The shopaholic is well catered for in Prague. There are many well stocked shopping malls and streets and the Old Town area of Prague brings them altogether within walking distance of many Loving Apartments holiday apartments. Whilst the beautiful Charles Bridge and Old Town Square are predominantly lined with souvenir shops and stalls, serious shoppers make their way towards Na Prikope street.
Pretty brightly painted shops line this pedestrian only shopping area. Na Prikope Street is lined with trees surrounded with benches for when you need to take a break. There is an eclectic mix of local names and major traders like Next, H&M and Benneton. Restaurants and fast food outlets from McDonalds and Subway to steakhouses and hotel restaurants are also right here, for when you need to top-up your calories.
Close to McDonalds is the Black Rose Arcade (Cerna Ruze). The arcade runs between and incorporates two historic buildings, the one facing onto Na Prikope street dating back over 170 years. The small and relatively inconspicuous entrance belies the ultra-modern bright arcade with three floors of retail outlets. Everything from glass, furniture and soft furnishings to health and beauty, to toys and gifts and some high-end fashion from Cardin, Laroche, Valentino and Jean Paul. You can eat here too, away from the hustle and bustle at street level, from standard cafe food to good quality Sushi or Chinese.
Remember when you leave the pedestrianised area heading back to your rental apartment that jay walking is illegal in the Czech Republic; it’s easy to forget after you have been free to wander back and forth across the streets from one shop to the next. Saying that you couldn’t see the red man at the crossing point because of all your shopping won’t hold any sway with the police if they catch you and we wouldn’t want the hefty fine to spoil your perfect day.
When visiting a city that speaks an alternative language to your own, do you make the effort to interact in their language? It’s so useful, and respectful, to learn a few common phrases to help you get by on your travels, without the embarrassing common scene of saying something in your language that little bit louder, and getting frustrating when they still don’t understand! I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this at some point, or have at least resorted to a spot of charades to get by.
I always try to make the effort to at least be able to order something in my destination’s native language as I feel a sense of accomplishment, and most of the time the locals truly appreciate my endeavours. There has been the odd occasion when I’ve been skiing in France, when I have ordered food in French, and the waiter has responded back to me in English. Not put off by his blatant lack of patience, I continued to speak French to him, much to his frustration.
No one expects you to spend weeks brushing up on your Spanish skills, or to sign up for French classes before you travel – even just spending a few minutes on your flight over, or making sure you have a handy phrase book in your pocket is sufficient. To help you along your way, here is a handy list of common words and phrases when visiting some of our most popular destinations.
|Good morning||Goedemorgen||Good morning||Bon dia|
|Good evening||Goedenavond||Good evening||Bona nit|
|Thank you||Dank u||Thank you||Gràcies|
|Please||Alstublieft||Please||Si us plau|
|Excuse me||Pardon||Excuse me||Dispensi!|
|I don’t understand||Ik begrijp het niet||I don’t understand||No ho entenc|
|My name is…||Min name is||My name is…||Em dic …|
|Where is…?||Waar is?||Where is…?||On és…?|
|How much does it cost?||Hoeveel kost het?||How much does it cost?||Quant costa això?|
|Good morning||Bon jour||Good morning||Dobré ráno|
|Good evening||Bon soir||Good evening||Dobrý večer!|
|Bye||Au revoir||Bye||Na shledanou!|
|Thank you||Merci||Thank you||Děkuji|
|Please||S’il vous plaît||Please||Prosím|
|Excuse me||Excusez-moi||Excuse me||Promiňte|
|Sorry||Pardon||Sorry||Je mi líto|
|I don’t understand||Je ne comprends pas||I don’t understand||Nerozumím|
|My name is…||Je m’appelle||My name is…||Jmenuji se…|
|Where is…?||Où est…?||Where is…?||Kde je…?|
|How much does it cost?||Combien?||How much does it cost?||Kolik to stojí?|