8 Things Not to Miss in Prague

The heart and soul of the Czech Republic, as well as traditional Bohemia, are inseparably wrapped up in the amazing cultural confluence that is Prague.

There has been a settlement on the site of the city for over twelve hundred years, so there is plenty to do!
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The heart and soul of the Czech Republic, as well as traditional Bohemia, are inseparably wrapped up in the amazing cultural confluence that is Prague. There has been a settlement on the site of the city for over twelve hundred years.

Be Enchanted by Old Town Square

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic

It’s like stepping inside a fairy-tale picture book. The plaza seemed especially huge because of the contrast with the narrow streets leading into it. But size alone is not what makes the square so impressive, that task is accomplished by the remarkable architecture enclosing the space. Standouts are the Old Town Hall, with the world’s oldest working Astronomical Clock on its tower, and the Týn and St. Nicholas Churches. More Old Town Square

Bucket list item: Prague! There's a fairy tale-like quality to Prague and, like all fairy tales worth their salt, there are myths, legends, and a good dose of creepy stuff to be found…

Have the “Time” of Your Life at The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock of Prague

Every hour, on the hour, a huge crowd gathers as this mechanical marvel breaks out quite a conglomeration of characters — including Death, Avarice and Vanity — to commemorate the passing of another sixty minutes. Created in 1410, the clock shows time in four different variations, as well as the date, times for sunrise and sunset, the position of the sun in the zodiac, and the phases of the moon. More Astronomical Clock

WATCH: Inside, outside and topside of the Astronomical Clock!

Eat lots of Delicious Carbs

Delicious Czech Dumplings!

A big part of Veronica’s desire to see Prague was to find the origins of her childhood dinners. Generations of her Bohemian ancestors had passed down traditional dishes, now we could experience the originals, almost all of which include dumplings. Dumplings are the undisputed heavyweight champions of Czech food and we found them answering the bell on almost every plate. More Czech Food

Take the Trip to Kutná Hora

St. Barbara Cathedral, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

In a bygone era, Kutná Hora rivaled Prague as the main city of Bohemia, and several kings took up residence. Silver was coming out of these hills in massive quantities during the fourteenth century and the town was rolling in dough. And, as we know, kings like dough. St. Barbara’s Cathedral dominates Kutná Hora from a hill overlooking the city and is certainly worth the short trip from Prague. In 1388, miners began an enormous project to build this Gothic masterpiece, replacing their chapel that had occupied the site for nearly a century. More Kutná Hora

Get Chilled to the Bone at Sedlec Ossuary

Macabre Human Bone Church of Sedlec, Czech Republic

Words – not even pictures – can begin to explain what it’s like walking through the doors of Sedlec Ossuary. The bones from tens of thousands of people adorn the walls and ceiling, in inexplicable formations. Stacks, pyramids, signs, crucifixes, candelabras and a coat of arms surrounded us, all made from the skeletons of the long deceased. Strings of skulls and femurs of the dearly departed hang like garlands over the arches and doorways. The creepy centerpiece of this macabre masterpiece, a massive chandelier containing at least one of every bone in the human body.
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WATCH: You won’t believe the macabre “artwork”

Visit the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter in Prague, Czech Republic

When the Nazis invaded Prague during WWII, it was expected that they would destroy the Jewish Quarter, known as Josefav, but instead they decided to preserve the cemetery, town hall, ceremonial hall and several synagogs as an “exotic museum of an extinct race.” Fortunately, their plans were foiled. The area has gone from settlement, to walled ghetto, to near extinction, to tourist attraction through the ten centuries of its existence. And then, there’s the tale of the Golum… More Josefav

Hike up to Prague Castle

Prague Castle From Charles Bridge

From its hilltop perch the Prague Castle looms over the city and has been home to Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors, and presidents of both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic since the first fortress was constructed here in the year 870. Heralded as the largest castle in the world by the The Guiness Book of World Records, it feels more like a walled city with two huge cathedrals along with countless palaces and halls within the ramparts. More Prague Castle

Vow to Return to Prague on the Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge at night, Prague, Czech Republic

From the earliest days of Prague, this bridge across the Vltava River has been the focal point of the city. King Vladislaus II built the first bridge in 1170. In 1342, when the original structure was washed away in a flood, King Charles IV replaced it with the version that stands today. More than just a bridge, it’s a history lesson, a performance venue, a shopping center and a place of supernatural phenomenon. St. John of Nepomuk was martyred here and, by rubbing his likeness, you will be certain to visit Prague again. More Charles Bridge

Bonus! Be Blown Away By the Street Performers

Street performers abound in Prague, our favorite was an astounding musician using water filled brandy snifters as his instrument. He played outside the Opera House with the skill of a concert pianist… perhaps he should be inside the hall.

Watch: The incredibly talented (and hysterically funny) Peter! He even performs a special serenade to Veronica!

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Change is an unavoidable part of being a woman “of a certain age.” I’m not taking about THE Change – that’s another subject altogether.

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Veronica James will be speaking at Charleston Harbor Resort in Charleston, South Carolina

Change is an unavoidable part of being a woman “of a certain age.” I’m not taking about THE Change – that’s another subject altogether.

I actually prefer the word transition. Change seems too vague, too out of our control, and sometimes too overwhelming.

Our transitions are what define us; how we handle life’s crazy twists and turns – and how we choose to come out on the other end.

I’ll be speaking in Charleston, South Carolina on October 3rd with two fascinating women, Sharon Becker and Jennet Robinson Alterman about grabbing life’s changes by the collar, showing them who’s boss, and turning our transitions into happiness.

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<– How my first empty nest holiday might have played out if I hadn’t headed out in a new direction!

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Sharon Becker will be speaking at Charleston Harbor Resort in Charleston, South Carolina

Once I’ve finished, there’s no way I’m leaving. I’m too excited about attending Sharon Becker‘s workshop.

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Jennet Robinison Alterman will be speaking at Charleston Harbor Resort in Charleston, South Carolina


Then there’s Jennet Robinson Alterman. I often find myself wondering how women who are as accomplished as Jennet find the energy to do all that they do.

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We all have the power to live a balanced life and in this workshop we will define just how to do that. We all need to get comfortable with the concept of power and the more women who learn to use their power, the more our world will be a better place overall.”

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GOING GYPSY
One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All

By David and Veronica James

GOING GYPSY: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All by David and Veronica James (Skyhorse/February 3, 2015/$16.95) turns the tables on the midlife crisis. Faced with the inevitable “now what?” moment as their last kid left home, David and Veronica came up with a radical choice: why be the ones left behind? Why choose to be afflicted with empty nest syndrome when they could sell that nest? Let someone else convert the extra bedroom into a craft room—David and Veronica were going to go out and discover themselves decades after their vows. Funny and irreverent, their chronicle of their first year of leaving home for good is told in alternating chapters, each in either David’s or Veronica’s distinctive voice.

In what David admits freely was a bit of a bait and switch, he sells Veronica, the ultimate homebody, on the idea of hitting the road with the notion of swapping the family home now too far from all three kids for real estate opportunities closer to the youngest one’s college. Once they were on the road, he thought the sense of adventure around the corner, down the back roads to the next town, would be too hard to resist; this kind of attitude was, after all, what had been part of their earliest years together, before kids. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once?

They start purging a lifetime of possessions down to what would be essential to keep or carry. They find a used RV on eBay, and they hit the road. From face-to-face encounters with wild bison while on bicycles, to lessons learned in a Walmart parking lot, to a hilariously mistake-riddled side trip to Italy, they encounter all the sights David wanted to see and Veronica wished they could have lingered over while conquering fears, renewing bonds, and transforming relationships with children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Both authors are gifted observers—of situations, landscapes, and those they encounter along the way—and the ten thousand miles they log in on the back roads fly by.

As the trip meant to last a few months stretched out longer and longer and the bargain-priced used RV showed no signs of breaking down, the Jameses realized they had found more than just a bridgeway adventure; they had created a new life. Creating a website initially to find out who else was on the road with them, they found a growing and receptive tribe of kindred spirits also looking to outlive the notion of empty nest syndrome. Now confirmed travelers, they write about their travels on their website, GypsyNester.com, which has received over 30 million hits, and have become signature contributors on the Huffington Post’s Post50 and Travel verticals.

Filled with insights and photos from along the way (“The World’s Largest Rocking Chair” and more) and enlivened by banter between two people who have figured out how to make their differences work, GOING GYPSY is a joyous celebration of family, letting go, and finding yourself anew.

About the Authors
David James was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up on the prairie and in the mountains of Colorado. He made his way in the music business as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. After parenting and sending three kids out into the big wide world, he currently lives with his bride of thirty years, Veronica, in a state of perpetual motion. The couple writes about their travels since becoming empty nesters on their popular website, GypsyNester.com.

Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person’s better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children’s lives. Veronica has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.

GOING GYPSY
One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
By David and Veronica James
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Price: $16.95, paperback, with 100 color photos
ISBN: 978-1-62914-735-2
Also available as an ebook and an audiobook

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