In mid-August this year we set off on another trip where we planned to visit friends and explore some of Europe, an area we had not seen too much of. As we have never made millions, travel comes at quite a risk for us as usually, to do a trip like this, we end up having to save up as much as we can, sell our material goods and just go, depending very much on the people in our lives for support and often accomodation. Without these people; being friends, family and often people we meet on the journey, we would not be lucky enough to go to half the places we do. And so it is very important to us that these people understand just how much we love and appreciate them.
So anyway, Europe. We started out trip in Berlin, Germany, a place we have heard so much about. Hosted by our friends, we explored the many vegan food spots, took a good look into some of Germany’s history, such as the Berlin wall, the Stasi Prison and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Places that get you feeling rather heavy about humanity, but places we all should visit. We also did a weekend trip to Hamburg; a windy, rainy port city we really enjoyed. We then set off on a roadtrip from Berlin to Prague in Czech Republic. We took a good three days to get to Prague as we wanted to do some exploring, hiking and chilling along the way. Our first day we stopped at a place called Spreewald, a beautiful forested area with canals to kayak along. Cruising along the serene dark waters of the canal with green treetops floating above us was a real treat and a nice change from the big city.
We then carried on the drive through the German countryside to a lake where we camped on the beach, watching the sunset. The next day we had an early swim and enjoyed sipping moring coffee in both good company and a beautiful surrounding. After breakfast and a quick pack up, we set off on the open road once more and did the longer haul of the journey to Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), a beautiful mountainous area just on the border of Germany and Czech Republic. We spent an amazing day hiking up the mountain where we found a perfect spot to set up camp and sleep the night in the open air, doing some fantastic star gazing whilst cuddling up close to one another. We woke up to another gorgeous sunrise and took our time enjoying nature and the lack of humans around us.
Once we made it down the mountain, we bought some freshly baked bread, found our car and made our way into Czech, winding along narrow forested roads until we came to our AirBnb located on a quaint, beautiful small holding. Another pretty setting to take our meals and sleep the night. The next day we did the rest of the drive through many small towns and villages until we got to Prague, our destination. Not knowing very much about Prague, it was very exciting to be thrust back into a vibrant, bustling city full of amazing, old but diverse architecture. I am always more energised by the idea of exploring the wild than another big city, but Prague really felt quite magical, like I was exploring a city set in a different century. The many arching bridges crossing the river with boats and white swans snailing their way along, all backdropped by magnificent silhouetted buildings.
We spent our time exploring the city, finding good vegan food, viewing the Alphonse Mucha museum and walking up to the Prague Castle to view of the city lights in the evening. Roadtrips are always a good idea as you feel the freedom that comes with having your own wheels where your options are wide open and there’s plenty of room for spontaneity. But of course the trip was made perfect by the beautiful company we had along the way, our wonderful hosts who made everything so easy for us. Good friendships were shaped into great ones.
Brammibal’s Vegan Donuts
The Berlin Wall
One of the many squats we walked past in Berlin
Trying to get a photo in front of the Brandenburg Gate where the crowds are too much. This was the best we could do. Photo by Pete
There are some great vegan spots in Hamburg.
Photo by Pete
Photo by Pete
Campsite at the lake.
Prague architecture in some fantastic light.
Words and photo’s by Cara (unless they’re by Pete)