prague
The great thing about Prague is that everything is within walking distance. Not to mention, there is something attractive and interesting in every corner.
I love cities with unique architecture like these. Its so interesting how central europe's architecture differs so much from the west.
Prague is probably the most charming city i've visited in Europe - no offence to Paris or London. We all know I absolutely love Paris, and I probably ALWAYS will, but Prague, with its pretty streets, wide river, quirky old town, pastel coloured buildings, and AWESOME panoramic views, I couldn't help but fall in love.

Architecture is my number 1 weakness. Streets that look different. Special. Colourful. I'm sold.
Maybe its because I grew up in Singapore where housing estates all look pretty much identical, I find myself being drawn to places where the streets are different from one another.

Considering I'm not super well versed in architecture, and I don't exactly know the different eras and influences, I can't say what I specifically like about each and every building. All I can say is, it is DIFFERENT, and it makes me happy to see cities where each street looks different, houses on the streets are not identical, different colours, different textures, and yet everything is still in a way harmonious.

Mini-Story #1: This is the coolest clock i've ever seen. It was first installed in 1412 which makes it... 603 years old. This Astronomical Clock shows not only the sun and moon phases but it also has the zodiac and star sign readings on it. On the bottom of the clock, there are 365 names, one for each day of the year, which is sort of like a name recommendation for people who gave birth that day. What I liked the most were the figurines beside the clock. At each hour, they move when the clock chimes. The figurine on the top left holding a mirror will shake its head, representing that beauty is not everlasting, one of the other figurines represent greed, and that greed will lead to human's down fall, and the Skeleton on the top right, would nod, representing we're one hour closer to death, and that life is finite. 
So much thought placed in one clock.

The view of the river, the hill on one side, the colours of the houses and the Prague castle from far away, never failed to impress me. Every day I was there, walked past the river at least twice, and I would stop to take photographs of it EVERY SINGLE TIME.




Mini-Story #2: This windows were the 2 windows where they threw people out of them as an act of punishment. Giving rise to the term Defenestrations of Prague. It was not a very high window, probably 2 stories high? According to the walking tour guide, the first time people were thrown out of the window and they placed spikes on the ground. The second time, people were thrown into a pile of dunk, as an act of rebellion and they didn't intend to kill.








In the centre of Prague, there was also a huge christmas tree and market, with the fairytale like church (supposedly the one that inspired Walt Disney - or so people say) glowed in the background.
Not only is the city centre beautiful, at night, by the river, you get to see the colours and lights from the buildings on the other side reflected onto the water. Perfect for a quiet night stroll.




Prague is indeed magical. I enjoyed myself so much during my time there. I can even declare Prague the most beautiful european city i've been to thus far. Many may disagree (and claim paris/amsterdam/london etc. to be the most beautiful), but there is no doubt that Prague is on the list of most beautiful european cities.
Maybe it was the company, maybe it was the 3 full days of perfect weather, maybe it was because it was the first central europe city i've been, but to me, Prague is incredibly charming and romantic.
Plus, its significantly cheaper in terms of cost that the western european cities. Prague is a MUST VISIT.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and the little stories (and my incessant gushing about how Prague is  "beautiful". Thank you for reading ;)

WHAT I WORE
Purple Knit Jumper: GUESS
Grey Touch Screen Gloves: Marks & Spencer

Admiring Streets and Architecture - Prague, Czech Republic

12 February 2015 Prague, Czech Republic

Panoramic Views of Prague
Other than beautiful sunsets Prauge also has one of the BEST panoramic views i've ever seen. Not only are there many different look out points, they are so easy to get to, and best of all, they are NOT filled with tourists.

I think I got lucky with this whole trip to Prague. Europe typically has lesser tourists during the winter, and I was fortunate enough to have 3 days of clear skies great weather when I was in prague. The beautiful weather meant that you could see the entire city when you climb up to get a bird's eye view of the city.

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The panoramas in Prague are so captivating with their myriad of colours - especially during sunset. Some buildings are pastel in colour, others vibrant shades of orange and yellow. From rustic architecture of the old town, to other modern looking buildings in the commercial districts, you literally get the greatest view from above.

Getting up to the look out points of Prague is also incredibly easy.
The photos in this post were taken in 2 different locations, 1st was from Petřín Hill, and the second set of photos with the gorgeous view of the river was from Vyšehrad.

Petřín Hill does not require any sort of climbing. No stairs or steep hills, but you have to buy a funicular ticket to get up there.
There are many other attractions atop Petřín Hill as well, and you could walk to the Prague Castle from there. We ended up entering the mirror maze - I got enticed by the image, however, it was pretty much an illusion. It was not as big as it appeared to be. Whilst we were in the maze there was a segment with contorting mirrors, and 2 little french girls there kept going "Je suis grosse!" and bursting into laughter. How adorable! It is no doubt a perfect activity for kids and families, but considering I'm (sort of) an adult, I did not find it as amusing or impressive. That being said, I did have a little fun with the funny mirrors that contort bodies, momentarily indulging my inner child.
Most of the attractions require an entrance fee and it was not worth it for the mirror maze unfortunately. Regardless, the view is stunning and that in itself deserves the trip up to Petrin Hill.

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Vyšehrad, however, was completely free to get to. We climbed for about a good 5-10 minutes, but the good thing is as you go up your view gets increasingly better. The good view and nice breeze made the climbing so much easier.
Right at the top of the hill, there is a beautiful church and garden. Perfect for a picnic. A Picnic with an awesome view. Why did I only think of this now?!

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I think it's a MUST to get a panoramic view of Prague. I love seeing the bird's eye view of any city - I think I practically do it in almost every european city i've gone to, but if you hate climbing stairs, or hills, take the funicular up to Petřín Hill. It is so so worth it.
You'll definitely NOT be disappointed with the view.

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If know i'll be walking for a long distance (usually practically the whole day) whilst traveling, my go to outfit would be something like this. Easy, cosy and comfortable. This pair of army green pants is so comfortable. It made so easy to climb up and down to take photographs, be it squatting down or climbing on rocks. Having a fluffy coat also makes it easy to lean your body / support yourself on your elbows while you lean over a rough edge to take photographs.
Now you know the things I do when I travel (and how silly I look at times)!

WHAT I WORE
Grey Coat: H&M (similar here)
Burgundy Scarf: Primark
Army Green Pants: myCK (similar here and here)
Boots: Timberlands

So, are you for exercising to get great views of a city or do you prefer being close to the ground and admiring the different streets and people from there instead?

Prague's Panoramic Views + Outfit

10 February 2015 Petřín, 169 00 Prague-Prague 6, Czech Republic

charles bridge colours
Everyone loves a beautiful sunset. There is something wonderful watching how the colours of the sky change from one to another and they bleed and blend into each other. I went to Prague over christmas, and unexpectedly, the weather was fantastic. There was no snow or rain and was sunny all three days I was there.

Having clear sunny skies meant that I got to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. Its amazing how the colours of sunsets can be so different from day to day. Watching the sunset over the famous Charles Bridge in Prague was unbelievable because I just couldn't believe what I saw. It started off slightly cloudy with a little yellow and orange tones, and so I thought it wouldn't be one of those vibrant sunsets that we get to see during clear summer days. But when the sun began to set, the clouds started disappearing. The pink orange yellow was so unrealistic, but yet it was there right in front of me. Jerald termed it "paddle pop skies" because that exactly what it looked like. As if children's were splashing paint all over the sky or little angels above the clouds were eating paddle pop and they started melting all over the sky. Me and my imagination.

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The most unexpected thing was that the sun was setting AWAY from the bridge, so on one side of the bridge you would have dusty blues and greys slowly darkening as the sun crept away from it, but on the other side, it was a burst of colours. I took these photographs on my Iphone6, and you know how sometimes colours appear a lot more vibrant on the iPhone? That was probably the first time I was using my iPhone to take photographs as my DSLR ran out of battery, and I remember being so impressed with the phone.

I remember thinking "What people were saying about the latest iPhone camera is SO TRUE. It captures the colours SO SO WELL." Good Job APPLE.

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I was walking from one baroque statue to another the whole 7 to 10 minutes the sun was setting, trying to position them such that the sun appeared to be setting behind them, and trying to capture these artistic shots I had in my mind. But well... These are the best i've got, unfortunately.

Whilst we were walking along the bridge, we saw the same couple we met while climbing up to the roof to the Battle of the Nations Monument in Leipzig. It just made the whole experience more heartwarming. That coincidental bump in reminds me of how the world is so big and yet so small, and that you will never know who you meet or who will come into your life again. Whose path you'll cross and whose life you'll impact, or who will impact you. #deepthinkingmuch?

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And this. This last photo is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE. Jerald was standing behind me as I used my iPhone to attempt to do one of those "artistic shots", and he just said "Ok don't move", then proceeded to rest the camera on top of my head and snapped a shot. It turned out better than he expected I would presumed, because he was thoroughly pleased with himself.

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That photo honestly just symbolised what I was doing on the bridge the whole time. Just so you know, my hands were almost completely outstretched so as to crop out all of the tall european (who am I kidding, most asians are taller than me too) tourists that were walking by. Sigh, the problems with being too short.

Would you like to see a paddle pop sky sunset? Or do you think it's too unrealistic? Comment below!

Sunsets Over Charles Bridge - Prague, Czech Republic

7 February 2015 Charles Bridge, Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic

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