Prague to Stockholm Travel Day

We’ve made it to country #5!

We had to wake up at6:45am. Tried to get the kids to eat a few muffins or cereal before our driver arrived at 7:30. We triple checked the apartment before leaving πŸ˜‰ and we were off for the airport. Check in went smoothly and like we’ve experienced most everywhere outside the US, Security was fast, efficient, and not a big deal. Why is that?!

With a small wait before boarding they announced our flight. It suddenly became clear why all these people had lined up before there were even agents at our gate. They just said the flight is now boarding, all passengers please come up. It was a total free for all! The passengers were soon lined up all the way to the gate agents and they couldn’t let anyone through till more people got on the plane. Seemed to us like such an inefficient and silly way to load a plane.

We finally get on and get settled. The kids wanted to sit with Papa and Ty and I lucked our with a whole row to ourselves! Best two hour flight! Aside from being surrounded by socks and screaming young kids. Oh we don’t miss those days.

Landed in Stockholm and it was cold! Everything was frosted over. It was very much like coming home to Alaska at 20 degrees.

Grabbed Papa’s suitcase and got ourselves into a bus into the city. It was a beautiful 40 minute drive. The boys sat in the back and R and I sat near the middle. She listened to Harry Potter and was totally content.

< We got off the bus and R was insisting she was SO hot. Didn't want to wear her coat, let alone, hat and mittens. L started screaming because R got in the stroller and he didn't want to be in the carrier. Just one of those moments when you wonder why is this such a big deal?! After walking to the end of the bus station, I think between the cold and the fussing kiddo Papa was ready to spring for a taxi. πŸ˜‰ We were all pretty excited when we saw where our apartment was located. Right next to the Royal Castle! It's a beautiful area of town.

We were too early to check in so we dropped our luggage off and went to find a Thai restaurant Ty had found for us. The food was good but the bill was quite a shock for us. There was a 12% tax and a 20% tax on top of very high prices!

Typical L restaurant behavior. We’re working on it…

After our meal we walked to tourist shops a bit.

Found an incredible church.

Then we went to investigate the Royal Castle. However, it was closing in 45 minutes so we went to the Royal Armory, which was staying open later. Ty had read you can try on actual armor too!

We saw Royal carriages used by Marie Antoinette alone with examples of their clothes. Pretty hard to picture dressing on that style any more.

At this point we learned the armory was closed for a years renovation. We were all bummed and decided we’d had enough exploring and to go get into our apartment.

It’s quite the building. Up two flights of twisty stairs to our door. Up another flight to the kitchen and dining room. Up another flight to the one bathroom and two bedrooms. Then up one more flight to a living room/bunk room. It’s a lot of stairs! One neat feature is the rooftop deck. It’s totally like the scene from Mary Poppins with the chimney sweeps.

Ty and I left the kiddos with Papa while we went to try and get tickets to the ballet. Ty had found this amazing ballet based on Alice in Wonderland. He was super excited for the kids to see it! But much to our disappointment the only seats available were non-visual seats. Which with a ballet is pretty important. ☹️

We were bummed but went exploring for a bit.

We came across some road construction they were doing, in a giant tent! I guess this is how you can extend the road construction season?

We walked back home and grabbed everyone for some dinner. Ty had found a yummy sounding burger joint near us. But when we found it, it was super packed. So we decided to keep walking but the kids were pretty set on having a burger at this point. So when I saw a sign advertising burgers at an Irish Pub we just went for it.

The burgers were good. My fish and chips (haddock) were just fine. But Papa’s Swedish meatballs where apparently dry and flavorless. Lame! Also everything was super expensive again. Nothing like a $20 bar burger!! 😬

We stopped by a mini mart on the way home to get some water and milk and I saw these candies. I couldn’t figure out why you’d want salt flavored candy. Is the other one supposed to be like a piece of charcoal?

walk home is beautiful. Old very narrow streets.

lly got the kids into bed around 8:30. That’s so late for them but on vacation we’ve learned to roll with it.

Only a few days left before we start making our way back home. Excited to see more of Stockholm tomorrow in the day light and fingers crossed not quite so cold!

Prague Adventures – Day 3

Our last full day in Prague and we had no real agenda. We woke up slowly and when everyone was dressed we went back to the most amazing pancake house, Den Noc. It was just as delicious!

We then decided to hit up some playgrounds and walked around the city center a bit.

We had a snack of a potato tornado along with some corn on the cob.

We walked across the Charles Bridge again. The religious statues lining either side are quite something to see.

This playground is right below the bridge.

We through the streets along the river and brought some old muffins to feed the swans again. R was feeling much braver this time!

On our way to another playground the kids were excited to see the baby bun statues again. It’s the little things in life. πŸ˜†

< On our way back to the playground on Shooter's Island. < With a slow meander back to our apartment. Like I said we had no real plans for today. < We gave the kids a bath. Ty and I packed us as best we could. This was the worst leg of our trip for loosing things. L had a pair of pants get left behind in Bratislava. L lost a mitten and his sunglasses. Ty lost his winter hat. πŸ˜• Except for the pants we figured we must have lost these things while we were out walking. Fallen out of a pocket or from the stroller. Since we are usually very good about double checking ourselves before leaving anywhere. But such is life. Ty found us a wonderful Italian restaurant just around the block from our place.

The we treated the kids to one more cone while Ty and Papa enjoyed the ‘turtleneck’ special again.

R was pretending to be the Statue of Liberty. 😍

After the desserts were enjoyed we walked back to our apartment and got everyone settled into bed. We had an early alarm in the morning to make our 9am flight to Stockholm!

Prague Adventures – Day 2

I’m so thankful I woke up feeling back to normal today. Everyone had some cereal (I had a chocolate roll) and we headed out with a goal of seeing the castle today.

We walked across the city center, and over the beautiful bridge again.

Ty being the smart man he is recommended we get breakfast #2 for the kids before heading into the castle since there may not be food there, and L is hungry like every ten minutes. We stopped at a little side street cafe and had a super yummy breakfast of ham, eggs and toast. The building it was in had been around since the 15th century. It was beautifully restored and I loved how they incorporated the old brick with the new.

We started our way up the hill again to the castle. Always stopping for a photo shoot.

Right outside the gates the views of the city were incredible.

We went inside to get tickets and this began a 30 minute meltdown of epic proportions for L. He wanted a snack and I told him he had to wait since we had just eaten breakfast ten minutes earlier. πŸ™„ This set him off to start fussing and screaming so we wouldn’t let him in the stroller with that behavior.

Well it snowballed till we had to remove him from a church we had attempted to see since the employees were freaking out at us. Papa, R, and I went into the church to see it while Ty stayed or with L.


Ty said everyone was staring at them since L was screaming and fussing. A wonderful local woman even came over and tried to console L in Czech. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I took over after coming out of the church and after about five more minutes I was finally able to distract L a bit. We found the entrance to the church’s tower and he seemed to have calmed enough he wanted to climb it. That seemed to be the end of the freak out, thank goodness! Both kids climbed the tower and enjoyed seeing the big church bells on the way up.

– The views from the top were incredible!

– We climbed down and then it was finally time for a snack. That also seemed to help attitudes. Though how those kids were hungry after the multiple breakfast I have no idea. But we’ve learned, especially while traveling alway have snacks! Food can make a big difference.

We explored the grounds a bit more. They had a big exhibit on the building of the castle and it’s evolution.

– Papa and I then decided we needed to get out of the cold for a bit so it was lunch break at the nearest cafe. They served the best hot chocolate! It was like rich liquid chocolate. No Swiss Miss for them, and it had homemade whipped cream. The kids had yummy chicken strips, while Ty and his dad ate some local fare, schnitzel and goulash.

– After warming up and filling our bellies we headed back out the front gate and continued up the hill. Ty wanted to explore the Petrin Tower, and he’d read there was a mirror maze as well.

The walk up the hill was a bit steep. But again the views are worth it. So neat to be able to look out over the city. We decided against paying to climb another tower. You can see it over Ty’s shoulder here.

– We did pay for the mirror maze. It sounded really fun. It was the oldest mirror maze in Europe, over 100 years.

– The maze part was quite short. I think we’re all just used to things on a bigger scale now. But you can see the woodwork was beautiful. What R especially loved was the fun house mirror area. She was cracking up like mad! Ty tried to capture a few gems of us all.

– After the mirror maze we found a playground right next door to the Funicular.

– We then took the funicular down the hill.

– They’re always a fun little ride. From here we walked to the John Lennon wall. Basically a wall with his photo spray painted on it and graffiti all over it.

– We walked back to the city center and found a little Mexican restaurant. The food was really good! Afterwards we got the kids small ice cream cones.

– Walked home, let the kids play a bit before getting them to bed at a decent hour. Ty and I did some laundry. I’ve been blogging and it’s now 9pm. Happy to have a bit of time to relax before calling it a night.

Tomorrow is our last day in Prague and we don’t have any set plans. R requested getting her portrait done. πŸ˜† It’s nice having a bit of an openday.

Added: Ty just informed me we did 17,000 steps today!! No wonder we’re freaking tired!

Prague Adventures – Day 1

Papa slept in today and since it was Sunday I asked Ty to find out what time mass was near by us. He found a close church that showed a 10am mass so we got dressed and headed out. We walked across the square and were sad to see they were taking down the Christmas market. Our first night here. When we only got a glimpse of it would be our only experience with it.

The church Ty found was beautiful but I had my doubts it was Catholic.

Then the female pastor comes out and I knew for sure it wasn’t! But we stayed and prayed for about 15 minutes. It was cold in that open stone building but they had heated church pew pads and those big outdoor space heaters. The kids read through all the books they got and started to get restless. We didn’t know what they were saying, let alone what we were praying for so we decided to leave. We tried to find another church but all appeared to be done with mass.

So after some quick research Ty found us this amazing and tiny pancake restaurant, called Den Noc right around the corner from our apartment.

We’re already planning on going back on Tuesday. They warned us they would be closed on Monday. ☺️

From there we explored the city square a bit.

< We walked across a beautiful bridge and found a large group of swans. Some people were feeding them and L was trying his best to pet them. R really wanted to but she was freaked out by how aggressive they were. < I found an old granola bar we had that no one wanted so we feed that to the swans to get a little closer to them. They were huge! < R was so proud she actually touched one. πŸ˜„ We walked from there across the city. Why does it seem that most bridges in Europe people feel the need to put locks on?

I loved this nativity. Also check out the blond curls on Jesus!

Found some random statues.

Took some selfies by a cool bridge on Shooter’s Island. L was feeling a bit grumpy so we went with it!

Then we found a small playground that the kids had a blast at. We pretended each section of the ropes course was some new and terribly dangerous situation, volcano, crocodiles, ravenous tiger, and such. Made a simple playground much more entertaining!

We continued alone the edge of the river to an area called Nove Mesto. Everywhere you looked the buildings were incredible. Such details and colors.

We found another playground for the kids. This one on Slovansky Island. This one was better but it was starting to get quite cold so Ty and I moved them along after maybe 15 minutes of playing.

We were slowly making our way back to the apartment but found a super market and stopped for some supplies or the apartment, sandwiches, and donuts for lunch.

We decided to go to another nearby playground and have our lunch there. This playground seemed awfully babyish to us but don’t discount the kids imagination. They had a great time on the three things that were there.

So we ate and let the kids play for a bit before I started to get very cold. We bundled up and headed for the apartment. Making a brief stop for Ls first visit to Hooters! 😳 Just so we could all use the bathroom of course. Thank goodness for those nice waitresses! πŸ˜†

t a nap on the way back in the carrier. We tried to encourage R to nap since we knew it’d be a late night but she wasn’t having it. We got back to the apartment about 4pm and I laid down. Tried to take a nap since I wasn’t feeling that great but napping with kids barging in and out of the room isn’t really a possibility. While I rested a bit Ty researched what shows that evening might be best for all of us to see. A few people had recommended the black light theaters. Ty found one loosely based on Alice in Wonderland so he booked us the 7pm show which was about the earliest he could find.

The show we saw was called Aspects of Alice. It was supposed to be based on the relationship Lewis Carrol had with the sick girl he based Alice on. Honestly the show was a bit trippy/psychedelic. The kids were hoping for something more Alice in Wonderland so trying to explain what it actually was, was hard. But they did good and enjoyed most of the performance. There was a bit with some clowns that had them laughing out loud they loved it so much.

Afterwards they like to show the audience how the show is created. R volunteered to be a helper and they had her dress up as a clown and perform the stunt. It was SO cute! I have a video of it but no idea how to attach it.

is her after the show with Alice and the main clown.

the drindl came back again for last nights show. Gotta look you best when going to a performance right?!

We walked the kids home with Papa and it was about 9pm. Gave them some cereal and left them in Papa’s capable hands to get them to bed. Ty and I took off for a date night!

After being propositioned for some weed right outside our apartment we decided to head into the square and look for food. Neither one of us was that hungry so we actually just grabbed hot dogs from a local vendor. We’re so fancy!

e our meal out took all of ten minutes we decided to go explore, the kids weren’t in bed yet so why go home?

eautiful everywhere you go! I also worked on my ‘tourist’ pose.

hen grabbed a local specialty before heading back to the apartment. They’re called Trdelnik, but I just translate it to turtlenecks. πŸ˜‰ These are made of dough that are wrapped around a large dowel which is then cooked over charcoal. Rolled in cinnamon and sugar then filled with either chocolate sauce, apple strudel, ice cream, or topped with homemade whipped cream and fruit. So good!!

– After devouring one and giving the other to Papa, Ty and I ended the day relaxing with some Stranger Things on Netflix. It was a long but wonderful day!

Bratislava to Prague Travel Day

We lucked out with free hotel breakfast again this morning. The European breakfast buffet is quite the spread! Crepes, waffles, omelets, muffins, smoked salmon, yogurt, cakes, cookies, fresh fruit, and on and on. So many options! We were also the family getting snickered at for wearing our hotel slippers to breakfast. But when you only brought one pair of shoes it’s nice to get a bit of variety.

After breakfast we packed up but left our suitcases at the hotel. We got an Uber to the zoo. Figured it would be a good way to spend a few hours before our 2 o’clock train to Prague.

This zoo was way more impressive then any of us expected.

How cute are those meerkats?! Also you have to get a kick out of signs in different countries.

We did see a guy peeing off the side of a trail later so I guess it’s a necessary sign. πŸ˜’ It was feeding time for the big cats, and they were so close to the glass. Very neat to watch!


They had a Dinosaur Park which was hilarious due to the tarps but also a big hit.


After the Dino Park we hiked up a trail through the woods following the signs for the white rhino. It was quite sketchy, with mud, rocks and leaves all over. An abandoned house off to one side. But sure enough we eventually came up to the backside of some enclosures.


These are supposed to be white rhinos.


The level of security at these places is definitely more lax than in the US. πŸ˜„ So you know us Americans have to push the boundary a bit.

The kids enjoyed the playgrounds before we left.

We went back to the hotel, grabbed our bags and made it to the train station with 40 minutes to spare this time. Much more relaxed! We grabbed some sandwiches and hot dogs for lunch and watched L chase the pigeons.

After our train arrived we got settled in for a 4 hour ride.

Enjoyed some show time and the views along the way.

Arrived in Prague just after 6pm and wonderfully our AirBnB rental offered a driver to pick us up. Such a nice detail not to have to arrange.

After two weeks in hotels it feels good to be in an apartment with a living room and kitchen again. This place is beautiful and located right in the heart of things.

We had a delicious Indian meal. Felt like the kids were a bit frowned upon just for their existence but it wasn’t the worst reception we’ve ever gotten. Ty took the kids back for bed and Papa and I explored the center a bit while trying to find some groceries.

After a small money snafu and wandering the streets a bit, we managed to locate a few small provisions and are now back relaxing in the apartment while the kids sleep. Excited to explore more of Prague tomorrow as I’ve never heard anything but amazing reviews of this place.