Europe

Raglan Castle Wales

Welsh Castles

This will be a picture heavy, text light post. I recently took a two-day trip to Wales to see some castles. Wales is a beautiful place with what I think is an interesting history. These Welsh castles are remnants of days past, each one telling a different story of a moment in time. The first four castles were from this trip, and the final one, Conwy Castle, I went to in December but never wrote about, and well, it just fits…

View from the Astrological Tower

Prague, Czech Republic

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Prague, Czech Republic was the last stop after Vienna and Budapest on this incredible trip. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from Prague. Wow. Yeah, I really underestimated this city. Maybe that was part of the charm? Everywhere you look in Prague, there was something new, fascinating, and yes, charming, that was the right word. As I am writing this, I am thinking to myself, when can I go back again?…

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria has been a bucket list item for me ever since I knew there was a Europe. My affinity for this continent is thanks to classical music. I had this heavy chunk of metal tv-radio-cassette player-in-one as a child, and among its uses, my favorite was to play classical music radio stations. Sitting in my room as the sun beamed through the blinds listening to great symphonies, imagining myself in Europe being a ballerina or professional flautist. Of course,…

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary felt like a wave of Eastern Europe crashed into Western Europe. It was such an interesting mix of the two. The city has beautiful architecture dating from Roman ruins to Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and much more. This trip was 11 days through Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Articles detailing my experiences in Vienna and Prague will be posted in the near future. This article is probably a bit longer than previous ones, but I did so much and really…

Venice, Italy

Early October (2015) I went to Italy and took a mini trip within my trip, because why not?! I went to Verona, Padua, and Venice (and Burano) via train. Nothing ever truly prepares you for Venice. Stepping out of the train station was like stepping out of a time machine. You can honestly spend days and days in Venice and still catch something beautiful down a random street or canal, in the storefront of one of the handcrafted goods, or…

Verona, Italy from Castel San Pietro

Verona, Italy

Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Romeo and Juliet, is one of the most enchanting cities I have had the pleasure of wandering. Verona appears to be frozen in time. When I first arrived via train from Roma I walked into Piazza Brá, and was face to face with the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater built nearly 2000 years ago. [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Piazza Bra and Verona Arena [Verona, Italy][/caption]  The weather was sadly quite…

Valencia, Spain

I had a very quiet visit to Valencia. I arrived in the afternoon of a Saturday and left before sunrise on Monday. Valencia has a very rich history as one of the oldest cities in Spain, originally settled by the Romans. On Saturday I wandered the endless twisting alleyways through the historic center. It was a feast for my eyes. I let my mind take a break and just enjoy my surroundings, and then indulge in some paella and a…