A Fairy-Tale City: Prague, Czech Republic, Part I

    “The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century—or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red.
    Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Mozart wigs and pushed chamber music on street corners, and marionettes hung in windows, making the whole city seem like a theater with unseen puppeteers crouched behind velvet.” ~ Laini Taylor 
 What I saw:
  • Strahov monastery
  • Prague Castle
  • Gothic floor of the Castle
  • The sweetest, tiniest craft shops on Golden Lane
  • A Christmas store in a side-street of the Prague Castle
  • Medieval Armour
  • A Medieval Torture Chamber (not my favourite)
  • Wenceslas Square
  • A statue of Jan Polack
  • Jewish synagogues (Old-New and Spanish)
  • Open-air market nearby the Old Town Square
  • Old Town Square
  • Sunset and Prague Castle all lit up
  • Kempa Island and a festival? (No.4)
  • Café Louvre
  • Two baroque trumpeters outside of St. Charles Bridge dressed in full medieval gear, playing Vivaldi very dramatically
  • So many musicians!  Jazz musicians on the bridge and in the square and on random street corners
  • The most gorgeous gardens ever, and the oldest vineyard in Prague
  • Swans by the St. Charles Bridge
  • Earrings I couldn’t resist: there were so many stands with beautiful art and jewelry done by Czech artists on St. Charles Bridge. And I told myself not to stop, to keep walking, to enjoy the view and not get distracted. But naturally, that only lasted for about 10 seconds.
 What I did:
  • Took the tram up to the Monastery, perched high above the rest of Prague, higher still than Prague Castle.
  • Went for long runs in parks
  • Made some new friends!
  • Had a very uncomfortable lunch with the Czech tour guide and a dear French couple (No. 5)
  • Tried to go to a classical music concert (All so expensive and Pachelbel Canon – why?)
  • Walked up and down Prague Castle
  • Wandered in and out of all the cute little shops on Golden Lane (No. 3)
  • Snuck into the side door of the cathedral at Prague Castle (No. 2)
  • Also semi-snuck into the Gothic Floor of the Prague Castle (No. 3)
  • Sat for too many hours on a train (No. 9)
 What I ate:
  • Trdezcni  with plum jam (No. 8)
  • Raspberry gelato
  • Potato soup and a lot of bread
  • A traditional potato pancake with cheese and peppers
  • A perfect little raspberry meringue and a pomegranate drink at the Bakeshop
  • One little Linzer cookie before going to see the swans
  • Potato gnocchi and salmon with pesto at Café Louvre (No. 7)
  • An entire bowl of potatoes with a few veggies thrown in for good measure (No. 4)
  • As many cappuccinos as possible
  • A beer at the brewery at Strahov Monastery (No. 6)

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