Czech Republic #happyplace

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My #happyplace is a state of being.  Give me great company, great food, great beer, and a location by the water and I am one happy camper.  Most recently I found myself in this happy state of mind while visiting Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the Southern Bohemian Region of the country.  It is beautiful – one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. (more…)

City Bike Tours: Do Them!

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If you are half-decent at riding a bike and are not intimidated by traffic then definitely hop on a bike tour as a means of introducing yourself to a new city.  These tour guides have a way of making historical sightseeing interesting and a lot of fun!  They are also good at making you feel comfortable on your bike even if you are not the best cyclist in the world.  Remember you are riding around in a large group – the chances of getting hit by a car are very slim (particularly in Germany where the penalties for drivers are very high!).  A bike tour is a great way to get your bearings in a new city while also learning a bit about its history. (more…)

Tips on Visiting German Castles

neuschwansteinWell we did it!  My current travel companion and I made it to Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) and were rewarded with this stunning view of Schloss Neuschwanstein.  The castle is located in Southern Germany in the Schwangau region of the country and is nestled among the hills at the foot of the Alps.  After taking a morning tour of Schloss Hohenschwangau (the summer residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria), we made the trek up to Neuschwanstein on foot.  The frustrations that might surface when walking up such a steep incline in the summer heat are quickly abated by the surrounding views of the Bavarian landscape.

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