Two hours by coach along a mountain pass. Sitting outdoors at a cafe by an offshoot of the Urubamba river. A shaky, late night train journey. Running through an empty marketplace in the dark and down the railway tracks. A tour briefing, tickets handed over. One short night in a hotel with water on one side and rails on the other. A 4am start, queueing down the high street of a small town in the dark with hundreds of other foreigners to the land. Boarding the third bus to arrive, sitting separately and crammed in with tourists holding their breath. A 20 minute ride up, 400 metres higher above the sea, round hairpin bends as the light slowly started to emerge behind the mountains. At the top, through the gates, down a stone path seen so many times on screens, awaiting the view you know lies at the end of it.
This was our journey to Machu Picchu.
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Pisac, Cusco Region, Peru
So at the beginning of June, my husband and I set off on a very long journey to the Southern Highlands of Peru; specifically the city of Cusco, with plans to visit Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu from there. I’ve wanted to visit Peru for as long as I can remember so this was a huge deal for me! This will be a very photo-heavy post but I’ll talk about what we did in between shots.
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After spending a couple of days in Salzburg, we took the Westbahn over to Vienna. I have to say, although the two cities are only two and a half hours away from each other, they are completely different. Salzburg’s traditional Austrian countryside charm was far behind us and, as obvious as it sounds, we were very aware that we were in a bustling European capital city. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we preferred Salzburg, but Vienna certainly had it’s charms – some of our highlights were St. Stephens Cathedral and the Natural History Museum.
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So at the start of April, our first ever joint travel expedition took place and we settled on Austria. I put the idea out there when I saw the most beautiful photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg on Google (perhaps the most well-known feature of Salzburg.) Becky agreed that we definitely needed to visit. We spent two days in Salzburg and then travelled via train to Vienna, where we spent three days. We didn’t know how we were going to present all the photos we both took but we finally decided on splitting them between the two cities. So, in this first post, we hope you enjoy Salzburg through our eyes and we both agree when we say we would definitely recommend this city – it really is as beautiful as it looks.
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So before we actually show you our generic tourist-esque photos from out trip to Austria (and there’s a lot) I decided to give you a teaser featuring my favourite things in the world, dogs! And yes, I’m one of those annoying people that shout ‘DOG!’ whenever I see one. These are some quick snaps I took of the ones we saw during our trip and an added extra. Let me know if you have dogs in the comments and if so, tell me a bit about them! For now, I hope you like these photos!
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So we’re back with another travel diary – this time I’ve dug back a little bit and put together a post about my trip to Prague. I’d wanted to visit Prague for so many years before I took a trip there, and I have to admit, that’s partly because of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I spent five days in this beautiful city in September and I could’ve spent days wandering around it’s winding streets!
As always with our travel diaries, this post is very image heavy – but I’d definitely say you can’t have too many photos of Prague in one place 🙂
Of course, my first stop in Prague was Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. This is the typical postcard Prague and the historical centre of the city – it’s walled in by baroque buildings on all sides, with the gothic Týn church just behind. There’s also the famous Astronomical clock, which draws huge crowds, so if you’re planning on visiting it I’d definitely recommend going earlier in the morning as we did so you can actually see it without being surrounded by walking tours!
Our next stop was the Jewish Quarter. With what was then Czechoslovakia bordering Germany and the Nazi occupation of the country during WWII, the Jewish Quarter of Prague is a very prominent and poignant section of the city. The majority of the buildings and memorials understandably didn’t allow photographs out of respect, so here are the few photos I did take – one from the outside of the main building of the museum (the Jewish museum is made up of multiple memorials and synagogues dotted around the Jewish quarter, and you can follow the path round to visit most of them) and some inside the Spanish Synagogue. I’d definitely recommend visiting the Jewish museum if you take a trip to Prague, even if you’re not a big museum/history person like I am – it was incredibly emotional, still relevant to this day, and I did tear up more than once; especially in the memorial where the names of the Czech Jewish victims of the Nazis cover the walls, and the exhibition of children’s drawings from inside Prague’s Jewish ghetto.
What do you think of Prague?
Lots of love,
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Iceland twice now, and I have to say it’s magic never gets tiring. Despite Iceland being an island with a small population and unforgiving weather conditions, it’s becoming a more and more popular travel location, and it isn’t hard to see why!
(P.S. this is a very photo-heavy post!)
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