Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Impulse Travel Destination

We had an entirely different vacation set up, but one of the people who was supposed to come along, was unable to go (my son because he couldn't get the time off from the military). So...we changed our plans at the last second, totally on impulse (the one and only time we've ever done that). We went someplace we'd never been: Prague, in the Czech Republic.  It ended up being a fantastic decision, and instantly became one of our family's all-time, most favorite places to visit.



On the Charles Bridge

The time change was a bit much for our little one.  He slept a lot, even at the toy store.  

Look who's awake!  Just in time to see the castle around the corner.

The churches were beautiful, inside and out



Every single meal we had in Prague was delicious!

The Famous Astronomical Clock


Wenceslas Square

How about you?  Have you ever changed vacation plans at the last second and it turned out to be a very good thing?

129 comments:

akronugurl said...

i love the photos! thanks for sharing!

- Stephanie J

Colette S said...

What a fantastic vacation! Definitely an adventure! Glad you enjoyed the country!

Maybe one day I'll visit. I do love traveling so.

Those churches! Wow!

Carole said...

Love it - really want to go to Prague one day. Have a great week.

alissa apel said...

WOW that's quite a trip!

The year my nephew that has Trisomy 18 was born we decided to have a Staycation. We just didn't know what would happen since only 10% make it past a year old. It was a fun time though. We did get a hotel. It was nice that we could go back home to get things if we needed. My husband was disappointed, but happy with our adventure choice.

Beth Rowland said...

Love the photos & what a cool trip!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful pictures! Definitely a wonderful place to visit. Happy WW!

ChatterBlossom said...

So pretty! I would love to visit Prague. The soup picture looks delicious!
-Jamie
http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

Leovi said...

Impressive Prague, Nice pictures!

Lonna said...

Your pictures have confirmed what I've heard. That Prague is a wonderful place to visit. Was it economical?

Secondary Roads said...

What a fine adventure you had. Love your pics.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. And, yup, I've done a last minute vacation change; it's one of my favourite memories.

Thanks for your comment on my blog by the by; I'm enjoying your blog so much I am now your newest follower. =)

Annmarie Pipa said...

WOW!!! that was a great change of plans! love your photos.

Jen said...

Wow how amazing! I love the photos. :)

The Detox Diva said...

OH you are killing me... It's been 10 years since I have been to Prague and I am really thinking it's time to take the hubby. I had the best times being there!! I got into a lot of trouble too...good fun trouble... Beautiful photos. Glad you got to experience it!!

Vicki said...

What an awesome trip that must have been!

bettyl said...

Thanks for the virtual tour. I'd love to visit some day.

Kristin Aquariann said...

Stunning sights! The only time we've ever decided to go somewhere less than a few days in advance was Williamsburg. It's only a few hours away and our favorite place to travel for relaxation. :D

♥ aquariann
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Kenya G. Johnson said...

Love the photos! I don't think we've ever had a change of plans like that. But one similarity was being in the Bahamas with Christopher and when we finally got to the big aquarium that I wanted him to see he was asleep. I woke him up and it was one of those, "What did I do that for?" because he couldn't get right and was not impressed with the aquarium.

Dani @ My Make-up and Beauty Obsession! said...

Love it! I've never changed plans last minute, but bet it would be fun! I went to Prague last year and it is such an amazing place! Love your photos xxx

Paula Miller said...

Looks like your family made a great decision! I LOVE that clock :)

Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Stacy Uncorked said...

We have not changed vacation plans at the last minute - but after seeing all those amazing shots, we're going to need to at some point! :)


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Aliy Hurd said...

beautiful... never been and we generally donèt change plans. but good for you for rolling with it

Gina said...

I love traveling... so if I have not visited the place, I would be up for it. Looks like fun!

Angelina said...

Wow, I never ever would've thought to visit a place like that, but it looks awesome! I think I'm gonna wait till my little ones are older though--had enough of traveling through time zones with crying babies, ha! Yours looks like she did the best thing there is to do--sleep!

Christina Morley said...

These are great photos! I love Europe. I lived in Germany twice over a period of 7 years. Here's my page from my hobby blog where I posted a photo from my visit to Prague at
http://1camera1mom.blogspot.com/p/my-first-cameras.html

Thanks also for linking up on Amanda's Books and More! I'm so glad I got to see your post. :)

Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa
http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

Art of RetroCollage said...

Yes, we have changed plans in the past, & it's led to wonderful adventures.

Prague is a place I've wanted to visit for a long time--I envy you!

Masshole Mommy said...

Beautiful pictures!! My sister has been there a couple of times, but I've never been.

I've never changed my plans last minute - I think that would give me major anxiety LOL.

keiths ramblings said...

I just adore Prague! What a fascinating city. Thanks for dropping by my site.

mail4rosey said...

Totally been there, done that (waking a child up for something they were less than impressed with ;) ).

mail4rosey said...

I love that clock too!

mail4rosey said...

I love Staycations too!

mail4rosey said...

It was one of the most reasonably priced places we have ever visited, and the people were so nice everywhere we went!!

mail4rosey said...

I love traveling too and wish we did it more! You've been where I want to go (Hawaii)! :)

Wayne W Smith said...

Love the Cathedral pictures in particular. Thanks also for hooking up with my Wordless Wednesday. Hope to see you back next week.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

WOW what terrific photos! I have never been to Europe but would love to go someday. Everything is so beautiful.

Pride In Photos said...

What a dream come true!! We have it on our bucket list to go to Prague...but not sure if that wish will come true? Thank you for sharing, so enjoyed it.
Laurie

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I am just in awe over the architecture. Extraordinary. No wonder you have such fond memories.

Brandy said...

I want to travel more. Love those pictures, wow, breath taking!

Pepper Tan said...

Yes, I find that last minute trips are the ones which end up being the most fun. Those are spectacular photos! I want to go there too someday :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, change of plans can turn out to be a delightful adventure! You never know what great thing comes next :) Love your photos, thanks for sharing! I especially like the cathedral windows here.

Camille said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Hope I can go there one day, I love traveling. :)

The Crumby Mummy said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit!

freddie said...

I never met my great grandparents or grandparents but they are from Prague. My moms great aunt brought me back a small mirror when she took a trip there many years ago, which I still have.

Kung Phoo said...

I have never changed plans like that for a vacation.. i did not know where we were going until a week before, but that is how crazy we every got.. lol

Heather Jones said...

Oh my goodness! How fun! Prague! Sounds like an awesome vacation. I need to convince my husband that its ok to leave American soil! LOL

Masshole Mommy said...

Nope, I have never changed a vacation last minute. I am afraid that would give me too much anxiety. I am a planner and usually have things planned out WAY in advance.

V@ said...

We are not good planners for our holidays and most are last minute. Always been a great experience. Thanks for sharing your holiday

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

What a wonderful trip!
Your photos are amazing. My fave is the astronomical click. What a feat!

Lawna Noe said...

We recently made vacation plans to go to a beach we have never visited but after finding out it's 4 hours away we decided to go to a closer beach that is only 2 hours away. It will give us more time to spend on vacation and less time driving.

Fabulous Perks said...

I would love to visit Prague, I have heard so many great things. We need to start planning a family trip. Your photos are amazing!

Michelle H said...

So beautiful! My trips to Europe have always gone off pretty much as planned, but last summer I was supposed to take a road-trip from Utah to North Carolina and back. My son broke his arm and we ended up having to stay closer to home so we went to the Oregon coast instead. Still a complete blast!

Pam said...

THose photos are beautiful! We have never changed major vacation plans at the last minute but we have decided to do some spur of the moment day trips.

amanda ripsam said...

I have not ever once had a vacation. I would love to go to some place warm and sunny any place but cold Michigan lol

Cara Kueck said...

These are such great pictures! It looks like you all had a great time!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I don't change at the last minute, but they usually happen at the last minute. Looks like a wonderful trip

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Wow what a beautiful looking place - churches always amaze me at how beautiful they often are. x

Nicole Standley said...

What a great post - thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs.

Mama to 5 said...

Beautiful cathedral, sounds very nice place to visit!

Marielle Altenor said...

looks like it was a good choice! I rarely ever take vacations like these...maybe one day!

Nikki said...

How exciting to take a spontaneous vacation like that. Prague looks absolutely beautiful!

Robyn Annemarie said...

I was in Prague this past May and I loved it. Did you try the fish pedicure? So many fun things and great food.

Melanie B said...

WOW, That is just so pretty. Everything, the sights the food. Man, I would love to see that in person

Kimber Matherne said...

Oh that looks like an amazing vacation! I have always wanted to travel there. It has such a rich history and architecture. Thanks for letting me tag along through the blog!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Those are some great photos. I love traveling to different places on a whim.

Growing Up Madison said...

That is actually happening to us this year. We had plans to travel to Disney World but hubby won't be able to make it because of his job so we're heading somewhere else instead. Not sure where as yet. Love the photos!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry your son could not make it and glad you still made the best of it. Sometimes those unplanned things are the best though. I only every had one trip that we decided to just get in the car and go with no destination planned - it was great.

Pam said...

Great photos and it looks like you had a fabulous time. I am trying to think back at all of our vacations and I don't believe we ever had to change plans in a major way like you did.

Elise said...

I'm just sitting here all googly eyed because - Prague. OhMyGosh!

Felicia Franceschelli said...

Wow look at all the beautiful photos! And yes I'm always changes my plans last minute! I love living for the moment!

Eliz Frank said...

One thing I miss about living in Europe is how quickly you can cross a border and be in a new country... I love your photos and will share this post with my daughter who is studying in Prague. Beautiful!

Debi Gerhart said...

I tend to do a lot of things last minute so that happens a lot. Your pictures are beautiful

Ronnie E. said...

I'm such a perfectionist that I think I'd go nuts if I had to change plans last minute. So glad you guys had fun and the pics show what a beautifully classic and historic place Prague is!

Annie said...

I'm sitting here being jealous of your vacay! I wanna go to Europe so bad :P

Kristen Campbell said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing those pics! It's been a while since I've been to Europe - I wanna go back and tacky my hubby!

Elisebet F said...

Looks so pretty! Prague is my brother's favorite travel destination. The food and culture sound amazing.

Melissa Pezza said...

My sister traveled in Prague! I would love to go one day. I heard it is awesome!

Courtney Pies said...

Wow, you got some great pictures! I love impulsive trips - they always usually end up funner and less stressful than the ones you plan out, I believe!

Kassondra Coxson said...

I have always wanted to visit the Czech Republic. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Mrs. Sergeant said...

Okay, so this totally does nothing for my wanderlust. Such beautiful pictures, I must visit Prague asap!

Lisa said...

What Beautiful Picture Of You & Your Family I LOVE The Cross!!

becca said...

what a grand adventure you had

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

Those are such great pictures. What memories you have made!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Sometimes the best things in life happen when you follow your gut. And look where it hot you!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness I am so happy you were implosive and went on a different adventure. Even happier now that you shared it with us. Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

mail4rosey said...

Aww to the broken arm. :( I'm glad you had a good time though! Changes of plans can sometimes turn out really nice. :)

mail4rosey said...

I did not, but I agree there were many fun things, and a lot of great food!

mail4rosey said...

I think it would be so fun to live there for a bit. So many places to see, and you're right, it's very easy (and inexpensive) to go from place to place when you're there.

MikiHope said...

Only once did I have to change travel plans-cancel it actually-I was supposed to go on a tour to Mexico and at the last minute they said it would be more money-I decided against going (I did get my deposit back after a fight)-then-as I was sitting at home--a massive earthquake hit in Mexico-just where I was supposed to be!

Jamie F said...

Beautiful pictures! That dish looks so yummy!

Tami said...

When I lived in England, my friends and I made plans to go to Scotland for a weekend. We had been planning it for months and then at the last minute they had to return to their home country because a family member had passed away. I was bummed but I understood. A co-worker invited me to go to Wales with her that weekend. It turned out to be the best vacation ever. I loved Wales. Loved it more than Scotland (which I eventually visited). If I have to live in England permanently, I would live in Wales.

Marika said...

Been in Prague quite a few times over the years, loved it every time!

Rose-Marie said...

I'd go to Prague just for the food - and the architecture - wow! Spectacular - what a vacation!

Kay Adeola said...

I love Prague,Looks like you had a lovely time.Thank you for sharing.

Masshole Mommy said...

We are boring and always go to Disney for our vacations, but I think this would be a great trip!

Carly from The Puzzled Palate said...

I have only been out of the country 2 times in my life. Once to Honduras and once to Canada. I need to make more plans for vacations as the kids get older!

Stefany T said...

Those pictures are beautiful! I would love to get there some day!

Jenn@Sweet T Makes Three said...

Way to be spontaneous! I would love to see Prague.

Jenn said...

What an adventure! You took some really great photos!

Shell said...

What gorgeous pics! I've never really had last minute travel plans change that ended up being good!

Anonymous said...

i've been telling my daughter to go to Prague. i think she'd love it

debdenny said...

Oh my... that is an awesome change of plans. Looks like great fun.

Pam said...

Looks like a great last moment decision! I have always wanted to visit Prague.

Chrystal Mahan said...

What a great trip! I want to visit many places someday, Prague has always been one of them.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful travel photos! Looks like a great trip :)

The Mommy-Files said...

Wow - it sounds like you had an amazing trip! I've never been to Prague before! :)

Carly said...

It looks like you had a great time in Prague! Sometimes the impulse trips are the best ones!

Felicia Carter said...

We had our destination changed for us on our HOneymoon. They canceled the cruise. It turned out great though.

Krystal Butherus said...

Looks like quite the beautiful destination. I'd be happy to hit this place!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

Looks like a great travel destination. I love all your pictures

Amber said...

What an amazing vacation! You took such beautiful pictures! I would love to take my family there!

Lisa Collins said...

What an amazing experience. Look like a really neat place to travel too as well!

Sister's Saving Cents said...

My cousin just returned from there and had a wonderful time. I loved watching all her pics on facebook!

TerriAnn van Gosliga said...

My husband visited Prague when he was younger and my mom and sister did a few years ago. They all loved it. That Astronomical Clock seems like an amazing sight. Too bad your little one was a bit sleepy though.

fancygrlnancy said...

What a great experience and some great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Sophie said...

There have been a couple times where I had to plan the day on the go because of last minute changes, but they always turned out great. Your day looks like it was great!

DeDa Studios said...

I have been very lucky - I have not needed to change my vacation plans at the last minute...glad to see that your vacation turned out great. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

Mandi said...

What a great trip! I would love to just pack up and then decide where to go on, on a whim, like you had to.

Tracey said...

Looks like a great trip! I would love to visit Prague someday.

Liz Mays said...

Yes, one time we were going to go to Florida and drove to the airport packed and ready. We decided right then and there to forget Florida, quit our jobs and move to Chicago. So we drove home, repacked our bags for cold weather, flew to Chicago, found a place to live, came home and quit our jobs and moved about a week later. Crazy huh?

Christie C said...

What amazing pictures! Glad that you changed your mind

Laura Grace Andry said...

That astronomical clock is super cool. What a fun experience!

Angie Barrett said...

Everything looks wonderful! I've never been to Prague but I'd love to go one day!

Maddi'sMommy said...

What a gorgeous views. The architecture is so lovely.

Tonia Sanders said...

Wow, I wish I could just take off to Prague. Looks like you had a great time.

Rachael Ebner said...

The churches are magnificent. I'd love to visit them.

Kiwi said...

I've never changed vacay plans at the last minute but I would love to have the luxury to do so one day! I am glad you still had a great time!

Cam said...

I've heard awesome things about Prague! Your pictures confirm what I've heard. Beautiful!

Sippy Cup Mom said...

So awesome! I love seeing pictures like this.

Christina Shirley said...

Looks like you had a great trip even if it was changed at the last minute! Great pics!