I arrived in Ajax the night before to meet up with the kids and talk about the trip and stress that we are packing light and using backpacks for this trip. I brought my tent and camped “stealth” in Ajax and the “Mom” brought them to the Go Train with their passports. Noah broke his arm a couple of weeks before the trip. Days before the trip he got a new swimmable cast. So with that and some travel insurance we were off to the Airport with our 3 backpacks.
Day 1: July 28th Plan
Get ourselves to the airport in time so we are not rushed for our flights
Fit the 3 of us on one of two different flight options
Try and get some “real” sleep on the flight
Arrive in Prague the next morning and book somewhere to stay the night
We took off on the GO Train from Ajax to Union Station in Toronto. We got out of Union and walked across the road to Movenpick Marche at Brookfield Place for some lunch. $50 later we were on our way on the UP Express that runs from Union Station to Toronto Pearson Airport that is always a reliable 25min trip. Kids are excited and so am I to finally be able to take them to Europe. On our way to the airport, I started to shoot some video on my iPhone to make a little travel vlog of the trip, since I’m sure it will give me something to do on the flight and late at night not sleeping due to the JetLag that was coming.
With my flight benefits at work, I decided to book us on Air Canada since the direct flight with Air Canada Rouge leaves Toronto close to 5PM. As a back-up, we booked on a credit card the 8:20PM Toronto to Munich flight with Lufthansa. I’ve been checking the flight load all week leading up to departure and LH471 to Frankfurt was at capacity and it looked like LH495 to Munich would fill up also. The space on AC1922 with Air Canada looked good all week. A night before the Air Canada app will show you how many people are on the plane for those who are flying “Standby” and it had about 80 open spots… so I knew we would be leaving on the direct flight at 5PM. Once we land, I would refund the Lufthansa ticket.
The configuration of the flight is a 2-3-2 for economy and we were put in the middle 3 seats with Noah riding in the middle. With the early departure of 5pm and us landing in Prague at 7AM local time… I knew it would be tough on the kids since it was only 1AM Toronto time and we had our whole day ahead of us so trying to get some sleep on the flight was important so after dinner I would force them to use the eye-mask and ear plugs I packed to try and get some sleep. At the airport we went through security with no issues. A bit of juggling since we took some stuff out of our main packs and had little bags for our personal items to distribute the weight. They didn’t weigh or measure any of our bags. We also asked the gate if we could get on first with Noah’s arm and that helped secure space in the overhead bin for our backpacks all together.
Below is the first episode of our travel vlog:
I’ve never flown Air Canada Rouge before. I’ve heard stories that the cabin in economy is tight. I also heard that there are no screens on the back of the seat and you have to download the AC App and you can stream movies on your device. I knew were would get food. I was hoping to fly with Lufthansa so the kids could experience our airline on a long haul flight. Maybe on the way back we will fly Lufty.
On the flight, I was really pleased with the food and the room. My legs fit… so I was happy. I just couldn’t enjoy a cold beer on the flight like LH471. The boarding and gate staff were great. Noah and Chantal tried to sleep and I think they drifted off for about two hours.
If we made the flight then we had to book somewhere to stay when we land
Make our way downtown Prague and drop off our bags
Go find something to eat and see how we feel with JetLag
Check-in to our accommodations
See if we feel like going out again to check out the city.
Get some much needed sleep.
Episode Two below capturing hitting the ground in Prague:
After landing in Prague we found a quiet place to sit down and login to the wifi to book somewhere to stay. I used Hostelworld to find and book PLUS Prague for 2 nights. Since I didn’t know if we would get on a the plane it was better to book something after we land. After booking… it was time to go through customs and find the express bus that would take us downtown to the Hostel so we can drop off the packs and go out for breakfast.
Getting tickets is easy. We just picked up 3 24hr metro ticket that is good for all the busses, subway and trams. It didn’t take too long to get downtown via the express bus that takes us to the “Yellow” subway line that we can take to our hostel to drop off our packs.
Below you will see the start of the “Yellow” line to the far left. That’s where the airport bus drops you off at and we just took the yellow line west to the “Red” line where we simply go north 3 stops and the Hostel is right there. Downtown Prague is where Yellow and Red touches the Green line.
It was too early to check-in so we took off downtown to look around a little and get something to eat. We got off at Muzeum and went up to the surface.
We walked around and snapped some pictures and took in the first sights of Old Town Square. I wanted to take them to a place that the Honest Prague Guide talked about Lokal so we had to walk and check it out. We wanted to get some traditional Czech dishes to try. I wanted a mid-morning Czech beer. We ordered Roastbeef with Tomato sauce with Czech Bread Dumplings, 6 week old ripened fried cheese, Pork Leg Schnitzel fried in butter, Pork braised with Kohlrabi and buttered potatoes. After that we got some local Czech money and off we went to explore a little more.
At 3PM we made our way back to get our room at the PLUS Prague Hostel. We selected a private room and headed up to unpack our bags a little. This is a cool little place. Very large and clean with many rooms to mingle and chill. It has a pool and sauna downstairs with a little gym and a big kitchen to cook meals and eat. Outside in the back it has a beach volleyball court and ping pong tables and attached is a bar that serves pizza, burgers and bar food. In the mornings there is a buffet for about 7CAD that has eggs and bacon and other breakfast stuff to fill up for your day ahead.
After getting upstairs… we all claimed our beds and had a nap. Our room had this layout bottom-right above and I had the bottom bunk over to the left and the kids had each a twin bed. You pay for the fourth person to get a private room. It was 3PM in Prague. We have been up for 26 hours straight at this point and we were cooked.
We slept for about 5 hours and got up and went downstairs to get some food and we took it easy and caught up with friends in Canada while I edited video and we talked about the things we could do the next day and what I wanted to do since I did some researching on what Prague had to offer. My evernote Prague folder was full and I made the kids put evernote on their phone so they had all the access to everything on the trip and they could see the agenda. It was peppered with “Don’t tell Mom any of the details”. Since I didn’t want to answer a thousand questions about what we were doing every day of the trip.
Mr. Ben Brown and Nicole are two vloggers that are pretty wild to follow. Ben does these little visual vibes when he takes the footage and drops it into one video. You can subscribe to him on YouTube. I wanted to share his Arctic Visual Vibes below. Love how it’s captured.
Casey had a booked flight with United Airlines and after that plane was grounded and delayed… UA staff rebooked him on our airline to fly from IAH to FRA and then to VCE… where he then took off from there.
It was sweet to see him flying business class on the Airbus A380 that holds close to 600 peeps in the flying tube. He had the upper-deck that holds 80 business pax.
In the second video you get a better understanding at his frustration in regards to having his luggage delayed as well as Candace has some coffee accidentally poured on her. It was great to see Candace so carefree and happy just to get away from the craziness of NYC and the baby for a little vacation. Even with no luggage she is happy and calm and you can see it in her face in the second video like a little fish being reunited with the sea.
It’s nice to see Casey stop daily vlogging after 500 and somthing straight days. I’m sure he will capture it and he will share some stories when he gets back. Below is the little recap video of the trip he posted after he got back and settled in to daily vlogging again.
Everyday… I watch is yesterday on his YouTube channel here.
Casey just turned 34 and for the next little while… he is going to do a post everyday with video. I like his POV style of storytelling. Chantal is starting to make little movies so this is some ideas for her. Here is the first five that features his little getaway to warm weather with the fam.
That was 209 days ago. Below is his first couple of Vlogs and right now is Oct 21st, 2015 and he is on 210 days of making a movie every day. I find him interesting and every couple of days… I catch up on the 5 to 8 min Vlogs and see what he is up to. He is a super busy dude that is always filming and I don’t know how he puts out one every day. Crazy.
Nov 1st… I’ll start making my OSE videos everyday again. 😉
Some of his vlogs or older material that he has made is below:
Casey is a good dude. The man is doing daily Vlogs and over 40 in a row. This one made me smile. He is a good dude and I love that he is trying to pull off a video everyday. Catch him on YouTube here. Here he is being a good man to his wife.
As you know… I’m a fan of Casey and how he documents things using very simple methods and some neat little DYI tricks with simple things. You can hit the link on the left and see other posts of Casey and also a couple stories of him and Candice. I think the image from above is when they broke up and she agreed to meet him for coffee in NYC and this is him pulling up on his bike filming it. You can see him in the window to the right. I honestly shoot so much video now because of him.
Here is the latest…
Casey is a special cat. Loves adventure and documenting life. Loves sharing.
My mind is still turning about a tattoo + ideas of what and where.