We are in Prague with Joe Akkawi, founder and owner of PAZ Marketing Management and Bambinoz PR providing clients with Public Relations, Events Management, Social Media and Media Buying consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa. He has had the opportunity to travel across the world for business and pleasure. We caught up with him in his favorite destination and learned what influenced him the most about his trip!
Here is his diary
Destination: Prague, Czech Republic
The city offers so much for so little. It literally has everything any type of traveller could ask for from heritage, to entertainment and great food. Walking through downtown Praha is like a scene out of Disney. Legendary castles, everyone’s happy and dancing and the city is so alive. Definitely a location that can be an experience either as a group of bachelors, solo or as a romantic getaway.
Stayed at Residence Retezova
The hotel offers quite a cozy experience. It’s nothing like a hotel that you usually book on a trip because it’s essentially 9 apartments that can house a group of people. The staff is super friendly and they seem to be the family that owns the location that runs it. Fantastic laundry service, tons of electrical supplies, & clean toilets. The rooms aren’t that spacious yet again you are there only to sleep. The hotel has a café under it that won “Best espresso in Czech” for 5 consecutive years & rightly so. Amazing morning breakfast options and without a doubt the best cheesecake you can have in your life. I still crave that thing. It’s also a 5 minute walk to downtown and the neighborhood is full of life.
In your suitcase Nothing in specific. Travel light. Shorts, Jeans, Flops and lots of loafers! Nothing more comfortable than those for walking. I’d also recommend a light jacket depending on the season you can go. It can be quite breezy.
Dined at Terasa u Zlate Studne. It is by far one of those nights that you can never forget. The staff is so well trained and they treat you like a king. Their selection of wine is beyond anything I’ve seen and they serve such exquisite cuisine that we had such a hard time picking a main course. Fantastic selection of bread for the entry and their Rose Wine is mind blowing. Managed to make my way through a full bottle on my own. Had their Deer Meat course with baked potatoes in Cherry Tomate Sauce and Asparagus. Suffice to say no meal comes close to this in terms of flavor. I still wish I could have it again.
Shopped Didn’t do any shopping! Just bought the usual travel gifts like shot glasses and post cards. Can’t help much here. The Charles Bridge has a lot of people who do hand crafted accessories. You can find some pretty amazing gifts to get back with you.
Diary Get up. Decide what to do and go. Met with tons of locals and they were super friendly. Tripadvisor has a really great collection of good places to eat. The city layout is self-explanatory. The highlights are there in downtown and you can pretty much find something different to do every day.
Tips Don’t’ miss out on the Segway tour. It is affordable and absolutely mind-blowing. Be nice to people and in general no one will bother you. If you walk around at night, you will be approached by a lot of people offering you a “titty-bar” experience. If you’re into that sort of thing, knock yourself out. If you’re into something more grim, do a day-trip to Terezin to experience a full tour of a Nazi Concentration. A pretty intense history lesson. We did it and it was absolutely amazing.
Mode of travel Emirates to Berlin then took a train from Berlin through Drezden. The trip was a nature lover’s orgasm. Endless breathtaking views for 4 hours.