In a brief moment of delusion I thought I might book a trip to Sicily for the month of August. I figured I could ‘research’ the best beaches for a guide similar to my Sardinia beach guide. Then I remembered it’s August, the month millions of Europeans voluntarily squeeze onto every available centimetre of sand (or more likely pebbles) for their annual beach holiday.
I’m so thankful I took my finger off that book button and even more thankful I can choose when to travel. It also helps that I’m from Australia where heading to the beach for a month isn’t a thing, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
But what to do in August in Europe?
August Goals – Prague Edition
I finally finished my errands in Budapest and am now typing this post from a pretty little apartment in the centre of Prague.
My first trip to Prague was way back in 1999, a time when Australians still needed a visa to visit the Czech Republic! This was back when I was a student in Paris and a few of my Japanese friends asked me to join them on their travels. My most vivid memories from that trip are of trying mulled wine for the first time and going to an avant-garde play that was so bad only a handful of us remained at the end (I desperately wanted to leave but was too polite).
As an aside, us Aussies needed tourist visas for Hungary and Portugal at that time too. *shrugs*
I can’t believe how much Prague has changed since 1999. The historic centre is now completely renovated and areas like Karlin and Holesovice, where few people dared venture, are now the life of the city, teeming with cool cafes, natural wine bars, speciality coffee shops and design stores.
That first visit was in December, quite a different experience to Prague in August where it’s hot, humid and crammed with tourists. But it’s just as wonderful. I’ve always liked Prague but now I’m well and truly in love with this city.
But as tempting as it is, I don’t want to spend all of August in Prague.
I’m debating heading further north to Berlin which should be slightly cooler but probably isn’t. I did find some reasonably priced flights to Lisbon where it would be even hotter but at least it’s on the coast. As usual, I can’t decide what to do. I’m truly hopeless at decision making. I’m in Prague until the 12th August so it’s anyone’s guess where I’ll end up.
In short, my goal for August is to make some concrete plans.
Join the Rear View Mirror FB Group
Yesterday I launched a new Facebook community group, Rear View Mirror, which I hope you will join. As I can’t always answer your travel questions, I’ve started this group where you can ask about general trip planning, specific destinations, where to eat, anything really about travelling in Europe. I will try my best to answer where I can but I expect other members will have a lot more knowledge than I do!
There are already more than 40 members in the group. Click here to join: Rear View Mirror FB Group
ICYMI – July on the Blog
Sibenik: Islands and Waterfalls – This was the most shared of July’s posts and why not, Croatia is so many people’s favourite travel destination. Sibenik is one of the quieter coastal towns, great for exploring Krka National Park and the Kornati Islands.
Vienna Specialty Coffee Guide – I’ve managed to find a legitimate reason to go cafe hopping every day. It’s research for my new series of guides! The Vienna guide is out now, Prague and Budapest are coming soon.
Buda vs Pest: A Tale of Two Cities – This post received both very positive and very negative comments. It’s not so much to do with travel but my experience of the darker side of Budapest.
Suitcase Stories – Something a little lighter, a lifetime of suitcase reviews.
I did achieve my July goal of getting back into reading. I finally finished Jewel’s autobiography, a book I started around four months ago! The first half in particular was fascinating. Jewel grew up extremely poor in Alaska, endured family violence and neglect, hitchhiked around the US and Mexico and basically worked her arse off to achieve her massive music success.
Right now I’m in the middle of the travel memoir Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents. I started reading this twice before but got distracted. I’m going to finish it this month.
Recently on Instagram
Of course Budapest’s Parliament got the most likes on Instagram last month. I’m sure it must be the most beautiful parliament building in the world.
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