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Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik: Croatia Travel Guide

Craving beautiful coastlines and Game of Thrones fun? This Croatia Travel Guide will help you effortlessly explore the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik!

Croatia is incredibly beautiful and full of life! Whether you love Game of Thrones, aquatic adventures, history, spectacular cliffs, charming city streets or delicious seafood, Dubrovnik is the destination for you. Below you will find all the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik collected in this handy Croatia Travel Guide.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Restaurants with the Best Views

Panorama Restaurant is situated on Srđ, a mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. Don’t miss the chance to see this picturesque, walled city from an epically elevated view! Be sure to book a reservation well in advance so that you get a table in the first row. The view is breathtaking and the risotto is quite tasty!

You can drive up to Panorama Restaurant via a winding, single lane road or you can take the cable car. A round trip ride on the cable car costs 170HRK and a one way ticket is 90HRK. The cable car drops you off right at the restaurant! The address of Panorama Restaurant is Srđ ul. 3.

In addition to Panorama, Restaurant More (inside Hotel More) is another fabulous place to dine with a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea! Take in a gorgeous sunset. Sip on some wine and enjoy a few oysters. The pumpkin soup is also delicious! In addition to this fabulous restaurant, Hotel More has so much more to offer! It is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

Unique Boutique Hotel with a Cave Bar

Without a doubt, Hotel More is the ideal place to stay in Dubrovnik! It is a five-star boutique hotel located in the Bay of Lapad, with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel is built into the side of a cliff and even has a natural cave inside! Hotel More has multiple levels of restaurants, bars and terraces with incredible cuisine to please every palate.

Cave Bar More is one of the most unique bars I have ever seen! You can grab a drink and take in the view (and depth) of the natural cave around you. A short walk down a hallway takes you to the waters edge where you can jacuzzi, swim or jump into the Adriatic Sea!

Click here to book your stay at this amazing boutique hotel. Hotel More is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City of Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” It is a UNESCO protected site filled with fountains, churches, monasteries and palaces. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles.

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The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City is surrounded by a medieval wall. Get a ticket to walk the city walls because the views are breathtaking! The entrance fees for Dubrovnik City walls are 200HRK. A ticket to walk the City Walls also includes a visit to the Lovrijenac Fortress which was a popular filming location for Game of Thrones! More on that below…

PRO TIP: parking near the Old City is extremely limited and very expensive. It is more cost effective to park further away and take public transit, walk or Uber to the Old City.

Game of Thrones Sights

Dubrovnik was the main filming location for King’s Landing which is the capital of the 7 Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Many scenes from seasons 2-6 were filmed in the city. You can take an organized tour of the locations or adventure on a self guided tour if that is more your style.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the most iconic GOT sights in Dubrovnik:

  • Walk of Shame” was filmed at the Jesuit Staircase. The steps lead up to Uz Jezuite Street.
  • Red Keep” was filmed at Fort Lovrijenac.
  • Purple Wedding” was filmed at Gradac Park.
  • Fight between Oberyn and the Mountain “was filmed at Belvedere Atrium.
  • Blackwater Bay” was filmed at Dubrovnik West Pier.
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Game of Thrones filming locations for the Purple Wedding, the Red Keep and Blackwater Bay

Best Time of Year to Visit

Over 1.1 million tourists visit Dubrovnik each year. As a result, the small streets of the Old City can feel very crowded. Avoid the summer months as this is the peak tourism season. The optimal time to visit Croatia is in September! The weather is gorgeous, the water is warm and there are less tourists out and about.

In conclusion, I hope these Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik motivate you to explore this breathtaking city in Croatia for yourself! If you are interested in other European destinations to add to your next trip, take a look at Top Things to Do in Vienna, Bratislava and Liechtenstein! Watch this space as Top Things to Do in Split is coming soon!

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Top Things to Do in Vienna: Travel and Art Guide

Austria is calling! This Travel and Art Guide will help you easily explore the Top Things to Do in Vienna. The capital city is a major European hotspot for art, architecture, history, music and more!

Vienna is a cultural powerhouse teeming with intellect and life. The legacy of the city was established by Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Gustav Klimt and the Hapsburg dynasty. Vienna’s opulent palaces, cathedrals and gardens feel straight out of a fairytale. Below you will find all the Top Things to Do in Vienna!

Viennese Art: Iconic Artists to See

A visit to Vienna would not be complete without experiencing the work of the most famous Austrian painters. Gustav Klimt played a large role in the Vienna Art Nouveau movement. His signature style incorporates painting with precious metals. His works shine beautifully in real life, something that you have to see in person! Gustav Klimt’s most famous piece is titled “The Kiss” and it is on display along with “Judith,” “Sunflower” and many more. In fact, the largest collection of Gustav Klimt in the world is at the Belvedere Palace.

Along with Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele is a standout Austrian painter of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement that is on display throughout much of the city. Egon Schiele is well known for his figurative work, psychological expressionism and intensity. The following works of his are on display at the Belvedere Palace:

Architecture and Landmarks: Top Sights

Vienna is an amazing city to view architecture! The imperial palaces include the Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere Palace and the Hofburg Palace. Each palace has something unique to offer and all are surrounded by gorgeous, royal gardens!

The Hofburg Palace is the former principal palace of the Hapsburg dynasty. It is the current residence of the President of Austria. The location is walkable from the city center. It houses the Austrian National Library which is stunningly ornate! At the Hofburg Palace you can also tour the Spanish riding school if equestrian activities are more your cup of tea.

Schönbrunn Palace is Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction as well as a Cultural World Heritage Site. It was the main summer residence of the Hapsburg dynasty. You really get a feel for how royalty lived by touring their living quarters and opulent ballrooms. In addition, the complex includes a zoo and a stunning greenhouse!

The Belvedere Palace is really two baroque palaces, upper and lower Belvedere that were built as a summer residence for Eugene Prince of Savoy. The gardens are perfectly sculpted with fountains and sphinx statues throughout. In addition, the Belvedere functions as an art museum featuring Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and many other Austrian artists. In fact, it houses the largest collection of Gustav Klimt artwork in the world.

In addition to baroque architecture, Vienna also has some very eccentric structures! Friedensreich Hundertwasser is an Austrian architect, artist and environmental activist who was inspired by art nouveau artists and natural shapes. The Hundertwasser Haus is a quirky, colorful apartment building he designed that has mosaic elements throughout. Hundertwasser Village is across the street which continues the eccentric theme. There you can stop in a café, purchase some souvenirs and check out some art galleries.

A trip to Vienna would be incomplete without stopping in to see some of the gorgeous cathedrals. The most well known gothic church is called St. Stephen’s Cathedral! Be sure to take a look at the intricately tiled roof from all sides. Climb up the north tower for a stunning view of center city. St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a nearby Baroque Roman Catholic parish church that is also worth a visit.

Furthermore, don’t miss the chance to see the State Opera House, Anchor Clock, Trinity Column and many more icons throughout Vienna!

Vienna Restaurants: Where to Eat

There are many delicious restaurants in Vienna that suit every budget and dietary preference. Whether you love a posh ambiance, an ancient history or a local brewery vibe- Vienna has it!

Blue Mustard is a Michelin Star restaurant with incredible interior design. Guests choose from three fixed menus that are travel themed! I selected the ‘First Class’ menu and each course was named after a city around the world. The restaurant itself features hand carved gothic windows at the bar with 3D mapping cascading over them. It also shows a charming wall to wall map of Vienna that is lit in neon. The lighting and overall ambiance is stunning and it is a must see for foodies! Blue Mustard is a short walk from Stephansplatz, located at Dorotheergasse 6-8.

Zwölf Apostelkeller or Twelve Apostles has classic Austrian cuisine uniquely served in a medieval cellar that is very deep underground! Live music was played throughout our meal and the service was excellent. The food was tasty, traditional Viennese from old recipes dating back to 1339! You can’t go wrong with the wiener schnitzel or fiakergulasch! There is a nice Austrian wine selection to boot. Zwölf Apostelkeller is located at Sonnenfelsgasse 3.

Transportation: How to Get Around Vienna

Public transportation in Vienna is made easy with the WienMobil App! It is completely paperless which is an eco friendly win. From the app you can grab a single ticket, 24, 48, or 72 hour tickets, weekly pass all the way up to an annual ticket. If you are riding to or from the airport, you can get a City Airport Train ticket as well on the WienMobil App. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the airport to city center.

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You can also grab a Vienna Card, which allows you to travel around the city for 24, 48 or 72 hours as much as you want! The benefit to the Vienna Card is that it enables discounts at some museums and restaurants. In addition, Uber is conveniently available throughout Vienna in just a few taps on your phone.

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In conclusion, I hope these Top Things to Do in Vienna motivate you to explore this breathtaking city in Austria for yourself! If you would like to see more of this beautiful city, check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna! Or if you are interested in other Central European cities, take a look at my Bratislava Travel and Art Guide.

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Vienna is an artistic and intellectual powerhouse! These 20 photos to inspire you to visit Vienna showcase opulent palaces, iconic artists and pristine architecture.

The capital city of Austria is full of life and booming with architecture! The prominent legacy of Vienna was formed by Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Gustav Klimt. Whether you love art, theater, architecture or music, Vienna has it all!

austria-flag-vector-travel-explore-europe-3-fresh-eyesVienna is well known for its imperial palaces which include the Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere Palace and the Hofburg Palace. Naturally, the luxurious interiors and lavish gardens of these amazing properties are fit for royalty.

Undoubtedly, there are many beautiful landmarks worth visiting in Vienna including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Austrian National Library, the State Opera House, Anchor Clock and many more. In the meantime, I hope this photo set inspires you to travel to this treasure of a city!

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Interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
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Hofburg Palace
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Ornaments at the Schönbrunn Palace
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Austrian National Library
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Gardens of the Belvedere Palace
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‘Judith’ by Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere Palace
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St. Stephen’s Cathedral
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The Interior of the Belvedere Palace
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Anchor Clock
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Schönbrunn Palace

“The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.” – Karl Kraus

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St. Peter’s Catholic Church
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Hundertwasser House
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‘Eduard Kosmack’ by Egon Schiele at the Belvedere Palace

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Ceiling of the Austrian National Library
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Vienna State Opera
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Blue Mustard
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Mozart House
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Schönbrunn Palace Details

Without doubt, Vienna’s rich layers of culture and immaculate architecture are astonishing. It is the ideal destination for your next Eurotrip! Finally, I hope these 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna motivate you to travel and explore this cultural gem for yourself.

If you are interested in other travel photography, please check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Switzerland and 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Slovakia!

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Liechtenstein Travel and Art Guide: Day Trip to Vaduz

liechtenstein flag vector mapThis Liechtenstein Travel and Art Guide has everything you need to plan a day trip to Vaduz! Don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden alpine gem and its capital city.

Liechtenstein is a 25km long alpine micro-state that is situated on the border of Switzerland and Austria. It is one of two double-landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan). This means it is completely surrounded by landlocked countries. It makes up for its lack of coastline with stunning mountains! Over half of the surface are of Liechtenstein is covered by the central Alps.


lisa masson overlooking vaduz cathedral and mountains in liechtensteinHere are 10 fun facts about Liechtenstein!

  • 60 million false teeth are created here each year (20% of false teeth in the world)!
  • The average annual wage is ~$115,000USD.
  • The entire country of Liechtenstein can be rented out for $70,000 per day.
  • Snoop Dogg tried to rent the entire country for a music video shoot, but didn’t give enough notice.
  • German is the official language.
  • The population is ~37,000.
  • It’s the most successful country in the Olympics in terms of medals per capita.
  • Liechtenstein has won medals in the Winter Olympics, but not the Summer Olympics.
  • It’s one of the wealthiest countries in the world
  • It’s one of the most expensive European countries to live in.

Vaduz is a perfect destination to add to a trip to the Alps as it is an easy drive to make from Innsbruck, Austria(~2h15m) or Zurich, Switzerland(~1h10m). In addition, public transportation is readily available. Vaduz has a population less than 6,000 and is pristinely clean!

Be sure to check out the exterior of Vaduz Castle! It sits 120 meters above Vaduz and boasts beautiful views of the alps and the Rhine Valley. The princely family lives in the castle, so the interior cannot be visited. Once a year, the head of state invites every resident of the country to a party on the grounds.

Once in Vaduz, walk the Main Square to see many famous landmarks of Liechtenstein. The New Parliament Building is directly next to the Old Parliament building with some beautiful sculptural art across the square.

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If you collect passport stamps like I do (don’t we all?), then stop in to the Tourism Office. It’s just a few meters from the Main Square and they can stamp your passport for about 2 Euros. There is also a stunning sculpture right outside the Tourism Office that is called X Cube!

A short walk from the Main Square in the other direction takes you to Cathedral of St. Florin, or Vaduz Cathedral. It was built in 1874 on the site of earlier medieval foundations.

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The Kunstmuseum is a stunning modern art museum nestled right in the heart of Vaduz. The building itself is architecturally interesting and was designed by Swiss architects Meinrad Morger, Heinrich Degelo and Christian Kerez. The Kunstmuseum houses a beautiful collection of art and a tranquil café. Admission is 15 Swiss Franc and 30-45 minutes is enough time to take in the museum’s offerings.

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In conclusion, I hope this post inspires you to plan a day trip to Liechtenstein! Take in the beauty of the alps and explore Vaduz.

Want to see more of the alps? Check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Switzerland!

Have you been to Liechtenstein? What did you like the most? Let me know below in the comments!

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Bratislava Travel and Art Guide

slovakia outline filled with the Slovak flagHead to Slovakia to your next Eurotrip! This Bratislava Travel and Art Guide will help you explore the stunning capital city of Slovakia– including landmarks, art, restaurants, transportation and accommodation. This affordable, Central European destination is set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary.

Art and Architecture: Slovak Sights to See

A short river walk along the Danube rewards you with scenic views of the beautiful bridges of Bratislava. Most SNP (New Bridge or Most Slovenského národného povstania) is also known as the “UFO bridge” due to the flying saucer form at the top. There is an observation deck and restaurant in it that serves Slovak and International cuisine. Starý Most (Old Bridge) connects the historic old city of Bratislava and the newer region  Petržalka. Most Appolo (Appolo Bridge) has a sleek, modern design and lights up beautifully at night.

The Danubiana Muelensteen Art Museum is a must-see! This modern art museum is situated on a peninsula, surrounded by the Danube. The sculpture garden around the museum features stunning, large scale art installations that are backdropped by breathtaking river views. Above all, the museum is architecturally remarkable! It houses a beautiful café as well. 1-2 hours is plenty of time to explore the museum, café and sculpture garden.

My favorite art nouveau building in Bratislava is St. Elizabeth’s Church. It is known as the Blue Church for it’s vibrant color palette and feels right out of a fairytale.

In addition to art nouveau, there are many architectural influences in Bratislava including gothic, baroque, Hungarian, socialist, futurist and more.

Bratislava is not a massive street art city, but there are some beautiful works to come across especially in the city center! Be sure to take a walk down Dunajská Street and keep your eyes peeled.

A visit to Bratislava would not be complete without seeing Bratislava Castle. It is situated on top of a hill overlooking the Danube.

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Bratislava Castle


It is easy and comfortable to take a train into Bratislava! There are frequent trains from Vienna (~1 hour),  Prague (~4 hours) and Budapest (~2.5 hours). The main train station in the city is Bratislava Hlavná Stanica (usually abbreviated as “Bratislava hl. st.” or “Hlavná stanica”). It is located in the northern part of broader city center. Self storage lockers are available 24/7 outside of the train station at platform 1. Luggage can be stored there for a maximum of 72 hours and the locker accepts 1€ and 2€ coins.

Public transportation in Bratislava is very straightforward. You have to buy your ticket prior to boarding from yellow or orange ticket machines around the city. Tickets are redeemable on trams and buses, just be sure to validate your ticket once you board via the ticket marker. From Bratislava Hlavná Stanica you can easily ride to the city center via Bus 93 (get off at second or third stop) or via Tram 1. After that, the city center is fairly small and you can walk it easily!

Uber is not available in Bratislava, but you can use the HOPIN mobile app to order a taxi, limo or find your right public transportation line.

Where to Eat and Drink:

There are a lot of cute cafés and restaurants in Bratislava. My favorite restaurant is Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar (Bratislava Burgess Brewery) on Drevena Street. Great beers are brewed on site and the food is delicious, traditional Slovakian. Similarly, Pulitzer is a lovely restaurant for a tasty European lunch or dinner also. After that, grab a few drinks at U Zlateho Bazanta right by Kamenné Námestie for a fun, local beerhall atmosphere. For scenic drinks, RIVA Bar and Bistro is located on a boat with a beautiful view of the UFO bridge!

Where to Stay:

If you are keen on renting an apartment, there are many well priced properties available in the city center over on Airbnb. I stayed in a comfortable rental property in the eastern part of Old Town right by the Blue Church for ~$30USD. It also featured interesting local artwork! Click here to see what properties are available.

If hotels are more your style, the Hotel Galeria is an affordable, art-focused hotel which is a quick 4 minute walk from the train station. The hotel itself is a vibrant explosion of color and unique materials. The eclectic feel is carried into the interior design as well. It is a very artistic place to stay and you can even create art of your own on-site. There is a café as well! Click here to book.

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Hotel Galeria

In conclusion, I hope this Bratislava Travel and Art Guide motivates you to explore this beautiful city in Slovakia for yourself! Above all, a Eurotrip is always a good idea!

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Slovakia

Planning a Eurotrip is always a good idea! These 20 photos to inspire you to visit Slovakia showcase my favorite artworks, architecture and beautiful Danube river views of this Central European gem.

The largest and capital city of Slovakia is Bratislava, which is situated on the border of Austria and Hungary. This unique location makes Slovakia very easy to visit on your next multi-city trip (just 1 hour away from Vienna)!

The architecture of this Slovak city is extremely diverse and includes socialist, gothic, baroque, Hungarian, modern and futuristic influences. Don’t miss the chance to experience Braitslava’s Old Town and take in the history, foods and of course ART of Slovakia!

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“Fox” by Fat Heat – Created for the Bratislava Street Art Festival
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Danubiana Muelensteen Art Museum – Permanent Collection
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Most SNP – the UFO Bridge
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The Blue Church
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Danubiana Art Café

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Coral Cloud Sunset over the Danube
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Art Nouveau Architecture at Safarikovo Square
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Sculpture Garden at the Danubiana Muelensteen Art Museum
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“Man at Work” in Old City Bratislava
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Hlavná Stanica- the Central Train Station of Bratislava
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Stary Most and Apollo Bridge
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Kamenne Namestie
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“Blue Bubbles” by Jiri Georg Dokoupil
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Eurovea Artwork – Girl with Umbrella

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Eurovea Shopping Center
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The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
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Bratislava Castle

Want some more information about these places in Slovakia? My Bratislava Art and Travel Guide covers things to do, art to see, where to eat, where to stay, how to get around and much more!

Above all, don’t miss the chance to explore this charming area of Central Europe! Slovakia is a stunning place to visit and also a very affordable country to travel. In conclusion, I hope these 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Slovakia have motivated you to get out and explore this beautiful country for yourself.

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Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) Day in Prague: A Czech Christmas Tradition

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One of the most interesting Czech holidays to observe is Mikuláš Day in Prague! It is a Christmas holiday about St. Nicholas (Mikuláš) which is celebrated throughout Europe. Each country has its own unique traditions and customs for this Christian holiday. In the Czech Republic, it is observed on the 5th of December and centers around three figures: St. Nicholas, an angel (the representation of good) and a devil (the representation of evil). In Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, the trio move about Old Town Square, Christmas markets and around the city.

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Fire Show for Mikuláš Day in Prague

St. Nicholas, or Mikuláš (me-koo-lash) dresses as a bishop in red and white which is based off of the 3rd century bishop St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was believed to be highly invested in the moral development of youth. According to myth, parents would notify St. Nicholas of their children’s good and bad behavior. In turn, St. Nicholas would talk to the children about their deeds.

The angel (anděl) accompanies Mikuláš and rewards the good children with sweets and small gifts with a smile. In this tradition, children also leave their boots out overnight on the 5th so they can be filled with treats by St. Nicholas. If Mikuláš suspects the children have been bad, then they may receive lumps of coal from the devil (čert) who rattles chains, sticks his tongue out and says “bububu” to scare them. The angel dresses in white with feathered wings and the devil wears black or red with horns.

Mikuláš and the angel visit schools often without their other companion, the devil as he is too scary. This is a great holiday to incentivize good behavior in children! In addition, teens and adults dress up on the night of December 5th in the spirit of celebration. I noticed that most people out that night preferred to be devils rather than angels.

There are many events to observe Mikuláš Day in the Czech Republic. I opted to see the fire show in Prague which featured all three figures and some amazing performances. The fire show is held on Mikuláš day at Palackého Namsětí and included stilt walking, juggling, poi, fans, hoops and more.

If you are thinking of celebrating Christmas in the Czech Republic, consider visiting on the 5th of December to observe the unique holiday of Mikuláš Day in Prague! Above all, don’t forget your angel wings or devil horns.

My Move Abroad: A New Life in Europe


There will always be a million reasons NOT to do something, especially when that something involves uprooting your entire life as you know it. The decision to move abroad has quite a few challenges.

Where will you live? Why would you leave your creative, stable job? How will you find work? What will you do with your stuff? How can you move that far from your family? And what about your pets? 

These questions presented a wide variety of obstacles that would easily merit a large enough excuse to stay put in my comfort zone of sunny, beautiful California. However, the thing about comfort zones is that not much grows there. I was ready to shatter mine and move abroad!

A completely new environment piqued my interest and I have always been drawn to European city life. Above all, I wanted to set out on a colossal adventure laced with eye-opening, soul-shaking, perspective-shifting self growth. As I really focused and set plans forth to achieve this challenging dream of life abroad, the countless excuses faded away. I have officially made the jump over to Prague in the Czech Republic without ever having visited before.

Your wildest dreams are worth pursuing!

marcel proust travel quote logo 3 fresh eyesBelieve the one reason something might work rather than the million reasons it won’t. I fully trust that large life adjustments and learning how others live is a catalyst for artistic inspiration and personal growth. Travel has opened my eyes in a lot of ways and I aim to continue that perspective shift by seeing and sharing as much of the world as I can. I hope this blog inspires you to follow your dreams, explore the world and create

I am seeking out the imaginative side of every country on this continent (and some others mixed in as well) while I am based in Prague. In conclusion, I will be sharing my favorite travel destinations, tips, art, events and heaps of photography along the way!

I really appreciate your support! Thanks for joining the adventure : )