Hello, fellow travelers.
My husband has a work conference in Prague Sept. 6 9, 2022. I'm tagging along, of course. We're thinking of traveling 5-6 days after Prague (flexible). We live in San Jose, CA. I could use your help in planning our itinerary!
We love history, walking tours, hiking, churches, WWII connections, discovering local culture, local b&bs, avoiding tourist traps, your typical Rick Steves stuff. We're very active 58 & 61 year olds. Vegetarians (but not vegan). Rich loves beer, I love desserts (gelato/ chocolate anything).
We've both traveled Europe a lot. (Last time southeastern Poland, 2018.) Richard speaks German almost fluently (family in Germany & Austria). All my grandparents immigrated long ago from southeastern Poland (Carpatho-Rusyns--hillbilly Ukrainians) so I have a big interest there.
We have the curse of being too open to possibilities. I'm better at choosing from cool options rather than creating them myself. Here are some thoughts. Yes, they are all over the place:
I am/was interested in volunteering time somewhere to help Ukraine (bringing things over, packing supplies, serving food, etc) but I'm not finding anything. Sadly, this probably isn't possible.
Our plan was to explore Eastern Europe (Slovakia, Poland, Czech) but with the dollar so strong, I was wondering if it'd be wiser to use this trip for normally expensive places (i.e. Vienna, Switzerland, etc) we might skip otherwise to save money. Honestly, we'll probably stay with Eastern Europe but I'd be interested in any ideas people might have on this.
I have no interest in Hungary given their obnoxious politics.
If we stay local:. Rich is interested in Cesky Krumlov near Prague (cool castles). Maybe stay there overnight. Is it worth seeing?
We've already seen Kutna Hora. Great place but would like to see something new.
Is Brno worth seeing?
Recommendations for Slovakia?
I know this is pretty rambling but we'd appreciate any guidance/ideas you might have.
Thank you. ☺️