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‘Travel Snaps’ ~ The Hotel Diplomat (Vienna House) in Prague

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Wednesday 16th August 2017

As you will know, if you have been following on with my travel adventure series, arrival at our hotel was not without a little bit of drama! 🙂

However, it was lovely to at last get off the bus, after being on the road for a few hours. It was just before dinner time, and the evening was sweet, sun-kissed and pleasant. I was beginning to feel the excitement of a traveller in a new place.

Before me in front of the hotel was a long straight main street, clean, and neat, except from the occasional glimpses of graffiti, with trams gliding past. A couple from my tour group who have travelled extensively throughout America said that it looked a lot like San Fransisco.

I was pleasantly surprised as I wandered into the hotel to check in. The lobby was vast, and nicely stylised. However, you may want to take a sneak peek into the hotel for yourself. 🙂

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Prague’s Districts & our Hotel

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And so, having finally disembarked after the earlier mini-drama, we were free to check into and explore our new surroundings, and ‘home’ for two nights – The Vienna House, Hotel Diplomat, Prague. 

The hotel is situated in Praha 6 (or district 6) of Prague. 

With the help of Wikipedia, here is a short overview of Prague’s districts: 

Prague has a local-government structure of two or three tiers, depending on the area of town. At the top is the Magistrate of the Capital City of Prague (Czech: Magistrát hlavního města Prahy), which is responsible for public transport; waste collection; municipal police; firefighting; ambulance services; cultural activities; care of historical sites; the Prague Zoo; and other activities of citywide significance.

Since 1990, the city has been divided into 56 (since 1992, 57) self-governing municipal districts (Czech: městské části). The districts are responsible for parks and environmental protection; ordering equipment for schools and volunteer firefighters; some cultural and sports activities; activities for seniors; some social and health programs; cemeteries; and collection of fees for dog tags and the like. Another important activity of the municipal districts is the ownership, maintenance and, sometimes, sale of public property, especially public housing.

Since 2001, the 57 municipal districts have been grouped into 22 numbered administrative districts (Czech: správní obvody), for national-government purposes. One municipal district in each administrative district has responsibility for providing certain services for the entire administrative district. Those services include providing business licenses, identity cards and passports. The municipal district with such responsibility shares a name with the administrative district it serves. For example, the municipal district of Prague 19 provides those services to the municipal districts of Prague 19, Prague-Čakovice, Prague-Satalice and Prague-Vinoř. Residents of Satalice can get dog tags in their neighborhood but must go to Kbely, home of the Prague 19 government, to get an identity card.

Both the citywide government and the municipal districts have elected councils and mayors. The mayor of the Capital City of Prague is known as the primátor, which is sometimes translated into English as “lord mayor” (even though the Czech title carries no connotations of nobility).

From 1960 to 1990, Prague was divided into 10 districts. Those 10 districts are still used for addressing and transportation purposes and, for example, the organisation of courts and prosecutions. Street signs additionally add the name of the cadastral area (Czech: katastrální území), which usually reflects the name of an old municipality before its assimilation into the city of Prague. Thus, a sign in Kbely will say “Praha 9-Kbely,” not “Praha 19.” Prague residents are much more likely to use the name of a cadastral area or a 1960 municipal district than the name of a post-1990 district in everyday communication.” (Source: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Districts_of_Prague).

‘Travel Snaps’ ~ You’ve reached your destination…but you’re not going anywhere yet! A heated ‘cultural interchange’ of sorts :)

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It was a relief to finally get off the bus after several hours traveling, however it wasn’t a simple disembarkation. The approach to the hotel involved a narrow circular space for coaches to park, however as our Scottish coach driver tried to skilfully manoeuvre his vehicle he was obstructed by a headstrong Italian coach driver who tried, and tried and tried again and again, unsuccessfully I might add, to park in a very narrow space at the side of the hotel, therefore obstructing any other vehicle, especially a large one, from getting past. A somewhat ‘interesting’ cultural interchange then took place with each driver getting down from their coaches to confront the other driver, complete with emphatic hand gestures from both parties. 

Some of the conversation could be heard, and a lot of the ‘conversation’ was easily played out before us through the body language of both of the men. I can only imagine that a very stereotypical conversation between them might have proceeded as follows:

Italian driver – raises his hands with exasperation and exclaims: “Mamma Mia!”

Scottish (Glaswegian) driver – steps forward towards his opponent, points to his head and sarcastically retorts: “Is there nuthin’ in yer heid? Yer no gonnae get in that space. Gonnae no dae that, ye Numpty!”. *

And so it went. However, once the other driver found that after a few more attempts he actually wasn’t going to get into that space, he aborted his mission, making way for our driver to park, let us off the bus, collect our suitcases and make our way into the hotel. And on disembarking from the coach, we were greeted by this very European looking fellow 😉

*Please note that no offence is meant, this is just a little light-hearted humour to describe what happened.

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Travel Snaps ~ It’s all in the Preparation…

I recently returned from a fortnight traveling through the European cities of Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Moselle, Frankfurt, Delft and Stuttgart. I’d love to share with you some of my travel experiences, however, I realise that with so many experiences to share it may be best to post perhaps a longer series of individually shorter posts. You can let me know what you think.

So, to get started, I thought it might be helpful to look at the preparation side of things. Traveling can take a lot of organisation. I do have friends who on an impulse can take a plane somewhere and go on a real adventure, meeting locals and hardly knowing what they are going to do from one day to the next. However, for most of us who aren’t quite like that it takes time and preparation to save money, decide where we want to go, find out when we are able to go and then take all the necessary practical steps to organise such an adventure.

One of the often last minute things we look at is packing. I have still not mastered the fine art of packing light, however, I do seek to pack smart, by having an idea of what the weather will be like where I’m going, how much I need to take and to pack things I will actually use. I am pleased to say that having set myself the challenge to wear almost all of my clothes that I took with me on my journey, I did surprisingly well.

Here are a few pictures to illustrate how I pack, try to maximise space and take into consideration some of my personal needs, such as managing a skin condition and not taking any risks with hotel bedding by bringing my own sleeping bag (and it was a comfort that I am so glad I brought with me, making it so much easier to rest and relax).

I used the roll rather than fold technique in packing, and having tried it a few different ways, I can say that this saved me a lot of space and helped to organise my clothes. Added to this I made sure I took only miniatures for toiletries, also making use of small containers that I already had and filling them up accordingly.

So for now, as I get set to lay my head upon the pillow for the night, I wish for you also to have sweet dreams, perhaps imagining your next great adventure. x

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Vienna

Hi friends!

Now, if you haven’t read my last two blog posts on Budapest, Prague and Vienna, where have you been?! Only joking 🙂 Welcome, and I’m glad you have joined us. Check out my ‘Travel’ tab and you will find the posts there, with an explanation of this little ‘series’ of posts.

So onto today’s instalment! 🙂

Vienna:

Vienna is Austria’s capital city, and is also the country’s largest city. It is located on the east of Austria, along the Danube River.

Vienna has been known as both “The City of Music”, and “The City of Dreams”, due to its cultural legacy of composers and musicians (such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler and Strauss), but also because of the well known psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud who entered the University of Vienna at the age of 17 (although he was born in the Czech Republic).

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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’d love to hear of your own experiences of any or all of these places, so do please feel free to share your recommendations or memories in the comments below.

Much love, xx

Prague

Happy Friday, everyone!

Following on from my introductory post on my upcoming travel adventures (https://livingfully2017.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/budapest-prague-vienna-lets-go/), here is my first fact in the series about Prague.

Prague:

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic, and is known as ‘The City of a Hundred Spires’, based on the count (103) of the Czech 19th Century mathematician Bernard Bolzano.

Today, it is estimated that Prague is now the city of over 500 spires! I wonder how many you can count in this picture? 🙂

 

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