Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Ways to Get Around Aalborg City

When you arrive at Aalborg by plane, you leave the terminal and catch the bus from the stop outside. It's so easy and the buses run every few minutes. you have these busses to choose from 70 (Thisted-Aalborg) 71( Airport - Aalborg) 12 (Universitetet). We used bus number 12 and it dropped us really close to the Radisson Blu hotel. The bus costs DK22 and kids are free.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

24 Hours In Aalborg

We went to Aarlborg at the weekend. I only booked it because the flights were so cheap and it was a place we went last year too. I love the Nordic countries and would live in them if I could. So far we have visited, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Only Iceland to go before we have a full set. I was kinda hoping that the flight would be cancelled because I wanted to spend the weekend at home, doing nothing. But as it turned out, it was actually the best weekend in a long time.

In the few days before we went, I checked the weather app (because we all know how reliable they are!) and it said light snow on the day we would be there but it also said rain, so I expected the snow to be washed away.

Before we went to Aalborg we travelled to London through the night. Took in a late viewing of Aquaman, which finished at midnight, then slowly headed from Wood Green Vue to Liverpool Street where we had a two-hour wait for the station to open before we got a 3am replacement coach to the airport. We got to the airport 2 hours before our flight boarded, so there was time for a nap.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Useful Facts About Visiting Prague

Arrival at the airport

Praha Ruzynè airport is only 15 km away from the city so it is easily accessible by bus and metro. 

Bus & Metro - catch bus 119 or 254 to Dejvická metro station then jump on a line A metro train into the centre. Or bus 179 and 225 to Nové Butovice metro station where you join line B to the centre. 

Bus & Tram - if you arrive through the night, you will need to catch bus 510 and at Divoká Sarká stop you need to transfer to tram 51 into the city.

Taxi - you will find a desk at arrivals where you can book an airport cab, these are really expensive and you would be better to book a transfer in advance. 

Currency

The currency is the Czech Republic is the Koruna (crown) and is divided into 100 Heller. At the time of this blog post, the rate of exchange is £1 to KC 29, $1 to KC 22.50 and €1 to KC 26. You can change currency at big banks. Don't change money at tourist places like Wenceslas Square or the Old Town because the commission can be so much higher. Avoid the higher notes because these are harder to change up in the shops and tourist attractions. 



Getting around

It's so easy to get around Prague by using public transport, there is such a variety to use.  Tickets are bought from machines or small shops and if you're there for a while, it's worth looking at getting travel passes. Kids under 10 travel free on the public transport system.

Funicular - This railway runs from Ujezd street in the Malá Strana to the top of Petrin Hill. It is part of the transport system in Prague, It runs every day from 9am- 11.30pm.
Tram - There are trams everywhere in Prague and they are so easy to navigate. Buy tickets from machines at tram stops. Don't ever get on the tram without a ticket, they have ticket checks and the fines can be high.
Bus - The bus system runs more in the outskirts of Prague where the trams don't reach or the Metro doesn't run to. Then they terminate at a metro stop or a tram stop just outside the main city and you can continue your journey into the city.
Metro - There are three lines on the Metro, A, B and C and they get you from one side of Prague to the other in a fast time.
Taxi - As with most destinations, be careful when you use a taxi. Don't flag one down or just jump in one at the taxi rank. Get some reliable taxi phone numbers from the tourist information.
Tour bus - Although this isn't a proper part of the transport it is still a great way to get around Prague. It will cost a lot more but if you don't know the area, then its perfect for you. 


Tipping

Tips are usually included in the service, it will normally appear on your itemised restaurant receipt, always check this so that you don't tip twice.

Best Time To Go

The best weather is from May to September but it is also prone to more rain in those months too. From October time, many attractions start closing down for the winter or switch to winter opening times. The snowy winters are cold and harsh.
Public holidays are usually the same as the rest of the world, New Year's Day, Easter and Christmas but also the extra days that we have listed here.

1st May - Labour Day
8th May - Liberation Day
5th July - SS Cyril & Methodius Day
6 July - Jan Hus Day
28th Sept - Czech Statehood Day
28th Oct - Independence Day
17th Nov - Struggle For Freedom & Democracy Day

Things to do

Visit the beautiful architecture, drink the beer, soak in the history. Realise the impact that communism had on the city, and in fact the country. We have written a blog post about some things to do in Prague. 



Immunisations

You don't need any immunisations to go to Prague. Although before we travelled, I ensured Matilda had the hepatitis A vaccination because we didn't know where we were travelling to in Eastern Europe. The water is drinkable and it is a very hygienic country. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

8 Places To Visit In Prague

I took Matilda to Prague when she was 6 years old and it was my first visit too. It had always seemed like it was a million miles away from us, but in reality, you can get a cheap flight, Interrail it with a train, over there or even do it on a coach trip from London (although it will take a day). With so much access to travel these days, the world really is your oyster. Prague is such a beautiful city that is full of history and beautiful building. The River Vltava runs through the city and separates the old town with the new town, it has many floating restaurants and botels along the river bank and is perfect for walking along at any time of the day. There are so many places to go to and things to see in Prague, but we have selected a few for you to look at today.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Where Can I Stay In Southern Turkey?

Turkey is a huge country and there are so many holiday resorts to visit. Turkey has become popular again over the past year after a decline in tourism affected the country. Although the Aegean coast is more popular with the English people, holiday resorts on the Mediterranian coast are becoming more and more popular with the English, despite being primarily popular for tourists from Germany and Russia. I visit Antalya on the Mediterranean coast because I like the different nationalities that go there. With more English people going to the Mediterranean coast, I thought I would share the best resorts to visit.

Monday, 11 June 2018

What Should I Pack For A Backpacking Holiday?

When you decide to go on a backpacking holiday, you often have to think about how heavy your bag is going to be because you will be carrying it around a lot of the time. Also if you're going by plane, there is usually a 15 or 20kg weight limit to think about. If you're going somewhere that's hot, carrying a heavy rucksack is not ideal because you're going to sweat. When you pack your bag, make sure you pack it sensibly. Put heavy bits in the bottom and lighter stuff that you might need as you travel at the top.

Photo by Brandon Kaida on Unsplash

Friday, 8 June 2018

What Is The Best Way To Travel As A Backpacker?

 So this year you fancy giving backpacking again for your holiday? I did it last year with Tilly and it was the best most economical holiday I've ever been on because we went away for nearly a month and it cost us less than the price of a package holiday at the height of the summer. I know that a backpacking holiday can seem quite daunting to start with, but it really is easy there just a few things that you need to take into consideration and this is where I'm here to help and today we will be talking about plans to make when you first decide to go on a backpacking holiday. How you're going to travel is one of the most important things to think about because you want to be safe as well as stay within your budget. There are a few things you need to consider when you are backpacking too like the weight of your luggage as most planes have a weight limit and you don't want to pay extra with the luggage. Also, think about whether you want to book all the travel in advance or if you are going to buy it as you travel. Buying it all in advance restricts you to times and places, but if you pay as you go along, you end up paying more but you can make the journey up as you go along.