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15 Things You Must Do In Prague

15 Things you must do in Prague

Prague is amazing!  All the buildings are gorgeous and everything is surprisingly cheap!  It was wonderful!

DSC_017515. Wenceslas Square

Admittedly, my friend and I took a while to realise we were actually in the square.  It’s not so much a square, as the end of a big road.

DSC_002414. See David Cerny’s baby statues

In the garden next to the Museum Kampa are three giant (creepy) baby statues, that look like someone has pushed their faces in with a boot.  My friend and I were not expecting to see them, but they highly amused us!

Kafka Museum13. Kafka Museum

This museum about Kafka’s life was interesting but I think I would have been more interested if it wasn’t so packed!  I couldn’t get moved, it was so busy.  Make sure to check out another David Cerny statue outside – this is the famous one of two men peeing into a pond shaped like the Czech Republic.

DSC_043612. Petrin Tower

I don’t think I’ll ever forget what my friend said to me as we stood in front of the Tower – I’m not going to repeat it here, as it wasn’t very nice.  It made me laugh, though!  This tower isn’t as big as I thought it would be, but it still gives incredible views from the top!

Basillica 111. St George’s Basilica

This was a nice building to wander around – it wasn’t that big, though, and everyone was continuously moving, so it was impossible to stop and get a proper look at things!

Sigmund Freud Statue10. ‘Hanging Out’

Another David Cerny statue!  My friend and I stumbled upon the statue of Sigmund Freud ‘hanging out’ on the top of a building.  It’s so unusual – I loved it!

Jewish Quarter 19. Jewish Quarter

The style of buildings here is lovely.  I would have loved to have seen the old Jewish cemetery, but the queue was huge and we were only there for a few days, so we went and explored elsewhere.  It gives me an (unneeded) excuse to go back, though!

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8. Old Royal Palace

Compared to other palaces that I’ve been in, this one was a bit plain but I loved that.  It gave it a sort of uniqueness.  Make sure to check out Vladislav Hall – the ceiling is incredible!

Hemingway Bar 27. Hemingway Bar

The best cocktail bar that I have ever been in.  We were seated just like we would be at a restaurant (in the non-smoking area upstairs) and we were lucky enough to be seated at the bar.  There’s something mesmerising about watching someone expertly make a cocktail.

Old Town Square 36. Old Town Square

Probably the most famous square in Prague.  It was beautiful – and so busy!

DSC_03665. Astronomical Clock Tower

This was beautiful – and it’s the oldest astronomical clock tower in the world that’s still in use!

Charles Bridge 44. Charles Bridge

A trip to Prague is not complete without crossing over the Charles Bridge.  The oldest bridge in Prague and definitely (in my opinion) the most beautiful.

Golden Lane 23. Golden Lane

Situated in the Castle Complex, this little shopping street was so cute!  It’s where I started my cool (read: sad) tiny plate collection!

St Vitus Cathedral 42. St Vitus Cathedral

This is very impressive.  It’s one of those cathedrals that dominates over all of the other buildings surrounding it and I love dark, Gothicy architecture.

View over Prague 51. Petrin Hill

Definitely spend at least half a day here.  It’s huge and my friend and I wandered for ages.  I’m so glad we caught the funicular to the top, as going downhill was so steep!  The locals are probably used to it – we got overtaken by a woman with a pram, as we were going so slowly, trying not to trip over our feet!

DSC_0341Honourable Mention: Trdelnik

Eat a trdelnik!  I’ve still no idea how to pronounce this (even though I think I asked every time I bought one).  It’s basically a pastry that has been grilled over hot coals and sprinkled in sugar and it is delicious.

15 Things You Must Do In Florence

15 Things you must do in Florence

Florence has to be one of the most beautiful cities that I’ve visited.  So much art everywhere, it’s incredible!  Check out my Top 15 must-do things in Florence.

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15. Palazzo Pitti

You can’t miss this impressive building – it’s huge!  Head across the Ponte Vecchio, turn a corner, and, wham! there it is.  The inside is beautiful – but everything in Florence is beautiful so, unfortunately, this is number 15 and not higher on the list.

DSC_021314. Santa Reparata

love archaeology and the site of the original cathedral beneath the new Cathedral is amazing!  Make sure to visit the bones of Saint Zenobius – the first bishop of Florence.

DSC_008213. Palazzo Vecchio

The town hall of Florence.  Admittedly, the outside is more impressive than the inside, but it’s definitely worth having a look.

Gates of Paradise 412. Museo Dell’Opera del Duomo

An amazing museum with original artwork from the Cathedral, the Baptistry, and the Campanile.  The original Gates of Paradise are kept here and are incredible!

Piazza della Signoria 311. Piazza della Signora

One of the main squares in Florence, this is central to a lot of things, including the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Logia dei Lanzi, and is just around the corner to the Cathedral.  Make sure to check out the Fountain of Neptune, and the copy of Michelangelo’s David.

Logia dei Lanzi 210. Logia dei Lanzi

Essentially an open-air museum, with beautiful statues on display for anyone to see, the most famous of which is Perseus with the head of Medusa.

Baptistry 19. Baptistry

Unfortunately, when I visited, the entire Baptistry was covered in scaffolding(!), so I didn’t get to see how amazing it can be (which gives me an excuse to go back – not that I need one!).  The inside was gorgeous, though.  So much gold mosaic!  My favourite was the demon eating a bunch of people (morbid but amusing).

Florence Belltower 38. Florence Campanile

The main belltower in Florence, this is beautiful.  And unfortunately (again!), I didn’t get to climb it, as it was so busy, and I was only in Florence for a few days, and wanted to explore.

DSC_01517. Ponte Vecchio

The main bridge in Florence, I love all of the shops hanging over the water.  Make sure to have a nosy in the jewellery shops (although, they’re crazy expensive!).  And, if you have the money (which, unfortunately, I did not), you can maybe visit the Vasari Corridor that runs above it and connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.

Grotto 16. Buontalenti Grotto

I’ve never seen anything like this before.  It’s situated in the Boboli Gardens and looks like a natural cave that should be next to the sea – but is in the middle of a city.  All of the stalactites and stalagmites are amazing (I love caves), and are mixed through with statues that look like they are slowly being reclaimed by the rocks.

DSC_01305. Uffizi Gallery

One of the most famous art galleries in the world, there is so much to see here!  I’d make sure to give yourself at least a couple of hours to fully explore it (and see The Birth of Venus).

Florence Cathedral 14. Florence Cathedral

This is another one of those cathedrals that, personally, I think is more amazing outside than inside (not to say that the inside isn’t amazing – it is!).  The outside of this Cathedral is so unique and extremely beautiful (and is, thankfully, easy to find, so you can’t miss it!).

Florence 133. Wander and get lost

I know!  This should probably be number one on this list, but my first and second must-do things in Florence are even more spectacular!

David 22. Accademia

This is mainly to see Michelangelo’s David.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more impressive statue in my life (apart from the Winged Victory in the Louvre, which is my favourite statue ever!).

Boboli Gardens 231. Boboli Gardens

I could have easily spent an entire day here – I loved it!  It’s basically a garden on a bunch of hills and it’s beautiful.  The view from the top of the gardens is almost like you’ve left Florence and are in the middle of the Tuscan countryside!