Prague has it going on. When you think back it wasn’t that long ago the Czech Republic was behind the iron curtain; the fact that we are now free to come and go across the border wasn’t lost on me.
Day Trip to Kutna Hora
It’s what ran through my mind as we traveled by train from Prague to Kutna Hora; we’re on a train in the Czech Republic. How inspiring is that? It didn’t matter that we’d been
miserably ill sick for days, we were riding a freakin train across the Czech Republic.
The Magic of Prague
Seven days later as we rode away from Prague on a big giant bus, I couldn’t help but feel a bit cheated. We missed a solid day and a half while we waited for the plague to leave our bodies and even though we managed to leave the apartment the last couple of days, we were still dragging our backsides.
We didn’t get to experience Prague on a full tank so to speak. But what we did do and see was amazing. The architecture is stunning and my neck ached from constantly looking up. The magic of a beautiful river running through the heart of the city, a castle on a hill standing guard over the city below and a breathtakingly beautiful basilica, it’s the stuff fairly tales are made of.
Prague & Pilsner Beer
If you find yourself planning a visit to Prague, allow at least two days to just wander and get a feel for the city. Stroll through one of the many beautiful parks, find the Letna Beer Garden (thank you Talon for the suggestion) and take in the spectacular views of the river and city below, while watching the many boats drift lazily down the river. By the way, Prague is all about the beer – Pilsner Beer! You can buy a beer for less than a bottle of water.
We didn’t tour the castle. But we did enjoy strolling the surrounding park and goofing on the imposing guards!
While you’re wandering up and down the cobblestone streets, don’t forget to look up!
Eastern Europe & Smoking
Eastern Europe has not caught up with western Europe when it comes to smoking regulations as most restaurants, bars and public spaces are smoking friendly. UPDATE: A smoking in public places ban is now in effect.
This & That
You will hear American pop music everywhere you go in the city. Listening to Katy Perry while having dinner in Prague just doesn’t seem to balance out, but there you have it.
I love that while you’re in Prague trying to buy a pretzel and calculating the money, you can put a few coins in your hand and the vendor will take what she needs. We did this many times, we were never cheated.
We originally planned 13 days in Prague but ended up changing the dates so we could spend six nights in Bavaria. Absolutely no regrets, but we would have gladly spent the full 13 days in Prague, there was much more to experience beyond the most recognized.
So what do you think, is Prague on your radar?!
Thanks for the tips about Prague. Hope I can find someplace not smoky there.
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You’re welcome. Prague is all kinds of wonderful, you’ll love it!
Glad you had a good time in Prague Patti, sorry to hear you were sick,We recently spent 3 months here and will be back – plan on seeing more of Eastern Europe and Prague the perfect jumping off point for that. We’ve been to Cesky Krumlov and Kutna Hora (both very impressive) but have heard that the eastern province of Moravia very much worth a visit.
Funny to see photos very similar to ours!
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There were actually a couple of other days trips – aside from Kutna Hora – that we had hoped to take, but because we were sick we lost a couple of days and didn’t make it. It worked out well though, because we really enjoyed just wandering Prague.
Prague is definitely on my radar now after seeing your pictures and hearing about your adventures there. Even though you were sick it sounds like you managed to experience a lot while you were there. Hopefully Andrew and I will make it to Prague in early 2016 🙂
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I hope so too, Amy, We did see quite a bit even with being sick. I think we could have easily spent a 2nd week.
I’ve always been more interested in Eastern Europe than Western, but take me out of the cities. Hope you’re on the mend.
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We’d like to explore more of Eastern Europe as well. The cigarette smoke is really hard for us though, but hopefully we’ll get back.
Where was the upside down horse. That was really weird.
It was inside a small shopping gallery near Wenceslas. It was the oddest thing and we didn’t see any kind of explanation.
Prague is a nice city, but a little overrun for me. I prefer the Czech countryside and smaller cities like Cesky Krumlov…all good!
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Definitley on our radar Patti!!! Sorry to hear you and Abi were sick. You did manage to get some great pics despite your ill feeling, great job and thank you:)
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