Tuesday, July 31, 2012

European Adventure - Prague

We got to the gorgeous and picturesque city of Prague after a 4 hour bus ride from Munich.  The bus was actually very comfortable - one of those 2-story, plush seats, overhead TV's kind of buses, so it wasn't bad at all.  We arrived in the afternoon and immediately fell in LOVE.  Our hotel was pretty close to Old Town - or the center of the city, so we wandered around and made our way up to Wenceslas square and the main shopping street.

Our walk was cut short by a nasty thunderstorm, so we made our way back home, changed, and got ready for a dinner out with some of our fellow traveling friends - you might remember Lindsay and Demetri from Paris!  We had a wonderful authentic meal at a local restaurant, where we had $1.50 beers, and got to watch the Euro Cup game of Germany vs. Prague!

Photo: Cheers!

The next day, we grabbed the yummiest breakfast at Bohemia Bagel, before meeting up in the Old Town Square for a FREE 3 hour city tour!  Our guide was born and raised in Prague, very knowledgeable and extremely passionate his hometown.  It was a wonderful tour, and we got to see almost the entire city!

Highlights included:

Old Town Square
Astronomical Clock
Spanish Synagogue
St. Nicolaus Church
The Powder Tower
and AMAZING views of the Vltava River

After the tour, we made our way across the famous Charles Bridge, where we got the BEST views of the city.  We walked all the way across, stopping to admire street artists, vendors, and musical entertainment.  

Photo: Beautiful day in Prague! http://instagr.am/p/LqeQpEBtyp/

Next up, was the Castle Quarter, the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the St. George Basilica.  We LOVED the Cathedral, and probably wouldn't recommend seeing the other sights.
The Golden Lane had just been re-opened, and we really enjoyed walking through the streets filled with the homes of the tradesmen and craftsmen, as they would have been during the time when the Castle was up and running with the Hasburg family.

That evening, we decided to take the Prague dinner and riverboat cruise down the Vltava river.  The scenery was amazing and it was the most beautiful night.  Although the food could have been better, we enjoyed the evening so much, and were happy to leave Prague with such a wonderful memory. 

We absolutely LOVED Prague!

Next up from our European Adventure - Budapest!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

July in Pictures

After settling into our new Princeton home during the first week of July, the month just got busier and crazier from one day to the next!
John was soon off to Chicago to train for his new job (for 2 weeks!), and as I could not bear to be all alone, had my parents drive up for the most wonderful visit!

This is a quick recap of the past month - all images provided by Instagram :)
It was truly a whirlwind of a month and I barely had any time at all to hop on the computer to blog, but I promise I'll be back to a regular blogging schedule very soon!
(John came home yesterday-yipppeeeee!!  And my parents left too - boooooo.)
Now for the photo montage:

celebrating the 4th of July at the Princeton firework show!

dinner in philadelphia with great friends!


new DIY window seat!

dinner and dessert in downtown Princeton

new baubles from Bauble Bar!

working on my staircase gallery wall :)

 china cabinet project - before and after

baking, baking, and more baking :)

i heart my new tub <3

spending the day at Valley Forge

exploring Princeton University

setting up the new guest room - visitors welcome!

styling bookcases - and DIY initial letters

NYC for the day!  central park :)

Eataly goodness

we LOVED this show so much!

night sky in NYC

OK - whew!  And that is seriously just a highlight of my month so far!!  More pics, recipes, DIY projects and stories coming up soon!!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I'm off to snuggle with my hubs (I have missed him!), cook dinner together, and watch the Olympics.  Go USA!

Speaking of, I saw this the other day and I just have to share it.

so true.

P.S. Find me on Instagram -  -username emily8463