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Making The Most of Your Guy Weekend in Prague

Be the best man! Plan it right!

Apart from being a strong support to the groom and helping him with the wedding preps, you must plan an exceptional single life send-off party for the groom. Here are some stag trip weekend ideas to consider for a bachelor party.

Make it a destination trip to the land of bars in Prague – a party haven.

A Prague bachelor trip is all about parties and entertaining activities. Catering to the desires of culture buffs with its Eastern European charm and cosmopolitan luxuries. So, you all can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and party like you have never before.

About Prague, The Capital City of the Czech Republic

Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and 14th largest in the European Union. The historic capital of Bohemia was founded during the Romanesque era. It has a rich history, which makes it a popular tourist destination among history and culture buffs.

Read on to know why Prague is considered the best destination for a weekend guy’s trip:

What to do, eat and drink in Prague

The four main categories below of activities that you can do on your stag weekend in Prague:

Sightseeing in Prague

Being the historical capital of Bohemia, a stag weekend in Prague is perfect for guys who enjoy historical monuments and ancient architecture, plus fun nightlife. The following options will blow the minds of any explorer, so do check them out:

Praha Bridge in Prague
  • Prague Castle– Earlier, it was home to one of the Bohemian kings, and now, it is the official residence of the Czech Republic’s President.
  • Charles Bridge– The bridge was constructed in 1357, and is popular for its many fine old statues.
  • The Clementinum and the National Library– It has the largest collection of historic buildings in Europe, and has over six million books in its library.
  • Vitus Cathedral– It is the Czech Republic’s largest and most significant Christian church.
  • The National Gallery in Prague– It is home to some of Europe’s most important art collections.
  • Prague Zoo– It is among world’s top 10 zoological parks; home to more than 700 animal species.
  • The Strahov Monastery and Library– It dates back to the 12th Century, and has an extraordinary collection of religious art and treasury.
  • The Lennon Wall– It is a tribute to John Lennon, and is considered the symbol of peace and hope.
  • Wenceslas Square– It is home to the National Museum and many architectural treasures.
  • The National Theatre– It is a stage for exceptional performing arts.
  • The Dancing House– It is an architectural marvel; inspired by Frank Gehry’s designs.
  • The Hilltop Fortress- The fortress is something out of a fairytale, and was once the royal residence of Vratislav II.

Tapas Food Tour of Prague Cusine

Prague offers delicious cheap, mid-range and fine-dining options. You blokes should avoid eating Italian here because the traditional Czech food will make you fall in love with it. Y’all might gain unrealistic weight on your trip, but it will be worth it. The following restaurants and their cuisines will make you crave for them right away:

  • Elements Restaurant Prague– European, Contemporary and Italian
  • Wine O’Clock Shop Prague– European, International and Mediterranean
  • Bila Krava– French, Steakhouse and gluten-free options
  • Etnosvet– Asian, European and vegetarian-friendly
  • La Casa Di Erminio– Seafood, Italian and Mediterranean
  • Restaurant Pod Vezi– Czech, European and International
  • Estrella Restaurant– Contemporary, Healthy and International
  • Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub & Restaurant– Irish, British and vegan-friendly

Adventure sports in Prague

Getting competitive with your mates is the perfect way of describing a stag do afternoon. With a bunch of adrenaline-boosting activities, y’all can know who is the best among each other. Check out the following activities that you can do in Prague and have great fun:

  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Indoor karting
  • Quad biking
  • River Rafting
  • Mud wrestling
  • Kalashnikov shooting

Partying & Drinking in Prague

As already mentioned above, Prague is the hub of parties and ladies. Your competitive day should end with a night, full of Czech beers and dance, to know why it is known as the party paradise of Europe. The following options will help you know the best drinking and dancing places in Prague.

TIP: Beer in Czech is “Pivo!

  • The Dubliner Irish Pub
  • Aloha
  • Golden Tree Prague
  • Double Trouble
  • Reduta Jazz Club

Plan with Care!

There is no better destination in Europe than Prague for people who want to drink delicious Czech beers and get lost in the beautiful European architecture.

The itinerary is set!

  • Your mornings should be spent by going to beautiful sightseeing venues.
  • Your noons should include adrenaline activities (the more, the better).
  • Visit the cute cafes in the evenings to enjoy coffee and snacks.
  • The nights … exhausting!

Note: Add a meal or two in between different activities to experience the amazing Czech cuisine. Don’t miss out on anything!

Make the most of your trip by planning it well, and most importantly, don’t waste unnecessary time lying in your hotel rooms!

Rivers of Light DebutRivers of Light Debut | Pic: R. Ocampo

Rivers of Light Debuts at Animal Kingdom

Disclosure: Consideration provided by brands mentioned in this post.

Rivers of Light is finally here and the long wait is so worth it! The night show that debuted February 17, 2017 marked an exciting time at Walt Disney Resort’s Animal Kingdom, especially since the original launch was slated for April 2016. As an attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I was one of first to view the light spectacular (and more importantly share it with you!).

The nighttime show is an dazzling experience complete with music, incredible special effects and animal folklore. Rivers of Light stays true to the park it inhabits.  The animal theme can’t be mistaken as the illumination takes the shapes of the Tiger, Turtle, Elephant and Owl.

Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom | Pic: R. Ocampo
Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom | Pic: R. Ocampo

What to Expect?

The show’s duration is just over 15 minutes. There is narration at the beginning with characters choreographing aboard boats but the real stars are the animals that come to life in the water luminescence. You are guided through the jungle of Asia, African savannahs and mountains of the Americas’.

Scenes from Rivers of Light | Pic: R. Ocampo
What to Expect at Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Best Seats

As you can see from the image below, the amphitheater is not so big that you really need to jockey for an incredible seat. With the venue being a bit smaller, any vantage point is a good one. If you’re still picky and absolutely want to ensure the best view, aim for center just like you would at a movie theater. I would not sweat this too much, though.

Rivers of Light Seating | Pic: R. Ocampo
Rivers of Light Seating | Pic: R. Ocampo

Make Plans

Before you arrive, I recommend you check the My Disney Experience mobile app, or visit the park schedule, for showtimes. Rivers of Light displays on select nights, so be sure to pick up the Times Guide in the park for the most up-to-date schedule.

Exclusive Preview of Rivers of Light

Beijing Layover becomes an adventure - Forbidden City | Pic: R. Ocampo

Beijing Layover, How to Spend 24 Hours

Turn a Layover in Beijing Into an Adventure

I spent several days in Kuala Lumpur recently on business. Since I no longer live in New York City or Los Angeles, flight options are not easy to come by. My flight from Ft. Myers, Fla. to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia took me through a few stops:

  • Ft. Myers to New York JFK
  • JFK to Beijing
  • Beijing to Kuala Lumpur

With limited options, I chose a flight that required an overnight layover in Beijing. The layover was just under 24 hours, so I decided to go that route to stop by and visit China for a second time. My flight arrived around 6pm and left the next day around 3pm – just enough to experience the highlights.

Note:  Short layovers, like this one, do not require a visa. You can leave the airport as a 24-hour international transit passenger. I believe the same applies for a 72-hour transit passenger but see the Chinese Embassy site for details.

I reserved a hotel at the St. Regis in Beijing for less than $200. The same type of room in New York City would easily run 3-4 x’s the price. I was blown away a bit when the butler rang the bell to give me a tour of my room and serve me green tea!

Below are some highlights from my trip to Beijing, with captions describing what you see. There are scenes from the Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and a tea marketplace with unending stores serving hot Chinese teas. Look for my mask in the video, which was a prerequisite due to the poor air quality.

I made a brief video of some of the highlights. Take a look!

Beijing Layover