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Dad and I VS Paul and Prague

Let Me Roll It

It has been a long time since the last part of this series so I apologise, it has been a busy term back at campus which is why I have neglected the series a little.

Last but not least, I would like to end with some pictures of the concert. The entire reason my father and I traveled across the world (literally) just to see Paul McCartney!

 

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My dad insisted we leave for the concert about two hours before it actually began. We stood in a line filled with beaming Beatles fans, all so eager to push their way through. Luckily we had reserved seats so we were not part of the rush!
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The concert started with A Hard Days Night and the atmosphere from the very beginning was unbelievable and out of this world. 
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Paul was so energetic for a man his age. He performed for about three hours straight and did not even have a drink of water. 
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Performing a song especially for George Harrison. 
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This picture speaks for itself. One of the most unforgettable nights of my life!

Almost there

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Finally I have been able to enjoy a stress-free week of my holidays! It has been great but I have also been a bit slack with updating The Vision of Iris. Now I have had enough, I am back and I have SO much to share with you all. This is the second last part of the Prague series as the last one will feature just the concert.

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This is from our walk towards Charles Bridge, it was so exciting because my dad and I navigated to all the places we wanted to go with our phones and nothing else. We watched everyone else move in swarms with tour guides, but we made it on our own. Charles Bridge was overpopulated and there was barely any space to move! We actually had to go through the bridge to make it to the Lennon Wall which we were dying to see.

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Although the bridge was just a by the way thing for us, the view from the bridge was obviously phenomenal!

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As we grew closer to reaching our destination, we found some beautiful sights and walls full of graffiti, this just made us more excited to finally see the wall!

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FINALLY! The Lennon Wall. The atmosphere around the wall was so serene and peaceful and it just made you feel a part of something out of this world. There was a man singing the Beatles oldies in front of the wall, it was surrounded by trees and people! It was so beautiful. There were people spray painting their names on the wall to leave their mark too, and at the end of the wall you will find a young man telling the story of this historical wall. To read more about the wall, click here.

PS- I mentioned this in my post about the places every Beatles fan should visit!

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To end off our wonderful experience, we stopped off at the John Lennon pub for some beer and pizza. This entire pub was filled with The Beatles themed art work, memorabilia and music! The service here was  lovely, it was chilled out and a good time-out before we headed back to Old Town Square.

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We were lucky enough to be staying 5 minutes away from the Old Town Square, so we managed to stop off at our hotel to rejuvenate before searching for some good supper every evening.

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Colourful buildings were my absolute weakness during this trip! Every building was so well kept, bright, neat and it all looked like a mesmerizing painting.

ALMOST THERE!! PAUL WE ARE READY!

 

Food and Beer. A lot of beer…

One of the most exciting things about traveling is experiencing all the yummy foods around you. BUT not for me, I am the type of person who prefers to play it safe and eat what looks ‘normal’.

Doughnut cones have been something that kinda broke the internet for a while. So many people were posting pictures of these cones with soft serve in it with captions like “Where can I find this?”, after some time it was brought to everyone’s attention that the hype comes from Prague! SO obviously when I found out I’ll be going to Prague, I knew I had to get my hands on a doughnut cone! To my surprise, they weren’t hard to find. In fact, on our first day of walking around town, there were several little bakeries in the middle of the street that served them. But they aren’t a great size for someone with small hands so you cannot exactly walk around with them. The cone is huge and so fresh, they make it right in front of you! And they definitely are not misers with the soft serve. You can have the cone with just some chocolate inside, my dad had a plain cone with pistachio chocolate. You can also have it with fresh cream, nuts, fruit OR the good old soft serve which is what I had.

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Look at the size of this thing! YUM.

Most of the things we ate or drank, we really just stumbled upon. Nothing was planned. So our next notable eat was Hard Rock Cafe. Dad and I just spent the entire afternoon in a massive three story vinyl shop, so we were HUNGRY! We both opted for the popular hot wings! It was refreshing to be surrounded by people who also spoke English for about an hour or two.

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This was exactly what we needed!

Prague was where my dad had his first Starbucks experience. He is FAR from a coffee person so he wasn’t really phased by the whole Starbucks thing… He decided to have a strawberry and coconut shake. We really just ran into Starbucks to escape a really bad storm…

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The oddest  part of this trip was our Pub Crawl… So this was tour of four different pubs where you got to taste the pubs most popular beers. I went along with my dad, but it was pretty funny explaining to people that I don’t drink while on the other hand my dad was asking me to just have one. But, I didn’t budge. This didn’t stop him though, I mean, when in Prague…

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The highlight of our lazy mornings were our amazing hotel breakfasts.

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I’m generally not a big eater in the morning, so I preferred having my croissants and tea on the balcony of our hotel.

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Making my way down town

We knew it was going to be a challenge getting around in Prague because of the major language barrier, but thanks to Google Maps, great data charges and my not so terrible Android battery, it was easier than expected.

As soon as we reached the airport, I went straight to Vodafone to buy two sim cards and activate my data. Unlike South African data charges, a prepaid sim card WITH 1.5 gb of data was about R200! Now that is pretty reasonable coming from a Vodacom prepaid user herself. Prague is a small town, so we had a good number of days to do the expected exploring and touring before the BIG DAY!

We then arrived at our beautiful vintage hotel, Hotel Paris Prague; we settled and almost intermediately got ready to start exploring!  We made our way using the metro (which was scary, this was our first and last time!) to a Jazz Boat trip. This was a LONG three hour trip around Prague on a lovely boat with live Jazz music and a yummy three course meal.

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Prague welcomed us with some dull weather, but it was a pleasant change!

 

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Hotel Paris Prague had the most beautiful staircase.
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Just before the sun could set, a view from the boat ride. My dad chose to sit at the upper deck so we could see better although it was freezing!

 

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When the sun eventually set at about 9pm, the lights from all the buildings reflected onto the water and it was a magnificent sight.

The first two days were mostly just travelling, so they were extremely exhausting! But don’t worry, I will not be doing a day-by-day post! These will just feature some highlights, lowlights and photos.

Paul who?

SWOT week crept upon us and all our stress-levels increased. It was that time of year again, mid-term examinations. The time of year where most of us spend three weeks studying two terms worth of work. There’s tears, over-eating, trips to the local convenient store in the early hours of the morning; it is no doubt one of the most stressful times for a student at Rhodes University.

But my third year experiencing this didn’t happen the conventional way. I had the pleasure of spending the days building up to exams in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with my favourite man in the world. If you follow me on any social networks or keep up with The Vision of Iris, you will soon learn that I am a massive fan of The Beatles. I have a Beatles related tattoo, my headboard sits below two canvas’s of the Beatles, my favourite mug features The Beatles; and the list goes on. So you can say I am Beatles crazy.

My family is a musical family. My grandfathers business was a Jukebox manufacturing business, and he left this trade to my four uncles and father. From a young age, the children of the family grew up being exposed to old school Rock n’ Roll, and we all held this exposure close to our hearts. From a young age, I spent a lot of time in my dads workshop, while he worked on this magnificent machines, he would play his favourite music and I slowly grew an attachment to The Beatles.

During my younger years when all the girls at school were swooning over One Direction, often referring to them as their ‘five boyfriends’, I was hung up on my four boyfriends, Paul, John, Ringo and George.

So it was brought to my dads attention a few months ago that one of the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney was starting his tour around the world. As the tour started my dad would spend hours on YouTube watching the videos that fans had uploaded and he would call my sisters and I up to share his excitement on what he just saw. From this, my eldest sister sparked the idea to send my dad for one of the concerts which were everywhere, but South Africa…

Within two weeks, my sisters teamed up and together with my mom, they spent the little time they had to plan an entire trip. I was lucky enough to have been the one to accompany my dad. After about six phone calls a day, an email thread of about 200 messages, trips to Home Affairs (again and again and again), from Grahamstown to Pretoria to Durban in a matter of 16 days- we were finally all set and ready to go to see Paul McCarney LIVE in Prague.

The reality of where we were going and why didn’t hit us. It was unreal.  So this was it, dad and I, travelling across the world just to see Paul.

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