While I’m off exploring Switzerland, I’m so excited to welcome Book Twitter’s resident travel guru to my blog today! If you look wanderlust up in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of Gail from Ticket to Anywhere. At any given time you can be sure that she has at least four or five travel countdowns going and she’s probably about to jet off somewhere fabulous. So, it was a no-brainer when I was thinking of people to have stop by and talk about their travel bucket lists. Gail does NOT disappoint with her choice below! It just so happens to be on my own bucket list, so don’t be surprised if it ends up on yours now too!
Hi Everyone! I’m exciting to be guest posting here on Sarah’s blog and to talk about one of my most favorite things, travel! Traveling has always been a part of my life as I grew up on stories of my Nana traveling the globe and when I took my first overseas trip at 17 to Spain and Portugal I knew that I was hooked! But it wasn’t until my Nana passed away in 2006 that I started to make travel more of a priority. She always had such grand adventures and even though she was no longer with us I felt close to her as I followed her steps around the globe. Since 2007 I’ve tried to see someplace new every year and that place is usually in Europe as there is something that speaks to my soul when I am there. Over the last several years I’ve been to some amazing places, however, there is one place that I’ve been dreaming about since I was a teenager that I still have yet to visit. Prague.
I can’t tell you why Prague is my dream city, it just is and I’m so stupid excited to be traveling there this fall…FINALLY! I’ve talked many of my friends into going and I’ve let other friends influence my other travel destinations. But 2017 is a big birthday year for me and I decided to celebrate in my dream city and here is a little bit of what I hope to do when I am there.
For the last couple of years, after I settle on a travel destination, I first consult a book that Andi @ AndiABCs gave to me the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel book which lists their top 500 places to see as voted on by Lonely Planet readers. For the Czech Republic there are five locations mentioned and I hope to see them all! The first three are easy as they are right in the heart of Prague: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Prague Castle.
The other two places mentioned in the book are outside of Prague but easily done via 1/2 day trips the first I plan to take is to Sedlec Ossuary which is in the town of Kutna Hora. The Sedlec Ossuary is more commonly called the Bone Church and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Sedlec Ossuary is decorated with 40,000 human skeletons and like the Paris Catacombs is both macabre and beautiful at the same time. The town of Kutna Hora is Medieval and I look forward to seeing its architecture and exploring its other gem, St. Barbara’s Cathedral which was built in the Gothic style and took 500 years to complete!
The final place listed in the book is Karlstejn Castle, which is a 14th century castle nestled in a small, picturesque medieval town that’s easily reachable by train. It just looks so pretty in photos and I’m looking forward to exploring both the castle and the town.
Of course no trip that I take is complete without seeing bookish things and two things that I have been dreaming about is 1) Idiom Installation at the Prague Municipal Library which is described as ‘a jenga-style cylindrical tower of books that appears to go on forever’ and 2) the Klementinum Library which is part of the Strahov Monestary is listed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Another odd and slightly morbid thing I plan to see on my trip is St Valentine’s Shoulder Bone which is located in Prague Castle. On this trip I am also visiting Rome and Glasgow which house St Valentine’s skull and bones, respectively. There are ten places in the world that claim to have relics of St Valentine and on one trip I’ll be able to cross off three of them. Another is located in Dublin, Ireland and I didn’t see it when I was there in 2013 so just one more reason why I need to return to Ireland.
I also plan on taking a day trip to Cesky Krumlov which is another medieval UNESCO world heritage site. And I think I may have figured out why Prague speaks to me so much, I have always had a super deep love of Medieval History and took as many electives in college as I could on this topic. Which would be more normal if I was a history major but as a science major it made me a little bit of an odd ball. But its just such a fascinating block of history and I can’t get enough of it!
I also hope to take a day trip up to Dresden, Germany which would then mean that over my two week European adventure I’d visit four different countries. This totally appeals to my wanderlust loving soul but may be a bit too much in the time that I have allowed for Prague. But we shall see. Dresden looks so pretty and you can see the main highlights in a day and as its only a 2 hour train ride from Prague…well…it does seem doable.
I’m still finalizing things to see and I probably won’t get to everything on my list but I sure am going to try! That said I do like to have flexibility in my travel plans. There are the things I must see which I make a priority and then all those nice to see things that if I don’t get to them I won’t regret it. As there is probably a good chance I stumbled on something else that might be even more memorable. Have you been to Prague? If so what were some things that you did that you would most recommend?
All the photos in this post I found using The Google but if you’d like to see my photos then be sure to follow me on Instagram and in September look for the hashtag #gailandthepraguetrip to see my Prague adventures and #gailandthebirthdaytrip to see my adventures in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Rome, and Florence! Thanks Sarah for letting me post on your blog! I hope that you are having an amazing adventure on your trip and I can’t wait to hear all about it!