Thrilled to announce my newest project! My Path Unwinding Travel has launched! I have had so much fun consulting with friends and families as they plan their vacations all over the world and am now set up to continue on a professional level! As a travel agent, I can provide perks above and beyond what you receive booking directly. No, I’m not giving up my psychology practice, just adding this on to help others in a completely different way. Who’s ready to plan their next trip?
After a comfortable night’s sleep, we enjoyed a convenient breakfast at the Marriott’s Executive Lounge. The offerings included scrambled and hard cooked eggs, sausage and bacon, a variety of cheeses and cold cuts, fruit, and various pastries. There is also an amazing espresso/ cappuccino machine. We then set off to find Trap Prague, one of the most unique experiences I have ever had. The host welcomed us and explained the process of being locked into a Communist Apartment for one hour. We had so much fun and excitement searching for clues and trying to solve the puzzles so that we could escape before the spy returned home! The host will occasionally call to provide a clue, and you can call her as well. My kids were fascinated with the rotary phone.
All four of us contributed in some way during the hour. We laughed, bickered and fretted as the clock counted down. We had the final puzzle completed but ran out of time! Luckily, we survived to return to our hotel. We relaxed for a short while and then greeted my in-laws who arrived in the late morning. Their room was not ready, so they freshened up in our room and we set out for lunch. We took a short walk around the corner from the hotel to Kolkovna Celnice for beer, wine, and great local food. We sat outside on the shady deck. I had the potato gnocchi with apple code and beer reductions, walnuts and radicchio. It was delicious! The ribs were great too but far too much for my son to eat alone. And once again everyone loved the sausages! After lunch, we returned to the hotel to meet our private guide for our tour of the Jewish Quarter…
After a refreshing nap in our hotel, we ventured out to explore Prague on our own. I picked Adventures by Disney because navigating through a foreign country can often be stressful on my marriage, but I planned a bit so that the time before the trip would be well spent and relatively stress free. We purchased tram tickets from the concierge and reviewed directions about finding the tram stop and the transfer to get to the Prague Castle. Needless to say, we immediately got turned around just trying to find the tram stop (within a block of the hotel), and we got off the tram too soon! We did manage to regroup quickly and without squabbling and found ourselves at the summit of the Prague Castle. We realized that we were hungry and decided to stop at the first restaurant along the way. I was a bit hesitant as I knew nothing about it and couldn’t access my notes, but we took a chance anyway and were not disappointed! Restaurant U Sevce Matouse had sidewalk seating and a traditional Czech menu. My husband had the first of many, many beers on this trip.
I still am not sure why baked goat cheese salad is so popular in Prague, but I saw it on many menus. The goat cheese was delicious but the rest of the salad was lackluster. My son loved his dumplings filled with chopped smoked meat; my husband enjoyed the boar dish. The highlight was my daughter’s sausage plate with mustard and horseradish. We became sausage, mustard and horseradish connoisseurs over the week!
We continued on foot to the Prague Castle where we first encountered its beauty in the quiet of evening after the buildings had closed.
We continued to the base of the castle and wandered over to the Charles Bridge (see photo at top of blog) and eventually made our way back to the Marriott , the end of our first day in Prague.
Next up: Trap Prague! and Tour of the Jewish Quarter
I was so fortunate to be selected by the great folks at MomSelect and Disney Parks to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration! In the last several months, I have connected with other Disney fans around the globe through social media. The Disney Side @Home Celebration was a way of connecting with my friends and neighbors right in my own living room!
When I received my Disney Side @Home Celebration kit, it seemed like the contents were handpicked for me, a travel loving, Disney foodie! I was shocked and pleased to receive the American Tourister DeLite carry on rolling suitcase. It is super lightweight, rolls like a dream and is a gorgeous purple color. I can’t wait to use it on our Disney Cruise in April!
The other party items gave me inspiration for planning a Disney Side Ladies Night Out. It is so easy to connect with other moms when Disney is part of the conversation!
On our last trip to Walt Disney World, we purchased a bottle of Fairy Tale Cuvee, a sparkling wine that is made exclusively for Disney Parks. We first enjoyed it on a Disney Cruise and wanted to take some home for a special occasion. The Craisins also provided in the Celebration kit inspired the idea to have a champagne cocktail with some craisins to provide extra bubbles!
I also made homemade Dole Whips which were served with an optional topper of Whipped Vodka. What a delicious combination!
Friends, greeted at the door by Tinkerbell, came wearing tiaras, Disney pin lanyards, and other Disney wear. We all had fun playing the “Who Am I Game.” Our favorite Disney songs were playing including the best songs from Frozen! We also had the Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD playing throughout the party and we all shared our upcoming Disney vacations, favorite Disney memories, or Disney “bucket list” dreams. We ended the night with Disney trivia. My guests won door prizes including the HP Photo Card Packs and the gorgeous Disney lithographs.
I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration but of course, the opinions I expressed here are my own!
A few weeks ago, I received some disappointing news. I had been wishing for a special kind of pixie dust to be sprinkled my way, and I found out it wasn’t my time. I actually went into a bit of a funk. I knew I had to shake it off and focus on all the magic that already exists in my life.
I am so fortunate that I live in comfort and have healthy children. I am am fortunate that I have traveled with my family to Disney World for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or for no reason at all. I am fortunate that I have the time and the technology to blog about these things.
I decided the best way to shake off my blues was to sprinkle some pixie dust on others. Give Kids the World is an organization that provides fantasy vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. I made a donation and started a virtual team. Turns out today is Giving Tuesday, a day for giving back. I hope that you will choose to join this team and make a donation of any amount. Perhaps you will even ask others to join us as well.