Since I’m travelling Malta-Finland route a lot, I like to add some new city in the way – especially when there are no direct flights. It’s easy to find cheap flights from Malta to quite many places. Now before going home for Christmas, I decided to visit one Christmassy city that I had never seen before – Prague. Because it was possible to fly there ridiculously cheap through Venice, I went to Italy – my third time in Italy this year but gotta love that country! This time, I just had a lunch break in the floating city. But it was worth the small inconvenience.
Venice for short breaks
In Italy, the secret is the simplicity and amazing taste. Mmmm I ate such good Pasta Carbonara and perfect street ice cream for the dessert. And I wandered around a bit, close enough to Piazzale Roma. It’s easy to have a couple of hours in Venice because you don’t have to take any boats. You can just start walking the small alleys straight from Piazzale Roma.
Some people say it’s too touristy, but I like Venice. Mostly because of its unique atmosphere. This was my third visit to the city, and somehow I never get bored. It’s a good place even for very short visits. I recommend a day or night there. There are very romantic Venetian style hotels. I was happy to skip the boring waiting time at the Treviso Airport. They didn’t have any luggage storage at the airport, but there is one private run place just across the street in front of the airport.
Christmas vibes in Prague
Then I flew to Prague. It’s such a great city price vice – when I had paid 12 euros for the bus to Venice one way – it cost me 15 euros to take a cab to my friend’s place in Prague. Cheeeeeap. In the city centre, you have to be aware, though, or the taxis may rip you off.
My wowlicious experiences continued in Prague when the whole three days were mostly about good food and beer. Sometimes it’s just impossible to be the most effective tourist of the town, and this time, I felt very tired. Also because of the tough flu that I have been having. So I wasn’t in the mood for doing too much. I just ate and had a pint of beer or glass of wine and super yummy sweets! Pretty much everything that I put in my mouth in Prague was good. And cheap – 8 euros for good food and a couple of pints. Of course, it came a bit more expensive in the tourist centres but even there it was ok.
I was walking around and admiring the beautiful buildings and architecture – it’s a lot of that everywhere – and seeing the obligatory outdoor sights. But it wasn’t the clearest city to be honest – everything was only in the local language. So I always had to check the English name of the place in the guidebook or map. The local people don’t speak much English either. Which is funny because I heard Prague is in the top 5 most visited tourist cities in the whole wide world!
I wanted to go to Prague to boost the Christmas mood. The city was a Christmas city indeed, with all those nice sympathetic Christmas markets outside – but one important thing was missing; snow. And not even that. Now it just happened to be quite wet for a couple of days. So that took away the spirit a bit. But I loved all those big Christmas trees, lights, flavours, churches and castles. I have seen some photos, in which the city looks like a fairy-tale under the snow. Hope to experience that some day. And summer – definitely summer time in Prague! It must be amazing time with some bush beer……. Till that!