Saturday, 28 July 2012

Week Roundup

I've been back from Prague since Sunday, and in that time, I've had two barbecues, and three nights out drinking. Basically I haven't stopped the fun! 

The weather this week has been beautiful. I've topped up my tan, gone for dog walks, eaten amazing food and hung out with my brilliant friends. 

Here's some photos from my week. It started with sunbathing. 

Then a rotisserie chicken. We have the most amazing barbecue for this, and I stuff it with lemon and put my special herb mix on it. It smells like the ones in France! 

This is the herb mix below. It has Olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and herbes de provence in it. The additional rosemary is extra, on top of the rosemary already in the herbes mix. I just let the chicken spin on the rotisserie and paint it all over! 

Salad with tiny tomberries. 

Gorgeous sunshiny walks up on Bentley Priory with Max. 

Sian made a watermelon sculpture. 

And finally, Last night we visited her dad in Hackney. As you can see from the photo below, his flat overlooks the olympic site. I forgot my good camera and the photos do not do it justice, but the view was amazing for the opening ceremony and we could see Bond actually jumping out of the helicopter and into the stadium. Her dad cooked us a lovely meal and it was so much better having an olympic party than I thought! Proud to be British and all that!! 

This is the view of the other side. Shard and Gherkin! 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Enjoy the Olympics, cheer our teams on! I'm off to party in the sunshine! What are you guys up to? Let me know in the comments! I've fixed it so that anyone can comment now, not just members! 


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Whistle Stop Prague Day 3

Day 3 was very short. I flew back to London mid afternoon. In the morning, Jack and I went up the clock tower. There's a short video at the top here. 

Although I didn't have long in Prague, I really felt like I got the most out of the trip in the time I had and I saw so much. I would love to go back at some point for a bit longer, and it isn't far, so who knows? Everyone was so friendly, and I can honestly say I never met one rude person. 

Thanks so much again Jack for having me, and thanks to everyone who has read day 1 and 2 so far and given me their comments. I'm really enjoying blogging at the moment and it's really great to hear back from people reading it. 

On with the pretty pictures and videos! Most of the pictures of the view were taken with my other Sony Cybershot camera. 


Whistle Stop Prague Day 3 from Annie on Vimeo.

View from the plane. 

o2 Arena from the plane. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Whistle Stop Prague Day 2

On day two, despite the 4am drinking at Cross Club the night before, I managed my usual waking up  early. Jack however, was not necessarily the happiest about going to work! He eventually got up at around 11:10 when I said, "Jack quick, you've got work in 50 minutes and you're going to be late!" Some how, we managed to make it in on the tram with him being only 3 minutes late, but he was still in trouble with the scary lady boss! I left him here while the boss lady chilled out, and I went off exploring on my own. 

I had no map, and I really wanted to do it on a budget/on foot. So, I screen grabbed the map on my iphone when I was on wifi at Jack's bar, and off I walked. It is because of this that I don't know what half the stuff I saw actually was, but that's half the adventure right? So I'll try and figure out some of it here as well, as I did get a tourist map halfway through. I'm going to go with photos first today, then video. 

The descriptions are under each photo or set of photos. 

The Powder Tower, apparently one of the symbols of Prague leading into the old town, one of 13 gates into the city, dating from 1475. 

I thought this was the Opera House at first, as it was advertising so many concerts, but it's The Municipal House. It's still a concert hall though and although still beautiful, it's much newer than many buildings in Prague, and you could tell. I loved the mosaic at the top. 

Typical tourist shop display with puppets!

A lovely chocolate shop. I did buy some!

A building in the Old Square. 

St. Nicholas Church, Old Square

This old guy was just sat chilling and napping in his really cool car. 

Galerie Rudolfinum

View from outside the Galerie Rudolfinum. 

 This is underneath The Charles Bridge I'm pretty sure. It reminds me of a Little Venice. People attach padlocks to the bridge to symbolize their everlasting love for each other. 

Love Padlocks
I took this one on top of the Charles Bridge.

 A View of the Cathedral between two buildings. The church is the one on the left. 
 The Cathedral
 Jack at work. 
 I cannot remember where I was at this point. It was round the back of the square and I was looking for nice bars and restaurants. I found the bar in the photos underneath which you can actually see better on Jack's blog here. It's called The Iron Curtain and was underground and full of cool slovak communist art and "junk" as they describe it. They make loads of home made vodkas which you can see in my video for today and their website is on this link.

A Glass brick light fitting in the bar. 

And Finally, the film. 

Whistle Stop Prague Day 2 from Annie on Vimeo.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Whistle Stop Prague Day 1

My friend Jack moved to Prague for the summer. He normally lives and studies in Sweden, but he had to move out for the holidays, so he got himself a cheap rental in Prague, and went to live there for 6 weeks and work in a bar. It would be silly not to go and visit as I've never been there before. I also hadn't seen him since Christmas. I had some airmiles so it cost me only £27.00! YES! 

I just have to say before I go on here, that anyone can collect airmiles, or rather avios miles as they've been taken over recently. They are absolutely brilliant. I've been collecting for about 3 years on my credit card, shell card and shopping online, there are loads of ways. Then you get to book a nice BA flight to anywhere, at any time if you have enough miles, without being ripped off! They pay all the charges and taxes, you just give them a small fee. Mine was 4500 miles and £13.50 each way. So go and sign up!

This trip was the perfect sightseeing/blogging opportunity, and I have filmed or photographed as much as humanly possibly. Even though I wasn't there for very long at all. Just 2 nights. 

Jack and I have a deal though, there are some videos and clips which shall never see the light of day! Such a shame, as they are comedy gold! So you'll find my video blog for day 1 on Vimeo. Youtube wouldn't let me have a video over a certain length or quality, so I've decided to try out my Vimeo account which I think will be better anyway. Let me know what you think! 

 If you like the video, please let me know and click the like button or leave me some comments! It's a fairly long video, but hopefully there's some funny stuff in there, so get yourself a cuppa and enjoy Prague Annie style! You can leave comments on my video or at the bottom of this post. If I don't know whether you like it, I'll have to stop making them! 

The first day involved drinking in some bars and trotting around the old town, eating traditional Czech food and going to, what I was told, by a true Czech Resident, is the best club in Prague, The Cross. It was £1.50 to get in! Day 2 will come tomorrow when I've had a chance to edit it! Day 2 will also have some more of the sights and sounds of Prague and less of me being a numpty!

AND finally, I just want to say thank you again to Jack, and his lovely housemates for letting me stay, I had the most brilliant weekend. You can find his blog of his time in Prague here:- AHOJ AHOJ PRAHA!

One more thing, I apologise for my swearing. It isn't ladylike at all!

Whistle Stop Prague Day 1 from Annie on Vimeo.