One my day in spring Prague.
Friends, have you ever broken into spontaneous travel)? This is exactly how I did it with the Czech Republic in this - I was sitting at home, looking at my travel bag, and suddenly I thought, I have an open Schengen, and free days off - why not fly to Prague for a few days? Moreover, I have heard a lot about this city for a long time, but I have never been to it.
So, in today's post I will tell you how I usually go on a trip and what I always take with me, we will fly to Prague early in the morning and spend the whole day in this wonderful and very interesting city full of surprises. Come under the cat, it's interesting there, andadd friendsDo not forget)
02. To begin with, I will tell you about those things that travel with me on all journeys) I do not travel light - I always take a large suitcase with me, as I carry a lot of equipment with me. This time I take a quadrocopter - it's most convenient to translate it in my own box. I also take a small backpack with me - I will take it with me to the cabin as hand luggage, and inside there will be a laptop and a camera)
03I will share a small live hacking for travel - my suitcase is signed by my last name (in Belarusian), because of which you can instantly find it on the baggage claim tape at the airport and cannot be confused with other similar ones - the prospect of finding someone else’s in your suitcase socks in the place of the quadcopter I do not like too much)
04. Without anything else travel is unthinkable? For me, these are two things - communication and money. Therefore, I always take with me an external battery (or, otherwise, powerbank) - which allows you to charge your smartphone in the absence of sockets, and, of course, I stock up on currency. In Europe it is better to take a card, not cash - a full non-cash reigns here. In some countries (for example, in Sweden) it is difficult to buy chewing gum for paper bills - so the card is useful everywhere.
05. I drive with a mapYandex.Money. Replenish it usually through a mobile application service. Until April 30, by the way, this can be done without a commission - now the action"Purse replenishment - 0%".
06. But I prefer to pay for housing abroad byvirtual card. It happens that hotels sin because they can write off money for living twice.If you specify your main card when booking, where all the money is stored, then you will have to spend a lot of time and effort on the proceedings with the hotel so that they return the money that was unnecessarily written off to the card. Therefore, as a safety net, I use a virtual card - I simply replenish it with a certain amount of money that is needed for booking, and I sleep calm - I know that nothing extra will be written off (there is simply no money on the card for this).
By the way, I usually prefer to rent not hotel rooms, but whole apartments. This time in Prague, I rented just such a three-room apartment with a large kitchen - look, what a beauty!
07. I will not stay long on the flight to the Czech Republic - everything went as usual here, so I’ll continue my story directly from Prague. First of all, on arrival and settling in the apartment I go to drink coffee - here you can meet koiney literally on every corner.
In the cafe, I got a valuable souvenir) From trips to cities in the world, I usually bring stickers from local cafes, which I then decorate the kitchen table with. The Prague trophy is such a sticker from a cafe called "Ahoy", which means "hello" in Czech.
08. And now we will go to the center.I rented a house on Obloukova Street - from here, tram number 6 goes to the historical center of the city. The trams in Prague are very different, there are such old-fashioned old men:
09 And there are such ultra-modern beauties. However, I don’t even know which trams I liked more - the old trams are also very cozy and, so to speak, “tube”)
10. The center of Prague is impressive for its architecture - the city is at the same time similar to other European cities, likeBudapestorBucharest, and at the same time has its own special atmosphere. During my walks in Prague, for some reason, I mostly remembered books about Švejk - Jaroslav Hasek is one of my favorite writers, the actions of which were held a hundred years ago on the streets of Prague.
11. Famous Prague landmark - Powder Tower. The foundation stone of the tower was laid in the 15th century - construction began in 1475 under the guidance of the master bricklayer Vatslav. Once under this tower there was one of the entrances from the Old Town of Prague, but the tower remained unfinished - the tower acquired its finished appearance only in the XIX century.
12. Now, not the cavalcade of knights, but modern cars and cyclists in pink sweatshirts are passing through the ancient gates of the tower
13.And this is the Old Town Square with the ancient Tyn Church in the background. The temple is very interesting - built in the style of Czech Gothic, and it started to be built in the XIV century. Residential buildings in the square more new and personally reminded me of the central squareGdańsk.
14. Walking around the Old Town of Prague is very nice - the best thing is to just walk slowly, lifting your head up and looking around - there will be indescribable beauty everywhere - look, for example, at such an old lantern) What is interesting is all buildings, lights and even just poles in Prague are numbered and marked on city maps.
15. There are modern shops in the center of Prague, such as the New Yorker, which occupies three floors.
16. Inside is like this - beautiful, but nothing original. Now all shopping centers are similar)
17. It's time to go out for lunch. I am going in the direction of such a beautiful building with a clock - there must definitely be some cafe there!
18. And indeed. I turn to the right and see that there is a cafe on the first floor of an old apartment building - I think you can go)
19. The interior of the cafe seems to be unremarkable - the usual one is in the style of the former Austro-Hungary, with wood-paneled walls, minimalist interiors and curved Vienna chairs.
20. And here I notice something interesting.On the wall here hangs such an exposition telling that Yaroslav Hasek loved to be in a cafe - very interesting! Maybe some of the heroes from his books he wrote off from the visitors of this particular cafe.
21. Here everything remains the same as a hundred years ago - the Czechs still come to the cafe to read the newspaper and discuss the latest Prague news. However, in recent years, the newspaper is increasingly replacing the smartphone)
22. "You know, Mr. Yaroslav really was here, it was before the First World War," says the uncle, who looked like an old Schweik. Then Hasek went to Soviet Russia, and his trail was lost, so much water has flowed since then ... And in Prague café they still serve all the same beer as a hundred years ago.
23. While we were discussing Hasek, I managed to get ready for my lunch. I ordered a café's specialty - roast duck stuffed with dumplings, served with stewed cabbage. Just incredibly tasty! Will be in Prague - be sure to try)
24. I am going to pay the waiter, and here I understand that I have only a few Czech coins left in my pocket. It does not matter - I pay for the order without contact, with a smartphone. Already how many times so paidbut I just can't get used to it - it reminds some kind of magic)
25. Let the coins remain in the form of a tip for the waiters.
26. And now let's walk to the subway. On the way, let's take another look at how Prague's porches look like - the gates of old houses close from the street most often, and there are garbage cans inside the arch, exactly as it was done in Budapest.
27. And the entrances themselves look like this - of simply incredible beauty cast-iron railings, which are also lovingly duplicated from the opposite side - in case it is convenient for someone to hold on to the railing with his left hand, and not with his right hand.
28. And in many entrances, the old tile of the beautiful beauty was preserved. Look - it's a whole piece of art under your feet!
29. We approach the subway. The metro in Prague is interesting - there are no turnstiles and barriers in it, you just need to buy and punch out the ticket - which the controllers can check, as on a regular tram or bus. It is very easy to buy a coupon - insert the card into the machine, pay for the purchase and after 5 seconds the coupon is in your pocket)
30 The main thing - do not forget to then pass the ticket through the validator, and the controllers will fine.
31.The Prague metro is quite pleasant and large - the metro has 4 rather long lines and several interchange stations. About the Prague metro, I already wrote a separate big post, look in the tape)
32. Trains on the subway are most often modern, and in many models of cars you do not sit along a wall, like ours, but face down or against the course - just like in a regular tram.
33. The metro stations are not very beautiful, but they are pleased with the functionality - there are trash cans at the stations and a lot of seating.
34. And in the subway crossings, such cool cafes come across)
35. I get out at the metro station "Black Bridge". This is the outskirts of Prague, which was built up with panel houses we were used to - however, the courtyards here look better than in our cities, there was already a lot of material about the Prague outskirts, I really liked the Prague “sleeping bags”.
36. At the metro station "Black Bridge" is Prague "Ikea".
37. Inside there are such stylish exhibitions, and I also liked to study prices in kroons, they are very convenient to convert to Belarusian rubles - just divide by 10)
38. On the ground floor, outside the main shopping area, there is such a small food department from IKEA.
39The department works very interesting - first you collect the goods you like,
40. And then you can pay for them yourself, without the participation of the cashier. In my opinion, this is the future - customers do not need to carry cash, do not need to know the language of a country to communicate with the cashier - you just need to have a card for payment, that's all)
41. Although, on the other hand, sometimes you want to talk with cashiers, especially if they are so cute) I went to the food court in IKEA.
42. The food court looks like this - in principle, everything is standard here and not much different from Moscow or Vilnius.
43. But there are some differences, an incredibly tasty birch sap - which, moreover, can be drunk in unlimited quantities. Will be in Prague Ikea - be sure to try it, very tasty.
44. Strolling around the store - it's always nice to see how everything works inside a large company. It seems that everything is standard - but each country still comes up with something different. This also applies to the food court menu and display of goods.
45. And this is a large warehouse on the first floor. Bulky items are stored here, such as chairs, beds, and kitchens.First you choose the furniture you like in the exhibition halls, and then you can pick it up in a package from these shelves:
46. In the evening, returning home and sitting in the kitchen with a laptop - it's time to watch your favorite TV series. I am now watching the movie “Brothers in Arms” - about how American paratroopers fought the Nazis in World War II. Good film.
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48. That's the one day in Prague, I got.