Author: Sandra

Poland: Port City of Szczecin

After we returned back to our home base in Hof, we headed off for a tour around Poland to visit family and see some new sites. Our first stop is the city of Szczecin, a port city just a few hours from the German border where we were all born. How do you pronounce Szczecin? Shhh-CHE-cheen. Have you even seen so many consonants together? While my mom visited with family, my dad and I explored the city as it has been a long time since I’ve been back here! Unfortunately my little sister Cloe had been sick the night...

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Little Berlin: Modlareuth

A short ride from Hof takes us to “Little Berlin”, the tiny village of Modlareuth that was divided in half by East and West Germany. As the only town divided this way, the people of Modlareuth have chosen to preserve a section of the wall and maintain the area as an open-air museum. Modlareuth happened to fall right in the middle of the border between the West Britain-occupied side, and the East Soviet-occupied area following World War II, dividing the town into East Germany and West Germany. A pass was needed to cross the border. This left the inhabitants...

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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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