Two Stops Before Home – Mystical Venice and Christmassy Prague

Travels — 20.12.2015

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.

Hitting the streets of Venice; just cross the bridge from Piazzale Roma and you're in...
Hitting the streets of Venice; just cross the bridge from Piazzale Roma and you’re in…
Tourists taking Gondola ride - nice but very very expensive amusement
Tourists taking Gondola ride – nice but very very expensive amusement
Details of the gondola
Details of the gondola
I like Venice - well there's not many places that I don't like! Hahaa
I like Venice – well there’s not many places that I don’t like! Hahaa
Nice cafes everywhere
Nice cafes everywhere

 

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.

Found a very nice cafe just by a coincidence! There's quite high standards in Venice... Italians - they know how to make food.
Found a very nice cafe just by a coincidence! There’s quite high standards in Venice… Italians – they know how to make food.

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Very simple and delicious Pasta Carbonara
Very simple and delicious Pasta Carbonara
I love Italian Ice-Cream!!! This is Baci.
I love Italian Ice-Cream!!! This is Baci.

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.

I love Venice's mystic atmosphere
I love Venice’s mystic atmosphere
A heart warming city - thumbs up!
A heart warming city – thumbs up!
The usual style of hanging clothes in Italy
The usual style of hanging clothes in Italy
Lovely Venetian decoration style
Lovely Venetian decoration style

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It was like a strange beautiful hazy scenery when leaving and crossing the the big bridge of Venice - I felt calm and happy. This is enjoying the moment...
It was like a strange beautiful hazy scenery when leaving and crossing the the big bridge of Venice – I felt calm and happy. This is enjoying the moment…
There was a private run luggage store across the street from the Treviso Airport - 5 euros per pack / full day
There was a private run luggage store across the street from the Treviso Airport – 5 euros per pack / full day

 

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.

Pint of beer about 49 CZK
Pint of beer about 49 CZK
Nice bookstore/cafe
Nice bookstore/cafe
Home made hot soups everywhere, 29 CZK. This is spinach.
Home made hot soups everywhere, 29 CZK. This is spinach.
Goulash - looks basic, tastes very good
Gulash – looks basic, tastes very good
Gluten free chocolate cake! Heaven.
Gluten free chocolate cake! Heaven. (Cafe Ebel, very old cafe)
Beef Pho
Beef Pho
Hot raspberry vanilla ice-cream crepe
Hot raspberry vanilla ice-cream crepe

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!

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Tancici dum - the dancing house - one of the most significant modern buildings in Prague
Tancici dum – the dancing house – one of the most significant modern buildings in Prague
Absinth is famous here
Absinth is famous here
As well as crystal
As well as crystal
Charles bridge in the horizon
Charles bridge in the horizon
Cool architecture and decorated houses everywhere
Cool architecture and decorated houses everywhere
A man hanging there
Oh lord! There’s a man hanging there
I visited very interesting sex machine museum. Some tools from the early ages!!!
I visited very interesting sex machine museum. Some tools from the early ages!!!

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Orloj - the astronomical clock
Orloj – the astronomical clock
Old town hall
Old town hall

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A grey scenery from the Prague castle
A grey scenery from the Prague castle
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral
Lovely glass paintings in St. Vitus Cathedral
Lovely glass paintings in St. Vitus Cathedral
It's pouring from the monster's mouth!
It’s pouring from the monster’s mouth!

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!

Christmas markets are famous here
Prague’s Christmas markets are lovely

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Christmas lights everywhere
Christmas lights everywhere

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Huge Christmas trees
Huge Christmas trees

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Trdlo - a traditional Czech delicacy
Trdlo – a traditional Czech delicacy with difficult name!!!

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