There are just a few precious weeks of summer left. Kids heading back to school in 3 or 4 weeks. The days are getting shorter. The Sears Christmas catologue will be here any day now. Heck, even with the rare heat wave we have enjoyed this far north here in Hockeyville, the tree leaves are already coloring the hill sides with the brilliance of autumn.
All of which is good, because that means hockey season is getting closer, too. In the mean time, we best take full advantage of summer while we got it. But we can always make it a hockey vacation!
Check out the worldly Nikale1's website Hockey and Tourism. He gives us a look and insider information on many great European and North American cities, tying it all together with hockey. We've all heard of European players coming from Brno or Berne or Kladno. Major cities are included too, such as Moscow, Stockholm and Toronto.
It is part history lesson, part tourist brochure, part hockey - and totally cool. I can't get enough of it, actually. I want to print out the whole site and find my carry on bag. I want to go to Prague first!
This website actually reminds me of an old book, Coolest Game on the Road: A Travel Guide to NHL. It was an interesting book for those travelling to different NHL cities, especially those with hockey tickets. The book offered hotel tips near the arena, as well as restaurant suggestions, tourist spots etc. Copies are still available here and there.
Summer vacation does not have to be without hockey.