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Prague

I booked a 3 night stay in Prague through Easyjet, I did their holiday deal and got the transfer too. The transfer was easy and efficient, on the arrival and departure.

The hotel was the Gallileo Hotel, it was about 5-10 minute walk from Wenceslas Square and had plenty of restaurants, take aways and convenience stores close by, that were a little cheaper than in the main areas. A pizza from Johnny Pizza was freshly made and cost about £4.

Galileo Hotel
Galileo Hotel

The hotel has an older section, and a newer one, my room was in the newer section, and was very large. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower, that was powerful and hot. There was tea and coffee making facilities that were replaced daily, and also a fridge, but as my milk went off I don’t think this was actually working. There was a variety of things at breakfast, eggs, sausage, continental choices like cold meats and cheese, pastries and cakes, cereals and toast. There was a hot machines machine, and a cold drinks dispenser.

I tried the hop-on, hop-off bus for the first time and I have to say it was not exactly what I thought it would be. So we got onto a mini bus, and got take to the stop where you can change routes. We waited for about 20 minutes until the next mini bus came, but by that time, 2 more mini buses had stopped and unloaded people. So it was a race to the little mini bus. We then went passed about 2 more stops, and we are now at one of the highest points in Prague, by a huge stadium. We stopped here and got told everyone has to get off as it is their lunch. There’s a nice view, but after a minute of taking pictures, there really nothing else to do, no shops or cafes. Not really the place to dump a mini bus of people, even worse 2 more come along and do the same thing. So all we can do is sit around on the walls and wait. Fortunately it wasn’t raining. There was no indication of where they stopped and picked up from, so it was a bit hard getting back on one too. It cost about £20 and it was not money well spent.

The metro however is easy to navigate, cheap and quick. There are also plenty of trams, and I think these would be a better option in my opinion.

Prague itself is an amazing place. There is plenty of buildings to see, and they are so interesting. A lot of the roads and pavements are cobbled, so sensible shoes are a must. The Astronomical clock is the oldest working, and was build in the 1400s.

Prague clock
Prague clock

The Dancing House is worth a picture, and is a very modern contrast to the beautiful old buildings.

Prague Castle, isn’t really a castle, it is more of a complex, with churches and buildings to explore.

Prague

The Street Food in Prague is a must to try. There was a lot of venders in the main tourist areas, there was various different types of potatoes, I tried the potato on a stick with cheese and tomato sauce, it was excellent. I also tried a freshly made Trdelnik. Which was nice, it was fresh and warm, and tasted like cinnamon. I also had one with ice cream in, but I actually preferred the fresh one.

Street food
Street food
hot dog
Hot Dog
Beef Goulash
Beef Goulash

 

 

 

 

 

There was lots of nice cafes and restaurants too, and the menu is usually outside, and has it written in English as well as Czech. They are definitely worth a visit. As well as Costa, Starbuck, McDonald’s etc if you want something a little more familiar. I managed to spill an entire latte in one Starbucks, the staff were lovely and helpful, and replaced it with a free one.

waf waf waffle
waf waf waffle
potato on a stick
potato on a stick

 

 

 

 

 

Things to note –

Toilets: In most places you have to pay, in places like Starbucks you get a code on the receipt to let you into them. But keep some change just in case.

Plugs: European

Currency: Czech Koruna

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Geneva

Not really sure why I was looking at Geneva but after having found flight for £100 for 2 people I booked it with easyJet. It was only for 1 night, so I went about finding a hotel. I found Hotel Lake Geneva and although it was in Versoix, about 15 minutes on the train from Geneva, and the train stopped just at the back of the hotel. Because it was just for 1 night a bit more money was spent and the room with a coffee machine and a lake/mountain view was booked. Got to say – totally worth it.

View from the hotel room
View from the hotel

Lake Geneva has to be one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. The hotel is a 3 star but way better than most of the 4 stars I have stayed in. The room was spacious and modern. The view was just perfect. The shower was hot and power. Just a really nice hotel. We ordered room service, something which I have never done, it was fairly quick and the food was great. Very expensive, but everywhere and everything is expensive. 

Geneva is a lovely city, with beautiful views of the river and lake, and history and architecture to match. It is quite flat and is easy to walk about, although it has a fantastic public transport system.

geneva
Geneva

 

We went on a little tour train that cost about 10 Swiss Francs each but we definitely wouldn’t have got around to seeing some of the sights without it.

Versoix was a lot smaller and quieter than Geneva and that meant you could meander around without the crowds. 

versoix
Versoix

It is definitely worth a visit, but be prepared to spend money, and the plugs aren’t the same as the 2 pin European ones, so check for adaptors before you come. Or like us, you will be wandering around a supermarket trying to find one.

One thing you do get for free is public transport. At the airport you get 80 minutes free from the time of your ticket to get to your destination, and your hotel will then give you a ticket for free public transport (within the zone 10 area in my case) for the duration of your stay. 

boats
Lake Geneva

I would love to go back and explore the places around the lake a bit more.

Things to note –

Currency: Swiss Francs

Plugs: 3 pin Swiss plugs, some European ones will fit, but only if you have a diamond shaped plug

Cost: Expensive

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Cologne

I booked a impromptu trip to Cologne in Germany. After getting a taste for city breaks and exploring, what better place to go than one with a Lindl Chocolate museum.

We got to the museum for opening and were treated with chocolate as we got our tickets. There is a lot of information in the museum about chocolate and we did browse but I have to admit we didn’t read everything. We were to eager to see the chocolate and were drawn to the wonderful smell. It was a great few hours spent watching the process and sampling the chocolate. Well worth a trip. 

Lindt Chocolate Museum
Lindt Chocolate Museum

We then went on a river cruise. The Rhine runs all down through Germany so you can get large boats with bedrooms for the longer trips, but we went on a short return one, this a great way to see a different view of the city. 

River Cruise
River Cruise

We wandered around Cologne, heading for the cathedral first. A large, impressive gothic building with a mass of flying buttresses and gargoyles. The blackened stone adds to its gothic look. 

Cologne Cathedral
Cathedral

As we were in Germany we wanted to sample some the local food and went for a curried Bratwurst. It was delicious I have to say. The curry sauce was a similar taste to what you would get in a British chip shop. We also wanted to try schnitzel, but found this a lot harder to come across. 

Curried Bratwurst
Curried Bratwurst

We stayed at the Mercure Hotel Severinshof. There was a tram stop right outside, so if you wanted to get to different parts of the city it was easily accessible. The room was very nice, as was the rest of the hotel. We didn’t eat there but we did have a drink in the bar. It is worth noting that you have the option to not have your room cleaned or towels changed and you can get a free drink at the hotel bar.

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