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24hrs in Prague
24hours in prague

24hours in prague


Second day

All of us woke up with piercing lights in our light studio at 6am. My mom has the habit of prepping breakfast at hotels/airbnbs instead of munching out on the streets. A quick breakfast, dressed up and we were out roaming on the streets.  Travelling in a group is always a tiny bit complicated because all of us have different interest.
I was super interested in Alphons Mucha when I was a student, so when I found out that there was a Alphons Mucha musuem, I had to go and feast my eyes!
 

24hours in prague — Mucha Museum

24hours in prague — Mucha Museum

 
 
 

Mucha Museum

The Museum is tiny. But if you like his works, it's worth a visit. Somehow, Jean and I managed to pass as students, and got our tickets at 320czk (12€? I can't really remember much). 

The lady at the counter didn't really bother checking out IDs for our age or what not. She did ask for our student passes, but we just randomly said that we forgot it. Surprisingly, she didn't ask for more, and let us in with a student ticket. 

The Museum is located somewhere near Wenceslas Square, it was about 8mins walk to the Museum. There's lots of Mucha art works, some included steps by steps. I was really impressed how they maintain all these art works, afterall, his era was more than 150 years ago. They even had a video room that showed various parts of his life. 

Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the Museum, that left me with only a memory of the ticket passes at the entrance. There's also a souvenir shop that sells lots of posters. But there wasn't a convincing tote-bag that was nicely printed to my preference. 

I left the shop with a couple of postcards and found a post office not too far away.

 
 
24 hours in prague

24 hours in prague

24hours in prague : wenceslas square, trdelnik

24hours in prague : wenceslas square, trdelnik

24hours in prague : wenceslas square, trdelnik

24hours in prague : wenceslas square, trdelnik

24 hours in prague : Wenceslas square

24 hours in prague : Wenceslas square

Paint a Brick

Paint a brick was a charity donation for people with mental disabilities. I saw it the day before when I was strolling through Wenceslas Square, but  I didn't have time to look through them. I passed by them again, and decided to paint something since it's way of helping people. 
A brick cost 150ckz, which was some 5.80€? You are able to bring them home, but it was too heavy for my budget flight luggage. I was eggcited to paint a brick, but I wasn't sure what to paint. So a random idea came by to paint our "origins". Jean came all the way from Singapore, which was represented by an owl-like Merlion, and while I came from Singapore, my upbringing was more french in some way, which was represented by the Eiffel Tower :)

If you follow me on instagram @twopartsofone, you may have noticed some hashtag #7timbers. #7timbers represent my 7 of my closest friends from school more than 10 years ago. You can look up the hashtag on instagram and look at all sorts of crazy things we do :P #timeflies
 

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick #7timbers

24 hours in prague: Paint a brick #7timbers

24 hours in prague: Prague castle

24 hours in prague: Prague castle

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague — outfit: louis vuitton pochette metis, tods, zara top & Bottom

24 hours in prague — outfit: louis vuitton pochette metis, tods, zara top & Bottom

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle grounds

24 hours in prague: Prague castle

24 hours in prague: Prague castle

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

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St Vitus Cathedral

In the 1920s the sculptor Vojtěch Sucharda worked on the façade, and the famous Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha decorated the new windows in the north part of nave. Frantisek Kysela designed the Rose Window 1925-7 which depicts scenes from the Biblical story of creation. By the time of St. Wenceslas jubilee in 1929, the St. Vitus cathedral was finally finished, nearly 600 years after it was begun. Despite the fact that entire western half of Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic addition, much of the design and elements developed by Peter Parler were used in the restoration, giving the Cathedral as a whole a harmonious, unified look.

— Wikipedia

 

Clock Tower

I was so pumped to snap photos of Prague's cityscape that I signed up to climb up a flight of stair to reach the top of the Clock Tower. Except I didn't know that those 280 steps up the tiny enclosed spiral staircase felt like 2800 steps instead. For the first time in my life, I felt so claustrophobic. Even my vision started spinning a little. When I finally lifted my feet out to the first step on the little platform, my feet were sooo jelly! Well, not working out often probably plays a huge part — as mocked by my brother. He was completely fine :P I had to sit down for some moments before I could get my feet walking. 

It costs 150ckz to access the Clock Tower. The entrance is a different one on the side, so if you entered from the main door, you'll have to exit and proceed to the side where you see the clock on it. There's absolutely no lift access from what I saw. So get ready to climb all the way up! When we started our climb, the skies were in a pretty shade of blue. But when I up, dark clouds were looming upon us— then it started raining. 

 

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: st vitus cathedral prague cityscape

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

24 hours in prague: CIty

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Prague Castle
Charles Bridge

We waited for night fall to go to Charles bridge to look at the sunset.
Sunset's later during the summer, so we waited... There were lots of people, tourists mostly, all of us were just snapping away for the perfect night view.

24 hours in prague: charles bridge

24 hours in prague: charles bridge

Praha Neighborhood
 
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
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ahoj! 

This summer vacation to Eastern Europe wasn't really planned before hand. I originally wanted to head south to Spanish lands, but my parents didn't quite agree with me and we randomly decided to travel to the unfamiliar lands of Eastern Europe.

A month before travelling, I was looking up for flights to Prague on Skyscanner.fr, the best deal I got for a family of 4 was from Volotea Airline. I've never heard of this airline, but it was affordable for a summer ticket and confirmed my booking. A few days later, one of my friends were complaining that their flight was delayed for 7 hours without any explanation. I panicked :( Lucky us, turns out everything was on time, I was super shocked at their leather seats. It felt too luxurious to be a budget airline. The only downside was that they distributed 4 of us into different corners when there were seats next to each other. I guess it's their technique to get you spend more money— because, of course, changing seats = $$$

 

 

bordeaux to praha

The flight was super early in the morning, 6am flight, I had to get up at 3am to travel to the airport, blah blah blah— it was a hellish sleepy morning, but I managed to catch a tiny glimpse of the sunrise and tried my best to nap during the 2 hour flight. However, my luck with random travelers these days have gone pretty bad. I always end up sitting next to someone who smells bad :( 

By now, you'd have understood that I'm not much of a holiday-planner, and forgot that Prague does not use Euros #majorfacepalm. The first thing we did when we landed at Praha airport was to withdraw money. Dad decided to rent a car from Hertz so that we could travel easily between Prague, Vienna and Budapest. We got a little striking blue Skoda Rapido for the week.

One of my besties, Jean was travelling to London for her work trip and she really wanted to visit me, but her dates were clashing with my Eastern Europe trip, so she flew over and joined us later that day. The first 24hours were random picks of where to go, since I didn't want to cover too many places without my friend.  

 

Prague Travelogue, City Walk
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
Prague Travelogue, City Walk
 
trdelnik
— things to eat

We were just randomly roaming the streets and then a wave of yummy bakery fragrance just led us to their shop.
The shop was pretty much empty, my brother and I were super hungry and got ourselves one to share. Dipped in cinnamon powder + sugar and almond nuts + a generous spread of nutella on the insides for 70czk (2.70€), it was definitely worth the calories :)

Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik
 
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik


Do you see what I mean when I say it feels like a land-version of Burano?

Colorful european buildings side by side, reminds me so much of
Burano island in Venice. 

 

 
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Wenceslas Square
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square
— Praha
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Wenceslas Square
Image Credit Maso a Kobliha.com

Image Credit Maso a Kobliha.com

Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Cafe hop


where to eat?

I actually have another micro-blog else where besides here, on an app call Dayre.
It's more like a micro blogging platform for (mostly) Singapore bloggers — that explains all the Singlish written over there, inlcuding myself! During the first day in Prague, I constantly updated my journey, a lovely reader left a few tips on where to go for food.

She left me a list of places where she loved to eat. I decided to go, except it wasn't exactly "parent-friendly" especially if you have traditional asian parents. 

Maso a Kobliha

Petrská 23, Praha 1  |  www.masoakobliha.cz

On her list of recommendations, I picked Maso a Kobliha because she mentioned eggcellent Scotch eggs. It's a very chill-type restaurant bar with hight table tops and chairs. My mom hates those = *dingdong* there goes a minus point. We actually already had some random food before we came, so we only ordered some entrées to share: Scotch Eggs, Pork Skin, Croquettes. The Scotch eggs came with belachan chilly? O_O I was stoked! However the Pork Skin was super salty, and that set my mom off again #healthyfoodalways
Now you see why she doesn't like this place :X

 

The AirBnb Hood

 As I mentioned that I only booked air tickets about a month before travelling + especially during summer, things can get complicated in Europe. Because everyone's travelling. Hotels get more expensive during these months (July & August) and most AirBnb's are rented. I found a cute little light studio somewhere further out of the city center, it didn't really matter to us because we were driving anyway. We managed to find a parking slot rather easily too. It wasn't too complicated. For drivers, you'd just have to take note that blue-lined slots are only for residents and for outsiders of the area, you'd have to park in white-lined slots. 

The host told us not to be late, so we kinda arrived an hour earlier and napped in the car while waiting– all of us were pretty exhausted with a wakeup call at 3am. Unfortunately our host's friend who was supposed to "pick us up" was late for 30minutes. *eye-rolls* I got a little annoyed because you know, we were told not to be late— and then checkin was done in 5minutes. Plus, it was a rare apartment fine, because— there's a lift! HA, leaving in Paris long enough, I understands that Europeans apartments, especially old buildings do not have a lift! Think about all the luggage to drag up to the 5th floor?!

The apartment looked exactly like the photos. It was clean and bright. Maybe too bright. I always thought slanted ceilings + skylight windows were cool until those 2 nights. At night, it was great, because it lets you look out into the starry sky (or a cloudy one) but in the morning, especially in summer the sunrise is super early! Light just shines STRAIGHT into your face. All of us woke up at 6am :X

 


Pardon that exhausted face. 

Our flight was quite full, the checkin counter offered/insisted to checkin my luggage.
Now my poor little yellow luggage has so many battle bruises :(
 

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Quick tour of our studio

Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik, Airbnb
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik, Airbnb
Prague Travelogue, City Walk, Things to eat Trdelnik, Airbnb
 

Eastern europe log

 
 
Hiking hills / Ihwa & Namsan

 

Right now, Paris has almost the exact same temperature compared to the month where I was in Seoul hiking mountains in a super inappropriate outfit. Technically this is my first? #YOLO moments of my week in Seoul. I got up quite late because the night before was a party experience. The best part about being alone is being able to do what ever you want, without worrying that your travel buddy would be waiting too long for you, "own time, own target" — as my dad would say. 

I lazily dragged out my ass out of bed and picked a dress because I wanted to dress "pretty" touring the city. Little did I expect that I would actually hike hills. Good job for not researching ahead, but even if I would turn back time, I think I'd be the same, somehow I'm just not too bothered to google out all the details. I preferred getting lost and asking locals with my limited vocabulary and survive on limited free wifi hotspots. It's all the experience that counts anyway :)

Traveling with buses

I preferred to travel around with buses, especially being in another country. Whenever I google for my directions, I'd select bus as the option. Isn't it much better to stay above the ground and look around the city than being underground? I'd only take the subway when there's no direct buses. I do that in Paris too, especially when Metro stinks.

Luckily I managed to find myself a seat before finding myself hiking around...
 

 

 
 

When in Korea

wear Korean: Gentle Monster Sunglasses, Clio Lipstick,
Mr Brown Line Friends Mirror

 
 
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It feels good to be lost in the right direction
 
 

As if I knew that my direction was right ;) After a couple of hours in the colorful neighborhood, I managed to borrow a bit of WIFI from the Ice cream cafe to check out my route to Namsan Park. Time was ticking, I was worried that the sun would go down too quickly for my preference. I googled a preferred bus route, which somehow led me walking for 15-20minutes because I couldn't find the right bus-stop. 

It was a tiring walk, but I managed to find this; Cheonggyecheon Stream. It would have been a cooling spot to chill and rest after walking so much, but the skies were greying, I had to quicken my steps to get to Namsan Park. Except, I didn't do my research properly and arrived on the other side of Namsan park, way further from the Cable car station. As I was trying to find my way to the cable car station, I was lost and ended up hiking up the mountain / hill all the way to the peak. 

 

Such a lazy bum as I (and for not working out more often), I had to take a little break in between.

I met a french couple who were on their way down, and I quickly asked them if I was on the right track.
They said "Bonne courage! C'est encore loin!" / Good luck, it's still a long way to go!

There were lots of tour buses vrooming up the hill, many couples taking their own sweet time to get to the peak. Then there's me #foreveralone I had a number of weird glances, which I guess was due to the fact that I was alone, quite a number of ahjummas and ahjusshis were looking at me too. Can someone enlighten me on that point?

Anyhoos, I was super lucky! There were still many remaining cherry blossoms petals. The entire mountain/hill was covered in pinks and greens <3

 

 
 
 
Good shoes
take you to
good places

Gotta relax those feet.

Definitely chose the wrong pair of shoes for this unexpected hike,
there wasn't enough grip. I felt like my espadrilles would rip at any moment. 

That being said, this pair of trusty #chanelespadrilles has travelled quite a number of places with me. Thankfully, I found another solo traveller, a young korean lady who was hiking up alone, shooting pictures, so I bugged her for a few shots, and YAY. Somehow it was my little proud moment. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Things to do on top of Namsan Tower

I made all my way up and paid for a simple ticket just to go up to Namsan Tower, it costs somewhere around 13 000₩. But the queue was super long to go up, it was at least a 45minutes wait for the lift to go up.
Since I waited so long to get up, I decided to stay a little longer for the sunset and check out the night view of the city. 

 

There were so many people in that circular space. I was quite shocked by the amount of rowdy tourists and the locals.  The noise level was quite unbearable. There weren't much seats for you to rest nor lounge, so I took my time to shop the gift shop and write a couple of postcards :) The gift shop also sell stamps, so you could write and post it immediately. Except I couldn't find the post box, and ended up not sending it from Korea. #somuchforhavingthepostalstamp

I waited for another hour or 2 for the lift to go down. But before I head down, I was looking out on the directions to the cable car, which I lost it again when I got to the ground floor *face palm*, but to my relief, I found a Starbucks— stealing wifi to check on my next direction back to the hotel and get some food. I lost the Cable car station, so I descended the hill, all the way to the bottom that led me directly to a bus stop. But thanks to myself losing the sight of the Cable car, I walked under swaying Cherry blossom trees. It was such a romantic atmosphere. With every blow of the wind, it snows sakura! It would definitely feel much more romantic if I ever came with my lover.

That said, this explains why this is a dating spot. I accidentally walked into a couple hiding behind a huge panel kissing passionately #woopssorrynotsorry (Sorry for the interuption, LOL) while I was trying to get another view of the night cityscape... So I guess I'd definitely come back to Namsan park again in the future :P

 

 
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not all who wanders 

are lost

 

— J. R. R. Tolkien

 
 
 
 
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