Posts Tagged ‘Old Town’

Eurotrip 2012- Nice Part 2

April 15, 2013

I’m not really sure why I made this a second post for Nice. That’s September Kayla. September Kayla was surely keen on stretching this bitch out.

So um… well… here’s a few more photos from our second day in Nice. Of all the things I previously discussed.

On this day we did find this amazing little shop that we bought our pal Hannah some earrings in. It was part cafe, part book store, and then it sold loads of crafty things from local artists. I loved it. It was the best shop ever. So we lingered there and drank all the coffee. And no, I have no photos of that place. I’ll have to search through my Instagram mess to find some. Insta-mess…

We did truly enjoy Nice though. The old town was perfect.

Next up is Italy again- Milan. Two more posts to go!

K

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Eurotrip 2012- Innsbruck Part 2

March 24, 2013

We were lucky again to have spectacular weather. We thought we’d take it easy just walk into the Old Town again and just give ourselves some time to look around and really take things in.

We got ourselves into a routine of walking through Waltherpark on the way to and from Old Town. There were always interesting people there- either practicing T’ai Chi or other martial arts- there was also at the very edge by Innsbrucke a huge skate ramp set up and people were fixing bikes all day long. Apparently Innsbruck is quite well known for “extreme” sports so it was no surprise really to see a lot of skateboarders and such around town.

We found a wee restaurant that wasn’t too dear to have lunch- we both got these toasted sandwich things which were so delicious. Kinda high class grilled cheese. I went for the assorted which had about four different toppings on each sandwich. This is also where I discovered that I bloody loved pineapple mixed with ham and cheese- and thus I deduced that I must enjoy Hawaiian pizza… which I always thought must be pretty disgusting. Who knew?!

We looked at the Hofkirche, the Triumphal Arch and also went into the Innsbruck Cathedral which was easily one of the most stunning churches we went into during our travels.

We went back to the Golden Roof, bought a couple things from a few of the market vendors by the waterfront and enjoyed a wee walk through these misting water things in a tent by an outdoor fabricated beach area.

We really liked Innsbruck it’s not one of those cities that kinda beams down on you constantly reminding you “you’re on holiday- you are a foreigner- this isn’t home”. You can just walk the streets and enjoy yourself and not feel at odds.

We just took it easy that night- I was starting to come down with some kind of cough/cold scenario so I wasn’t up for staying up too late. So we went back with some tasty treats and watched more of the Olympics and packed for our journey the next day.

We had to check out of the hostel quite a bit of time prior to the bus pick up time so I had a chance to run back to the Old Town once more to acquire breakfast/lunch for Roisin and I from a wee shop and then we sat in the sunshine until the bus rolled up to take us to our first stop in Italy- Venice.

K

Eurotrip 2012- Prague Part 2

January 19, 2013

Ok, so where were we…

The next day we decided to start where we’d ended the previous day- so we took the tube into Old Town as I wanted to cross the Charles Bridge. We may have enjoyed a McDonalds treat before crossing… maybe. I must say I did like glancing at all the wee shops approaching the bridge lots of Bohemian glassware and such.

The bridge is littered with painters, musicians, all kinds of artists really- it was a little hectic but of course we knew this going in, traveling in the summertime means all of the tourists all of the time. The view of the Vltava was lovely and peeking at some of the baroque statues.

Our walk through old town was okay, but it felt like the worst parts of the Royal Mile smushed into a large area. All of the shops seemed to be horrible tourist fare- big hats, flags and magnets. Then it seemed that outside of each restaurant they had pushy shouty staff trying to get you to choose their establishment. There were no independent businesses- no cozy wee cafes it just seemed to be a bit of a circus. Whereas in Edinburgh you can walk down the Royal Mile along with the tourists and get to your destination and enjoy the charm of the architecture and your surroundings- I found myself completely incapable of enjoying the things around me because I felt jostled and stressed. I do admit this could be entirely due to the time of year we chose to travel in- but I still was a bit let down.

We did make our way to the Prague Astronomical Clock which is super impressive. That whole square to be honest is really picturesque. Then we just took the rest of the afternoon to wander around and just take things in. Some parts of Prague look very much like Italy- it’s a bit jarring. These pastel buildings meshed with the white/orange. I did make a special trip out to see the Dancing House. I think he’s so neat! I think I came across an article about this sucker on Neatorama or something like that. It was so cool seeing it in the flesh.

The next day we were off to Cesky Krumlov which I love, love, love, loved. LOVED.

Bye, bye Prague.

K