Prague. It’s pronounced Wen-ces-las.

Prague was the first trip I’ve done with another person, and I can see why it’s sometimes the only choice for pickier travellers. You have someone to talk to when you’re eating, someone to argue with about the names of the statues, and, of course, someone to take your picture.

In Wenceslas Square

In Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

The Powder Tower

The Powder Tower

As for the city, we lucked out. The weather was amazing at 25 degrees every day, and the crowds were still manageable on the cusp of the travel season. Or maybe being from London we just thought there should be more people..

We arrived in the middle of the night (only because I was with a boy) and wandered through downtown until we found our hotel on an calm side street. The lift was the most old school thing I have ever seen. Once the door was shut all the way (it said you could fit 3 people, but that was a lie) you pressed the button for your floor and watched the small cubicle move by watching the wall next to you disappear! Wouldn’t want to catch part of a dress in there.
We did a lot of walking and visiting, covering what we hoped were all the basics. We also did a lot of sitting and watching, as Jack is quite the deep thinker. All is well when it’s done in the sun.

On Saturday we walked through the whole town starting at Wenceslas Square, we climbed the Powder Tower, walked through Old Town Square, saw the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall, St. Nicolas Church and Our Lady Before Tyn.

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We had Schnitzel and bread dumplings, and some ice cream.

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We walked over the Most Legii bridge (which looks like “most legit” on the maps, and so it was called…), and back into town over the famous Charles Bridge. We spent some time in the Prague Ghetto, which doesn’t look like any ghetto I’ve seen recently, and had beer at a pub before sitting outside on a bench for an hour in the sun.

The Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge

We even found the surreal statue of Franz Kafka. We watched the sun go down over the river, and by that time my feet had died thanks to my Hush Puppies and we took our Bowl Noodles home for a feast of a dinner.

Dancing House

Dancing House

Statue of Franz Kafka

Statue of Franz Kafka

Sunday we had a bit more of a plan. We had a fantastic breakfast of items off the dessert menu at a café off Wenceslas Square, then climbed up a very steep hill to the Petrin Tower. This tower is a mini Eiffel, and gives a great view of the whole city from two platforms. Jack was so helpful pointing out that the wind was making it move when we were at the top.

Petrin Tower

Petrin Tower

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View from the top

View from the top

IMG_3556 IMG_3575Also on that hill was the monastery, a gorgeous building with great views of the city below.

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Monday was my birthday! The weather was still lovely and we hiked (with our bags!) up to Prague Castle. We could only do the short tour because we had to get to the airport, but it was well worth it.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

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Then it was home time, and I didn’t want to leave summer on the river.

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