As you all know, I'm turning the big 3-0 this year, and for years it's been on my bucket list to take an amazing 30th birthday trip. Last year about this time, I decided that Eastern Europe was going to be my destination. And now, after lots of planning, analysis, figuring, finding travel buddies, and saving money, the European Birthday Adventure is in place.
I've convinced Miss Canada and Cousin Swiss Mister to join in on the fun.
We're now working on my friend King of Capitol Hill. Why he needs more convincing than the pictures below and my charming personality is beyond me. But apparently he does, so everyone tell him to come in a comment below.
|King of Capitol Hill thought I had no picturs of him..think again!|
Anyway, we're trying to leave things pretty open to just sort of do and see whatever comes along. We'll have about 3 days in each stop, and I plan on squeezing in as much fun as I can during that time.
Now, here is where you come in.....if you have any pointers, advice, etc. on any of these locations, PLEASE comment below! I'll be extremely grateful and you'll likely get a shout out on my blog when I return and was saved by your great advice!
With that, here is the plan!
First Stop: Prague, Czech Republic
Second Stop: Vienna, Austria
Main points of interest: St. Stephen Cathedral, Mozarthaus, Schonbrunn Palace.
Third Stop: Budapest, Hungary
Main points of interest: Castle Hill, Heroes Square, Hungarian Parliament Building.
Fourth Stop: Krakow, Poland
Main points of interest: Wawel Castle, Krakow Market Square, St. Mary's Church.
Fifth Stop: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
Main points of interest: Auschwitz, Birkenau, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
Final Stop: Warsaw, Poland
Main points of interest: Victory Square, St. John's Cathedral, Gestapo Headquareters Museum.
I'm honestly beyond excited. I can't think of a more fun way to celebrate turning 30 than a trip like this. It's amazing is to think that not that long ago...in my own lifetime, these countries were under communist rule and I would not have been able to visit them at all. I absolutely can't wait to share the trip with all of you guys! Oh, and to eat lots of pastries and gelato, because based on my last trip, that's what Europe is all about!