As you can guess, this post isn’t about sewing! We’ve just returned from a 10 day European vacation. My husband travels overseas regularly. This time I went along. He worked for the first couple days while I explored alone, then we had the rest of the time to do all the tourist things and enjoy a different culture. It was a wonderful vacation and we had a great time exploring, getting (a little) lost, walking until
we were I was exhausted, eating different foods, etc. It was a fabulous way to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary!!!
I’ll apologize right away and say that you’re just going to have to put up with the “tourist” pictures! LOL! We spent time in Prague as well as Vienna. Both were cities with beautiful buildings, architecture, art, etc. We visited a castles in both cities as well as a cathedral in Prague – it was built on the castle grounds. Amazing!!! The size and scale of these historical buildings leaves one speechless!
The first castle that we visited was the Prague castle. It was built around 880 and includes the basilica of St. Vitus on the grounds, which was the main church of the castle. It was quite a hike to get there from our hotel. After a lengthy walk, we crossed the Charles Bridge – a historical bridge with 30 statues of religious figures and built in the 1350’s. Pretty impressive.
From the Charles Bridge you can see the other area bridges, which are equally beautiful, but without all the statues.
From the bridge you can see the castle in the distance (the basilica towers can be seen). Yep – we walked there!!! It is a pretty walk, though all uphill, with cobblestone streets and shops and restaurants along the path as well as assorted street performers.
This is typical of so many of the streets. I love the quaintness of the streets, shops and restaurants. We noticed that the building colors were mostly in tans, peach, yellow/golds and light green colors, but no blues. Wonder why? Perhaps I only wonder this since I have such an affection for blue!
When you finally get to the castle, the view of the city is pretty spectacular! I love all the orange tile roofs that you see all over Europe.
The castle was pretty, but we didn’t really get a picture that shows it well since there was a lot of maintenance work being done on the outside. However, there are lots of pictures of the basilica – I’ll limit it to a couple, just so you can see some of the magnificence of it.
The artwork, gold ironwork, paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows – everything – it is unbelievably beautiful. One more picture, just so you can see the scale of the building – it is HUGE!!! I don’t know how they managed such construction without the modern tools that we have.
We did not enjoy all the crowds at these tourist attractions. But, there’s never a time that it is without tourists. We toured many of the different buildings at the castle and saw many artifacts, saw the changing of the guards, the castle china and the beautiful sceptres and crowns with their Bohemian jewels. Even with the crowds, I was glad that we had the opportunity to tour this site. (my fitbit recorded 28,000+ steps and over 13 miles for that day!)
In Vienna we visited the Schönbrunn Palace as well as the Belvedere Palace.
The Belvedere Palace was a pretty structure and the grounds were beautiful, but the inside was basically an art museum. That wasn’t what I expected. I like art, but room after room of art isn’t what I prefer to tour. The grounds and fountains and gardens can be viewed without paying to get inside the buildings, which is probably what we should have done.
The Schönbrunn Palace reminded me very much of the Biltmore Estate here in NC and I really enjoyed seeing all the different rooms, which were furnished with the original things. Again, the intricate designs and detailed workmanship of all of the rooms and furnishings were pretty amazing. The landscaping and fountains were also magnificent. Again, the grounds could all be viewed without paying for entrance into the buildings, but it is definitely worth seeing the building insides and doing a tour (along with the multitude of other tourists!).
The fountain and sculptures were beautiful and this one was no exception. This one was of the god Neptune and the other mythical creatures surrounding him.
As we exited the gardens we saw this beautiful rose bush – with different colored roses growing from the same bush – I loved it!!!
I could share so many more pictures and stories about our trip, but will leave it to this. If you’ve managed to read through this entire post, you’ve done really well. It has nothing to do with sewing, but it sure was an adventure! I did do a bit of smocking while on vacation, but more about that later….
Stay tuned – my next post will be about the fabulous fabric store that we found. I commissioned my husband to take plenty of pictures for me! 🙂 He got some great ones.
Hopefully I’ll get a bit of sewing done again now that I’m home.