Wanderlust Wednesday: Hungary

I apparently have a great urge to visit Eastern Europe. First Prague, then Montenegro, now Hungary.

To be honest I hadn’t thought much about visiting Hungary until my mom sent me an email about a prospective biking trip she wants to take and wants me to join next year. I reviewed the itinerary (jumped up and down and said YES) then read up on Hungary. Within about five minutes I was hooked and even more psyched to go. The trip isn’t until next year so I’ve got more than enough time to salivate and the trip starts in Prague… cue the happy dance!

But Hungary has that old world charm that apparently is missing in my life. Let’s take a ten minute daydream trip to Hungary shall we…

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Montenegro

Sky. Sea. Mountains. Beaches. Forests. This place has it all.

Roughly the size of Connecticut, Montenegro has it all and more. This place still has wolves and bears running wild in the forests. Okay, a lot of places have wolves and bears running wild in woods (like Canada) but it still makes me think that this place is something out of a fairy tale. Red Riding Hood anyone? 

When I studied abroad one of my good friends had studied in Montenegro the year previous and she would gush about the country. I knew I would need to see it some day. She would talk about the people and the culture and the landscape, ooooooohhhhh the landscape. To see her remember the landscape just made me want to visit the country more. 

But yall, if you just google Montenegro you’ll see what she was talking about. Or you could scroll down and go write this country on your travel to do list. 

Can everyone just tell me to shut it so we can revel in the majesty that is Montenegro…

Can you see why this place is now at the top of my list of places to travel? 

photos via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7


Wanderlust Wednesday: Prague

Lately I’ve been daydreaming of taking a trip. I know I just got back from Mexico and for all intents and purposes, Turkey, but I’ve been dreaming of old cities, cobblestones, soaring cathedrals, history, and some damn good pastries. I was flipping through my old AP History books (I see those judging eyes) and I came across the Defenestration of Prague. I have not been able to get Prague out of my head since. 

To me, a world away, Prague seems like the epitome of an old city in the new world. It’s made my list. Actually, it’s sitting pretty at the top of my list. Wandering through the old town square, across the Charles Bridge, and traipsing up to the see the castle that held he crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. A day trip out to the stunningly stark Emperor’s Corridor, then marveling at the Astronomer’s clock, and finally watching my back at the Old Royal Palace. (I am Catholic after all… #historyjoke) 
tell me your mind didn’t go straight to the Beast’s library

Oh yeah Prague also has the pastries covered: the trdelník

When do we leave? 

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night

walking around the first night in the city

the Topkapi Palace

the Grand Bazar

the Spice Market

 the Cistern

the Hagia Sophia

 the inside of the Blue Mosque

Now that’s what I call street food…
the Asia side
the Cagaloglu Hamami – over 200 years old!

Istanbul was an incredible place! It is much like any other cosmopolitan city but you can feel this undercurrent of history flowing through the streets. It was lovely know some of the history behind the sites and yet be able to learn more. We visited so many places in Istanbul: the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Cagaloglu Hamami, a cruise on the Bosphorus, the Hagia Sophia, the Galata Tower, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazar, the Spice Cistern, and the Asia side of Istanbul. 

It’s one of those places that gets placed on the top of your to-go list and even after travel there you cannot quite believe that you were actually in that historic place! I mean it’s thousands of years old, served as capital to four different empires, straddles two different continents (Europe and Asia), and is the ruler of one of the busiest waterways in the world (the Bosphorus that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean). 

What an amazing trip!

See some more pictures of Istanbul here and on my instagram page!


Loire Valley, France

I spent a summer in Paris (rough I know) when I was in college and I spent my weekends traveling all over France and Europe. The EuroRail pass was the best investment of  the trip besides a 1 euro fan that helped me beat the non-normal heat. I highly recommend the pass to anyone that is spending a considerable amount of time in Europe and would like to travel. Traveling through the Loire Valley was an incredible experience. Wandering through castles and gardens bigger than the castles never got old. 

Can’t make it to the Loire Valley just yet? Let’s just take a moment to travel there together via these lovely photos. 

How was that for a five minute vacation?