After months and months of procrastinating and letting life get in the way, I finally booked a holiday. The destination, Prague. Despite the fact that continental Europe is literally on my doorstep, this way the first time I’d planned a short city break to one of the many destinations I want to visit. In my mind, I figured I’d travel afar before exploring neighbouring countries, but sometimes a stress-free 2-hour flight is exactly what you need to kick off 6 days of sight-seeing, socialising, and relaxing. Here is a summary of what I got up to in Prague.
Admittedly, I did more socialising than sightseeing, but Prague is a city that is full of culture simply walking through the streets was an experience. The architectural design of the buildings look like works of art, and one of the highlights was taking in the intricate details of St. Vitus Cathedral. Located within the castle, this gothic structure is visually striking with intricate design details reflecting parts of their history. The cathedral was a highlight of the castle tour I went on, but the castle itself was an interesting sight as it felt like you were visiting a palace, with the construction of the castle not reflecting the traditional fortifications of such landmarks. The castle also gave you one of the best views of the city, with the vineyard serving as a gorgeous backdrop.
Welcome to part 2 of the On the Road series. If you missed the first part of my experience in Toronto you can check it out here. After 8 days in Toronto, you’d think I’d be ready to move on to the next location, but that was not the case. I loved my time in Toronto. I met some great people, and I really came to love the city, so I was a little bit sad to leave, and I think that affected my judgment of Ottawa at the start of this trip.
Arriving in Ottawa, I didn’t know what to expect. What I did know was that the hostel I stayed at was once a prison. I don’t think I’ll get many opportunities to say that I stayed in an old jail, so that was pretty cool. The history surrounding the building was fascinating. You can opt to stay in a single cell or a dorm. I chose the dorm because I would get so claustrophobic in the cells. They were tiny. I’m telling you if you want to experience life behind bars without committing the crime, this is the place to be.
As most of you know, I took a month hiatus from blogging from Mid-May until Mid-June. Posts were still scheduled, but I rarely interacted on the blog. So, today’s post is going to be a little different than my usual book-related discussions as I spotlight the highlights of my trip to Canada.
The experience itself was incredible overall. I met some amazing people, reconnected with my relatives, explored some epic cities, and learned a lot about myself along the way. I’ll go into details about that in a future post, but for today I’m going to talk about the first leg of my trip. Toronto.