europe, germany, munich

Hofbrauhaus: Munich’s Most Famous Beer Hall has a Dark Past

January 17, 2017

Our trip has been pretty packed with WWII sites. We’ve been to Auschwitz, The Krakow Ghetto, and Schindler’s Factory. It’s been emotionally heavy and I think Nick is ready for some lighter activities. So on our first day in Munich I took him to Hofbrauhaus, one of the most famous beer halls in the world. And also the site where Hilter gave his first speech to the Nazi party… Hofbrauhaus’ Dark Past: Hilter and the Nazi Party In February 1920, Hitler and…

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california, los angeles, North America, united states

The Annual No Pants Subway Ride: Just Another Day in LA

January 10, 2017

The LA Metro is an interesting place. One day you sit next to a business man who decides to clip his toenails. The next, you cautiously watch the homeless man across from you sharpen his knife. And every once in awhile you find yourself as the only person on the subway wearing pants. Yesterday was the 9th annual No Pants Subway Ride in Los Angeles. Participants are split up into 6 groups, all riding the metro, sans pants, at different times between 1pm…

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germany, munich

Chinesischer Turm : My Favorite Beer Garden in Munich

January 9, 2017

With so many beer halls/gardens in Munich and only three days in the city, we had to narrow down our options. A German friend highly recommended the Chinesischer Turm beer garden in Munich’s English Garden, so we put it at the top of our list. This place did not disappoint. In fact, Chinesischer Turm ended up being our favorite beer garden in Munich… and possibly the world. Chinesischer Turm is the 2nd largest beer garden in Munich, and it’s located within the English…

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europe, germany, munich

English Garden : River Surfing, Beer and Naked Sunbathing

January 8, 2017

In the center of Munich lies one of the largest public parks in Europe. The English Garden is 910 acres of peaceful nature, and you could easily spend half a day here. While I don’t usually seek out parks when I travel, the English Garden topped every “must do in Munich” list that I came across so we decided to check it out. The park is massive which makes it a little overwhelming, but there are maps everywhere, so it’s impossible to lose your…

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Austria, europe, salzburg

Augustiner Brau – The Largest Beer Tavern in Austria

December 2, 2016

When our AirBnB host mentioned Augustiner Brau, we put it at the top of our list of things to do while in Salzburg. We’ve never experienced a true beer hall before and this one’s the largest beer tavern in Austria, so it was a great way to get our feet wet. Augustiner Brau was founded by Augustinian monks in 1605, and in 1621 they started brewing their own beer. Today, the tavern has 4 different halls (smoking and non-smoking) spanning an indoor seating area…

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Austria, europe, salzburg

Know Before you Go: Tips for Visiting Salzburg

November 1, 2016
Things to Do in Salzburg

Save Money by Staying Outside the City Center Salzburg was the most expensive destination on our trip.  Consider staying just outside of Old Town for better deals on rooms. We stayed in an AirBnb 15 minutes from the city center and had no problem getting public transportation into Altstadt. Consider the Salzburg Card If you plan on visiting a lot of the museums and sights, consider getting the Salzburg Card. With the card, you get free admission to all of…

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Austria, europe, salzburg

The Sound of Music in Salzburg: Mirabell Gardens

October 18, 2016

A huge part of my childhood consisted of watching musicals with my grandma, so of course I had to visit Julie Andrew’s stomping grounds from The Sound of Music when I was in Salzburg.  While I’m not enough of a superfan to commit to the official 4 hour Sound of Music tour, a visit to Mirabell Gardens was the perfect way to pay homage to the film. In The Sound of Music, Maria and the Von Trapp children sing “Do, Re, Mi” while dancing, running…

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Austria, salzburg

10 Things to Do in Salzburg

October 12, 2016

I fell head over heels in love with Austria and I wish I allotted for more time in the beautiful country. We were traveling from the Czech Republic to Germany and decided to make a quick stop in Salzburg. I was worried that 2 days wouldn’t be enough time, but the city ended up being smaller than I thought. We had enough time to not only see everything on my list, but to relax and take in the city as well.  Here…

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cesky krumlov, czech republic, europe

Magical Cesky Krumlov: Tips for Visiting

September 8, 2016

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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czech republic, europe, prague

6 Places to Go for the Best Views of Prague

September 2, 2016

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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