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Roadtrip pt.3: Prague!

September 23, 2013

Here we are – halfway there, and onto part 3: Prague! After two-and-a-bit days in Dresden it was time to move on to a new city. Unfortunately the weather didn’t really decide to join us – it started off just as amazingly as it had been over the last few days, but was soon cloudy/rainy/sunny/cloudy/rainy/cloudy etc. I love how the photo above looks as though I have photoshopped the sky in. I really haven’t – in fact that photograph hasn’t even been edited, so I don’t quite know what’s happened there!

Again, the architecture was beautiful in Prague. It was a wonderful city to walk around – so many colourful and intricate buildings. The only downside is that it’s very touristy. I mean, I am used to tourists – I have lived in cities for years, and of course Brighton is tourist-central in the summer. There’s something that I love about how touristy Brighton is though – it feels like a very relaxed, cheesy kind of tourism. Anyway, I’m getting off track here.

There are a lot of tourists. Crowds almost everywhere – and I hate that kind of crowded, taking photographs that look like postcards, buying tatty cheap rubbish, souvenirs, tourist groups following their leader who is waving a stick with a pompom on the top, stopping without notice because you’ve seen a magnet that says, ‘I {heart} Prague’ on it. Trout reminded me that you wouldn’t have the (irritating) tourists without the beautiful architecture or historic sites , and vice versa – and that I was part of this tourist brigade. Yes, true, but it doesn’t mean that I have to like them!

When I’m travelling I like to have a balance between historic, must-see sites, and places that locals love to go to. I love searching out narrow streets with markets and boutiques, eating at unusual cafes and buying coffee from a small, independent shop. I love photographing graffiti, sitting (falling asleep) in parks and just generally trying to understand what it’s really like to live in that city.

 

I really hate having my picture taken – there is probably only 1 in 100 that will ever turn out ‘OK’. I am definitely more comfortable behind the camera! When Trout tries to take photographs of me, they tend to end up bizarrely ridiculous, case in point:

 

As soon as I came across the Museum of Medieval Torture in my research I knew we had to visit. And it was perfect timing when we happened to be around the corner when it started raining! I thought the museum was brilliant – a little pricey, but it is a tourist trap, and spread across three floors so there’s plenty to enjoy. There were descriptions for all of the pieces in the museum, in a variety of languages, and I found it really interesting. I managed to quickly snap one of the exhibits:

So, that was our trip to Prague! We didn’t encounter very many stag do’s, but I can see why it’s such an attraction for them. The beer was super cheap – I think around 90p a pint – and our meals were just as affordable, too.

Have you been to Prague? Do tourists bother you when you’re travelling?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2013 8:27 am

    I’ve always heard so many wonderful things about Prague, but I’ve never been. It looks full of culture which I love. :-)

    • September 25, 2013 10:54 pm

      It’s definitely worth a visit, but I wouldn’t say it was a highlight for me x

  2. September 23, 2013 2:10 pm

    I really enjoyed my stay in Prague. I can’t remember what time of year I went but it was out of tourist season so was blissfully quiet! I’m pretty impatient with tourists too, particularly those huge, noisy groups.
    The beautiful architecture is what I remember most and your pictures really capture it. Very cute photos of you too :)

    • September 25, 2013 10:55 pm

      I think having a lack of tourist would have made it far more enjoyable! Thanks for your sweet words x

  3. September 23, 2013 4:44 pm

    This looks like the most beautiful city! I can’t wait to visit xo

  4. September 23, 2013 7:30 pm

    Beautiful. I am so jealous you got to take all these awesome trips!

  5. September 26, 2013 12:51 pm

    Beautiful pics! I love Prague, I would really like to go back in the dead of winter and drink hot chocolate in the main square with a blanket around me! I agree with the tourist thing, and I’m totally the same as you when it comes to what you like to do when travelling. I love trying to find off the beaten track places as well as seeing the historic sites :-)

    • September 27, 2013 6:32 pm

      My sister and her fiancee (well, he’ll be her husband by then!) are going in the middle of December for their honeymoon – to walk around the Christmas markets. It sounds dreamy!

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