Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Summer 2012 Travel Blog - Prague Part 2

July 6th, 2012


Up early today and went off for another day exploring the back streets of Prague, this was one of my favourite things about Prague - there was always somewhere you hadn't been yet! We wandered past the infamous astronomical clock. down streets full of life and raw culture. 



Being not so cultured Kate and I went for a Subway, haha! Bumping into Sam and Jack there was hilarious - they were definitely following us! Therefore it turned into another day of wandering around, shopping and dehydrated. Way too tired and way too lost we found a beer garden and decided not to move for a good hour. In this time I organised to meet up with my best Irish girl Beth! Beth and I met up at Charles Bridge (which is beautiful but so so so crowded!) and it was so lovely to see her we couldn't stop talking and she decided to join us for dinner that night! :) Whilst Beth and I were catching up Kate and the boys decided to make up a game of finding the best arse and taking pictures to see who won! 
Agreeing to meet Beth later for dinner we ended back to the hostel and Beth ended back to hers. Later after showering and changing Beth met us at Mosaic House and was instantly soooooooo jealous and then everyone headed down to the amazing but cheap Italian restaurant a couple of streets away. Everyone was there; Kate, Beth, Jack, Same, Michelle, Thomas, Will and myself - it was so much fun and a really lovely meal that didn't put a hole in anyone's pocket! $$$$$ 
We headed back to the hostel to have a few drinks and then decided we all wanted to go out! Wanting to try somewhere new we randomly picked one called ROXY'S, arriving and forcing Jack to get the Jaegers in Kate and I went to show the Czech's how to skank! Will was loving the Irish girls and was making a strong move on Megan ;) He said the accent was 'incredible' crazy Canadian! After an hour or two Roxy's had gotten a little boring so we left and headed to the 5 STOREY CLUB which we knew would never let us down. On our way out of Roxy's 2 Londoners were heading in and they saw us leaving and started shouting over, "Where ya going?!" "Why ya leaving?!" We all shouted back 
"5 STOREY CLUB"

It wasn't a hard decision for them, instantly they turned around and followed, they were such a laugh on the walk to the club, we got lost numerous times and everyone got split up and when we got to the club everyone met up again until we realised we had lost Kate and Jack! :( Assuming they were already inside having just walked quicker we didn't worry and got straight in there ready to dance. At the entrance Will didn't have enough money and had to find a cash point so Sam and I waited for him and everyone else headed on inside to the 5 dancefloors. When he finally returned we found the Irish girls pretty easily but still no Kate or Jack! :( Thinking they would find us at some point we all got our boogey on and had a great time! Getting split up a few times with me going off to try and find Kate and Jack but always finding one another we all had a great time, however i did feel like i was missing a limb without Kate there. :(
A night out with Beth my Irish bestie was insane though, SO MUCH FUN. We were getting so excited for Mallorca in August we couldn't contain ourselves! Everyone was busting their moves on the oldies floor and Will and Beth had a dance off. Later, with the men getting creepier by the minute and no sign of Kate or Jack we decided it was time to leave. Sam, Will and I walked back to the hostel whilst the girls got a taxi to theirs. Will was SPEECHLESS at the fact it was now early in the morning and it was light hahaha! Thankfully we arrived home and Kate was safe in bed. 

Jack and I in Roxy's

Beth and I in the 5 Storey Club

July 7th, 2012

Sadly, Michelle and Thomas left early in the morning, after some goodbyes and take cares they headed off. So only 5 remaining we decided to get a pedalo for some fun! Sitting in a red pedalo under a bridge in the rain in the city of Prague was definitely not the highlight of the trip, however when the thunder and lightening struck it was actually pretty cool! Causing a scene as usual, we pedalled all the way round a stupid island, Sam lost his phone and Will shouting out to some people that he is English when I am 100% sure he is Canadian; MAJOR WANNABE. 

After having lots of fun, Jamie, one of my friends from Italy contacted me letting me knows my best friends had arrived in Prague! I was so excited, so hours later Jamie finally rocked up at our hostel and we all had a few drinks at Mosaic House. Convincing the rest of the Italian gang to come we had a super cool chilled night hanging out in the bar and getting food. It was so good to see my best friends in Prague, especially Nina and Sof! 

Ali, Nina, Sof, Myself and Jamie 
Later they left and we all said our goodbyes as we were heading off for Munich early in the morning however the good news was that Will was coming with us! 

Munich coming next!





Sunday, 18 November 2012

Summer 2012 Travel Blog - Prague Part 1

July 3rd, 2012


After jumping on some crazy metro service from the airport to the city we got off at our stop and clambered up the stairs to the street, this was our first glance at Prague as a city, I must say it was very different to what I expected! After a short walk in the rain following a map like typical tourists, we arrived at the Mosaic House Hostel. If anyone goes to Prague you MUST stay here, it is nicer than most hotels I have been to and less than half the price! There are hotel suites and then rooms in the hostel section ranging from 4 people to 24 people! We were in a room with 4 others, we were allowed straight to our room and met who followed on to be the best roomies ever! Michelle, Thomas and Will from Canada. As we had been travelling all day we decided to go down to the bar (which is amazing for a hostel) and catch some food and have a few drinks. We didn't exactly have a few drinks... how about quite a few? We meet some more Australian boys who were lovely and spent the night discussing why England is better than Australia and vice versa! 

July 4th, 2012

Hard Rock Cafe was our first and only destination this day, we were way too hungover to go gallabanting around Prague in the heat! At the Hard Rock Cafe we met THE BEST WAITER EVER, his name was DEREK and he was from SOUTH AFRICA.

Myself, Derek and Kate, Hard Rock Cafe, Prague
 After sitting in Hard Rock Cafe for 3 hours we decided it was time we left and wander back to Mosaic House. 

Prague, Czech Republic
Arriving back at the hostel we realised that it was the 4th of July, the day America made the worse decision ever. JOKINGGG haha American Independence Day, the hostel was decorated from head to toe in red white and blue, all the Americans were dressed up and a night of fun was beginning. Kate was more interested in the tennis that was on the big screen, Murray against someone and apparently it was important? Anyway I had no interest so we got a drink and chilled out, Kate got talking to 2 English boys on the nearby table, they were also much more interested about the tennis then the fact it was the most important day of America's history! The hostel had organised games and all sorts of activities and so Jack and Sam (the two English boys) decided to make a team and enter the table football competition. Naming themselves 'The British Empire' the whole room now hated us! The boys whipped everyone's arses so at the end of the tournament the American organiser had to announce to the whole hostel that "The British Empire has won the tournament of the 4th of July"   Haha best moment ever! The room fell silent apart from us 4 in the corner shouting and cheering! The prize was a bottle of Jack Daniels and we all enjoyed this a little too much and merrily trotted off down the road to The Five Storey Club. Save to say this was one of the funniest nights of the trip, the whole group was out, Myself and Kate, Jack and Sam, and our favourite Canadians Will and Thomas, unfortunately Michelle hadn't felt like coming out :( We all danced stupidly on the oldies floor, and we later learnt that Jack was hitting on a hen party all night! 


Loving life in the Five Storey Club, Prague.


July 5th, 2012
Regardless of our banging headaches the next day Kate and I got up and faced the climb up to Prague's infamous castle. It was painful but totally worth it, the views up at the top were phenomenal. Looking over the whole city you could see it's true beauty, history and culture in one snapshot. We were also lucky enough to watch the changing of the guards. In the church we were taken aback by the beautifully breath taking pieces of mosaic art on the walls. Here are a few shots from up at the castle. 


View when we got to the top
The Church






We decided to head back down to the city before our feet dropped off or one of us dropped dead.We stumbled across a pretty little square which was hidden away and I'm pretty sure it was mostly locals and not crawling with tourists which made it even cuter! In the centre of the small square was a paddling pool and everyone was sat around dangling their feet in it to cool down and enjoy the sun, Kate and I didn't hesitate to kick our shoes off and join in! 



The rest of the day we had a lazy day, bumped into Sam and Jack and we all went to Tesco, which I didn't even know existed outside of the UK! It was a fun afternoon hanging out together on the hostel terrace having lunch and abusing cucumbers.

As we were all absolutely knackered, we decided to get some board games from the reception and us roomies sat upstairs playing games and I can honestly say it was SO MUCH FUN. Later we headed back downstairs to find Jack and Sam sat watching a Scottish lady perform in the bar so we joined them and bought a huge pitcher of Sex on the Bitch which was honestly AMAZING - favourite summer drink ever. 


Part 2 will be coming soon with another 3 days in Prague!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Summer 2012 Travel Blog - Paris

June 30, 2012 5:30 PM

5:30pm on Saturday 30th of July, the day after my 18th birthday, was one of the most exciting and scariest moments of my life so far. My best friend and I were all set and ready to depart for Paris, our first stop on our highly anticipated trip around Europe for a month during our 2012 summer break. As we travelled by Megabus (CHEAP AS CHIPS) 14 hours later we arrived in the middle of nowhere in Paris at 7:30AM!
July 1st, 2012
 
Regardless, we were definitely the happiest 18 year olds in the world. We had booked to stay at St. Christopher's Hostel now the only task was to locate this hostel. We used our initiative and started walking. Half an hour later and feeling like we had made no progress we stumbled across the infamous Arc de Triumph, that was one ticked off the list already!


Arc de Triumph, Paris
 
Arriving at the hostel, free breakfast was provided straight away, dumping our bags in the locker room we rushed up to breakfast. An outgoing Canadian girl named Rebecca sat down with us and started chatting away which then led us to meeting our AUSSIE BOYS. They seemed pretty hungover after a heavy night however Kate and I had been sat on a coach for 15 hours so we didn't exactly look glamorous ourselves, we later learnt that it is impossible to look glamorous whilst back packing! Buzzing to get out there into one of the most beautiful cities in the world we agreed to meet up later and ran off to explore!
 
 
First stop was the Notre Dame!
 
Notre Dame de Paris is French for ''Our Lady of Paris'', also known as the Notre Dame Cathedral is a historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral in the easter half of the Ile de la Cite in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. It is widely considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well known churches in the world ever built. It is one of the most beauiful and breath taking cathedrals I have ever seen! As the sun was shining and we were both still grinning from ear to ear we decided to sit down for a while and just people watch, taking in the breathless scenery.
 
Notre Dame


Kate chilling in the sunshine outside the Notre Dame
Heading to Musée du Louvre we followed the map along the Seine river, crossing at Pont Neuf,our favourite bride in the whole wide world! The Musée du Louvre is the world's most visited art museum, one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. As it was a Sunday, entry to the museum was free which, yes you might think is great, however NO it is not so great as you then have to queue for 2 hours to get in! We kept ourselves occupied taking typical tourist pictures.
 


Le Lourve
Waiting in the queue, took approximately 6253 attempts to get this right
Eventually we got in and the first place we headed was the cafe as we were starving! We then wandered around for a while not really knowing what we were looking at until we decided to hunt down Mona Lisa (OUR LASS MONA). The Mona Lisa is a half-length potrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which had been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world."
 
This is the best picture I could get due to the animals (masses of people) fighting to get closer our dear Mona.


Kate very nearly got victimised by the gypsies out on the bridges of the Siene river however I was there to save her and instruct her on GYPSY SPOTTING she is now an absolute pro! No fear now, the gypsies aren't near! We found the cuuuuutest most delicious restaurant ever and sat down in the gleaming sun to have a typical French lunch.
 
Moving on to the last place we wanted to see that day: The Eiffel Tower!

Kate and I at The Eiffel Tower
We headed back to St Christopher's hostel, which was absolutely jam packed due to the final of the Euro 2012 football! Squeezing past all the old local french sweaty men we found a little table in the corner and ordered some nachos, after not being impressed by the nachos AT ALL we thought we would just head back up to our room and catch some sleep. But NO that is not what you do when travelling! Bumping into to the Aussie boys, we got drinking and the rest of the night is a mystery as neither of us can remember much.

July 2nd, 2012

Forcing ourselves out of bed we tried to eat something and got going to explore Paris a little further, one of our friends Tom came with us whilst the others slept their hangovers off. Me and Kate being wonderful tour guides we took Tom to Le Lourve and chilled in the Gardens. We then got lost and ended up starving, cold, lost, and not very happy at all. We went to the train station so Kate and I could book a train to Berlin for that night, well that didn't work out did it? There was A TRAIN STRIKE - there was no way in which me and Kate could leave Paris on a train anytime soon. Basically we were stuck in Paris, but that's cool we'll just book an extra night at St. Christophers right? NO it is fully booked. Kate started to panic. Oh dear. This was not a good start. Luckily our Aussie boys literally saved our lives and let us stay with them that night, we booked a flight to Prague the next day and decided to go out to a lovely meal at a Vietnamese restaurant down the road. Our baby Mike educated us on the cuisine and we all enjoyed a gorgeous tasty meal.
 
July 3rd, 2012
 
 
We chilled at the hostel for a while until it was time for me and Kate to hit the airport. It was time for some sad goodbyes to our AUSSIE BOYS who literally saved our BUTTS and become our best friends in Paris! Hugs and kisses, take cares and see you again hopefully, Kate and I trotted off heading for Charles de Gaulle International Airport. I must say that I did not see the sky on that plane, I sat in my seat and fell asleep instantly and then woke up the minute before we landed. We arrived in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, the rain was pouring and we were lost.