Cheap Day of Bars and Fun: Prague

Joystick Arcade Bar. Prague, Czech Republic. February 2019.

Every time I find that my travel budget has gone awry I don’t have to look much further than my stack of food and snacking receipts – and yes, I am counting drinks here since eating and drinking generally go hand in hand.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t indulge in some local cuisine – local food and drinks are huge parts exploring local culture – but I might suggest going somewhere properly local instead of somewhere set up for tourists or food you could get cheaper and still indulge your non-local food needs.

We accidentally spent a whole day bouncing around checking out the food and drinking scene – well, as much as you can dragging two teenagers (and their parents) around with you. I say accidentally because our plans for the day were short, not well thought out, and then kept falling through. We started at the Mucha Museum – it was fun but for the price, I don’t recommend it for people who aren’t already fans – and then went to the Jewish Cemetary but none of the tickets options suited us and were more expensive than our group was willing to put in.

For lunch, I broke my own rule, but in the end, it was well worth it. We had a few people who, for all their want of travel, could not handle eating out of their comfort zone; hence, we were on the hunt for a good burger joint.

We ended up at Sad Man’s Tongue Bar and Bistro in Old Town. This is an Ex-pat (the UK kind rather than the US), dressed in a hipster-retro vibe – it’s all pinups and the rockabilly sentimentality, rather than your usual US soda shop aesthetic you see in American counterparts. The burgers, fries, and every drink we ordered were fantastic. Just be aware that when they warn you about a large or messy burger, they mean it! For what I’d prefer to pay for lunch, this was expensive, but it was really reasonable for what we ordered.

On top of the aesthetic and food, we love this place because of the service and the awesome manager. Everyone was lovely but at the end of the meal Ryan (just being Ryan) struck up a conversation with what ended up being the manager – he really wanted to know what inspired the theme (we’d been discussing their accents and wondered if it was a big ex-pat crowd working and as customers). Turns out that most people working here are ex-pats but they get a huge mix of customers.

The conversation ended up leading to drinks on the house and the manager writing us a list of cool bars to check out. Some of these were just cool local hangouts, where others had more tourist draw but he said they were well worth it.

In the end, we ended up at two of his suggestions (and I am sad to say I misplaced this list between then and now).

First up was Hany, BanyUpon entering and first interaction, we were a little underwhelmed. This is definitely a locals place on a small street, and we were obviously not from around here. The bartender was a little terse, at least by American standards but the longer we sat, the better I felt about it.

The owner of this pub is a huge fan of Pulp Fiction, so posters and memorabilia are everywhere – this is the reason it ended up on our list. But the best part of this pub is that everything is cheap! We were only here for a drink and an easy afternoon, but we could have happily hit here multiple times to eat based on the smell of pub food and prices. I had a grog and it was a little different than I’d expected but I really enjoyed it. I think Hany, Bany is were Ryan convinced me that trying Grogs whenever they are on the menu should become our own personal tradition.

And then on the far end of the spectrum is the Joystick Arcade Bar. This one was a little bit harder to find (its entrance is inside a small shopping center) and going down the stairs made us a little apprehensive. But then you open the door!

Along one wall is a mural of classic videogame characters and then walls of videogames and pinball machines. You will need cash – you can exchange for coins at the bar – but it’s all really cheap. I didn’t get a drink here (our first two stops were enough for me) but Ryan and I loved playing Dance Revolution with the teenagers in the group. Ryan is far too good at this game, for anyone who is interested.

To keep things under control, you should definitely take out any cash you want to spend and you are cut off as soon as you run out!

Will I visit these bars when I head back to Prague this summer? Maybe. Even so, I will definitely be mentioning them as real possibilities.

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Cheap Day of Bars and Fun: Prague

The Truth about the Prague Sex Machine Museum.

When I first started looking into things to do in Prague, I saw a few things about the Sex Machine Museum and heard giggled conversation about it from a friend who hadn’t gone herself but heard it was ‘interesting’ (which she definitely said hesitantly) but not really something she was interested in seeing. I read a few more reviews after that conversation and put it on the maybe list – I have enough knowledge of human sexuality that I thought it could be interesting.

I am so glad that Ryan and I went!

I won’t lie, if you are squeamish about sex, you will be uncomfortable walking through this multi-story museum. If a machine has been built or used historically for sex or the sex industry, you can bet some version of it is in one of the exhibits, alongside pictures and a vintage (and I mean black and white, no dialogue vintage!) adult film (this is in its own screening room so easily avoided if that pushes you too far).

And yes, quite frankly, some things were startling and others hilarious – do you know how many people have designed furniture and pillows that are secretly sex toys? Well, now I have seen them and I don’t know that they will fool people for very long!

But I titled this The Truth about the museum, so let me get to my point:

This was so incredibly interesting as someone with a liberal arts education and a love of history, sociology, and sexuality. If you get past all of the phallic objects, lingerie, images, and massive machines and actually read about when and how and by who these devices were made, you will be in equal parts angry and intrigued – at least I was.

Honestly, it seemed like half of the machine’s origins were created to calm Female Hysteria (some even designed to a woman could still do chores and cure herself…) while the others were created by Madames who made them for the pleasure of the clientele of both genders. Ryan was cracking up as I kept jumping from outraged feminist to spouting the ingenuity of women.

But my favorite part was probably the old Grecian shoes – these platform-wedge sandals were studded on the sole to read something along the lines of “follow me” to advertise where a customer could go to find a prostitute. They literally had shoes that advertised their business in the dirt!

That is not to say there isn’t a downside:

I turned this museum into a learning experience but to say most of the people visiting didn’t seem to share my interests would be a major understatement. It doesn’t really matter when you go, there is always a crowd in the museum so if you are thinking you’ll be able to make it easier because you aren’t going in without a giant group: don’t get your hopes up.

But more than the crowds, the behavior, and specific and easily spotted groups were what bothered me. I can handle the giggling groups of both men and women who are looking and making jokes rather than trying to read about the object’s history – yes, many of them have that! – but there was a group of boys who were loud and (I cringe thinking about it) actually touched one of the exhibits – a device that was used to calm female hysteria in a prison. Yes, they actually read what the device was and talked about it loudly, but no amount of reading about history excuses touching!

I don’t care what kind of museum you are in, ladies and gentlemen, but unless it explicitly tells you that you may touch something, touch nothing!

Again, I will always recommend going to the Sex Machine Museum, but hope that when you do you keep an open mind and your hands to yourself!

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The Truth about the Prague Sex Machine Museum.

Travel Testing Friends (and knowing when to quit)

Prague, Czech Republic. February 2019.

Before heading out to Prague, this is a question that had passed through my mind a few times: Can you and should you travel test friends? After all, if a romantic relationship can fall apart based on the ability to talk and compromise and work together while traveling, can’t the same be said for friendships?

Now, this isn’t me saying that if you can’t travel well with a friend, it should be the end of a friendship, but in my experience, it doesn’t bode well.

While planning our group trip to Prague, I really felt that this was a group (at least the adults since they are the people I’d most likely travel with) and I could travel with. Since we are all here for a few more years, we even started talking about different places we might go without the rest of our families. Alas, this is now completely off the table.

You can never know how things will be before you start to travel, however, there can be some clues that depending on your situation can be indicators to watch out for.

When we were planning, three of us got together to do some planning. I thought we would go over some ideas of what we would like to see, what we had researched, definite dos and don’ts, and then find a place to stay that was cheap enough for all of us but close to everything. In the end, we found a place that we were fairly sure was nice, had everything we would need and was very affordable. But that was it.

I had so much I wanted to do and see and had sent information out to the group to help plan, but it quickly became clear that they weren’t really planning how to tackle this amazing and packed city. On our first night in Prague, I pulled out my research and my break down of the city, trying to figure out how we could do all of the amazing things I had researched and picked out, but it turned out that no one else had really done any research. More than that, they weren’t really interested in that research. 

I don’t want to go over every small conflict, because in the end, what I found was that even if we were friends at home before this trip, it doesn’t mean that we meshed well outside our normal parameters.

When I travel, I try to get as much out of every day; they were home by 5 each night, watching TV with chips and guacamole – they brought supplies from Germany for this purpose, which I must admit still makes no sense to me.

Each day, Ryan and I ended up going off by ourselves to try and see what we could when the others went back to the apartment but we still didn’t manage everything on our list – there simply wasn’t enough time when you didn’t have a plan!

This was hardest on Ry who really tried to find things every day that could be enjoyed by everyone. He was heartbroken that they ran through the castle complex in less than three hours and that the kids were rushed more than anything. But then when he really tried to find cool active things to do (since traditional ‘culture’ sites didn’t see to be of interest) like escape rooms and or themed bars (I’ll be writing about those later), they shrugged those options off as well.

In the end, it wasn’t hard for us to figure out that this just wouldn’t work out and that we wouldn’t be doing this again. We only wished we had figured out after the first day rather than try to make it work through the whole weekend. But we live and we learn.

As I said, just because you can’t travel together doesn’t mean the friendship will end, but you should always be careful – whether or not you mean it, travel can be the make or break of any kind of relationship.

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Travel Testing Friends (and knowing when to quit)

Prague’s Palace Complex

View from the Palace. Prague, Czech Republic. February 2019.

Last week, I talked about Prague and some of the ways we saved money running around this amazing city and now we’ll be diving into the biggest place we saved: The Prague Palace Complex.

In case you missed last week, we saved by getting a Circuit ticket (specifically circuit A) which included the most sites within the complex. These are The Old Royal Place,’The Story of Prague Castle’ exhibition, The Cathedral of Saint Vitus, Saint Wenceslas Cathedral, The Church of Saint Adalbert, Saint George’s Basilica, Golden Lane (Daliborka and Powder Towers), and The Rosenberg Palace.

Yes, this is a lot. But for a single ticket, you have two days to complete whatever sites are included in your ticket package. Photographers out there (no matter your dispersion method), for an extra but minimal fee, you can take pictures in some of the buildings and the signs are very clear whether you can or can’t – with no flash obviously! And yes, you may be asked to present your photography license, so it is worth it to buy it.

We loved the Palace complex and while the rest of our group sped through all the sites, Ryan and I spent almost a whole day going through every inch of the place but we actually managed a single day – easily 6 hours of wandering.

I will be honest: I can’t take you through everything we did here, but I’ll go over some stuff and tips and, to start: This is absolutely a place that should not be missed or dismissed because of long lines (which there always are)!

There are multiple lines you have to endure in order to visit the Palace: security and the ticket line. Both of these get long but again, very worth it and one of the reasons I think the ticket runs for two days (in case you run later than expected in high season!). As always, the best way to get through these is to show up early – travel is not the time to sleep in, guys!

But there is a second tip for getting into the palace quickly: after security, there is a ticket booth within the open square (the one with what looks like a giant birdcage) and you can’t miss it because there is always a huge queue coming out of it. Go past all of those people and through the arches where you will see the front of the cathedral and to the left is a ‘secret’ ticket counter. Most people don’t notice this secondary ticket office and when we were there no one was redirecting people here, however, it has all of the same options as the busy office with much less time wasted!

One last money matter before diving in: have spare change for the bathroom because I didn’t see a free public toilet in the city, let alone in the palace area.

When approaching the whole mass of sites you can see within the complex, my big advice is don’t worry about the order. Going through the list may help you keep the history in order but even that isn’t guaranteed. The castle was build up and additions were made throughout the history of the palace so the history is extremely intermixed.

If you like history and the folk tales that become interwoven with them, pay really close attention. Different characters within the history share names and they all did a lot – if you are trying to figure out who did what and which legend belongs to whom, pay attention to everything!

While you are at it, make sure you hit every room and every corner. There were tons of really cool features that seemed nestled in corners, including old prison cells and kitchens with toilets in them! One of the legends found in these nooks also happens to span countries – we ended up hearing more about the Robin Hood-like legend and its tragic ending when visiting another castle in Slovenia!

A whole lot of this complex feels like old historic buildings that are in some form or another transformed into museums, but don’t worry! these areas are amazing for kids! My advice (and this may be my industry Masters) but don’t rush them or yourself through! There are games and scavenger hunts through the exhibits – at least one or two per room. There are etchable as well as touchable clues and answers throughout the exhibits and even as a mid-twenty-something, it was so much fun to explore!

Again, I am not going into too much detail because every part of this was fantastic and there is just too much to truly go over, but I cannot emphasize enough not to skip over Golden Lane and the Towers because they are busy. These were honestly some of my favorite parts.

The thing to note is the hallways and especially the staircases of Golden Lane are thin and often crowded so moving can be difficult (you may want to hit this earlier as crowds may be thinner) but with all the history within each house and the armory up the stairs, it is absolutely worth it more than just the Instagram photo of the colorful exteriors.

When you finish the complex, I really recommend walking up the road rather than back toward the bridge and old town. If you keep heading up, you will have great views and pass through lesser walked areas of the city with very cute shops until you end at Petrin Hill – which I talked about last time. It’s a really great walk and takes you just outside of the normal tourist zone. this can make people a little nervous but, trust me, just keep heading up and you’ll be on more familiar ground before you know it!

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Prague’s Palace Complex

Planning Prague: Save Money

Prague, Czech Republic. February 2019.

Anyone who has read this blog longer than the revival knows that I am a girl who likes to go with a plan. I am all for being spontaneous but if you want to see as much as you can and in turn save money that could be put towards future travels my answer is always the same: go in with research and a plan.

As I have said, now that I am married and traveling in very different circumstances, I am much more aware of every new expense in our lives and weigh the money we spend very carefully.

On top of all that, we were traveling with new people and every time that happens you have to take into consideration what other people may want to see, their budget, group or individual game plans, and their style of travel – but that is another post….

I tried to do something a little different this time around when it came to visiting Prague. I still used Google Maps – there really is nothing better for tracking where the things you want to see are and how long it takes to get from one to the other! – but instead of doing a day by day breakdown, I broke the city into parts and started from there:

Basically, I found that I had three areas, plus Charles’ Bridge that I would really want to explore:


We were staying just outside of Old Town so we walked through here pretty consistently. In this section was Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (which is one of the locations that inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle), Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Tower,  and finally, The Estates Theater.


This is all below Old Town but still walkable, at least if you have decent walking shoes which are kind of a must in Prague. South of Old Town is much more spread out but unless you have tons you want to do in this part of the city, it’s easiest to keep it all as one section.

The southern part of the city contains The Sex Machine Museum which is on the border of Old Town, The Mucha Museum, Wenceslas Square and the National Museum, and the Dancing House. There are also art pieces by David Cerny, a local street artist, throughout this section of the city, so just wandering is a great option here!


This one pretty much covers itself and it’s free unless you buy any of the knick-knacks from the vendors lining the bridge. The views of and from the bridge are spectacular, but beware of your timing! This is a huge thoroughfare so you can definitely get run over by human traffic if you stop in the middle and it’s so crowded getting a clutter-free picture really is impossible.


In terms of what to see and how you can save money, this side of the bridge is where you will probably spend the most time and money! You have The Prague Palace Complex which includes The Old Royal Place,’The Story of Prague Castle’ exhibition, The Cathedral of Saint Vitus, Saint Wenceslas Cathedral, The Church of Saint Adalbert, Saint George’s Basilica, Golden Lane (Daliborka and Powder Towers), and The Rosenberg Palace; Petrin Hill which houses a park and a couple of attractions (we’ll talk about these in a future post) as well as The Monastery and a couple other restaurant options; There are also a few beautiful gardens if you are there in spring or summer – namely The Grotta and Havlicek Gardens; and finally, Lennon’s Wall, however, I heard from friends that this one was pretty covered over by graffiti and underwhelming.

Now this isn’t to say we hit all of this, because it is a lot but had we made some different choices, our three days really could have handled this load. Still, that doesn’t answer how it saved us money.

Prague is a party town that is also full of history, so if you don’t plan on partying all weekend and you don’t mind wandering about 5 minutes outside of the tourist district, you really can find great places to eat and see for really cheap. It also seemed like everywhere that was touristy had pretty amazing deals for families, so as long as you avoid the traps, even a group with kids can save!

Let’s get the big one out of the way: The Palace Complex.

Talking about this will be a post all on its own, so we are going to stick to budgets here. The price for this attraction is broken down into different circuits that group the varied attractions within the complex so you can pick whatever works for your group. We picked Circuit A which has everything listed above after the Palace Complex – this had the best price for the most places within the complex.

Of course, it doesn’t cover everything; some things you can only purchase on their own, but it was an amazing day for Ryan and I. Plus, this ticket let’s you explore over the course of two days, so if you want to space things out, you absolutely can.

And again, about the affordability with children: Ryan and I spent the same amount of money on these tickets as our friends and their two kids! The only downside is that these family tickets requires the family stays together going into every exhibition and you can only enter them once – it is litterally one ticket for the entire family.

Going into the Towers at Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock have a similar family deal.

Petrin Hill can be a money hole if you don’t go in prepared (it is pretty minor, however, every penny matters, right?), especially because not all the attractionas are as good or strong as others but you can buy a ticket for about seven dollars to get into everything – I honestly recommend the Tower, but everything else is kind of a bust.

Finally, everything else of note was either around ten euros, for donation which gets used for upkeep, or completely free.

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Planning Prague: Save Money

Driving and Parking in Europe

Our experience of driving in Europe isn’t necessarily the norm – I’ve never rented a car in Europe but now that we live here, we have had to get used to a lot of craziness as to native Angelenos we were not expecting! Growing up driving in LA, you get used to people talking about crazy drivers and traffic and freeways and speeding and terrible parking, but this is nothing like what we have experienced here.

First off, living here and driving means we are required to get a German drivers license as well as an International drivers license for crossing borders which involved taking a driver’s class and testing to make sure you understand German driving laws. Overall, this isn’t too bad since most of the laws are fairly common sense as long as you understand European street signs.

The biggest part of driving in Europe is the policy of Confidence which basically means if you are driving, the police and other drivers will assume and behave like you know what you are doing and if something occurs because you are too timid or don’t know what you are doing, it is your fault.

This can be very, very stressful. I remember sitting in the back of the car in Prague where we crossed a five-point intersection that had so much cross traffic and an array of lights and signs but no lines indicating which direction each lane was supposed to go. The street included trolly tracks and a very uneven surface. We honestly had no idea how we managed it not once but twice because this bit of craziness was very busy. Plus, after a certain time, many street lights are turned off and you have to simply know the rules in order to get through a city. Again: Confidence.

Most Americans have assumptions about driving in Europe because of the autobahn and can’t wait to get on the road to really hit the gas. There are two points to this: First, if you drive recklessly, you are violating the policy I talked about before and that will nail you; second, unlike in the States, when there are speed limits posted, they are actual speed limits. In the states, you can be ticketed for speeding but especially in places like LA going 80 on the freeway is generally considered the speed of traffic and you don’t have to worry about it.

In Europe that is simply not the case: the speed limit is an actual limit even when it is not specifically posted (such as entering and exiting towns). You are expected to know what you are doing and follow those rules. You can also be cited for violations picked up by speed cameras which go up and down constantly. Living here, we are notified when large speed traps go up all over town – they are legally required to – but if you are visiting, you won’t know until the ticket gets to your house. Well, if you aren’t pulled over for it immediately, in which case you may have to pay a fine on the spot and while being very, very polite.

Let me make something clear: Europeans drive insanely and they do not always obey rules, especially speed limits. They will ride your bumper if you obey the rules, but stay calm and keep going. You really don’t want to deal with fines and figuring out how international marks might affect your ability to drive and the status of your license at home.

Also, the alcohol limit is much lower than in the US so if you have had any alcohol, have another person drive. In that vein, if you are pulled over and given a citation, do not go home and drink! After a citation, the police can follow up and breathalyze you then; if you score, the law’s assumption is that you were driving under the influence. Yep.

Now that the Legal part is over, parking in Europe is crazy…. mostly because many times it involves having your car up on the sidewalk.

European streets are tiny and oftentimes even without cars parked Ryan and I constantly second guess whether we are driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction – and then they add cars parked on the sidewalk!

If you are uncomfortable parking like this, there are always parking lots or actual spots along the street but cash is a must and it can get fairly expensive. Even hotels that say they have parking when you book sometimes email you about the fee that parking with them actually is – yes, this has actually happened to us!

That isn’t to say that there aren’t cheap ways to park and explore places when traveling – they just tend to look a little bit sketchier. Also, as a rule, never keep anything (valuable or not) in your car visible when you are out exploring. The rule is if you have left something out, you have unduly made your car a target so any damage or problems that can occur are partially your fault and responsibility.

If you are driving in going across borders there are also a few things to know:

When you cross borders, even open borders, there are sometimes signs that indicate differences in road rules. Take a picture of these! Generally, the rules are pretty similar, but little things like the unposted speed limits can vary as much as 10 kilometers an hour. Having a picture of these rules can be a very handy guide to take with you.

More importantly, are Driver Vignettes. These are tolls and placards that you buy crossing borders which allow you to drive for a designated time in that country without registering the vehicle there. The prices vary from place to place and depend on the length of time from a few days to a year, allowing you to drive in or through the country. And yes, on a road trip, every country you pass through required one. So, driving from Germany to Slovenia required that we buy two vignettes; one for Slovenia and on for Austria even though we never stopped in the latter.

Finally, while vignettes have been described to me as a kind of toll, this isn’t like buying a toll pass in many places in the states. Just because you have bought and displayed proper vignettes does not mean you have paid any and all tolls you come across in another country. In Slovenia, the vignette was about 15 euro for about a week of driving, but there are also multiple tunnel tolls between the border and the capital city and you need money (between 7 to 12 Euro) for each.

So when you plan to drive, I have some advice: have cash on hand (it is just simpler and quicker and sometimes the only option) and budget as much as you can ahead of time. There are a lot of rules to driving in Europe posted and unposted so be careful, be safe, and consider public transportation when you can!

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Driving and Parking in Europe

Half a Day in Wurzburg


Wurzburg Palace and Gardens. January 2019.

Two friends and I really needed to hit an athletics store that would sell swimsuits year round (because of course we did) and, since the closest store is about an hour away, we decided to throw a little extra fun into the trip. This felt especially urgent to one of the companions who simply couldn’t understand how neither of us had ever visited this cute little stop in Germany. She had no choice but to correct this problem and I love that she did!

We didn’t have much time out because of school timing, but we decided that we could very easily accomplish The Wurzburg Palace to help make the trip worthwhile. And the palace was so worth it.

Parking at the palace is a little weird but the rates are really good. The weird part about the parking lot is that while it is within a city and therefore meant to house a lot of cars, it’s also a huge part of the square in front of the palace gates which has a statue at the top with no directional lines of how to drive through the square or really where to park. it was the weirdest thing having to avoid pedestrians and drive through the open center when the closest side was full.

If you are an English speaker, especially if you have a sense of humor, take the tour even if you have to wait a little while. In that time, you can wander around the gardens or the palace itself – you don’t need to do the tour in order to see the whole palace but it helps to get all the fun information.

We all loved our guide. He was very sassy and made a lot of jokes at every countries expense – there were a whole lot of American jokes to be made thanks to the world fresco – but he was very tactful and read our group well enough to hit all the right notes. It can be difficult to do so I was impressed. He also wasn’t shy about sharing his knowledge beyond what was in the palace; our guide thought it was hilarious that he traveled all the way New York only to discover pieces from “his palace” sitting in the exhibits of the MET!

The art featured and that makes up this palace is magnificent. The stucco work is world class and I implore you to listen to everything your guide has to say about the White Room – I liked our guide’s suggestion that if you wanted to sit in that room for longer with kids, you should have them play Count the Dragons. There are so many interwoven all in beautiful white stucco and I could cry thinking about how the whole room was done by hand, each section had to be done very precisely but quickly to not let the stucco dry before you were done shaping the pieces.

The frescos are also amazing but you have to pay attention to all the details. Spoilers: skip to the next photograph if you don’t want to know: the ostrich, in particular, in the Americas’ fresco above the stairs is the scariest thing I have ever seen. The animals can be scary enough when angry so I would hate to see what they could do with the legs they have in the painting!

Every room and piece of art have so many tiny details from painting appearing to jump out of the frames and others that actually do. But there are also details like fabric drapings that aren’t even fabric! These designers and artisans were brilliant. As someone who has studied art, I was blown away completely.

The funniest pieces for our group to discuss were probably the chandeliers. You aren’t likely to see chandeliers like this in any period film – generally, you see gold and some glass but nothing like in Wurzburg. If you wanted to show your wealth in this time, you bought Venetian glass and for a little extra, colored glass that was blown and shaped. These were definitely of the time and we delighted ourselves debating which were the ugliest (by today’s standards of course) and which ones we thought would cost more – we were always very wrong.

Plus there’s a pretty cool fact: these chandeliers were moved across Germany in butter! Yes, butter from the kitchen because soft enough not to break the Venetian glass but sturdy enough that it can handle shaking when being transported across country roads without modern shock absorbers.

The end of the official tour isn’t the end of what you can see in the palace so don’t run off just because the guide leaves you! You can still walk through the women’s quarters and you absolutely should. When entering this wing, you should ask about the differences time has made on the wallpaper of the first room and the techniques they used. It is already beautiful aged but it would have been striking in its day – it was all of our favorite room.

There is also an art gallery which is included in the ticket price. it’s all pretty normal fare but I laughed at how many pieces I recognize.

This was right at the beginning of the new year, so we took a quick walk around the gardens which are free to see but I can only imagine how beautiful they would be now that it is Spring or later in the summer and the foliage fills out.

After the palace, we ended up finding an amazing vegan and vegetarian restaurant, Burgerheart Wurzburg (one of my companions is vegetarian so we were loooking for interesting food that she could have too) to grab a bite at and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Every this was amazing but definitely ask which burgers are made in house – there is at least one that isn’t and if you are hitting a trendy vegan place, why’d you want to buy something that was frozen and shipped?

Then we were off on our shopping trip.

If I had been able to spend the whole day, I would have loved to climb up to the fortress. Apparently, this is a fairly quick hike but it is cool and has great views.

Who knows, now that the garden should be in bloom and Ryan is getting more used to traveling with me, we can hit the palace again and add in the fortress. I will never knock second visits to truly magnificent places!

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Half a Day in Wurzburg