Positivity Probing In Prague (with @traveleatslay) – Day Trip Review

So Prague – where do we start? Well it was the 2nd ever trip I done with a group of people family aside.

My social life has recently been quite rigid: just spending time with friends and people only via cinema trips, networking events, dating and night outs. I needed to do something different. Something more spontaneous and exciting! Little did I know when seeing Travel Eat Slay setting up a day trip to Prague a few months ago and booking onto it that it would be the perfect way to do that.

To elaborate further, we hadn’t even left Praha International Airport and we already had tons of fun. Wandering around on the cobblestoned streets in the city. Taking our instagram-worthy food and scenery photos! Running together for public transport. Cracking jokes all the way throughout the trip. Meeting and made new travel friends (Olu amongst others I’m looking at you!) as well as joined up with ones I have already (yeah that’s you Jenna).

Hang tight guys – because it’s gonna be a long one!

Attraction Watch

Coffee In Garden

A neat find on our way up to the Castle was the Coffee In Garden cafe, also known as Coffee In the Wall. It was the perfect break we needed as most of us was so drained climbing up the hill (well – not me and Fay cos our fitness levels were on point 👌🏾)

So we went to check it out and couldn’t help but flood our phones with pics of the huge, wide views we we were getting of the entirety of Prague! We weren’t gonna miss out 😉 The cafe does light bites and has outdoor seats for people to enjoy them and the views too.

For anyone going to Prague for a romantic getaway this is a lovely, cosy spot to have a small lunch or afternoon tea (coffee). All while admiring a cool sight of most of Prague itself.

Old Town Hall

I decided to skip Prague Castle go off on my own and do sightseeing of my own – because we were running thin on time and there were things I personally wanted to do. Couldn’t help not abandon my solo travel instincts for one trip lol.

Established in 1338, the Old Town Hall is one of the oldest buildings still present in the city. For 250 CZK you get admission into exhibition and assembly halls such as George Hall and meeting rooms that are still used by government members and politicians today. The top of the tower gives you a massive view of the central Prague.

You’re given a tour guide booklet on the town hall itself. Self guide and guided tours available. sneaked into a guided tour to get a glimpse of the history and stories.

Trip Review Of Prague - Old Town Hall

Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock was what I raved to the squad about and was what made me leave the squad in the first place!

I love how very detailed and medieval architecture. It is said to be the oldest astronomical clock in the world, having been telling the time for over 600 years. Definitely making it one of Prague’s most coveted and well-looked after attractions.

Thinking about it now, it was cool taking a pic with it but I feel so unimportant given how much attention and history behind the astronomical clock itself.

You can find the Astronomical Clock directly next to entrance to Old Town Hall. Also if you go to the top of the tower/clock via town hall you can get skyline views of the all sides of Prague.

Trip Review Of Prague - Astronomical Clock

Charles Bridge

After diving into the souvenir shop nearby I strolled the length of the Charles Bridge en route to John Lennon Wall.

It’s known mostly for the statues that are on the bridge. The towers you see in the pics were built to help protect the bridge and Prague Castle (I believe – don’t quote me on that one!) from invasions.

It’s had multiple names in the past such as “Stone Bridge” and “Prague Bridge”.

Looking from the edges, there’s much I could see from a distance and at vantage points (thanks for the pic Glynnis 👊🏾), including other landmarks. I was kind of surprised to see it looted with a few beggars, especially when the weather wasn’t that great too. Great, picturesque landmark to visit if it’s a sunny day and fancy doing a bit of walking around Prague.

Trip Review Of Prague - Charles Bridge

Trip Review Of Prague - Charles Bridge

Image Credit: Glynnis (@gkuffuor)

John Lennon Wall

Up there at the top of our itinerary, and is most certainly on other’s Prague itineraries whether it’s rain or shine, was the John Lennon Wall!

Trust me this isn’t like most of the ordinary street art I see in Shoreditch or Camden. Otherwise we could just buy our own graffiti cans and do our own wall art!

This wall art specifically was created by young Czechs to pay tribute to the late legendary Beatles member John Lennon. Named the John Lennon Wall in the 1980s straight after the singer-songwriter’s death, it became a huge symbol for the country’s fight against communism and also Lennon’s activism for peace.

The wall today now consists of many heartfelt messages, paintings and sketches of Lennon and the lyrics from his famous songs. Some which annoyingly has offensive and derogatory language – like in the last pic I took. For me it just takes the gloss off the creativity that’s there to be admired and respected.

Trip Review Of Prague - The John Lennon Wall

Rating out of 10: 9.5/10

Transport Watch

Transport pretty much made or broke our day. The fact that a lot of our fun came from chasing after it and having a lot of conversations on them was one thing haha! Another thing was the fact that a day ticket was only 110CZK for all transport. If you convert that to GBP and it’s equivalent to £3. Absolute steal I say.

The trams and trains? Very clean and smooth in terms of running. Some trams were new so had lots of seats and renovation. Others were old and didn’t have much in the way of seats.

They often arrived on schedule, which was good and relieving at the same time cos the weather was not lit whatsoever and I wasn’t ready to become an icicle like in Manchester again

Rating out of 10: 8/10

Food Watch

Waf-Waf (Crepes and Waffles)

Our first place of melanin attraction was the mighty Waf-Waf dessert restaurant.

You get to choose your dessert, sweet and savoury toppings on a sheet of paper. Basically you get to customise your own food to your own liking.

I went with the Kinder Bueno american pancakes + caramel topping + chicken and egg toppings. It was very good taste wise (obviously I got what I liked), but not quite filling. I really wanted another batch but didn’t want a belly at the end of the trip as well. Came up to 158 CZK, which is very affordable as a lot of things are in Prague.

The staff were very hands-on with the lot of us there. For some reason I decided to take a picture with the staff – and no it wasn’t because some of them were attractive lol. I glad I did because they were working so hard on the hospitality and customer service side of things. It’s important they’re acknowledged for their part in making our travel experience what it is. Also as someone who’s worked in that industry before it can be very taxing when you’re a small team and have a large order to take and remember. This is not even mentioning having to make the food and drink at a high quality too. Much love to all of them.

Trip Review Of Prague - Waf-Waf

Trdl Ice

I stumbled across a few Trdl Ice stalls when in the old town and realised I needed to try Trdelnìk, which was highly recommended to me by a few friends (good thing I kept my belly empty at Waf-Waf and didn’t get another batch of pancakes).

Trdelník is one of Czech Republic’s native pastries/desserts. It’s like a dough that’s rolled up and can come in different flavours. For mine I got a chocolate flavoured Trdelnìk for 130 CZK. It also had ice cream in the cup with the Trdelnìk rolled around the cup.

The others definitely should regret not bailing on Prague Castle cos the Trdelník was on point: the cinnamon taste was married well with the chocolate, the chopped strawberries were delicately placed on top of the ice cream, which was the fuel I needed for the rest of my day. It felt [and looked] like my batch was for two people cos it included two mini spoons. Yeah – I’ll say it again: they definitely missed out on some good sugar!

Trip Review Of Prague - Trdelnìk

Rating out of 10: 9/10

People Watch

The people of Prague weren’t exactly the most warm. Again in fairness to them most of it could be put down to language barrier and catching the locals on a bad day with bad weather so I’m not going to judge.

Still it’s not a nice experience to have. Like there was one woman just standing in front of it and I asked her to take a pic, she shaked her head as if to say “no”. I asked her in another way in case she misunderstood me – she just continuously shaked her head. I was baffled cos it wasn’t the whole world I was asking for – only a photograph of myself.

Onto the positives. I can’t discuss about people in my people’s watch section without at least mentioning my travel buddies. My time was so much more lively and fun than I imagined it to be, minus a few bad jokes that got on my bad side but we patched it up behind the scenes. I really bonded with the group in so many ways: whether it was over food, gossip, relationships, politics or our travel experiences we spoke. Mind you most of us didn’t even know each other, but clicked almost like a life-long friendship.

Best part of the trip was probably at the start when we realised the bus and trams we needed to catch was getting away. So we were running for the public transport. One moment I personally missed out on was when the others were busting out moves in front of the John Lennon Wall. Hilarious af!

Rating out of 10: 9/10

Video Credit: Jenna (@JennasWorldView)

The Squad’s Instagram Plugs:

Olu – @dupefiasco93

Fay – @_faysworld

Glynnis – @gkuffuor

Miranda – @ajulydreamer

Michelle – @tyra_banke

Jenna – @jennasworldview

Caroline – @traveleatslay

Kayleigh (a.k.a. Munchie) – @munchiesmovements

Ade – @mybreakingviews

Temi – @thepalateport

Cherene – @kimikobean

Lydia – @lydiaoso

Siobhan – @itsmeshivz

Yewande – @mz_wandz

Elesha – @alicedelaghetto

Final Word

Overall, I’d say this day trip was shaped most by interpersonal experience compared to other things.

As for Prague itself, like Edinburgh it is a very beautiful and historically looking city. The colourful terraced buildings gives it a bit more personality even on a grey day. The food is definitely one of its biggest pulls – both meat and on the dairy side. You get a lot of value for your money cos a lot of things are cheap there as a result of how their currency works. I only ended up spending under half of the amount I converted.

If you’re into museums and cultural exhibitions then Prague would flood you with a lot of them without you having to travel very far around the city. Facts!

One thing I would change about the trip is that I would have stayed a night or two over a weekend so I could experience the nightlife, which I’ve heard positive things about.

What’s your thoughts on Prague? Have you been to the Czech capital before? Also let me know what you like most about group trips?

Shoutout to Caroline from TravelEatSlay for putting the trip together and helping us finesse Prague in style!

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Johnny is a 22-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

27 Comments

  1. May 22, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Prague, it just seems so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your trip, and all your pictures are so awesome. I’m glad you had a great time. (:

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks Payton. Yeah me too! Prague’s been on my agenda for quite a while so for the peace of mind it was great to tick it off!

  2. May 22, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    What a great read, excellent pictures. I’ve never been to Prague, thanks for sharing the essence of the city. The astronomical clock how amazing is that .

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you! Yeah for sure the clock is something special 🙂 It is amazing how many centuries it’s been working for. Literally timeless

  3. May 23, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    That last video at the end 😂😂 Prague is so nice, I went in July 2015 for long and hot weekend hence why I didn’t join you guys last week! Definitely check out the castle the next time you go back, it’s an incredible place to explore. And yes the nightlife is good fun ☺️ Also it’s interesting how random countries like Czech (and Cuba) have work dedicated to John Lennon lol

    • Johnny
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      May 24, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      I had to add it! No questions 😂 Ahh fair enough, it was actually so cold there so least you didn’t have that struggle.

      It’s funny cos in almost every trip i go on I never end up visiting castles. I dunno why, maybe just a strange coincidence lol 🙃 I’ll try and make more of a conscious effort to do castles. Yeah very odd, plus the fact that they actually have no connection with Lennon whatsoever but I guess it shows fame and political stances shapes a culture.

      • May 26, 2019 / 2:49 pm

        I get that, they’re normally same old! See how you feel if you visit again 😊

  4. May 24, 2019 / 9:47 am

    Prague looks so fun! Thanks for the detailed post. I am definitely going to add it to my list of places to go (even more so because of that Trdelník pastry..)

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 7:54 pm

      No worries Kirstin 🙂 Defo was! If you want to try the pastry, you can have it in neighbouring countries as well like Hungary, Germany, Poland and Austria I think – but they just have different names for it rather than “Trdelnìk”

  5. May 24, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    I never really done the tourist tour de Prague which I regret a lot. I never seem the John Lennon wall although I am from Czech Republic and I grew up only hour away from Prague 😅 as a czech person, it breaks my heart to see people putting ice cream into Trdelnik. The best way to eat it is on it’s own – just pastry and cinnamon. No ice cream, nutella or other rubbish haha. Also, the language barrier is a problem. I think the lady didn’t know what you want and she just assumed you are trying to sell her something. It is not very common for us to ask a stranger to take a pic of us because we wouldn’t trust anyone with our camera (we just think people run away with it…. yea, we are weird) so no one really expects such a question.

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 8:07 pm

      Ahhh that’s really interesting to know. Do you think Czech food loses its originality when it comes to being made in tourist cities like Prague? Yeah I pretty much assumed that she didn’t understand me – I’m just saying personally it wasn’t nice to see at that moment but I understand. You guys seem quite private and reserved. It’s so intriguing to hear from a native what the cultural differences are like. Thank you for educating V 😊

      • V.
        May 24, 2019 / 9:14 pm

        yea.. like there are places in Prague for non-tourists but they are usually very hidden. Mosz of the foods actually stays very much the same we would cook it at home, it’s just the street food that is different when aimed at tourists. Trdelnik does not come from Czech anyway (although we like to claim it’s ours hara), it’s Hungarian so our plain version is already different from the hungarian one. Anyway, we can be quite cold.. i am sure you saw load of easter europeans and they always look pissed off – the truth is, we are not, we just have a resting bitch face 😅 but i get it was unfortable, I had very similar experience in Milan, but the language is a big factor everywhere 🙂

        • Johnny
          Author
          May 24, 2019 / 11:33 pm

          Hmmm what kind of places may I ask? Yeah I found that out about Trdelnìk just this week actually. I was a bit surprised – but it was an eye opener too how cultures adopt other things from other cultures and make it their own. Yeah as a Londoner and being exposed to different races and cultures you kinda get used to certain facial expressions from certain people and not take it personally.

  6. May 24, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    Ah it’s so beautiful. I went many years ago and remember the fanatic architectur . Looking at these pictures and reading about all the fun things you did makes me want to revisit!

  7. May 25, 2019 / 1:46 am

    I love this! Great content…beautiful pictures!

  8. May 25, 2019 / 9:50 am

    I’ve always have wanted to visit Prague. I’ve heard it’s super cheap and a great place for a weekend break! The John Lennon wall looks absolutely incredible, great pics man. Trdelnìk I had something similar in Krakow but I forgot the name! Mine had nutella in it too. So heavenly.

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you! Thats great, enjoy your time over there 😊

  9. May 25, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    I think I may have to go to Prague purely to eat Trdelník – it looks incredible!!

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 26, 2019 / 9:38 pm

      Oh yes! It’ll defo be on a menu at an ice cream parlour in food heaven 👌🏾 Dunno if you’ll prefer it over your cheesecake though 😜

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 6:01 pm

      Thank you! I love it too 👌🏾

  10. May 27, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    I’ve never been to Prague but it’s high on my list of places I’d like to visit! Hopefully I’ll make it there for a little weekend break next year 🤞

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      That’s good to know, think a weeknd trip is the right amount of time to spend in Prague. Fingers crossed you do book a trip!

  11. May 29, 2019 / 11:26 am

    I absolutely love Prague, I think it’s a beautiful city and I really enjoyed my trip there! Glad you had a great time too

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 31, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Picturesque indeed! It’s a playground for instagrammers imo 😂 Thank you 🙂 Glad we feel the same about Prague

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