Europe trip: Prague

After 4.5 hrs of train ride, we arrived Prague. What a beautiful historic city. No doubt it was one of my favorite city of this trip.
Day 1: After a short Uber ride we arrived our Airbnb which is 1 block away from Charles bridge, just the start of the old town. So convenient. We dropped our things and went exploring. We immediately all fell in love with this place.

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Very old town but so pintoresca. We walked down to the old town square and saw the astronomical clock and many beautiful constructions around and tons of tourists.

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the gigantic panda is iconic in Prague but has nothing to do with Prague


we found a local restaurant nearby and asked for the typical dishes. Both came with dumplings which is similar to chinese buns, meant to be for the sauce


both were tasty according to the girls but definitely on the heavy side


I had instead a cabbage salad and creamy spinach which were actually quite good


then the girls demanded to try the local ice cream, in a donut like roll, again nothing to do with Prague but very popular


Day 2: we started with a 3 hrs free walking tour to explore the old and new town, and Jewish square.



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old town and new town are 1 km away and the architecture changes quite a lot but still very pretty


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After a nap, we took the 2 hrs river cruise since Prague has many bridges too



Then we went to a supermarket to get some food. I was happy to have homemade salad for dinner and boiled pumpkin. I can’t function for more than 2 days without fresh vegetables. They still eat poorly, pastry for breakfast, cookies for snack, hotdog for lunch, and finally some fruit for dinner. Oh well… we’re traveling

Day 3: it’s raining but it supposed to stop around 10am. We joined the castle tour. The tour was ok, we got to see a bit of everything. Unfortunately it was raining a bit so we struggled with the umbrella.



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After the tour we went home and had some rest. Then I took Lizzy out alone to walk across Charles bridge, Lennon wall, and Tesco to buy dinner. Sofia and mom stayed because they were still tired. It was a nice outing with Lizzy alone.

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Day 4: The day of our departure was still raining a bit but I decided to go out for the run nononethless. I did a bit over 5 miles under the rain. Many fellow runners/tourists too. It was a nice way to end Prague trip.


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Europe trip: Vienna

Mini adventure happened on our way to Vienna: We said goodbye to Mara, Leon and Thiago. Gunther took us to the train station. When we arrived we realised we were in the wrong station. We rushed to the right one 1 min late and our train departed. Fortunately Gunther got our ticket changed for a direct train to Vienna. So it was quite a run and nervousness but we made it at the end. Lesson learned: always double check the station!!!

Day 1: after we arrived at our Airbnb we walked to the first district. First stop was cafe central for late lunch/early dinner. there was a line but we patiently waited


We tried the local milanesa and pancake. I had a semolina dumpling and salad. Really yummy everything.

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making silly faces

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Then we just walked around and be amazed by the beauty of this city


we entered the music museum which was so child friendly.


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Day 2: we went back to the old town, stopped by a cafe before exploring the catedral,


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We also checked out Albertina museum, museum quarter, and naschmarkt for late lunch.


We got back to the airbnb for a nap. Then we went to prater to ride on the oldest wheel in the world and some ice cream.

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Day 3: we paid a visit to the Schönbrunn palace. It was just 20 min ride from our place. First we tour the imperial palace with audio guided tourIMG 0542

then the children museum where kids liked more




We walked up the glorieta and enjoyed the view

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We also watched the apple strudel show while tasting it too. We then went back after stopping by billa for sandwiches and salad. When we woke up from the nap it was almost 7pm. So we just walked out for a bit and got dinner (pizza, chicken nugget, vegetable soup).

Day 4: we had to leave around 10:30 so we just walked around the neighbourhood and found a playground

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then it was time to travel to Prague

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My allergy was terrible in Vienna since the first evening. I got medicine the next day (Claritin) and it didn’t work. Got another eye drop. I guess running outdoor everyday here didn’t help but so worth it. It’s such a beautiful city, every corner is picture ready. And it’s not too busy despite tourists.

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Europe trip: Erding

We just came back from an epic summer vacation. 5 weeks, 8 cities, 6 countries! I am surprised that nobody got sick, and we had a blast despite small hiccups. It was my mom and girls first time to Europe so I wanted to show them a bit of big cities and small layback places. I think I’ve accomplished that and we formed many memorable moments. I’ll recap one post for city starting with our first stop at Erding, where my BFF and her family lives. We were there 6 nights.

After a long flight where I was so uncomfortable to give space to Sofia and Lizzy to sleep, we are finally here. It is nice to be back to erding with the girls.
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Day 1: we arrived in the morning and spent most of the morning just hanging at Mara’s place. Sofia and Leon played right away. We also visited a playground, something we all miss from the US. Then we check in in the same hotel I stayed last time, but this time a served apartment. Quite comfortable for four of us. Everyone took a nap, I was so tired by then.


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Day 2: I woke up around 4:30am, my usual time. Was surprised that none of us seem to be jet lagged. I went out for a run but felt very weak. So I only did 3 miles.
Then we went out for a walk around erding downtown since it was still early to get an update from Mara.
Mara texted me and Thiago vomited the whole night. A stomach bug for sure. So she couldn’t take us to Munich as originally planned. Instead Gunther did. We explored Munich walking around the old town. Very beautiful and European. Mom loved it.




We tot back around 5, nap until 7:30. Unfortunately Mara got the bug too, vomited and needed to be in bed. So Then we tried to go out for dinner but everyone was tired and not so kin to the idea of walking to downtown just for food. So we returned and had snacks for dinner. Then everyone went to bed at 9:30pm.
I noticed that grandma got tired much more easily than few years ago. I really need to be mindful otherwise she gets tired and I wouldn’t know. I’m sad to know that she’s getting old. Really scary in fact.
It was a great day exploring Munich. Such a beautiful city.

Day 3: I woke up around 4:45am and went for a 6.4 miles run, I felt much better. Then the plan was to go to visit the castle that inspired Disney castles. It was quite a drive to get there but the view on the road was fantastic! So much green.

We got there around 1:30pm. I had a work call at 2. So the kids played by the lake while I worked. Then it was time to get to the castle. We took the horse ride for the kids and grandma. Quite expensive but was a fun experience. The castle was nice and cute and had many tourists.


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Gunther got the stomach bug too but still took us to all the places we needed to go, zero complain. What a great host!
We left around 4:45pm and got home around 7:30pm after a quick stop at the supermarket to get some dinner. Lizzy was complaining about tummy pain. I got worried that she got the stomach bug too. Fortunately she didn’t wake up in the middle of the night. 🙂

Day 4: we went to erding therms and the kids had absolute blast! Sofia kept saying I’m so excited! She’s fearless and just goes and goes to the highest possible tobogán!
Meanwhile I enjoyed a bit the sauna and chill and enjoyed the view.


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Then we came home so the kids could take a nap before going to Mara’s. We went to the downtown for ice cream, got bad Chinese food for dinner and called it a day.


Day 5: all of us went to visit chimsee lake about 1.5 hrs from erding. It is a very peaceful place. Again a lot of greens and mountain.


The first island is the lady’s island that is smaller in size but more local people, restaurants and hotel. We walked around the island before settling for lunch.


Then Mara took Thiago and Leon back and the rest of us went to the gentleman island. It was much bigger in size but less people. Only a place that imitates Versailles and a convention Center. We rode the horse to the palace, had snack while enjoying the view before heading back with the horse to meet with Gunther who had to take a different boat.


We finally left the island by 6:30 or so, a quick stop st groceries store and arrived home almost at 9. Pretty a long and tiring day. Lizzy was asleep by 8.
Day 6: we took our last day slow. I did my long run (8 miles) feeling actually much better than the day before. Then around 10:30am we went to Mara’s place. Mara and I went to drugstore to buy some skincare, super cheap. When we came back we went to wild park with the kids and Gunther. It was a large forest with wild animal, some of them just by themselves to be fed, and an amazing playground.


We left around 4pm, stopped by groceries store to pick up dinner supplies. I took the kids back to the hotel for shower and went to Mara’s place for dinner. Gunther made bbq with tons of veggies and some meat for the adults.


It was a lovey dinner. Having spent a week with my best friend family was really nice. They are my family. And it was lovely to see Sofia and Leon playing so well.


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