After over a year of planning, hoping, re-planning, re-scheduling and re-planning I am off to Europe this summer. I will be spending most of July in the Czech Republic. Incredibly, with all the flying I've done over the past 6-7 years, I've never flown to Europe. Soon enough, however, the adventure will begin.
I had hoped to fly to Switzerland where I have an aunt but ironically, she will be here in Canada while I am over across the pond. Fortunately, I have an uncle in Brussels, attached to NATO operations there, so I will make Belgium my first stop before heading off from there.
Initially when I started planning my trip I had a grand odyssey in mind, taking me through Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany. Sober second thought told me this might be a bit much. My summer simply isn't long enough to pack in all that I wanted to see. And besides, I'm sure Europe will still be there next summer for more exploring. I finally settled on the Czech Republic, small enough to see plenty of over 5 weeks. The country is filled choc-a-bloc with castles, theatres, town squares and old churches and I'm looking forward to the fantastic medieval and baroque architecture. With luck, I will fit in the odd concert or three. Native-born Dvorak and Smetana aren't very well-known but Mozart and Beethoven made their way through parts of the country. Its been a dream of mine for years now to see a classical music concert live in Europe.
I've spent much of today pouring over maps, internet sites, and travel books - my imagination salivating at the possibilities. Prague, Budweis, Cesky Krumlov, Plzen and Brno are all on my short-list, plus whatever other magical places I can manage to cram in.
Mozart loved Prague and I'm certain that I will too!
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