Few weeks ago I visited the wonderful city of Prague for the first time. Let me tell you…It was love at first sight. I spent an entire week over there and it is not enough. I didn’t have time to do half the things I had planned to do. It’s sufficient to say, I got distracted by the bohemian atmosphere over there and just lived in the moment. I’m going to repeat myself over here, but it was simply wonderful.
The reason I booked flight there, was because my eternal idol Madonna was going to perform there exactly on my birthday. So I had to, you know, treat myself. It was amazing. There were tons of people, who had travelled there to just to see Madonna. A couple on my left had come from Hungary and the guy on my right had actually flown in all the way from Sao Paolo in Brazil! That’s commitment right there my friends. I got chatting with him and I found out he owns a copy of the Sex-book and actually saw The Girlie Tour way back in the day. Madonna jealousy!
One of my favourite things over there is the public transport. SO CHEAP! So FUCKIN’ CHEAP! A 30 minute ticket 24 korunas, which is under 1 euro. 90 minute ticket is 34 korunas, which is like 1,30€. And if you live there, a monthly travel card is 550 korunas, which is just a little over 20 euros. The 100 euros we have to pay over here for a shitty service just makes me cry. CRY!
It wasn’t all about Madonna, bohemian things and wine, I did do some tourist things too. The Charles Bridge is filled with other tourists, but it’s a must see. The views are beautiful, the atmosphere is great and it’s a fun place to do some people watching. I went there three times. Twice for a date though ;)
When you get past the bridge and the millions of tourists disperse around the castle hill area, you do get some peace and quiet. But the castle hill is bitch to walk. By the time you get to the castle, you are panting. Or at least I was. Or maybe I’m just really, really unfit. No, it must be because the hill was a bitch to walk. Also…a friendly tip…The Starbucks over there has a loo but there are about a gazillion stairs you have to walk back down to get to it. So pretty much choose any other café around the area for your more pressing needs.
I love souvenir shops. I could browse through them for hours. Even in Paris, where I’ve been several times, I never get tired of looking at the knick-knacks. These Santa’s weren’t priced like knick-knacks though. Prague is cheap but these aren’t. But they sure are beautiful.
Prague is really good for thrifting and second hand shopping. The prices are really, really good and there are tons of flea markets and second hand stores, pretty much everywhere in the city. This particular one had an entrance fee of 1 euro. You put the coin in a machine and walk through one of those helicopter type of gates. How exotic! By the time I got there, some of the sellers had already packed and left, but I found quite a few bargains there.
Not all my shopping was cheap. I accidentally found this beautiful pink building, which was a gigantic shopping mall. I wish I had known Sephora had stores in Prague, because I totally would have budgeted for Christmas shopping in there. I always buy those Sephora bubble bath things for my friend, when I’m in Paris, and it would have been so great to continue that tradition. I was especially keen to give him the glittery Christmas one :D Anyhoo…The big difference with this mall and the malls in Finland is that there are tons of different sized retail spaces. Meaning, there were both international chains and independent retailers. In Finland Citycon owns most of the malls, and they don’t really offer opportunities to other than huge chains. There’s a chance, when I next time go over there, I shall shop till I drop as they had bunch of chains, I’d last seen in Paris and I’m a huge fan of.
My hard drive is filled with images of Prague. The river Vltava is so beautiful. It’s just a one photo-op after another. I did one of those boat tours and this is one of the pics I took, while on it. Like Her Madgesty said, Prague is magical, but that magic multiplies around sunset. There’s so much excitement and romance in the air around that time, that you can’t help but feel excited yourself. I recommend taking that boat tour. It’s worth it.
All good things must come to an end. I was gutted I had to go but I’ll be going back soon. I met so many wonderful people, who made me believe, that anything is still possible. It was one of the reasons, why it has taken so long for me to share this trip with you. I wanted to have those memories for me only.
I’ll be posting about Prague flea markets and other handy tips for you at later time. Prague is a very budget friendly city. You can go there with a very limited budget and still have a time of your life. I booked my flights with Norwegian and stayed at a Couchsurfing-place.