After leaving Rome (full of pasta, pizza, and gelato), we took a short flight to Prague, a city that’s tremendously easy to fall in love with. Almost instantly, we were surrounded by picture perfect buildings along with a more quiet atmosphere that came at just the right time. Plus, you can walk this city in almost no time at all (relative to bigger cities like Rome), so it was refreshing to walk less and see more. We stayed extremely close to Old Town Square, which was perfect for people watching. We also happened to visit during an annual festival of Prague: Heart of Nations. We were guaranteed a show every night, which ranged from traditional African singers + dancers to this awesome group of five Russian women singing popular tunes from their country. I got into it. ;)
And then, there was the gelato of course. Coming from Rome, we couldn’t help but research all the best places for ice cream in Prague as to avoid withdrawal. Ha. One place that came up time after time was Angelato, which definitely did not disappoint. We visited this place at least four times (oops) and I was a mega fan of their vanilla (boring, I know). We actually stumbled upon this place (and many more) on a blog called Taste of Prague, which I wish I would have found sooner. They host food tours around the city and even rent out their beautiful apartment, too. If I’m lucky enough to go back, I’ll definitely be checking in with them!
As far as other food goes, we first tried Lokál, which came recommended by Taste of Prague. They have more traditional Czech food (and cheap beer!), which we enjoyed because mashed potatoes #FORTHEWIN. We actually ate here twice since they have several locations, but I personally enjoyed the one in Hamburk best (much brighter). The other place that we loved was Dish. They specialize in burgers, which was much welcomed after over a week of indulging in pizza + pasta. Very cool interior, too. ;) Both places had English menus available upon request, which I was so grateful for because although I try to at least understand some basics before I go anywhere, I felt completely lost with the Czech language.
On our last full day in the Czech Republic, we hopped on a bus for a day trip to Český Krumlov, a small Renaissance town (with castle) on the Unesco Heritage List (B&W photo above). It’s a small place, so you don’t really need much time there. We easily walked all of the alleyways, grabbed some take-away lunch, and visited a rather large park in about 1-2 hours tops. We ended the day with a small tour of the castle that overlooks the town. It was no Versailles by any means, but still a very beautiful and interesting place. :)
If I’m being honest, Prague wasn’t even really on my radar before this trip. But when I hopped onboard, my friends had already picked out the city and I’m SO glad they did! It’s full of beautiful architecture, tasty food, and locals that are humble and proud of where they live. There’s no need to rush through this city. Simply grab some ice cream (or I guess meat on a stick if that’s your thing), people watch, and enjoy your day. Sometimes it’s not about seeing ALL of the touristy things, but instead taking it easy + doing as the locals do. That was my biggest take away from this trip! Until next time, Europe … ♥
After I graduated from design school, I unknowingly set myself on a path towards serious burn out, something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Day after day, night after night, I continually put myself out there, made long lasting connections, and ramped up my blogging as much as I could. All in the name of “success.” And it worked. I started getting serious clients, made more money than I needed, and quickly became addicted to my career at only 23 years old. At that point, I didn’t realize the quiet warning signs telling me to slow down. So I kept going, striving towards goals I thought I wanted for me + my business.
Then, one year ago, on just another normal day at the office (AKA, our spare bedroom), I felt a surge of pain creep up my back and move into my neck and shoulders. I brushed it off as just a “tweak,” not realizing that complete burn out was getting ready to settle in and stay awhile. For weeks, I tried pain meds, new postures, and even started going to the chiropractor, all of which only helped a little bit. They were all surface changes, when really, what I needed was a lifestyle change. But of course, I didn’t quite “get it” yet. I kept my schedule overflowing with clients while simultaneously planning a wedding, online workshop, and a trip overseas. My focus remained strong, but my body was completely falling apart. And it was 100% my own fault. I promised myself that I would slow down after our wedding, but couldn’t quite commit once the time came. I kept going going going, afraid of what it meant to slow down.
During our stay in Rome, we took a long day trip to The Amalfi Coast (and Pompeii), a place I’ve always wanted to visit. We booked this trip through Viator so that we didn’t have to worry about transporting ourselves there, something that I was grateful for. Plus, we had a guide along for the ride which made for interesting times. ;) We drove the entire Amalfi Coast road (which freaked out my Australian bus neighbors since they are used to driving on the other side of the road) along beautiful cliffs and stopped in the towns of Amalfi and Positano, my absolute favorite being the latter.
Because we didn’t have much time on the coast (seriously only about an hour), I don’t really have any recommendations to share other than to wander + get lost. These towns are so small that it’s easy to see most of it in a short period of time and find your way back to the main drag when need be. At one point in Positano, I saw a small staircase that lead straight down the side of a cliff, so I decided to follow it and see what happened. With my friends staying at the top, I skipped down the steps and stumbled upon some of the most beautiful home facades I’ve ever seen. The buildings were painted in all sorts of pastels, covered with plants, and featured unique architecture after every turn. I kept going and going, most likely trespassing, but enjoying my little adventure nonetheless.
While we were adventuring along The Amalfi Coast, I saw many backpackers who were most likely hiking between towns, something that I’ve been dying to do for awhile. I mean, how cool would that be? YES PLEASE. Because that way, you can literally eat all the pasta and gelato you want without feeling terribly guilty.
If you ever get a chance (even just a few hours), The Amalfi Coast is an absolutely breathtaking place to visit and take in. I would love to spend more time there, or even check out Cinque Terre (another coastal area). So we’ll see what happens! Until next time … ♥