Weekend Break in Belgium

Heaven

Heaven

Two weekends ago I went to Belgium to visit my brother and an old flatmate from Prague. I managed to see a lot of Belgium in the space of 3 days (thanks to my brother having a car). I visited Brussels, Mons, Bruges and Ghent. I also got to practice my French, and find out it’s even worse than I thought, and watch the hilarious In Bruges for the first time.

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Naples and Pompeii

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The view of Mount Vesuvius and the port of Naples from Castel Sant’elmo

The view of the Port of Naples

The view of the Port of Naples

Last weekend I went on a short trip to Naples. All I packed was my camera, some euros and my toiletries. Armed and ready to take as many pictures of crumbling ruins, and eat as much pizza as possible.

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Just Outside of Prague: The UNESCO City of Kutna Hora

A coat of arms made out of bones

A coat of arms made out of bones

Kutna Hora is a small city located an hour from Prague by train. Trains run everyday back and forth from Prague main train station to Kutna Hora, return for less than £10.

The city itself has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. But it’s best known for it’s bone chapel, the Sedlec Ossuary, which is located 10 minutes from the city centre. The chapel is reasonable priced, for students it’s only 70 crowns entry, including a ticket to see another cathedral nearby (that’s only £2.30 for 2 entrances!). But it’s very creepy.

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Exploring Eastern Europe

In Sultanmet

Ginger cat in Sultanmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Whilst on my year abroad in Prague I have been itching to go traveling, and where better to go than the region that I study in my degree?

My trip started in Prague and ended in Istanbul. In total I went to 7 places: Zagreb in Croatia, Jajce and Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Split in Croatia, Belgrade in Serbia, Sofia in Bulgaria and finally, Istanbul in Turkey. Here are some pictures from my travels:

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A Bit of a Change from London: Hiking in Bohemian Switzerland

The river labe at Hrensko

We stayed in Decin, but then went across the German border to Dresden for a day trip

I thought hiking sounded like a lot of fun as I have never been before, and I wanted to check out a place no where near Switzerland, but apparently looks a lot like it. Bohemian Switzerland is a huge national park on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany. The hikes were absolutely breathtaking – so peaceful (with only the sound of birds), fresh air, an abundance of greenery and only a little bit of rain – it was perfect!

Being so used to just lots of city walking, I wasn’t in the best shape to scale steep cliffs, slip on muddy tree branches, hold onto only mossy rocks for support – it was kind of weird. Thank god I do actually own a pair of trainers!

Luckily I didn’t break any limbs, but they are very sore from a lot of walking. 😦

(Prepare for lots of photos.)

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Trip to Mělník, Czech Republic

I went to Mělník!

Mělník town centre – pretty buzzin’ on a Saturday afternoon!

The best thing about Erasmus and actually being in Europe (English people don’t really consider themselves European because of the gap of water), is the easy ability to travel. But before I start traveling wider Europe, I thought I’d check out some of the Czech Republic’s other towns and cities. My first trip was to Mělník, which is in the centre of the region called ‘Bohemia’ and North of Prague.

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Coffee the Czech Way: Cafe Louvre

The waiters still wear these uniforms

It’s about time I wrote a post about coffee again and Cafe Louvre, a grand cafe with a very Viennese feel to it feels like the perfect subject.

Cafe Louvre has an exciting history. It has been standing since 1902 and has had such notable visitors as Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein. But during the Communist period in Czechoslovakia in 1948, the cafe was closed down and only re-opened in 1992.

Despite a shakey existence, the cafe has a very authentic feel to it. The waiters still wear bow-ties and waistcoats, the interior is decorated with rich textured wallpapers and bright pinks and creams. Unfortunately, it’s also full of tourists (like me) who were gawping at every elegant little detail.

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