorites. The 1000’s of people on the…

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Krakow: Kazimierz and The Jewish Ghetto

August 31, 2016
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Kazimierz: The Jewish District It’s a common misunderstanding that Kazimierz, the Jewish District, was where the Krakow Jewish Ghetto was located during WWII. The actual location of the ghetto is a short walk across the river in a district called Podgorze. We actually visited Kazimierz thinking it would be the area where the Ghetto used to be. Even though it wasn’t what I was looking for, I’m glad we ended up there. It’s a trendy area of the city with a lively atmosphere…

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A Visit to Schindler’s Factory Museum

August 30, 2016
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On our last day in Krakow, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning and had the rest of the day to check out the city. We’ve spent quite a lot of time in Old Town already, so this afternoon we decided to head to Podgorze to see Schindler’s Factory as well as take a walk through the old Jewish Ghetto. Before the war, 65,000 Jewish people lived in Krakow. During the Nazi occupation, most of the Jewish population was relocated.…

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Wieliczka Salt Mine: Everything You Need to Know

August 25, 2016
Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

When my grama found out we were traveling to Poland she called me up from Scotland to stress the importance of a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. She said it’s one of the most amazing places she’s ever been, and she’s been everywhere. How to Get to Wieliczka Salt Mine We don’t have a ton of time in Krakow, so we decided to do the Salt Mine first thing in the morning which would allow us to have the…

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Polish Vodka Tasting at Wódka

August 24, 2016
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We don’t have many beer gardens in the States so Nick and I have been spending our afternoons checking out different ones all around the cities we’ve been. In Krakow, things took a bit of a turn when we stumbled upon Wódka, a Polish vodka tasting bar near Old Town’s main square.  Wodka is a small bar with about 90 of flavors of vodka. You can order a 6 taster flight (which is basically 6 shots) for under $6. It’s dangerous.…

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Prague with No People: Waking Up Before the Crowds

August 23, 2016
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I’ve mentioned a few times how disappointed I’ve been in the insane crowds of people in Prague. When we wrapped up our stay in Krakow, we had to go back through Prauge, spending another half day in the city before moving on to Cesky Krumlov. Our night bus pulled into Prague at 5am, bright and early. Normally, this would be hell on Earth but I used it as an opportunity to see Prague for who she really is. We hauled…

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Prague Travel Tips: 11 Things I Learned

August 21, 2016
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There is usually a bit of a learning curve when visiting other countries. Even though I always do basic research on customs and etiquette, there are just some things you have to learn from experience. Here are 11 Prague travel tips I picked up while visiting the Czech Republic’s capital. 1. Buy Old Town Hall Tower Tickets Online to Save Money and Skip the Line The first day we tried to go up the Old Town Hall Tower, the line to buy a ticket was…

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Visiting a Traditional Polish Milk Bar

August 20, 2016
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Bar Mlecznys, or Polish Milk Bars, are government subsidized cafeterias from Poland’s communist past. They were places where workers could get a hot, inexpensive meal after World War II. Often times, visits to the Milk Bars were covered in the worker’s wages. There are still a few Polish Milk Bars left and they not only provide a cheap meal, but are unique glimpses into a completely different era of Poland’s past. They serve traditional Polish dishes such as pierogi, potato pancakes, soups and…

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The Auschwitz 6 Hour Study Tour : What to Expect

August 16, 2016
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I grew up listening to my grama’s stories about living in Scotland during WWII.  To this day, she still watches movies and documentaries about Nazi Germany and as a result, I’ve grown up fascinated by this period of time. So much so, that I planned our Eastern Europe trip around Poland and Auschwitz. It’s our second day in Kraków, and we woke up extra early to catch the shuttle bus an hour and 20 minutes outside of the city to Oswiecim, the…

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