Showing posts with label Czech Republic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Czech Republic. Show all posts

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day Trip to Kutna Hora (^^)

I had a very bad jet lag when I was in Prague. I woke up at 4 am every day! Luckily, Ricci and Fega was there to chat with me while I can't sleep sebab yang laen2 sedang berjimba di Bali... But, this also gave me the chance to plan for the next day.. Like the trip to Kutna Hora; woke up at 4am.. Google on places that I can go for a day trip, picked one that's easiest to go and I think I would enjoy most, go back to sleep at around 6 am.. Woke up at 8am and rush to the main train station to catch the train that leaves at 9 am~

That morning on my way to the central station. The door doesn't open automatically there. You have to press that yellow button.. I always forgot that and end up waiting in front of the door like a fool (-_-") 

This is the centrum where you can get the train schedule and purchase tickets. It's really convenient... Go to the info counter and they'll print out the schedule for you. I bought the 2-way ticket to Kutna Hora and I think the most convenient part is you can freely choose the train that suits your schedule. We don't have to worry about missing the train.. Well, if you missed it, at least you only have to worry about getting there later than you intend to and need not buy a new ticket. O ya, from what's written on the ticket, the ticket is valid for 2 days from the date printed on it. 

So.. While waiting for the train to arrive, I sat at a cafe enjoying a cup of mocha. There was an Arab lady with her son there. Her son was talking to a white man. She looked at me and I smiled :)

Arab lady: Muslim??
GG: Yes, I'm a Muslim

Tiba2 dia menadah tangan tinggi2 \\(".) 


I obviously didn't see that coming and was startled and don't know how to respond. Well, I haven't seen any Muslim tourist in Prague yet at that time and those two were the first ones. I guess she haven't met any Muslim tourist either; perhaps longer than me

GG: Alhamdulillah (^^") 

Hlavni nadrazi.. that means main station.. I think that's the only thing that I can pronounce in Czech, HLAVNI NADRAZI because I heard that like hundreds of times at the train station. I asked a cashier what's 'thank you' in Czech on my first day in Prague. It sounds like "Cakui". Because I wasn't sure about it, I decided to just say thank you in English.. Rupanya memang la lebey kurang "Cakui". Thank you is "Dekuji"
pronounced as "Jekui" (^^") 

And after 2 hours 12 mins train journey, voilla! I present to you the small town of Kutna Hora (^^)

It's extremely small.. Macam pekan Putatan ni la lebey kurang...  And you can finish the whole town area on foot for about.. 3 hours, I think... Why I choose Kutna Hora of all places?? Because it's in the UNESCO World Heritage list hehe

That's Church of St Barbara. It was designed by the same person who designed St. Vitus and that's why the spires look kind of similar.

The chapels inside

The yard in front of the church.

I was trying to get some good pictures of the church from the steps when a group of primary school students walked by. Some were throwing snow balls at each other and. I stopped taking pictures to watch them *comel sangat mata biru hidung mancung!!* 

 And to my surprise, all of them stopped, looked at me and suddenly

"Hello!! Hello! Hello!" sambil lambai2 tangan

Tergelak aku.. Ada rasa macam artis.. Ada rasa macam maskot juga.. Hehehe

Thank you tong sampah for this picture. 

The statues at the path to the church

One of the statue near the Italian court. I don't know who is this though.

I actually snap this to show it to my mom... (^^) she loves flowers but she can never admit that she doesn't  have the green fingers and ironically, her anti-dirt daughter have them haha seriously I have green fingers and I'm a lucky angler too haha but I hate having dirt stuck in my nails~ *bimbo di situ*

The Gothic Stone Fountain.. Nothing much.. Not functioning anymore.. Was just there because it's in the attraction list

This is the Gothic Stone House. It's very old and actually it is said to be a local museum but then it was closed when I was there. Slamat czech crown aku.. Curiousity can lead to bankruptcy~ But seriously, it's well preserved

And after I finished with all the attractions at the centre, I went back to the train station to take the train back to kutna hora mesto to go to this building; the one that I was actually excited about. Seldec Ossuary \(^^)/

There was this embarrassing moment when I was inside the train. I was actually confused on which station was closest to the ossuary because there was a small station called Seldec in the middle. So I actually stood and walked to the door to hop off the train when suddenly the huge non-English speaking conductor stood in front of me to block the door. 

GG: Seldec ossuary??
Conductor: *Geleng geleng*
GG: Seldec ossuary??
Conductor: *Masih geleng geleng*

So I just walk back to my seat and waited for the train to arrive at  the next station.. I was blushing because everybody was watching.. Sedapkan hati "Aku jumpa dorang ni sekali jak seumor hidop.."

I think it was actually nice of him to have stopped me from getting off at the wrong station.. But it was just awkward to be blocked like that.. I'm so small and he was so huge... And he gave me that fierce expression on his face haha

I don't know if anybody would find this place interesting. But I did!!! Okay actually the whole area used to be a cemetery then one day they want to build a chapel there and they have to excavate some of the graves (some?? macam many jak) and the remains were then used to decorate the interior.

I really like this chandelier (^^)

Actually, the place it quite small.. Luckily there were not that many tourist that day

The signature of the carpenter who did all the creative works with the bones and skulls!

Actually there's another huge church just across the street. Okay this was the exhibit that attract me the most. That's not a corpse... But this is a tomb of someone important. Terkejot jugakla mula2.. Ingatkan corpse hehe

Anyway.. Actually, you will have to walk a few hundred meters from the train station to get to the ossuary.. Well, this was the day when my leg became stiff and I was literally dragging my left foot all the way to the hostel. I guess I overused it and it might have run out of those fluid in the joint (guna laymen term yeah)... Dan kisah selanjutnya adalah macam mana aku decide pi Austria...

Sempat lagi ambil pic ni masa sakit kaki tu kan (^^)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Prague: Old Town Square

People say.. 3rd year of marriage will be one of the most challenging year.. And I hereby declare this statement is also applicable for your career.. This is my 3rd year working and it is the toughest year so far

(-_-") tengok jak la kekerapan mengupdate blog yang semakin berkurang.. huhu I need more traveling!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway.. I know this Czech Republic post is going slower than my Aussie trip posts so here goes huk huk!!!

So this was where I had my lunch and dinner combined. They had very delicious kebab, aromatic rice and pizza and the mocha was good too. The workers were friendly; we chatted a bit and during my 3rd visit, they already knew that for my order, I like lots of mayonnaise on top hehe

Saw this prostrating man on the bridge on my way back from the castle. There are quite a number of them actually and they can stay in that position for  hours! well.. I think so.. Because he was prostrating when I walked by the first time and was still in that position when I passed the second time. Or maybe he took a rest  somewhere in between when I was not around kan but still.. lama nya ko sujud begitu!

White swans on the river that evening (^^) Feel gila~ Rasa macam dalam video karaoke hehe

Actually, I was planning to go back straight to the hostel that evening. But when I was about to turn right in front of the Charles bridge entrance, to the direction of the hostel, I saw a huge crowd coming from across the street.. I wonder "What's in that direction??? There must be something there" Because I saw a huge crowd coming from that direction the day before too. So I crossed the street and followed the crowd that was going to that direction.. Gelap gelita jak rasa masa tu sebab semua nya tinggi2 and there I was, a small Asian woman, drawn by the crowd to the unknown~

dan mereka telah membawa ku ke...

Old Town Square!!!!!!!!!

I was actually planning to go here on the third day.. Ces! rupanya dekat saja! Dalam peta nampak jauh hehe

So that massive building is the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Well, after exploring St Vitus, I didn't feel like spending my scarce Czech crown to enter another church that day hihu so0o0o0 I just stroll around, be in the moment and snapped plenty of pictures.

The famous astronomical clock !! (^^)

Well, it's the oldest that is still working. I went to the square twice and was lucky to be there during the hourly chime. There was a huge crowd standing below it so I was quite far and being a shortsighted, I can't really see how the dial moved but I did see the moving figures; the apostles at the window and the skeleton and some other figures that dressed like Islamic scholars which they called the philosopher and the astronomer. 

What's so special about this clock??

1. It's OLD
2. It's an astronomical clock which tells the astronomical info; this one display the position of the sun and the moon

The one below the clock is actually a present-day calendar installed in the 19th century. Kagum okay~

So.. what else is there? There are stalls selling souvenirs and food. Eish bole tergoda jugak la mo rasa but I chose not to.. Just enjoy the wafting aroma..

This is the Jan Hus monument.. He was a protestant reformer somewhere in the 13th century. Was captured, imprisoned and burnt to death. And after that a war broke between the Hussites (the follower of Jan Hus) and the catholic crusaders in Prague... 

Another view of the square..

After strolling around on that cold winter evening (which  made it quite difficult to really be in the moment because it was too cold and I was walking at a quick pace to keep warm), I decide to follow the crowd again.. And.. it took me to...

The Powder Tower (^^)

It got it's name from being a gunpowder storage facility somewhere in the 17th or 18th century but originally, it used to be one of the main gate to the  old city

Next to it stood the Municipal House

I was actually awe-struck by the stunning architectural design; really suit it's function as a concert hall.. 

I actually wanted to explore more but the temperature got even colder as the sunset approached. So I went back to the square and saw this woman in white. She saw me watching her and struck a pose..

Walked towards her with my hands digging into my pockets to find some coins.. Stood in front of her and asked

"Kau nda sejuk ka??"

Finally I manage to spill some Malay words~ Well, Sabahan to be exact hehe

Waaah~ Seronok betol aku rasa on the way balik pi hostel.. This was something different from the rest of my travel.. I was alone and have just explored the buildings and monuments of the medieval and renaissance era... (^^) *NERD*

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prague: Prague Castle (^^)

So we are still in Prague Castle.. *Virtual tour kono*

So after St George's Basilica, I went to the permanent exhitbition; "The Story of Prague Castle". Picture taking was not allowed so everything is well kept in my memory hehe Well, there were huge chambers inside. I remember one chamber has the crown with colourful jewels on it, enclosed in a glass cube. There were portraits of the Bohemian kings, the ornaments and costumes they used to wear and some china.

Then I went to search for the Golden Lane but I ended up at the castles' gardens. There's nothing much to see in winter but I bet they are very lovely in spring. Everything was leafless, dry and brown in winter.. there is a lookout there where you can get a nice view of the town.

Nampak putih2 di tangga itu? Itu snow ok! (^^)

That's one of the garden there. Nothing much in winter (-_-")

When I took this picture, I was standing right next to a vineyard. Went down those steps and it led me to a street. And on my last day there, I found out there is one train station a few minutes walk from that street. So x perlu la kamu bersusah payah menyeberang Charles Bridge kalau malas. But still, I think for a Malaysian, that is quite a distance to go on foot.. Kita kan x berapa biasa berjalan :P

So after taking pictures over this side of the castle, I walked back to the direction of St. Vitus Cathedral to find the Golden Lane.. O0o0 I actually missed the sign.. It was hidden behind other buildings and the access to it was only a narrow alley that's easily ignored sebab macam tiada apa2 di situ okies!

So this is the Golden Lane.. I really hate my camera right now because the colour of the buildings are actually more vibrant than this (-_-")

So what is this place? Well, it's a line of ancient houses; used to be dwelt by goldsmiths in the 17th century where they've attempted some alchemy to turn metal into gold *Terus terbayang Full Metal Alchemist*

There were ancient weapons displayed there but I took this one to my liking..
 Crown in the castle + this = Jack the Giant Slayer!!!!!!!

Imagination runs wild when you are traveling alone~

I went inside of course. This is the picture of the steps that led to the upper floor where there's a medieval  armoury display. I've never been to Europe before so this was my first time seeing them so agak kagum! Reminds me of Fantaghiro, Tarabas and Ramualdo~

Hurm.. Minta tolong stranger amek gambar, mesti berdiri tegak jak (-_-")

Anyway.. I was actually thinking at that time.. "Wow.. mesti orang dulu2 tough bole muat dalam armour begini"

and a few seconds after that, I caught the sight of this!

Yah! armour untuk mereka mereka yang buncit! Heeee They didn't make the pants.. Takot nda muat kali hehe :p

Kagum dengan ini jugak!!!! (0_o)

Some of the interior of these houses were made to look like the medieval times. There were bedrooms, kitchen and bars.. And some turned into souvenir shops. The above is a window of a shop selling wooden puppets and toys. Teringin jugak mo beli satu.. Tapi.. X pa la nanti kumpol habuk jak.. *Padahal mahal!!* 

The last building to visit was the Rosenberg Palace. I don't have the picture of the building.. and they don't allow taking pictures in it BUT!!!! My greatest discovery in this building was the PORTABLE LAVATORY!

Rosenberg Palace was once resided by unmarried noblewomen with the of age 24 and above (Pergh! Aku layak!) during the 18th century. They were those pious ones I guess because the room has the kneeling prayer bench and a bible there. And at one side of the room stood the PORTABLE LAVATORY

I'm not a good artist.. Well, I have no talent at all when it comes to drawing but I want to make this as clear as possible to you. I know there are portable toilet for camping; the one that you can carry around that looks like a a stool with a hole in the middle. This is almost like that but it's made of high quality wood with glossy finishing.. And the seat is cushioned. There's a white porcelain bowl inside.. And the lid cover is also cushioned so if it's not in use and with the cover on top, it will look just like a an expensive-looking comfortable stool..

Well, after that it started to snow outside. Melompat gembira sebab xpernah rasa snow \(^^)/

Went to look what the dungeon looked like and saw the ogreish looking torture tools.. Then I decided to leave the castle ground and explore the other parts of Hradcany.. I just follow where the crowd goes and voilla, they brought me to Loreta!

I don't know much about Loreta because it was closing when I got there. All I know is it's a pilgrimage destination. 

So to close my visit to this part of the city.. I treat myself with a huge plate of Arab food and mocha!

Percayalah... Portion yang besar ini berjaya ku habiskan! Yaw!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Prague: St Vitus Cathedral

First and foremost.. I think my parents are weird heeee

During those weeks before the Boracay trip, I frequently asked them whether I could go or not.. It's very weird for both of them to persistently say NO.. Usually, either one of them will be on my side. One evening, I found a letter from Ketua Polis Negara on my table. Penangguhan Lawatan Ke Filipina. Yeah~ The title was something like that.. Said to my friends

"Pelik weyh parents aku x bagi pegi.. Aku jadi x sedap hati pulak.."

What's even more weird was their calm reaction when I said I'm going to Prague alone~

GG: Mommy.. Adik pergi Prague.. Dekat Czech Republic. That's somewhere next to and a little bit below Germany.. Adik pergi sorang tau..
Mommy: Bestnya! Take care! Musim apa tu ah sekaranf?

GG: Babah, aku x jadi pi Filipin.. Pi Czech. Sorang2...
Babah: Bekas Soviet bha tu kan.. Bha. Hati2 saja

Monolog dalaman... "Ok~ Ganjil~"

So Second day in Prague~ (^^)/

Prague castle is so0o0o0o0 huge that you definitely can't miss the sight of it. It looked so magnificent even from afar. You can see clearly the minarets of St. Vitus cathedral jutting among the roofs of the other buildings in the castle ground.. The weather was a lot better that morning. Still cold but the sky was clear, though the sun was hidden behind some clouds.

Crossed the Charles Bridge for the second time and followed the signage to the castle. Yes, it was written in Czech hee

Naaaa~ Hehe maen agak2 jak la kan which route to take. I have a map with me but it was not that helpful. The path towards the castle is slightly sloped for a few hundred meters so kita kena fit!!! But I was walking on cobblestone and between colourful buildings so I was quite overwhelmed by the surrounding that I didn't feel tired.. Tapi itula susah travel sorang2~ You have to contain your excitement. Kalo nda, mungkin aku suda  melompat lompat gembira... (^^") hee~

The gate alone was immensely stunning. But I found the baroque style statues were a bit disturbing because one was a man with a club in his hand and the other with a dagger; both in a position ready to assault. Two guards were standing still there at the entrance. Not moving at all; not even a twitch! But I actually caught one of them looking at me. No he didn't move a muscle. Only the eyes moved.. Mungkin sebab aku gagal menutup excitement atau penampilan aku yang ganjil dari tourist laen pada saat dan ketika itu..

So I went in.. Berjalan sambil memandang ke kiri ke kanan ke atas dan ke bawah seperti jakun.. Memang aku tengah jakun pon. I had palpitations and was in awe.. The uniqueness of the architecture and the opulence that surrounds me.. MashaAllah~ Hebat betol akal manusia anugerah Allah ini~ Serius aku jakun gila!

So, once you walk in, you'll find yourself in a square where there's a fountain, again designed in baroque style. Then you'll see this incredible building, St. Vitus Cathedral. Again I was in awe.. (0_o)

This was my first time seeing something Gothic so wow I was captivated . The design looked so complex  and it's massive and I just can't imagine how they could built such thing in the 13th century.. Hebat btol~ But yes the construction was in stages and it actually underwent some restorations.

Okay.. So how much does this place cost? If you're not the type who wants to look what's inside the buildings, it won't cost you anything.. But if you're a nerd, like me.. Who needs explanation on every single object; it's CZK 350 for long visit (means the ticket is valid for single admission to all buildings and exhibitions) and another CZK 350 for an audio guide (3 hours only)  and you have to put CZK 500 deposit for the device and will get the money back once you've returned the device in one piece to the counter... So my journey begins.. The area is huge and yes I spent 6 hours here alone that day

I immediately took this building to my liking.. I was taking pictures of every angle and was focusing my camera lens on the gargoyles.. Maklumlah, sebelom ni tengok di kartun jak kan.. Yang bole bercakap2 lagi kalo di The Hunchback of Notre Dame tu kan.. And from visiting this castle, I finally found out the real function of gargoyles.. I have always thought they are solely for the purpose of decor.. But actually they are for draining water from the roof, gutters and terraces. So let's see how the interior of this building looks like..

 This is the ceiling...

There are chapels like this and that thing on the right is a tomb of a saint. Each of the stained glass windows at the chapels tells a story.. 

This is the tomb of John of Nepomuk. He was a saint who was drowned in Vltava river by one of the Bohemian king because he refused to disclose what the queen confessed during the confessional. His tomb was made of silver and it was all shiny.. Actually this picture doesn't give the nicest view of the tomb. Too many tourists at the other side so dari tepi sini pon jadi laaaa~

Eyh ada bha pulak dari depan punya pic hehe berusaha nda kasi  masok group berbahasa Sepanyol di tepi itu~

Yah! Manage to get a Korean guy to help me take my picture in the cathedral.. So I was really inside! Bukan google image~ Sesungguhnya aku malas mo buat watermark..

The Great South Tower

And we can actually go up to the lookout gallery of the Great South Tower \(^^)/ another good reason to practice healthy lifestyle.. This tower has 287 steps; spiral steps and very narrow... Not for claustrophobic.. I was out of breath when I reached the top but the view of Prague from the lookout was to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing~ And that's why I decided to skip  Petrin hill because it was winter and I already had a good view of Prague from this tower (^^) o0o0 this is not included in the long visit ticket so I paid another CZK 250 and got a golden metal coin as a souvenir.

Tiba2 rasa geram sebab.. my more expensive camera's image quality is not as good as my cheap camera and the price difference is around RM 600..Urgh.. Aku yang x pandai setting ni tau~

I wanted to stay longer but the cold winter breeze was not that friendly.. It was very windy and I can't feel my hands.. So I took as many pics as I could and went down.. Ada la feel sekejap2 tapi eyh sejok babe!

One of the gargoyle... Only few of them are original ones. Some are new ones installed in the early 19th century.

That red building is St. George's Basilica

The interior. It's smaller and there was this soft humming voice echoing in the hall.. Memang rasa macam dalam cerita The Da Vincci Code sekejap.

Eyh?? Panjang suda.. Nanti la aku sambung :P