8.30.2013

::Ultimate Wroclaw Flea Market

Ok friends, I know I have posted before about an antique flea market in Wroclaw, but that place has NOTHING on the market we went to this past Sunday! Welcome to Plac Targowy Swiebodzki! 

::Bratislava: Nowhere near Berlin!

Please tell me you remember that scene from the movie EuroTrip where the group gets on a bus thinking they are going to Berlin and they end up in Bratislava, Slovakia? If not, I'm getting old.

Anyways...even though we didn't have time to stop in Bratislava on the way home from Budapest, it would be a perfect place for lunch on the way to Wroclaw. I wish we would have had the time. 

Maybe next time! 

8.29.2013

::Budapest, Hungary (Part III)

Let us now shift to my favorite parts of our Budapest trip: a Danube River cruise and a walk around 'Buda'. We took so many fantastic photos in these places that it was hard to choose which ones to post!

8.28.2013

::Budapest, Hungary (Part II)

Day Two in Budapest: We started our morning bright and early with some kawa and breakfast at a cute little place called Non Loso Cafe conveniently located next to St. Stephen's Basilica, where we wanted to start our day.

8.27.2013

::Budapest, Hungary (Part I)

And we are now off to Budapest, Hungary! It took much longer than anticipated to drive from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary - about 3 hours in total. However, little did we know that Budapest was the city of construction, and we sat in construction for at least an hour after we got into the 'Pest' side of the city (where we were staying). If you didn't know, Budapest is composed of two cities: 'Buda' and 'Pest'...separated by the Danube river. The cities were combined in 1873 as what we now know to be Budapest.

8.25.2013

::Budapest - Up Next!


Budapest is up next on Morning Kawa. Keep reading. xo.

::Vienna, Austria (Part III)

Our second day in Vienna was filled less with tourist attractions and more of experiencing the local flair (since the town was now open after being closed the day before due to a national holiday). What an amazing place. This is why I love this city.  Each corner more beautiful than the last. I just cannot wait to come back. Two days was just not enough. Here is a look into our second (and final) day in Vienna, Austria.

8.24.2013

::Vienna, Austria (Part II)

Ahhh...There is still so much beauty in Vienna for me to share with you. Just 'sip' back and enjoy your dose of Morning Kawa.

Starting from where I left off in Part I of Vienna, let us now go to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Before visiting Vienna, this palace defines what I imagined the city to be: grand buildings, gold trimmings, Tiffany blue copper tops, complete with intricate fountains. The Imperial Palace was all that and more. 

8.21.2013

::Vienna, Austria (Part I)

Vienna (or Wien as it is called in Austria) just might be my favorite place in the world to date. It is filled with cafés, restaurants, classical music, chocolate (YUM!), coffee (double YUM!) and the best window shopping I have ever encountered. Every corner is filled with beauty. No detail has been overlooked. I honestly could wander through the streets of Vienna forever... 

8.20.2013

::Tips for Driving in Central Europe

Before I dive into my amazing experiences in Vienna and Budapest, I feel that I first need to tell you about the actual experience of getting there/back.

You should read this if you ever plan to drive (or are curious about driving) in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary or Slovakia.

8.19.2013

::TripAdvisor City Guides App

After a long weekend in Vienna and Budapest, I just HAVE to rave about the TripAdvisor City Guides app for iPhone/iPod!!! 

I somehow stumbled upon the free download and am so glad I did. I don't know what I would have done without it and I can't imagine traveling any other way. It works offline using the GPS interface and doesn't need the internet. I repeat NO DATA needed abroad! The app can find your location, search for restaurants near you, zoom in on a city map AND it even has a "point me there" feature that tells you how far you are/what direction to walk in to get to your desired destination. OMG! Does it get better? 
Here is the lowdown:

8.14.2013

::Surprises Abound at University of Wroclaw

Sometimes it really does pay to follow strangers when you don't know where they are going! No, mom don't start to get worried ;) Let me tell you a story.

As you know, I walk through the University of Wroclaw's "campus" a lot. I just love it :) But, one day, I noticed a tour group walking into a doorway that I have never been through and I decided to follow them. Low and behold - I found the most beautiful cathedral ever. It was free to enter and to listen to an audio guide, but donations are encouraged. {You will want to donate to the this church when you see how beautiful it is.} 

8.11.2013

::Centennial Hall Fountain: Update

New advice if you plan to attend the Centennial Hall Fountain show in Wroclaw: get there early and sit in front of Centennial Hall. {We sat on the stairs and could see perfectly.} Anyways, we had no idea that there were actually images and video displayed on top of the water, until now! It was hard to get a good photo but here is a quick image of the 'Four Elements' show we viewed with the word 'Fire' jumping across the front of the water. {Also to note: bring bug spray. There are tons of mosquitos.}

8.09.2013

::From Antiques to Antiki

Keeping with the theme of antiques (referring to one of my latest posts), let me start by saying that Wroclaw is a city of antiques, and well-priced ones at that. 
Are you drooling over this trunk yet? Because I am.

8.05.2013

::Wroclaw Boat Ride

With the weather being so hot in Wroclaw the past few days, we thought a boat ride down the Odra River would be fitting. So we walked to the boat stop near Cathedral Island and hopped on Ray's Pontoon.

8.02.2013

8.01.2013

::Ad Alert - Berlin Billboard

Spotted from the hop on, hop off bus in Berlin, Germany: it's a fake person on a fake ladder pulling a fake rope switch to turn on the lights (my guess is that logo may light up at night, but I am not sure since I found this in the day). Vattenfall is an energy company in Berlin and I think it says, "We give everything for energy in Berlin." Again, I have no idea if this is exactly accurate, but it is a construction I put together using Google Translate