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Prepping for Prague

April 11, 2017

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that pretty soon, I’ll be jetting off to Prague! A city of contrasts, the land of mystic and baroque beauty, art decor and gothic towers, where every turn provides a magical backdrop and the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in the relic of time.

What you may not know, is why I’m going to Prague! As much as I am excited about crossing the infamous Charles Bridge or getting to watch the Astronomical Clock strike, I’m going for very exciting fashion weekend with Bata Shoes, which you gals will get to read all about, right here pretty soon! So stay tuned!

With just 8 days left before I’m Prague bound, I wanted to share a little post about my preparations. Right now, excitement levels are pretty high – as I’m sure you can imagine.

Give a girl the right shoes…

Marilyn Monroe was right when she said “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” In my case, I may not be conquering the world, but I do need shoes that will allow me to stroll the cobblestone streets of Prague in comfort and in style!

So I was beyond excited to pick up two perfect-for-Prague shoes from Bata earlier this week.

First up, these beautiful Bata Insolia Heels. I’ve never been a mid-heel kinda girl. It’s either sky high or nothing at all with me! But when I saw these babies in store, I was like yaaaasssss!!!

Traditionally (on me at least) mid heels don’t do much for my non-existent instep, but these are so beautifully cut that that flatter my foot in every way while actually creating the illusion of a more curved instep.

The stacked block heel is also perfect for all day comfort and the Insolia technology, which is exclusive to Bata shoes, means these shoes have been designed for walking! Apparently this component shifts weight off the forefoot and helps to reduce pressure by 30%. Comfort, style and a great pair of quality shoes – CHECK!

For day time strolling, and because I really want to visit the Lennon Wall in Prague, these Tomy Takkies stole my heart!

I love the sleek, effortless design and slim sole, but it was the mind blowing graphic print that spoke to me! I’ll try my best to snap these beauts at the John Lennon Wall – because when you’re standing in front of a world famous piece of street art dedicated to one of the greatest artists of our time, what else would you wear?!

Ahh and then there’s the back pack! I’ve been looking for a cute backpack that is a little more stylish than your average sporty back pack. I almost missed this red backpack hiding on the shelf, but as I was paying for my shoe purchases at the Bata store, there she was!

I love the bright red shade – and even though it is not leather, it still looks a lot more expensive than it is. The cut is clean and effortless with gold hardware that finishes it off beautifully.

I thought it would a nice idea to be prepared with a cute back pack so I can make sure I have something smart to carry my camera around and then since I don’t know how much walking we’re actually going to be doing, it’s always good planning to keep a pair of flats-in-bag just in case.

My Prague Bucket List…

One of the things I’m dying to see is the five storey, Bata shop at Wenceslas Square. Since Bata has it’s roots in this gorgeous city, their flagship store is something to see! In fact, travellers on Trip Advisor have listed it as one of the must-see sights when visiting Prague.

Part of our press trip includes a visit to this landmark, so I’m super excited about that. I just don’t know how my poor mind is not going be blow when surrounded by sooooo many shoes! Five Stories! Heaven help me!

Our trip is super short and we have a jam packed itinerary, but I’ve been told that Prague has some of the best coffee (and pastries for that matter) in the world. My plan… drink as much coffee (to stay awake), see as much as I possibly can during the trip and sleep like a baby on the plane ride back home.

I’m usually a very happy go lucky traveller and prefer to be wowed by a place without researching it before hand. It’s just something I like to do, so that when I get there I experience the new place without any pre conceived expectations. But when you have an hour here an and hour there to see something, best you prepare yourself!

So, I’ve made list of “Sights to see an experiences to cultivate” in my travel journal and will try and check off as many as I possibly can. Hopefully, when I share my post Prague travel expereince, I’ll have my own photographs of all (or at least some) of these things to share with you. Things like…

  • Eat Trdelnik – a few of my followers on Instagram recommended I try this iconic Czech pastry delight. I hear that it has Nutella in it, so I’m already sold!
  • Watch the musicians playing along Charles Bridge
  • Drink Beer (since I don’t normally) but apparently, if you’re going to drink beer, make sure it Czech beer
  • Admire the Architecture

These should be pretty easy to incorporate in my time there, but then there are a couple of sights I’d like to see as well. So instead of going in expectation-less, I’ve mapped out our hotel in relation to all the sights I’d love to see and making it my mission to try and get to them, even if it is just for a moment.

  • Watch the Astronomical Clock Strike and see the Parade of Apostles during the hourly chiming
  • Wander through the gardens and courtyards of Prague Castle
  • Visit the John Lennon Wall
  • Talk a walk along Charles Bridge at Dusk
  • Visit the Church of St Nicholas
  • Visit the Stahov Monastery
  • Visit Jubilee Synagogue

So much to see, so much to do, so little time!

If you have any suggestions of things to do and see or any tips and tricks you’ve picked up on your Prague adventures, I’d love it if you would comment below and share them with me. Remember, I need to plan-plan-plan so that I can go-go-go as soon as I step off the plane.

xo

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  • Tarryn

    Dimi, you are going to love Prague! It is one of the most incredible cities in the world. The Clock is a great sight to see – just be prepared for a swarm of tourists during the march of the apostles. It tends to get extremely crowded. Love the shoes. Those sling backs are beautiful. Do you know if they come in different colours? Price?

    Have an epic adventure and take lots of pics so I can re-live the adventure vicariously through you.

    • Thanks Tarryn. I can’t wait to see the city. Everyone I know that has been has said that it is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Thanks for the top about the Astronomical Clock. I’ll have to find a sneaky spot to see it where it’s not infested with tourists – even though I’ll be one of them lol.

      Those shoes are beautiful aren’t they and so comfortable! They had them in black and a nude colour which is also beautiful! The nude would look amazing with light blue jeans. I might even go back for them hehe.

      They were R599 – so really well priced xx

  • Lalannie Knoll

    Wow, Dimi!! Lucky you!!
    Those tomi takkies looks so good – looking forward to seeing your adventures in Prague!!

    • I am sooooo lucky Lalannie – Almost can’t believe it is real 🙂

      Those Tomy’s are super cute! They also had them in a white graphic print but thought the black ones were more striking – for me anyway.

      I’ll probably be flooding my Social Media with Prague prettiness soon soon! Cant wait xx

      • Lalannie Knoll

        You deserve it!! You do an excellent job with this blog.
        I must go check out those tomy’s and the bata store quite frankly. Always just walk on past them.
        Enjoy the trip, Dimi!! And bring some european inspiration with you.

  • AMAZING Dim! Can’t wait to see the pics. Bata have picked the right gal to take along xxx

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