“I have next week off because my mom and aunt are coming to visit me.” Jana gave me a look of happy surprise. I was trying to focus during my Friday morning session, just hours before my family members were set to arrive, but it was hard. Luckily, Jana just wanted to talk. Our hour together ticked by slowly and I finally cut us off at 8:56. “Well, that’s all for today!” I said, maybe too excitedly. “Okay, well enjoy your week off and your time with your mother and aunt,” Jana said. And I knew I would.
Jordan and I went to the airport around 11 to pick up the crew: his mom, my mom, and my aunt. I was so nervous and excited to see them! We had a wonderful reunion and then came back to our apartment and got settled. The travelers weren’t too tired so we decided to walk around Prague a bit to see the Charles Bridge, Old Town, and New Town. We had dinner at a restaurant at the top of Petrin Hill with an amazing view over the city and great food.
On Saturday, we woke up and went on a Walking Tour around Prague. Jordan and I had done it before and learned a lot, so we thought it would be a good thing for the visitors to do. Before the walking tour, we got fruit and chocolate parfaits 🙂
For dinner we went on a Vltava River Cruise… It was so great to see the city from the river. They had a Czech band and a great variety of different Czech foods.
Sunday, we went to the Prague Castle. We spent almost the whole day exploring the ins and outs of the different castle rooms and just enjoying the sights.
We called it a night early on Sunday, because we had to get up early to go to Salzburg the next morning! I made some Eggplant parm for everyone and we relaxed playing some cards.
We got to Salzburg on Sunday around 4 in the afternoon. We were all starving, so we when to our hotel restaurant for dinner. They had a special “Sound of Music” menu that included a lamb appetizer, pancake noodles in beef broth, pork schnitzel, and apple strudel. We were all stuffed, but loved experiencing the classic Austrian food.
After dinner, we walked into Old Town Salzburg and explored a bit. We loved seeing the active lifestyle of the locals, and walking along the beautiful river.
The next morning, we were more than amazed at the lovely hotel breakfast that was included in the price of our room. It was the best continental breakfast any of us had ever seen before. There was any kind of breakfast food you could imagine! We filled up and got ready for our busy day of tours!
First was the Sound of Music Tour in which we saw many of the different sights that were used in the filming of the movie.
This was the back of the Von Trap House where the kids fell in the water when the captain came home.
This was the path where Maria sang “Confidence.”
Here is the gazebo from 16 going on 17.
This is the church where Maria and the captain got married. They made it look a lot bigger for the movie but we still thought it looked grandiose. Half way through the tour, we got a chance for a coffee break and we had one of my favorite meals of the whole trip. I had the raspberry torte and it was clear they had taken so much care to make it. Inside the crust was a layer of chocolate and inside the cream in the middle was even a bit of cake. WOW!
Our last stop of the tour was Mirabelle Gardens.
After the Sound of Music tour, we went on a Salt Mines Tour that brought us to even different parts of the area. We got to go through a real salt mine where we learned about the way they mine salt, and different facts about the mine. We got to ride on a train through the mine, as well as slide down an amazingly fun slide!
Our last day day in Salzburg, we went to the Fortress and then to the Salzburg zoo.
That night, we went to a restaurant that had a huge outdoor courtyard and I got Krautflekerl: an Austrian dish made of noodles and cabbage (YUM), and we all went a little wild over the desserts getting a waffle and an egg soufflé to share.
The next day, we had to head back to Prague already. We got back in the early afternoon and I took my mom and aunt to see the school where I teach at and we took a trip to Tesco, the grocery store near my house. At night we went to a concert in one of the churches near my house. It was a four part string quartet as well as an organ that played classical music and we all really enjoyed it!
Friday we went to the Lennon Wall and then to feed some birds at the nearby park. We even saw Peacocks! Afterwards, we went up in the Petrin Tower and got a great view of the city. Afterwards, we hung out and got Trdlnik for a snack, and the ladies loved it! We went to the nearby Restaurant and Design Shop for dinner and it had great food and a wonderful atmosphere.
Saturday was our last day together. We went to Vysehrad and enjoyed walking around the parameter of the park and seeing the beautiful views of the city.