Way back in July 2012, I had just finished secondary school and chose Paris as the destination for my first trip without family. Paris is a busy and touristy city in summer, but for good reason as there’s so much to see and do. It would be interesting to go back in Spring or Autumn to experience the magic of Paris minus the crowds. Here are a collection of pictures and memories from my trip:
For school-leavers, or anyone that’s keen for a city break, Paris is an ideal destination as it’s packed with activities, amazing architecture and parks and unbelievable food. Though if you’re averse to crowds, I recommend avoiding the busy summer season!
Where was you first travel destination? Comment below!
My December 2016 pre-Christmas trip to Prague was probably the most relaxed and enjoyable trip I’ve taken. The city is so easy to get around on foot and food, drink and accommodation were all very reasonably priced. Prague is the perfect destination to cater to a variety of tastes for a short European city break, whether it’s a romantic getaway, a trip with friends or some solo exploration.
Petrin Hill and Observation Tower
My boyfriend and I ended up here after getting extremely lost on our way to see Prague castle, but it was well worth the extra walking. The area was absolutely gorgeous, and the bare trees added to the park’s unique beauty and atmosphere. The tower, which is a really cool mini Eiffel Tower, cost 60czk to go up, which works out at about £2 and was well worth it for the amazing views of Prague. Definitely a trip highlight for me.
2. John Lennon Wall
Prague’s iconic John Lennon wall was created in the 1980’s as a symbol of non-violent protest against the Soviet regime. People continue to add their own graffiti to the wall, and its juxtaposition with the leafy streets and beautiful buildings in the area makes for a great photo. The busker guy singing average Beatles covers may or may not add to your experience.
3.Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall is home to the astronomical clock, which is known for being overrated. I think the astronomical clock is worth a look, it’s like a strange kind of puppet show experience. The real attraction though, is the view from the top of the Old Town Hall. This is especially beautiful on a December night when you can take in the lights of the nearby Christmas markets.
4. Sedlec Ossuary
The Sedlec Ossuary is a church that has been decorated with thousands of human bones. It is located in Kutná Hora, about an hour’s train journey from Prague, and tickets work out at about £4 each way. The train journey allows you to see some of the Czech countryside before reaching the uniquely eerie church.
5. The Food and Drink
The food in Prague was a huge highlight for me. On the street, we were able to find cheap and delicious pizza and hotdogs and the sit in restaurants were just as good. One of my favourites was Bagueterie Boulevard, which is perfect for a satisfying and tasty lunch. I had the Sweet Ribs baguette, which was so good that I still think about it six months later. Prague is also a great destination for beer drinkers – depending on how touristy the area is, the average price of a beer is around £1.
I enjoyed Prague so much that I’m already thinking of going back for another visit as soon as I can! If you have suggestions for activities I can do on my next visit, please comment below!