Everyone knows that Hoxton/Shoreditch is a hotspot not only for tourists but for Londoners also, and that is simply because there’s so much to do in so little time; from coffee shops, to markets, to brunch spots there’s something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some my favourite hotspots in Hoxton/Shoreditch! Continue reading “A lazy Sunday guide to Hoxton/Shoreditch”
2016 has been a year of loss and surprises and I know a lot of people are excited for the year to come to an end, I mean Trump became president, we lost music legends like Bowie, Price, and Lenard Cohen, we lost Carrie Fisher *insert crying emoji* the galaxy will never be the same without Princess Leia, and so many more great and inspirational people; now I could sit here and dwell on all the negative or I could take the time to appreciate my life in London, I’m going to go with appreciate my time in London. 2016 has been a crazy year for me but in all that craziness I fell more in love with London and all it has to offer. Continue reading “My favorite things about 2016 – London edition”
I’ve been in London for almost two years and over the years there have been a number of surprises in the capital…some good and some I could live without. When I made the decision to move to London I thought I had everything figured out, where I would live, my budget, the tube, and let me tell you even with all that preparation I still wasn’t ready for some of the surprises! Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the last two years. Continue reading “35 things people don’t tell you before you move to London”
God’s own Junk Yard is a slice of neon heaven tucked away in northeast London, with a variety of original and vintage neon signs. The genius behind this slice of neon heaven was Chris Bracey, who started designing neon signs for sex shops in Soho in the 1970s. His genius was not only limited to signs for sex shops, eventually he was designing signs for Hollywood filmmakers such Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, and collaborating with photographers like David LaChapelle. Unfortunately, Chris passed about in 2014 but his dream lives on through his son, who now runs the business, and the neon warehouse that everyone is allowed to visit. Continue reading “Neon Heaven: God’s Own Junk Yard”
Beautiful scenery, delicious food and lovely people, what else could anyone ask for when travelling Europe. Salzburg was everything I thought it would be and so much more. Even though it is a small town in comparison to Vienna there is quite a bit to see and do! What could be better than a town that is nestled in the Alps…nothing I tell you! Continue reading “48 Hours in Salzburg”
Before going to Vienna I envisioned classical music, jaw dropping architecture, and coffee houses, which is exactly what I found in this charming city. Vienna is the capital of Austria and is the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria, but what I didn’t realize before going is that the city has numerous palaces, which I didn’t expect! Even though many people associate Vienna with Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, what many people don’t realize is that the city is rich in not only music but in culture and history. Vienna’s history goes back centuries, and one point in time the Austrian – Hungarian Empire was one of the wealthiest empires in Europe. That legacy left an imprint on most of Austria, especially Vienna, where reminders of the glorious empire are on every street corner. Keep reading to find out the best cultural and historical hotspots to check out in Vienna! Continue reading “Vienna – The City of Class and Palaces”
Prague is such an interesting city that is rich in history and culture! What I thought was the most interesting was how much much of a role Prague played in Europes’ history. I can’t say that Prague is a hidden gem in Europe anymore because it’s always crawling with tourists, but it’s definitely one of the most underrated cities with regards to history and culture. The Czech people are extremely proud of their culture and it’s a real shame that a lot of people don’t know that. Even many of these are tourist attractions I’m going to tell you what was great about them and what you should avoid!
My first stop while I was in Prague was visiting the astrological clock because it is beautiful, and more importantly the story behind the clock is quite interesting! Put it this way it involved a man going blind, men being thrown out of windows, and a man falling in the astrological clock! With regards to the astrological clock I would not visit the clock while the ‘show ‘ is on. All you will get is a large crowd of tourists and a headache because of all the people waiting for the time to change on the clock. AVOID AVOID
My next stop was Prague castle, do yourself a favour visit the castle especially if your looking for great lookouts of the city! What I liked most was that the castle was free and St. Vithus cathedral was breathtaking. Even though the inside of the cathedral was super busy, because of all the tourists, I was still in complete awe; the high celings and the beautiful stain glass windows took my breath away. I really am a sucker when it comes to stain glass windows; even after visiting numerous churches and cathedrals these were some of my favorite! With regards to the castle don’t visit if you’re expecting to see a grand castle, like Windsor castle, the castle is not really a castle at all, but more like a compound with different buildings. Beware that there are no english signs and not many people actually working on the grounds, which led to a lot of confusion on my part. Most people visit the castle because of St. Vitus cathedral and the amazing lookouts of the city, so if you’re looking for great banquets halls, galleries and so on, don’t waste your
time visiting the castle.
One of my favourite spots on this trip was visiting the Strahov Monastery. The Monastery is about 5 minute walk from Prague castle and it definitely worth the visit. The grounds are beautiful and it is peacefully up at the Monastery. While your up there you get to leave the hustle bustle of the castle filled with tourists and school children, and you get to enjoy a peaceful walk of the grounds. What many people don’t know is that the monks at the Monastery still brew there own beer and there a couple of cafes at the top of the Monastery that serves this amazing Czech beer; eating at these cafes also allows a beautiful view of the city. Now you cannot go to the Monastery without visiting the library, you don’t have to be a book nerd like myself to visit; the library actually took my breath away – the rows of books, hard wood floors and beautiful murals on the ceilings, it was heaven. However, I was disappointed for two reasons: 1. We needed to pay 50 crowns to take any photos of the library, 2. We weren’t allowed to walk into the library and explore.
Everyone needs to walk around the Jewish quarter. The history of the Czech Jews was sad but also very interesting, and it has the oldest synagogue in Central Europe that is still being used today. While exploring the Jewish quarter everyone should take a moment to visit the exhibition at the Pinka synagogue. The exhibition is two parts, the first part is a gallery with all the names of the Czech Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis. All of the names of the victims are printed on the wall, that’s about 70,000 names. The exhibition is so simple yet so moving because you are standing in a room reading the names of all these innocent people, who were individuals with families and friends, careers, hobbies and more. I stood in that room for about half and hour and I really got to think about life and how people treat one another, and that religion and culture might divide us but at the end of the day we are all people. The second part of the exhibition was a collection of drawings that was saved by Fridel Dicker-Brandeis, who was a teacher in the Tezein ghetto. She taught the children how to draw and how to express themselves through art since the lives of the children wee extremely difficult. Unfortunately Fridel did not survive Aushwitz but her husband did and he later donated all the drawings. The exhibition was one of the saddest I’ve ever seen, because the drawings were so innocent, and walking though this exhibition you get to see a glimpse of how these children felt living in ghetto and the fear of deportation, but you also saw how many of them were still just kids with hopes and dreams for the future. The exhibition was so touching and eye opening because you get to see the innocence of children no matter what might be happening around them. I would highly recommend everyone to go visit this exhibition, it’s only 300 crowns and you have access to all the Jewish museums and the Old Jewish cemetery.
I would strongly suggest that everyone takes a few days to visit Prague. It’s one of those cities where you only need to be there a few days and you will fall in love right away. I was never bored while I was in Prague, there was always something to see of do!
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