Thursday, October 30, 2014

Europe Trip: Beautiful Prague!

Hey everyone! Some of you guys might know that I'm on a 3 week Eurotrip! Mainly to visit my family in Ireland & also to explore a few different cities here. I'm grateful enough that my boss allowed me to do so, because come on, 3 weeks of leave is really a lot! But I'm thankful that everything went through smoothly.


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My first destination on the list was Prague! Prague is known for its beautiful architecture and also being one of the most affordable tourist destinations in Europe. So i packed my bags, booked a hostel and walahh! There I was

It was a 4d3n vacation at Prague, so I got my flights through Aer Lingus this time as surprisingly, its cheaper compared to Ryan Air. I paid about RM500 for a return flight and I stayed at Hostel Rosemary which was about RM40 per night. affordable huh?

As for cash, I only changed about 4,000 Czk (approx RM650) and I budgeted to use about 1,000 Czk per day.

So first up, I took a 2 hour flight from Dublin, Ireland, and arrived at Prague about 4pm. Public transport is pretty much easy from the Airport, so i took an Airport Express Bus (AE) which only costed about 60czk (RM9) to get to the city. And in the city itself, everything's within walking distance from my hostel, so I didn't need to get a tram/train/bus for anything!

As for the first day, It was pretty much the discovery period, which I was a typical tourist looking through the map, exploring the parts of the city and also trying out some of Prague's delicacies!

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Such a beautiful city, check out the architecture!

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The clock tower near the hostel


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The first selfie!


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A street performance by some Red Indians?


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The street market


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The old square


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some monuments at the old square


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The very famous Astronomical Clock Tower at the square. I'll explain about it more later!


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and of course, Prague is known for its excellence in music!


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Trying out Prague's famous old ham! 

costed about 300 Czk (RM45) with a beer! if you do want to try it out, remember to request for a small piece, as they normally serve about 300g and more and they charge about 80czk/100g


As night takes over, The view is definitely fantastic! and also...errhemm Cabarets are open! There are plenty around, and most give you free entrance, and if you would like to stay, you would just need to purchase a beer/drink for about 90 Czk


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Night shot at the New Town 


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There are even limo's for the higher class Cabarets



Starting up the 2nd day, my wine buddy Yunsin came to Prague too! Its been quite long since we met up since she went to Bristol to continue her studies, and this was a great opportunity to catch up.

We decided to go for the Sandeman's Free Tour around Prague, as....it is FREE! Typical Malaysian minds! What is free, You must take! 

you can check them out here: http://www.newpraguetours.com/

We got an awesome guide Declan, who is awesome with his sense of humor and dramatic explanations! get him if you're heading to Prague

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Watch out for the Red umbrella's as thats where the Sandeman's Tour starts!


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Yunsin & I

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"Pieta", created by Anna Chromy in front of the Estates Theater. 

There was an incident where one of the pub crawlers managed to get in it, and couldn't come out! LOL they needed the fire brigade to get him out



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Astronomical Clock tower! Thats our guide, Declan in the middle. 

This clock tower is pretty special, as it is a medieval clock built in 1410, and is the oldest one still working right now! It can tell the time, and also shows the placement of the sun, moon and even the zodiac!

Half way through the tour, we took a break to enjoy some awesome Prague beer, and also to get to know the other tours available  for the following day. We decided to book the castle tour, which costed 250 czk each for student price (about RM40 per person) 


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Prague Beers!


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My first Dunkel in Prague, pretty sweet though.


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A synagogue


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Another famous Jewish clock on the left, as the designers of it thought since Jew's read from right to left, they made the clock backwards, moving from right to left. LOL


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Yunsin in action


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The Czech Philharmonic


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Selfie with Declan


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Selfie with Yunsin


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A stall selling a famous delicacy, Trdelnik


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Trying out the Trdelnik & Crepes

As for dinner, we decided to have it with our new friends, Meong from Korea & Taichi from Japan. We walked around for quite a bit (cos we were lost) and finally decided to eat at a restaurant nearby the old town square. 

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Pork Knucle, Risotto, Pork Neck & a Meat Platter! All for 1,077 Czk (about RM160) with 6 beers. SOOO AWESOMEE!


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Group shot of us


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Prague by night


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As you can see, Absinth is the priority LOL


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Cannabis lollipops to end the night



As the Day 3 came, it was pretty chilly, as it was raining. Temperatures dropped down to 4 degrees, and God I was unprepared for it! Yunsin and I were going for the castle tour that day, and well, the castle is all the way on top at the outer ring of the city. 

We walked half way to the meetup point, and suddenly the showers decided to get crazy! We had no choice but to stop, and settle down at a restaurant at the Old Town Square to wait till the rain slows down

A great thing about this restaurant is they do provide heaters around you, and also give you blankets to cover up from the cold! Awesome!


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Yunsin all cozy


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A meat platter and another dunkel!


We met up at the Czech Philharmonic with the tour group, where we needed to take 1 tram ride up the hill, as it was cold, windy and its pretty high up. You would probably need a 24 Czk ticket for that tram.

We reached to the outer part of the castle, which is the royal gardens, and then I realized, actually you don't even need to take a tour, as entrance is free to the castle grounds, Should have done more research on that. If only you would like to get special certain locations at the castle grounds, you would need to pay a small fee for it.

So starting up, check out the gardens!


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The gardens


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Prague castle view from the gardens


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The queen's summer house


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The Ball Game Hall


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St Invictus Cathedral from afar


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The entrance to the castle. If you're lucky, you can see the changing of guards


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Yunsin & I


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The administration buildings


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Snapps!


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The gigantic Cathedral, I need a wider lens!


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Inside the cathedral


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Check out the window paint


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One of the palaces


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And of course, the best part of the castle tour, The view from the castle which overlooks the city

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Yunsin's feet


and of course you need to take pictures with the scenery too! 

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To end our night, one of our old routines back in Malaysia is to go for wine at Chung's place, Vintry. Our tour guide recoomended us to head to Salova, which provides great food and drinks

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Camwhore time


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Roasted Lamb


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Wild boar neck


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Yunsin & I. Honestly the 3rd seat is for Chung. We miss you bro!



That's all for this post! It was definitely a great time at Prague, and it was a great time catching up with Yunsin. 

I'll be updating soon of my other adventures around Europe!

*Photos taken using Nokia Lumia 1020