Thursday, 21 November 2013

Prague

Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague
I have always wanted to go to Prague, everyone I knew who had been raved about it, earlier this year one of my friends went for a long weekend, she too came back saying how great it was and recommended a hotel. I decided it was time to visit. A friend and I booked our trip, then a few days before we were due to go flooding hit the area, all we could think was should we go or should we cancel. The foreign office was advising against travel, the hotel, tourist office and forums were all saying the city centre wasn’t overly affected. In the end we decided to go and I’m so glad we did. It truly is a magical place. And the weather was beautiful!

Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague
The Astronomical Clock, Prague
The Astronomical Clock, Prague
We stayed at the Barcelo Old Town Praha, the location was perfect just off the Old Town Square and within walking distance of all the main sites. Although we only had four days we packed a lot in, arriving early afternoon on our first day we checked into the hotel and then headed out into the Old Town Square in order to get a feel for the city we went up the up the tower in the middle of the square, the view was amazing. We then walked around a bit trying to get our bearings, that is the one thing that never quite happened, we always seemed to end up in the same place without meaning to! Unfortunately due to the flooding and fears of damage the Charles Bridge was closed so we were only able to see it from a distance rather than walk over it.
The Charles Bridge, Prague
The Charles Bridge, Prague
 On our second day we decided to do Jewish Prague, the Synagogues were all so different, from the ornate original décor to one painted with the names of those from the area who perished in the Holocaust. There was a real sense that this was once a truly vibrant community which was destroyed by the Nazi’s, whilst there is still a Jewish community in Prague it is small and it felt like the restaurants and services were more for the tourists than the community.
Old New Synagogue, Prague
Old New Synagogue, Prague
Spanish Synagogue, Prague
Spanish Synagogue, Prague
Jewish Town Hall, Prague
Jewish Town Hall, Prague
 Our third day was spent at the castle, we got there in time to see the changing of the guards, which we followed with a tour of the castle. Our tour guide’s knowledge of the history of Prague and the castle was great and we even managed to see the crypt in the Cathedral which is normally off limits.

Prague Castle
Prague Castle
Having seen all the Segways around town we decided on our last day to do a one hour Segway tour, whilst we didn’t really see anything new it was a fun way to get around. I don’t think I would have managed a much longer tour though as it is tiring on the legs and after three days of walking they were already pretty tired!

A Prague Street
A Prague Street
 As for food and drinks, there are so many restaurants, cafes and bars all over the city, we ended up in a mixture of places including a couple of restaurants on the Old Town Square where we were able to enjoy the music and street performers as we ate and a café next to the castle which overlooked the Old Town giving us a totally different view of it.

Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague
Street Performer in Old Town Square, Prague
Street Performer in Old Town Square, Prague
Whilst I don’t think my words have truly expressed the magical atmosphere of Prague I hope my photos have, I really would recommend visiting.

Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague

Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague
Architecture of Prague






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