Last Saturday, Dave and I bought our one-way tickets from Boston to Prague and reserved a space for Smudge on the plane. It's official! On...Read More
Where in the World is Mel?
We’re off! Dave and I have packed our bags and are heading over the Atlantic tomorrow for six weeks of adventure. I’ll be blogging, Tweeting, and Facebooking while I’m there, so you can keep up with our shenanigans. Aside from the usual holiday-inspired rest and relaxation while in Prague, we have plans to try kundalini yoga (Czech and Gurmukhi!)… to hit the grocery store and cook food in our apartment (Czech labels!)… to visit CrossFit Praha for barbell work and metcons… and to do plenty of interval running on assorted stairs, cobblestones, and riverfront pathways. There might also be some bike riding involved.
Our previous 3-week excursions to Prague have included side trips to Berlin and to Paris. This year, we’re doubling our travel time (not to be confused with time travel… OMG. Time travel! Then we’d not only go to Prague, we’d go to post-WWI Prague when Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was president!)
Anyway. Where (when) was I? Right! Exploring more of Europe… like this:
Prague is just about my favorite city anywhere, and I’ll be marking my 45th birthday there on May 1 and celebrating spring with Witch’s Night (pálení čarodějnic) on April 30.
Then we’re off to Cesky Krumlov, a fairytale village in Czech Republic.
We visited Cesky Krumlov on our last trip and enjoyed the very best day of our entire trek. There’s something magical about it. Maybe it’s the tower that overlooks the whole thing… or the Gypsy Bar. I found a leather heart on a cobbled street, and I carry it in my purse for good luck.
After that, it’s Lake Bled in Slovenia (to hunt vampires, naturally).
In Ljubljana, we’ll be joined by our
fellow vampire hunters friends Aimee and Tannen, and we’re RENTING A CAR (OMG! We’re driving in Europe. I even got an International Driving Permit with the worst. photo. ever.) to go to Croatia.
First up, Rovinj, which we selected based on my desire to have a cocktail at this bar on the rocky shore of the Adriatic.
But there’s also this. (You know I can’t resist a staircase that leads up to who knows where?)
Then hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park…
A stop in Hvar Town on Hvar Island…
A few days in Dubrovnik (where we will definitely walk around the city ramparts)…
A quick trip to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina because I want to walk on this bridge…
And then back to Prague for another week of café time and leisurely strolls…
I think I’m going to take a cooking class in Prague and travel always inspires new recipe ideas(remember these Czech Meatballs and Bohemian Brussels Sprouts?), so who knows what culinary delights await you and me when I return to Austin?! Between now and then, I’ll keep you updated with barbell, yoga, eating, and travel adventures. I wish I could take you all with me in my suitcase!