The City of a Hundred Spires: Prague

Prague was once nicknamed “The City of a Hundred Spires” because of its spiked cityscape.  Today, historians estimate there are 500 spires within the city limits.  This was the first time visiting Prague for both Bobby and me, and I must say it’s now one of my favorite European destinations.  Although the weather wasn’t spectacular, we couldn’t help but feel the city’s charm.  We were very thankful that Prague’s famous Christmas market was still going strong, even though we visited after the 25th and it served as a perfect backdrop for our visit.

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Veselé Vianoce from the High Tatras, Slovakia!

DeDe, Jenn, and me

This year, we spent Christmas in the High Tatras Mountains in a small town called Strbske Pleso, Slovakia.  (Don’t ask me how to pronounce this city; there are no vowels!) The Grahams, fellow Olmsted-ers in Poland, suggested a Christmas get together, an offer we couldn’t refuse!  We’d never been to Slovakia before either, so we were really excited to see what it was all about.  Along with the Grahams, who live in Krakow, we met the Hensarlings (Brussels, Belgium), the Musas (Rabat, Morocco), the Johnsons (Ljubljana, Slovenia), the Shores (Gdansk, Poland), and the Bushes (Budapest, Hungary) at the beautiful lakeside Kempinski Hotel.  Three out of four branches of the Armed Forces were represented (I’m not sure what happened to the Army folks!)

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