Prague – The Best Bits

We went to Prague back in October for a short weekend away. We’d both been before, but had never had the experience of visiting the city as a couple, so decided to crack on.

It’s really easy to get there from London, with flight times of two hours and for as little as £50 return, you’d be silly not to.

We had a great time – here are our best bits.

Local restaurants

We love trying out the local cuisine when we visit a new place, and Prague is no different. Right in the centre you can get a fair amount of over-priced European food and some Czech, but it’s definitely worth going further out to enjoy something a little more authentic (and cheaper!). We really enjoyed U Dvou koček, which is a little further out in Old Town. Will had Wild Boar Goulash for lunch and dinner! I think they brew their own beer as well and it’s really cheap – seems like lots of locals drink there too.

The Torture Museum

This one is a bit silly, but we had fun nonetheless. Right in the centre of Prague, they’ve reconstructed some deep, dark cellars and have all manner of disgusting torture implements on display. There are loads of wax mannequins being tortured to death and a vile witch on a stake who doesn’t stop screaming as you walk around. Most of the signage is in Czech, or translated into terrible English, so you can turn it into a game of ‘what implement goes in what body part’. Equally hilarious and disturbing fun. The museum takes about 30 minutes to get around, and it’s a bit of fun to break up your day, wandering the city. It cost about £12 for both of us.

The Torture Museum Prague

Nightlife

Prague is one of the most popular destinations for stag parties, and you can guarantee you’ll see a fair few fancy-dress costumes and men trying to drain the country of beer. We don’t go in much for clubbing, but there’s hundred of amazing places, including cool, dingy Absinthe bars to try out. Alcoholic drinks cost about 150czk (£5), or around 100czk (£3.20) for a beer.

People-watching

It may be a little more expensive, but set yourself up in a bar that faces out onto the Old Town Square. You’ll be able to see the Astronomical Clock and the amount of different people that walk by. Fascinating. From locals selling balloons, to hoards of Chinese tourists, to a poor Stag with his willy hanging out, to the actual Hare Krishna chanting and dancing on by…it’s SO fun, especially when you’re a bit pissed. Try Staromestska Restaurant – they have heaters and blankets outside when it’s a little cold.

Old Town Square

Trdlo – or Trdelník

These little places are everywhere in Prague! It’s sweet dough, wrapped around a stick, grilled, topped with sugar and then filled with whatever you want. The favourites seemed to be Nutella and ice cream, strawberries and cream and apple pie filling. They’re super sweet but worth having at least once. I can’t remember the exact price but they aren’t too cheap – around £3-5 depending on where you get one.

Have you been to Prague? What was your favourite part?

The Jones Wedding Update – March 2019

How have we been engaged for nine weeks?! It’s absolutely flying by and I can’t believe we’re now in March. I remember thinking that getting married in 2020 seemed forever away, but in a couple of months, it will only be a year.

I’ve been really enjoying living in our little engagement bubble. We’re still receiving congratulations from people we haven’t seen yet and all our cards are still up. Not sure how long is TOO long to keep them up – but to be honest, I’m only planning on doing this once so I don’t give a flying…

My ring is still a massive novelty and while I’m now less likely to forget to put it on in the morning, I’m still majorly careful with it. My engagement ring is insured but I just can’t bear the thought of losing it – a replacement wouldn’t be the same! I was too scared to take it abroad to Ukraine, so I bought a very cheap wedding band to wear instead.

The words ‘wife/husband-to-be’ and ‘fiancé/fiancée’ still sound a little weird in our mouths, but delicious nonetheless.

Here are the things we’ve done so far…

Made a MASSIVE spreadsheet

Not a THING will be able to slip through the cracks. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – Google Sheets is your friend.

Booked the venue

Surprisingly, and thankfully, the venue we wanted was free on our chosen date, but had a few other interested parties. We booked it as soon as we knew – it has everything we want and need.

Sent out Save the Dates

This was a big one. Bar the engagement announcement, this was the first time we’d involved other people in our news. We sent out e-card Save the Dates to everyone we want to see at our wedding and have had an overwhelming response – can’t wait to send out the invitations.

Tried on wedding dresses

I’ve been to two wedding dress appointments and I have to admit I’m still struggling. I’ve LOVED some of the dresses I’ve tried and understand what style I want now – but I’m still looking for The One.

Arranged an engagement party

Our engagement party is happening on Saturday and we’re SO excited but I in particular am really nervous. There’s loads of people attending, including family that haven’t met yet. I always think that I like to be centre of attention, until it actually happens and I get really anxious and can’t get my words out right [strong contender for a bride who needs to say vows in front of everyone, eh?]. I’m sure it will be fine, everyone who is coming is fab

It’s all coming together really well. I suppose we’ve planned quite a lot rather quickly, so perhaps need to remind ourselves we’ve got plenty of time. We don’t feel stressed about the planning of it in the slightest as yet…maybe that will come with time but I’m not feeling any of the panic you often hear about.

I think the next steps are to start thinking about our hen and stag dos. I’m sure Will’s will be a disgusting affair somewhere in Eastern Europe and mine…I’m not sure! I really don’t mind, as long as the people I want there can be there and have a great time.

We’ve got so much to look forward to and I’m looking forward to writing it all down.

The Future Mrs Jones [WHAT!] X

What is it about Morrisons?

At the risk of sounding like the most boring person alive, I love doing our weekly food shop. We always plan our meals and heading to Morrisons for our weekly meander around the aisles is one of my favourite things to do with Will.

He’s the trolley-pusher, I’m the list holder and item picker. If they had an Olympics for fastest couple to scan and bag, we’d win. However, I love it not simply because of the cracking deals, but because we’ve had some of our best conversations in Morrisons.

Good and bad, those aisles have seen a fair whack of emotions throughout our relationship. We had our first conversation about moving in together near the crisps. The pasta aisle saw me slam some pesto into the trolley and flounce off ahead because Will had to unexpectedly work that night [and I was just being a wee cow tbh]. Don’t worry, we had made up by the time we got to the bread. World foods saw me have a near-panic attack and shed a few tears over a horrible situation near the start of this year, and confectionary saw us have a debate about the amount of sugar our future children should have(!)

We also talk through our plans for the week, what we’ve got coming up, what’s on our minds and how we feel about things in general. 

There might be some science behind this though. According to WalkCoachLearn: “When we sit down we are often face-to-face. This can produce a sense of confrontation – me versus you. When we walk, we are side-by-side. We are moving together facing the problem and working together to find solutions – us versus the problem.”

Here’s why I think it works

It’s carved out time

We know, no matter how busy our weeks are, that we’ll have at least one, dedicated hour or so in which we are focused on each other and what we each have to say. When we’re running around like crazy all week, it’s something to look forward to.

It lessens the need for eye contact

It can be hard to look someone in the eye when you’re talking about something difficult. Being side-by-side can make you feel more at ease and less under pressure.

We’re working together

It’s food shopping, not rocket science. But it’s a task we’ve done hundreds of times and it’s like a well-oiled machine. We’re a team in smashing out a weekly shop AND understanding each other on a deeper level.

No interruptions

Have ye ever tried to push a trolley when on your phone? It doesn’t work very well. For this time, we are focused only on each other and there’s no TV, phones, or other people [bar the general public – JEEZ] to distract us.

Of course, Morrisons isn’t a holy, fluorescent pilgrimage site for pre-marital conversations. Anywhere you can walk and talk will work – the park is a good one. Additionally, you don’t need to be as far down the relationship path as we are. First dates can be awkward AF and the thought of sitting opposite someone might fill you with dread. Instead, walk through Borough Market or along Southbank to ease the pressure.

Seriously though, next time you need to have a difficult chat or just talk freely – take a walk [or get yerself down to Morrisons].

 

We’re Engaged!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to announce our amazing news on my blog!

I’m engaged. Like, actually engaged! It’s still taking a while to sink in; it’s still unreal! I’ve dreamt of this moment my whole life and I can’t believe it’s here. I’m getting married. I’m going to be a Mrs. And the cherry on top – it’s to an absolutely incredible man.

NGL, every wish I’ve made since I met Will has been for this.

Here’s the build-up, engagement story and the aftermath – written by yours truly (left hand currently weighed down with a MASSIVE rock. Seriously, Jonesy did the best job choosing the ring).

How did he do it?      

I’ve known that William is The One for a long time. He is the gentlest, thoughtful, kindest and funniest soul I have ever met, and there is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t put a smile on my face. We spoke about our futures fairly early on in our relationship and knew that we were both in it for the long-haul, so I simply waited until William knew it was the right moment to ask the question that would make me the happiest girl alive.

On New Year’s Eve, Will and I were due to go out for dinner at our favourite restaurant. I can’t explain it, but whilst I was getting ready, I was overcome with nerves and excitement that came out of nowhere – I was actually shaking! I pushed the weird feeling down and got on with our evening.

When we came back home at around 11pm after a lovely meal, we put on some records and had a dance around the living room. Just before midnight, we put on the TV to watch the countdown and fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my right and William was on bended knee, holding the most perfect ring out to me.

Poor Will – I didn’t immediately say yes. I asked if he was joking, then burst into tears and collapsed into his arms. Once I’d calmed down slightly, he asked me again and I was able to say a very definite yes. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.

There IS a video…but I spend most of it absolutely HOWLING so not sure it’s ever going to see the light of day.

We spent the rest of the evening ringing family to tell them our good news!

You can read the full story on How He Asked.

What has happened since we got engaged?

It’s been pretty overwhelming! The reaction we’ve received since sharing the news has been astoundingly positive. We’ve loved telling all our friends and family. Also, anyone who knows me knows I’m a fiend for a good greetings card, so I’m in heaven right now.

The first week or so was quite surreal. I kept forgetting to put my ring on in the morning and having to turn back towards home halfway down the road. I’m getting better now, but because I’m still being super careful with my ring, there are still a couple of occasions a week when I realise I’m not wearing it and nearly collapse with panic. Luckily, it’s usually in the ring box where I left it, and you can be damn sure I insured the FUCK out of it on day one.

We’re heavily into January now, and time is moving so fast. I’m actually super surprised at how much stuff we’ve got sorted or are in the process of getting sorted already. The engagement party and everything that goes with that is completely sorted – bring on March. We’re currently viewing venues, looking to secure a date for Spring / Summer 2020!

If my years in PR taught me anything, it’s how to be disgustingly organised. Yeah, I have the mother of all spreadsheets (colour-coded, hundreds of tabs …the lot).

It’s also been stressful. Like I said, I’ve dreamt about this forever, and the amount of writing I do for my lovely clients in the wedding industry, you’d think I’d have a strong basis for what I want. Nope – we’re doing so much research to make sure any decisions we make are the best for us and what we want.

Howeverrr…y’all know I am a people-pleaser – not to mention super-anxious – and I’ve been a bit upset (yeah – the first wedding-related tears have been shed) over trying to accommodate everyone’s wants and needs.

Everyone (EVERYONE) has a bloody opinion, and however (and most of them are) well-intentioned, each one has me doubting myself. I really need to learn to be more like Will. He will listen to an opinion kindly and thoughtfully, then diplomatically respond – before subtly ripping it up and placing it gently in the bin.

Will’s mum said I should stick a big sign on the fridge saying: ‘IT’S OUR DAY’, and I think I’m going to do it. The most important thing I need to focus on is that Will and I are getting married – the wedding is just a party at the end of the day.

Any brides or grooms, past or present, got any advice for me? Apart from CHILL THA FUCK OUT, WINSTON?

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have a LOT to say about our impending nuptials, so I’ll make a new category on the blog menu and add anything wedding-related there.

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