Prague, Czech Republic

“Prague or Budapest?   We can’t fit in both.”  I asked Geoffrey as I was thinking about the itinerary for our 2016 end of year trip to Europe.  Life can be so hard.   In the end it was Prague – and it was a good choice – a really fascinating interesting city to spend a few days.  To be fair, Budapest is possibly / will probably be just as interesting but we’ll save it for another time.

End of year trips to Europe has its definite pluses.  Generally it’s the best time of year for me to get away work-wise.  Secondly, the cities and countryside can be stunningly beautiful – especially with the absence of huge crowds that frequent the most popular areas in the summer.  You can normally get a lot more done as the queues are so much shorter.  We also love this time of year in Europe where the renowned Christmas markets are everywhere and which add so much life and colour to the city.

The downside, of course is that the days are shorter and it can at times get quite cold.  Our apartment was central and well heated (and this is important in winter this time of year!)  We had cooking facilities and a couple of supermarkets across the road so this was perfect.   All the Old Town attractions were in walking distance and we also used the public bus service which was easy to use and a chance for us to get up close to the locals!

Lots and lots to see in this historic city – you could easily spend a lot of time in Prague.  Geoffrey especially wanted to see the famous Astronomical Clock and I wanted to walk the Charles Bridge.  We generally don’t visit the famous Galleries and Museums as the popular ones typically busy, enormous and it’s impossible to do them justice with the time available.

Pork knuckles are a popular dish in Prague – and in winter you can understand why.  Absolutely delicious and absolutely enormous!  Can easily share one between 4 people.  I ended up taking it away and managed a further 3 meals with it back at the apartment!

We also did a day tour to the town of Český Krumlov which is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  Well worth visiting if you have an extra full day in Prague.

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Charles Bridge

Iguazu Falls

In December 2013 we visited Iguazu Falls as part of a South American private itinerary. I’ve picked out our visit to the Falls because this was one of the highlights from this amazing trip.

Geoffrey and I have seen a few of the world’s major falls but Iguazu would have to be our top choice to date. The great thing is that Iguazu can be seen from so many different perspectives and we took advantage of most of them!  By morning, day and night; by land, river and air; by country (Iguazu spans the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay). The park has been developed to allow easy and close access without having impacted the natural surroundings.

It’s difficult to describe (without the usual superlative clichés) without going there and experiencing them yourself. Quite often you hear so much about a place but the reality lets you down. This is in part due to the internet where we are able to research anything and everything in depth, but which the downside is that the element of surprise is diminished when you get there. Not so with Iguazu – despite all the hype we were still blown away.

We spent 2 full days there and we could easily have spent another if the itinerary had allowed.

An absolute must see and a high point for your Bucket List.

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A section of Iguazu