Hello all, I am back with another travel blog post about my latest ever solo trip to Prague, Czech Republic which for the purposes of length has been split into 4 parts!
So Prague has been on my list for a while because of the gothic architecture and also the fact that there is a lot to see as well. I saw that flights were reasonable so I went out on a whim and booked the flights. I did it for an extra day than my Copenhagen trip to have an extra day to see stuff and explore.
*Fast forward to March*
My flight was an early morning flight so I arrived in Prague at about 12pm. I stayed at the Ibis Hotel Wenclansas Square which was a 40 minute bus and metro journey from the airport and well within reach of Prague’s main attractions. Luckily I was able to check in pretty much as soon as I arrived which was helpful meaning that I had time to freshen up and see some attractions as well.
Wednesday 20th March
After checking into my hotel for a much needed rest and quick face beat, I was ready to get cracking on with my very ambitious itinerary. It was around 3pm so I had time to squeeze in at least two attractions however I had to purchase my 3 day Prague Card first and stop at H&M because I didn’t bring a lot of underwear like I usually do. After doing both of these errand, the first stop of this Prague holiday was the Naprstek Musuem. The Naprstek Musuem showcased a variety of Asian, African and Native American art that was founded by the Czech philanthropist and politician Vojtěch Náprstek. Although, I didn’t necessarily see collections focused on African Art, I was intrigued by the South American exhibition on show and particularly by the uncanny facts of how peoples of South America incorporated both tobacco and cocaine (yes you read that correctly) into their everyday lives and practices. Now by the time I had finished touring Naprstek to my satisfaction it was roughly 4pm now I wasn’t able to activate my Prague Card until the following day so I was looking for a free attraction in the Old Town area. As I got to the Old Town area I was shook by the gothic architecture and the famous Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Tower (managed to catch the moving of the apostles to show that it was a new hour). I then stumbled upon the Illusion Art Museum opposite the astronomical clock and I was very intrigued to see what was inside. There were 3 floors of awesome art on display and I want to add that the staff on each floor were super friendly this went a long way especially as a solo traveller. I particularly enjoyed the 2nd floor as it solely based on the history of the Czech Republic and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and the violence the country has endured over the 20th century. The art on this floor was painted by local Street artists from Prague. I must add that the 3rd floor displayed a special blue and red exhibition where you had to use special red glasses to see all of details of the art on show which i thought was really cool!
It was well roughly 7:30 by the time I got back to my hotel and I was slumped after eating the native bohemian pastry trdelnik with some ice cream. I spent some time in my hotel allowing it and some McDonald’s I had earlier to digest until I was ready for dinner. In the meantime I was debating on where to go and eat so after spending about an hour on various j stag ram pages searching for restaurants I ended up deciding to just stick with some good old Vapianos. I was starving at this point so a quick outfit change and full on make up look was needed before I set off for some Vapianos. The food was very similar to the UK as I went for my go to option of spaghetti carbonara with extra chillies I tried not to stay out too long since I was alone and for some reason didn’t have enough space to finish my portion weirdly enough so I decided to make my way back to the hotel. I was beginning to feel the effects of all the tiredness from travelling early and lots of walking so once I arrived at the hotel this was the perfect time for me to wash my face and sleep in preparation for the long day of sightseeing I had ahead of me.
Stay tuned for Part 2! Until next time