So when we were contacted by Go With Oh to enter their blogger competition it was a no-brainer. We're in. The prize? The winners become Go with Oh's new travel bloggers (Blogging our way through Europe? Yes please!) and receive free accommodation in one of their fantastic apartments in four of ten cities: Berlin, London, Florence, Rome, Prague, Paris, Dublin, Vienna, Barcelona, and Venice. The task? Write about five things you would like to do in any one of these cities.
When we write about visiting, or living in, Malta, we consider what to eat, see, and do. We are also curious about how things work (or don't) in Malta, how its villages are built, and how its people live.
We apply this curiosity and outlook to travel.
Eat - well, that's easy. We have followed our stomachs around countries like France, Italy and Morocco and are itching to go back for a second helping.
See? That's where Jess, the art history student, comes in. When we travel you can find a neatly composed list of museums, galleries, cafes, shops, parks, and quirky sites to visit tucked into her purse. But seeing is about more than just snapping pictures and ticking boxes off a list. Sometimes (even more than eating), it's about discovering the real flavour of a city.
Then there's 'Do': Mike's favourite. Think rock climbing, jumping off cliffs, diving, and sailing. Spontaneous, wind-in-your-hair fun.
We think Prague offers a perfect selection of things to eat, see, and do. So here's our plan: we want to load up our little blue convertible, buckle in our two dachshund chihuahua dogs, and blog our way through Europe for Go With Oh. From our little island in the south all the way up to London in the north, its the ultimate road trip. And we want you to follow along.
When we get to PRAGUE we want to:
3. FIND THE BEST BREW. When we travel we also like to take some time to do as the locals do. Happily in Prague that means drinking beer. Indeed, no trip to Prague would be complete without a quest to find the best brew in town. We'll start with the traditional Czech beers, take in a brewery tour (or three), and round off our search with some local oddities - coffee or banana beer, anyone? If we time our visit right we might even catch the Pilsner Fest!
4. DO PRAGUE BY FOOT. Yes, it's been done before. But we'll do it again, and we'll do it our way with two little dogs in tow. We hear great things about how dog friendly Prague is, and we want to put it to the test. We're thinking the Vltava river and Charles Bridge at sunrise - so we can beat the crowds, and find the real flavour of Prague as locals commute to work. We also want to savour that flavour at a riverside cafe, and walk all the way through Old Town. By the end of the trip we will have walked through all ten of Prague's districts, collecting photographs and swapping stories with locals along the way. And just as Rome was built on seven hills, Prague was built on nine. What better way to work off all those beer calories?
5. GO ZORBING. They call it the human hamster ball, and it's not hard to see why. This is a completely unconventional way to see the Prague countryside whirl by. Probably best not to do this one on a full stomach of vepro, knedlo and zelo though. Mike's pick, in case you hadn't guessed.
WE WANT TO GO WITH OH TO PRAGUE
We often stay in apartments while traveling (as in Paris, Valencia and Vienna) and we like to think of them as the best of both worlds. All the conveniences and quirks of living like a local while still getting to play tourist.
Exactly the way we like to travel.
Go With Oh: like pivo and Praha, we're a perfect match.
- Mike & Jess
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