Author: Sandra

Czech Spa Towns

Perhaps unknown to many, Czech is famous for its ornate spa towns that date back hundreds of years. Back when physicians prescribed these bubbly waters to heal every ailment from sinus problems to infertility to cancer, these Czech spa towns were incredibly popular and would bring visitors from around the world. The most famous towns are known as part of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle and include the towns of Karlovy Vary, Frantiskovy Lazne, and Marianske Lazne. The first two we visited today. Frantiskovy Lazne was our first stop of the Czech spa towns. It has over 23 mineral...

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A Charming Day Spent in Prague

We set out early today to truly explore Prague after our dysfunctional day yesterday. Prague is always highly spoken about. I’ve heard it described as a fairy tale city out of a storybook, or the “Paris” of Eastern Europe. I think in many ways the reviews are right; no matter where we walked, we were surrounded by beautiful architecture, streets decorated with patterned stones, and a horizon of gothic spires. The Vltava river flows through the center of the city, with its main focus being the statue-lined Charles bridge. It was a city I felt you really could walk...

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Getting Lost in Prague… Literally.

This will forever be remembered as the day my dad got lost in Europe, with no phone, wallet, money, or knowledge of the language or city. We drove into the Czech Republic to spend a couple days in Prague with a family friend. It’s always nice to have someone local take you around to see the sites! We followed her car to our “hotel” (down very narrow and confusing one-way streets might I add)… which was really just a couple of attic rooms atop her restaurant. My dad dropped us off with all the luggage, including his bag with...

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Bamberg: A Must-See Bavarian Town

Bamberg is a charming little city. It is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “authentic medieval appearance” as it was one of the few German cities not destroyed by the war. It is really a pretty place to visit – definitely one of my favorites. So far in Munich and Nuremberg, we travel to the “Old Town” to appreciate the nice architecture and history. However, in Bamberg it seems all buildings have this feel, and the narrow streets are all winding and of cobblestones lined with cute little German houses, shops, and cafes. On our way...

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How To Drive The German Autobahn

Germany is home to the autobahn, the most fun highway system to drive on. The autobahn has no speed limit, yet cars seem to drive around one another in a beautifully timed dance. Slower cars and trucks drive only the far right lane, and the remainder of the lanes are used only for passing. No one settles in the left lane; this is for passing only. With no speed limit, timing is important, as a car driving over 250 km/h can sneak up on you pretty quickly. We pushed our little Toyota up to 200 km/h, and it was...

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