Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1st Anniversary

I really just can't believe how quickly this past year has gone and how much has happened. But here we are. Celebrating our first anniversary in Prague.

We had a WONDERFUL anniversary trip. The best thing about traveling with Z is that we are like-minded tourists. Well, for the most part. At one point Z was carrying around our biggest 800 page Complete Guide to All of Europe, Volumes 1 through 3 with Appendix and Full-Size Color-Pull-Out Maps and I'm all, can you put that away? This is embarrassing. Also, smart phones...

We did manage to find a more portable, tourist friendly map. But this is what Z looked like for most of the day. Note the encyclopedia-sized book he carries. I'm impressed he's able to palm it like that; certainly it's too heavy to carry in just one hand.

ANYWAYS, we are like-minded tourists in that we like to experience cities the same way. We aren't big on spending a ton of time inside museums. We like to figure out our own way and wander. We'll consult maps and try to hit the main things, but we move at our own pace without much of an agenda. This has many upsides in that we can stumble upon things we would otherwise not see, but a lot of downsides in that we usually don't really know the significance of what we're looking at. Thankfully, Z is quick to fill in any gaps with made-up facts and dates, so I still feel like I'm culturally enriched, albeit with false information. 

For Prague, we're planning a return trip where we'll cave to the pressures of tourism and take an actual guided tour of the city...preferably by Segway, because if you're going to go "tourist", go all out. We are fortunate that Prague is a quick two hour drive from our house, so we can easily make a weekend out of it at any point (seriously, come visit us. We'll thrown in a trip to Prague). 

But this trip was more about enjoying the city and enjoying each other while celebrating our year together. It was somewhat surreal to sit in the center of this European city with my husband. I could have never imagined this would be my life, but oh I'm so thrilled that it is!

We wandered the streets of Prague, enjoyed wonderful food, took tons of pictures (although our new camera was not charged so they were all iPhone pictures...sigh) and enjoyed looking back over the last year and looking forward to many, many more. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Z and the past year (as crazy as it's been) and so, so excited that we get to do life together. It still blows my mind that we're spending our early years of marriage together in Europe...I know that we will cherish the memories of our time together here for the rest of our lives. 

Here's some pictures from our trip...

The restaurant in the bottom left corner is where we had our anniversary dinner; it has a gorgeous view of the Charles Bridge and the cathedral on the hill, which was lit up beautifully at night. 



 I love the architecture...







We found the signs less-than helpful...





Two of my favorite shots...



 Look at this stud...

I love that the outdoor restaurants provide blankets to keep warm!







 STUNNING cathedral...
















And finally, our anniversary dinner when we got home...our wedding cake of course didn't make it through the two moves this past year, so we had cheesecake for dessert, and enjoyed using our wedding flutes and fine china for the first time.

And this is just a picture of the pretty tree outside our house. Fall in Germany is beautiful! I love celebrating our wedding during such a beautiful season...

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