Travel Diary: Prague 2017

Hello everyone,

After my trip to Dubrovnik, I went to the Czech Republic for a couple of days. You know, to see my family once in a while, get everything that needed to be sorted done and all that kind of stuff. It occurred to me that it would be nice to have a stroll through the streets of Prague (which I’ve never really done, to be honest) and write a blog post about it. In fact, I didn’t want to call this a ‘travel diary’ since it’s really not a travel diary. It’s more of an explore diary. However, I want all of my travel diaries, this one included, to fit in one category and to not complicate anything in the process I will stick to ‘travel diary’.

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I picked a random day of my stay and the weather was just perfect for the occasion. The sun was shining bright and only several clouds were rushing through the sky. My first stop was the Old Town square. More specifically the astronomical clock. I was lucky. I arrived about five minutes to 1 PM which meant I was going to see the apostles displaying themselves in the windows of the clock tower.

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Then I walked across the square, toward Pařížská street, passing by the Old New Synagogue to Letná. I wanted to get a nice shot of the city skyline, but unfortunately, it was already quite crowded, so I climbed down all the stairs and headed to the Prague castle. I left the busy streets and its iconic trams and wound up at the entrance gate. However, the best part of that location was an open view Starbucks café where you could sip your favourite coffee while savouring the spectacular view over the historical city and Petřín hill.

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When I had enough of the beautiful vista (or had I?), I walked down the stairs again, wandering through the Lesser Quarter to the Charles Bridge. I walked this bridge about only five times in my entire life but I would love to do it again. The atmosphere was indescribable. Artists selling their paintings and drawings, the sound of harmonica spread all over the bridge and the scent of roasted almonds made me crave them. Though I’m pretty sure they weren’t even made there, but my brain tried to trick me because it was my favourite food the buy there when me and my family went to our annual Christmas Prague trip.

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Then I continued to the quaint streets of the Old Town. And I got lost. Although, to be honest. I didn’t mind at all. And then I ended my trip at the Wenceslas Square where St. Wenceslas in onlooking the city from his horse. I buried myself in one the uncomfortable seats in the train on my way back rewarding myself with some Studentská pečeť chocolate, the best Czech chocolate. Even though, my friends would try to convince me otherwise.

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You see, I used to hate Prague, and anything Czech really. But for some reason, I’ve grown fond of it even though I’m certainly not planning to move back to my country anytime soon.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check my YouTube channel as well! See you next time!

xoxo, S. V.

Travel Diary: Dubrovnik 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I’m going to share with you my recent trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia aka King’s Landing. I found out several months ago, that my favourite TV show has been filmed in this city which I visited at least five times already, and perhaps it was the reason why I was more thrilled about this trip more than ever.

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The street Boshkoviceva where you can sit on the Iron Throne

Dubrovnik is one of my favourite cities to visit. In fact, it’s my fourth favourite city. I’ve got five, to be exact. Anyway, I’m quite confident to say that it’s a sort of a Czech tradition at this point to make a road trip to Croatia as a form of summer holidays. Although it’s pretty tiresome to spend whole twenty-four hours in a car, I’ve come to a state where I realised that I actually love it. It’s uncomfortable but you get to see things you wouldn’t actually see from the plane. Well, in fact, I flew from London to Dubrovnik and then drove to the Czech Republic with my family, where I am at this moment.

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View on the old part of Dubrovnik from the walls

I arrived in the Čilipi Airport, completely sleepy after a night spent in the Stansted Airport, because there were no convenient means of connection to get here at the time I needed, so I had to arrive there the night before. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sluggish as I supposed I would be after the sleepless night, maybe due to the refreshing water of the Adriatic Sea which I jumped into as soon as I could.

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The House of Undying aka part of the walls

The best day, however, was the third day of my holidays. It was the day when we finally bought our boat tickets and sailed to Dubrovnik from Cavtat. I’m sorry I don’t know all the names of the locations in these pictures.

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Stradun (the main street of the old city)

That’s everything for today’s post. Hope you enjoyed it and don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel.

xoxo, S. V.

In-Flight Travel Essentials

Hello everyone,

Today, I decided to write about what I can’t live without while traveling. Or more specifically what I can’t live without while travelling on short flights because later this week I am flying to Dubrovnik, Croatia. So, let’s get into it.

Passport

This one is a given, right? Without a passport, you wouldn’t be able to travel anywhere, but I wanted to include it anyway because it’s just the travel essential number one.

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Antibacterial Hand Gel

I am certainly one of those people obsessed with hygiene who can’t touch anything without cleaning their hands first, and well, it might be a problem while travelling and so this antibacterial hand gel by Zoella Beauty saves my life every time. What I especially like about this product is, that it doesn’t smell like your typical antibacterial gel. It has a lovely fresh flowery kind of scent.

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Wet Wipes

Wet wipes sort of go in hand with the antibacterial hand gel. It doesn’t matter if you use them on your face or other body parts, they just come handy.

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Lip Balm

To be honest, I can’t exist without a good lip balm in general, so I thought I would include it in this list as well. Some lip balms tend to dry my lips out but this one from Nivea is excellent.

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Chewing Gums

I’ve recently become an addict when it comes to chewing gums. Especially the sweet ones. For some reason, I don’t really like the usual peppermint chewing gums. I feel like the taste becomes pretty annoying after a while but these mango and lime ones from M&S are my recent favourites.

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Snack

You never know when you get hungry and you also never know when you’ll be able to get some food while travelling. And to prevent eating something unhealthy it’s better to carry some snack with you. I like to have a protein bar for a snack but they usually have some dodgy ingredients so I opt for natural protein bars like this one from Pulsin.

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Empty Bottle

You can’t bring a bottle of liquid to the carry-on bag control, but you can carry an empty one. And it’s certainly cheaper to have an empty bottle and refill in later than buying a new drink on the airport.

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Sunglasses

I’m pretty sure it will be sunny in Croatia when I arrive there, so these will be pretty useful. I don’t know why, but I tend to forget about them, and that’s why they are on this list because I will probably pack my carry-on with this post.

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Headphones

I can’t travel without listening to music. I just can’t. I also listen to a quiet music while reading because when I read in public places I get distracted by other people’s chatter.

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Book

And, as hinted, a book. In this instance, A Game of Thrones. I finally decided to read the books as well after watching the TV series for about three times already.

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And that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and see you soon! Also, don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel here.

P.S. Don’t forget your boarding pass, too!

xoxo, S. V.