European Vacation….

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.



_DSF2249 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.





14 thoughts on “European Vacation….

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Laurie! It was an incredible trip. We are so blessed to have been able to do this.

  1. Ginger

    Happy belated Anniversary. Thanks for sharing some of your pictures. They are beautiful. I went to Vienna in high school and enjoyed it. Would love to go back one day.

  2. Pamela Rigby

    So glad it measured up. Both cities have spectacular sights. Before I went to Prague in ’92 I had this idea that it would be like Fairyland and when I stood on one side of the river looking across at the Castle -and St Vitus all lit up at night, I wasn’t disappointed.

    1. Kathy Post author

      It sure did measure up Pamela! We loved all the architecture and the intricate details and paintings on all the buildings – it was pretty amazing. I wish we had been able to see the view in the evening, but I sure wasn’t doing that walk again. LOL!

  3. Pam

    When we were stationed in Germany 38 years ago people had to submit their exterior paint choices to the local board for permission to use those colors. I realize you were not in Germany but
    maybe this is why you saw a lack of blue. Someone is biased.

    1. Kathy Post author

      That’s really interesting Pam. Maybe that’s it. It is nice to see all the soft colors that blended together so nicely and not the odd garish color sticking out like a sore thumb. LOL!

  4. Rettabug

    Happy Anniversary!! May God bless you with many, many more happy & healthy years together, Kathy.
    This seems like a wonderful way to celebrate the occasion. Fantastic photos of places we never got to visit, even though we went to Europe many times. Perhaps I’ll add them to my bucket list. I see “quilting patterns” in those gardens!!!
    I look forward to seeing what you worked on while traveling & the photos of the fabric store.

    1. kathy

      Thanks Rett! Yes, those gardens were very pretty and could definitely inspire some quilting designs!

  5. Linda T

    Kathy, thank you for the tour to Vienna. I love the old architecture and only marvel at the ages of the buildings outside the USA. I have never had the price ledge of visiting a fabric shop in our travels. Just a side note: there are few European quilters. Why would one quilt when they have access to such fine fabric?

    Again, thank you!

    1. Kathy Post author

      Oh, I totally agree Linda! With those beautiful fabrics to work with, I’d be sewing more of my own clothes!!!

  6. Louise

    Absolutely delightful. So glad you shared some of your trip and the Vienna fabric store was something to behold. It’s another world to see a glimpse of history. Can’t imagine living amongst it.


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