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A Week Through Prague, Vienna and Budapest!

Traveling to Prague, Vienna and Budapest? Here’s an itinerary to help you plan your week in Eastern Europe.

 

Prague

Day 1: Half Day in Old Town Square

Welcome to the first stop in your Prague, Vienna and Budapest trip. You can either kick off Prague at the Prague Beer Museum or you can end your first night here. Although, it isn’t really a museum. It’s more of a smokey dive bar filled with locals and out of towners from all over the world. Whichever you choose, Old Town is the ideal place to stay if your in Prague for a few days.

Everyone makes a stop at the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square to watch a puppet show at the top of the hour every hour. When the show’s over, dinner options are plenty. If you opt for some local goulash, like I did, you can walk it off by strolling across the Charles Bridge towards the Lennon Wall. The Charles Bridge at night highlights the 30 gothic statues that line both sides of the bridge.

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Santa Monica: Beach Bum Is My Next Calling

Santa Monica is calling my name – literally! Being bi-coastal moves up on my bucket list every time I visit LA. I’m in love with the weather and the vibe.

 

Ever since I took my first trip to California years ago, being bi-coastal has been on my bucket list. With a view like this in Santa Monica, who wouldn’t? I mean, have you seen what the beaches look like in New York? Every time I go back to LA, the beach bum in me can’t help but dream about sprawling out on Santa Monica and not having a care in the world.

Being bi-coastal gives me the best of two words. I get the sun, the breeze, the air, the west coast vibe. I also get the hustle, the charge, the fast-paced New York shuffle. And when I need to catch my breath, back to LA I go. It’s like HIIT.

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A City Girl’s Outdoorsy Day In LA

This is how a New Yorker spends an outdoorsy day in LA. Start with brunch at the Farmer’s Market, then a visit to LACMA and finally, end your day by eating and shopping at The Grove.

 

In LA, I subconsciously avoid going “in” to anything. That’s why I always prefer an outdoorsy day in LA. The weather is so perfect I don’t want to waste a moment indoor if I don’t have to. At the Griffith Observatory, I spent more time wandering around it than exploring the exhibitions inside. At The Getty Center, I sped walked through the galleries so I could get outside. And even when I was inside, I was always looking out for a view.

While this city girl appreciates the outdoors, I need to build up my tolerance to dirt and tiny flying things. So aside from the beach or a trail, what’s another way to spend an outdoorsy day in LA? Taste testing food stalls at the original Farmer’s Market, exploring LACMA in the afternoon and ending the evening at The Grove.

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