Christmas in Prague (with stops in Vienna and Budapest)

Prague

Prague: A fairytale city come to life.

It’s been a busy few weeks since Christmas vacation. So, although I had the best of intentions of writing an eloquent entry about the beauty and culture of Vienna, Budapest and Prague, like many of my posts, this will be mostly photos. Even without the excuse of a packed schedule, it’s just hard to convey the wonder and awe we felt in Europe. The efficiency, the cleanliness, the food (bacon, ham and more bacon!!), the kindness of strangers and more, made it one of the most memorable Christmas vacations ever.

A quick photo gallery of Vienna, where we walked, ate, walked and ate some more:

IMG_2540 IMG_2537 IMG_2542 IMG_2545 IMG_2546 IMG_2548 IMG_2550 Then, we hopped on a train and went to Budapest:

IMG_2581 IMG_2582 IMG_2583 IMG_2584 IMG_2585 IMG_2590 IMG_2591 IMG_2597 IMG_2606 IMG_2610 IMG_2593 IMG_2615We spent 10 amazing days in Prague, including Christmas and New Year’s. I can’t imagine a more magical place to spend the holidays. Everything about Prague is perfect. The architecture is stunning. Every single building is worthy of a picture. The cobblestone streets are impeccably clean. The people are friendly and helpful. The food is hearty and delicious. We walked at least 4 to 6 hours daily. There aren’t walkable sidewalks in Jordan, so strolling through a city was an extraordinary luxury and pleasure.

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The street performers were wonderful:IMG_2735

And the locals brought interesting things to the Christmas market:

IMG_2895We went ice staking:

IMG_2724And went to a hockey game:

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And we walked, day and night:IMG_2741 IMG_2744  IMG_2762 IMG_2764 IMG_2773 IMG_2774 IMG_2775 IMG_2784 IMG_2785 IMG_2787 IMG_2788 IMG_2790 IMG_2795 IMG_2798 IMG_2807 IMG_2809

Even the ceiling of a random restaurant was beautiful:IMG_2812 IMG_2817 IMG_2818 IMG_2824

This statue was near our apartment. The 12 year old found it horribly embarrassing.IMG_2841 IMG_2848 IMG_2850 IMG_2854 IMG_2855

One of the highlights of Prague was a visit to the KGB museum. The owner was former Russian military and a wonderfully entertaining character who let the boys hold the guns and try on the uniforms.IMG_2860 IMG_2880

More wandering…IMG_2886 IMG_2887 IMG_2888 IMG_2889 IMG_2892  IMG_2901 IMG_2902Of course, I could provide tons of information about each picture, but I know that I’ll never get this published if I do that. So, I hope you all enjoy the photo show even if the descriptions are lacking.

xo from Jordan

5 thoughts on “Christmas in Prague (with stops in Vienna and Budapest)

  1. Rachel, Thank you for sharing your photos with us I truly enjoyed viewing them. That is a much better place to be then were our Rachel traveled recently. She was in Sir Lanka, Mumbai, and Bangladesh for Feed The Hunger program The Kappas sponsor at Ole Miss. We just looked at her photos last night. Very Sad…. Take Care, XOXO The Marsh’s from Texas

  2. Hi Rachel,

    I tried to post a comment, but it wouldn’t take. I’ll leave the screen up, maybe it will eventually, but if not, here’s what I tried to post:

    Yah, next to the Middle East and Europe, most of the U.S. cities are just not as interesting. Not nearly as much art or interesting architecture here, and not as much well-preserved history. Yes, I wish you had more verbiage, but given the choice, I’ll take your pictures without verbiage, to at least get something of where you’ve gone and what you’ve done.

    I’m not quite certain what you meant about the streets of Jordan and strolling. My only experience of ME streets without sidewalks is that people stroll in the streets, but perhaps I do not have a visual idea of what the traffic in the streets of the cities of Jordan look like. If you get a chance to snap some examples of what makes strolling less than relaxing in Jordan, I’d love to see those posted. Your regular life is perhaps more interesting to me than your excursions, not to diminish in any way, how much I enjoy seeing all the lovely pictures of your travels. 🙂

    Shulamit

  3. The pictures are so pretty. I loved the post on driving as well. When I was in South Africa in the 1990’s, visiting friends who lived there/born there we were in their small car and the mom was holding her month old baby. I asked if they had baby car seat laws there. The husband said “You mean like every car that has a baby has to have seats too? I had to explain car seats for infants. They had never heard of such a crazy thing.

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