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Tintagel Castle | Cornwall

King Arthur had it made....

A Little Fraud and a Little Dublin

So I was not planning on posting today for Travel Tuesday, as I am in what I like to call 'perfectionist-procrastinator-ADD-packing' hell right now but after a chat about Europe with the Fraud Department representative lady at Bank of America yesterday (hold on), I remembered that I still have so much to share from Ireland. First, was that not the longest sentence ever? And secondly, yes, in the midst of moving, our only card that we use to pay with British Pounds has been used for fraudulent purchases (United Airlines flights and a new cell from Sprint) and we must wait about 10-14 days for our new one to arrive. What.

Ok anyway, I'm not going to dwell, I'm going to move forward.

A Glamping Weekend in Devon

Ever since the first time I laid eyes on the British countryside I was in love. I remember giggling while on every drive we took in those first few weeks because every church or village that I saw looked exactly like a postcard. It was everything I imagined it would be and more. Friends, British postcards don't lie....the countryside is incredible. Sometimes I seriously just want to cry it's so beautiful. And this past weekend, we finally had the chance to immerse ourselves in it.

I have been an admirer of Canopy and Stars website for a while (if you haven't seen it, go check it out now!!) And I found a great little yurt on an organic farm that I thought would be right up mine and Van's alley. And I was 100% right.

Scenes from Dublin

It's Ireland. So let's start and end this post with what else....a pint of Guinness!!

A Sail with the Seals | Blakeney Point

I have been wanting to see the seals like for forever. And finally, Mr. Gunter agreed to take me! Blakeney Point is only about an hour and a half drive from Ely, so we hopped in the car Saturday morning and took off for a gorgeous drive through the English countryside. Side note: the countryside is really beautiful. I wish I could capture it for you all. We literally ride in silence just totally wrapped up in the gorgeous scenes.

Upon arrival in Morston, we ate an amazing lunch of seafood at the Anchor Inn before making our way down to the marina to find our seal tour boat. If you are ever in Morston, STOP HERE!

A Life Changing Weekend in Krakow

Before I begin on Krakow, I just want to take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers for those who lost their beloved friends and family on the Germanwings flight. Such a horrible tragedy. 
Life is so precious.

During my research on Krakow, I both read and heard that Krakow is supposedly 'the next Prague'. You know about our love for Prague so I was both skeptical and excited! And with our opportunities to travel Europe dwindling, I was hoping that I made a good decision to travel to Poland instead of a more popular location. But friends, it was the perfect decision. Krakow was perfect. Not only is it a super easy city to navigate, it was SO relaxed, not super touristy (yet) and very inexpensive. I think Prague has a new contender.

Our Paris Apartment | A Fab Find

Paris was indeed an amazing city to visit, but I have to confess....I've saved my favorite Paris post for last (although Cedric's Tour runs a close second!). And what better way to close out Paris with our AirBnb jackpot that we found in Montmartre.

via AirBnb
I was completely overwhelmed when I began searching for accommodation in Paris. Where to stay? Hotel or apartment? But when I found this listing on AirBnb, the views did me in. I didn't care where it was....I needed this view! And the views did not disappoint! From our TWO balconies we could see just about all of the major landmarks in Paris. High up on the seventh floor, I felt I had made the perfect decision.

Prague Round Two

Oh man. We are still in love with Prague. Our second visit to our favorite Praha was a good one again and we had the added surprise of a little less tourists! Yay! And after this visit, I've decided that I will eventually put together a little Prague guide based on a wide range of budgets seeing as though we have hit all aspects of Prague. But for this little post, I'll just give you a little roundup of what we did the second time round.

First off, we stayed at an amazing little hotel, The Emblem Hotel. Directly off the town square, and not to mention it's 5 star status, it was pretty much perfect. We arrived early on a Friday and were welcomed with warm hospitality at the Emblem. And after an early 3:30AM wakeup call, a rest was needed in this perfect little bed.

After resting for a brief minute, we headed to our favorite...Sansho. We visited and learned about Sansho our last time in Prague when we took the Taste of Prague tour. And it was heavenly the second time around. Don't you just love that? We feasted on several starters and had to have seconds of the Asian Pork Belly, which actually wasn't even on the menu anymore but they obliged and served it up to us. We also had Soft Shell Crab Sliders and Spicy Pork Tacos. All. Divine.

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Afterwards, I was in need of my favorite dark beer from the best place to get it in Prague. Lokal. Just as good and cheap as we remembered. And then it was nap time back in our cozy and soothing room before our 'blate night'!

Yep, we met up for a 'blate' (blog date) with Amy and E from Amy and the Great World, who I am insanely jealous of by the way. Oh to live in Prague! We certainly had blast starting off at the Prague Beer Museum, which was an excellent choice (thank you Amy) and we had missed out on it the previous visit, so we were happy to go. They had amazing beers and so inexpensive. I just cannot get over Prague prices....but that's what England will do to you!

Afterwards, we meandered down to Mama Lucy's which none of us had been to and it also turned out to be a decent choice! We ate, drank, laughed and had just a super fun night. Van even ordered his drink lit on fire. Thank you blog world for bringing us all together for a fun night out!!

The next day two days were spent wandering around and just taking in Prague slowly. We hadn't a single thing on the agenda and it was awesome. Just soaking in the city.

We finally made it by some interesting artwork that we had missed previously....

And ended with a sweet trip to Cafe Savoy, another favorite.

So stay tuned for an upcoming Prague guide including 3 different budget categories to suit your travel style! And for previous posts (which have plenty more detail) check these out:

Praha, we love you!

Linking up for Travel Tuesday :)

Now, if I could just work off all that delicious Praha food! If you are interested in following along with my journey to a leaner and meaner me, head on over to Fit For Life and join the fun!

Notre Dame Cathedral | Paris

Ah, Notre Dame. While visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, it was a bit reminiscent of the time I visited St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Growing up in Catholic schools, I learned a great deal about these places of worship. So walking into Notre Dame was one of those, ‘Wow. I’m really here’ moments. Luckily entrance to the Cathedral was free and we walked right in with no lines or fuss. 

The interior was very dimly lit, with large chandeliers and votive candles lighting the space. It was a gorgeous sight and Van and I just wandered around in silence gazing around and taking it all in.

Completed in 1345, this Cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. With its flying buttresses, stained glass and naturalist elements, it’s no wonder it is one of the most recognized Cathedrals in the world. And the historic events that have taken place inside the Cathedral are just as impressive. 

After our tour of the interior, which took about 20 minutes, we walked around the park surrounding the Cathedral. On a sunny day, this little park on Ile de la Cite would be a brilliant place to have a picnic.

And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t share one last photo of the stunner at night….from the Love Lock Bridge. Swoon.

Open every day of the year from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm (7:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays).
Cost: Free

Audioguides and tours are available for a fee.

Have you been to Notre Dame?