Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Winter Break: Prague

Hello all! Firsts firsts, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Just got back a few days ago after a 2 hour drive from Southampton to London and a 5 hour train ride from London's Kings Cross Station. It's been a really fun trip albeit a lil' tiring. Don't think I've ever done so much walking in my life! Lol.
Anyway, check out the sights in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We took a whooping 700 photos here! Can't possibly post them all so here are just some highlights.

Entrance to Prague Castle
(Notice the brutality of the statues atop the gateway?)

Just like in London, they're not allowed to move

St. Vitus Cathedral, located in the Castle grounds

Inside the cathedral

One of the freakier statues lining Charles Bridge

Czech cuisine for lunch

The Astronomical Clock by day

By night

Interior of a museum. Looks more like a palace doesn't it?

Yummy Greek food!

Reminds me of the Walt Disney Castle

The Dancing House

One of the 5 bridges across the Vltava River

Prague Castle. Taken from the other side of the bridge

Well, being students on a limited budget, we chose to book one of the cheapest hotels available- Residence Casa Italia. And of course cheap hotels also means that it's probably small, cramped, not too clean, and God knows what else. We were however pleasantly surprised. The place was so huge! And the owner extremely friendly. He actually took the time to write down the key places for us to visit and recommended cheap and good places to have our meals. Very good PR, I've gotta say. Plus, the hotel was only a 5 minute walk from the nearest train station. All in all, a really good place to stay. I'd definitely go back there if I ever make another trip to Prague.

The sitting room. You can see the 2 bedrooms straight ahead.

One of the bedrooms

The kitchen and dining area

The bathroom. The shower area is just behind this mirror and sink

Now, like most things, Prague does have its downside. It's people. They were generally rather unfriendly, rude, and all things not nice. The only exceptions were the hotel owner and his family, as well as the owner of a souvenir shop (where we bought most of ours). It really was quite a turn-off. And it is this that would make me think twice about recommending Prague to everyone else. A beautiful city filled with not so internally beautiful people.

Look out for the next post on Berlin, the city of modern technology.


-zonked` said...

prague certainly looked fun.! seems to me that you are at sunderland. i'm from uni of southampton :)

Harmony said...

the cathedral is really nice

scoobz said...

Zonked: It was :) One of those to-visit-before-you-die places. Haha.. No way! What a coincidence. I just came back from there as my cousin is from uni of southampton. And yes, I'm from uni of sunderland :)

Harmony: Yeah, all the detailed carvings... Makes one wonder how long they must've took to get it all done. Lol.

xploringstalin said...

You should totally be glad that your prague hotel was creepy looking! The last time I went with the school trip, our hotel was so creepy!!!! None of us dared to sleep alone in the hotels, at. all. Their doors can lock on their own... totally :X

scoobz said...

Lock on their own? Heck, that's really creepy. During one of my school trips, we encountered haunted rooms as well. The doors would open and close by itself and every now and then, the toilet would flush on its own. Needless to say, we never went back.