Wandering │ Prague
Prague – known locally as Praha – is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, and also the historical capital of Bohemia. By now, you probably know what a “Wandering” post means! We have come to the end of our Prague posts, and we are about to move onto a new city. If you missed any of our stories from this gorgeous city, you can link up to those here:
Pivo and Sausage in Prague │ John Lennon Wall, Prague │ Prague Castle: 9th Century Czech Castle
Trdelník: The Chimney Cake │ Prague Old Town Square │ Royal Way: Nerudova Street, Prague
Charles Bridge, Prague │ Prague Runography │ One More Before We Go
“Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty.
Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe.
Prague’s maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer, always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight. One of the great joys of the city is its potential for exploration – neighbourhoods such as Vinohrady and Bubeneč can reward the urban adventurer with countless memorable cameos, from the setting sun glinting off church domes, to the strains of Dvořák wafting from an open window.”
Quote from The Lonely Planet
Before we move onto our next city, Cesky Krumlov, here are a few more sights from this wonderful city…
Prague wears its history on its sleeve
Spared from large-scale destruction during World War II, the city’s medieval core remains largely intact. For history buffs, a walk down nearly any street in the Old Town is a real-life power-point presentation on 8 centuries of history. A little knowledge of architecture goes a long way toward helping to decipher it. There is an incredible mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and other styles.
John Lennon Pub Prague
After stopping at the John Lennon Wall for some picture – and to leave our mark on the wall – we cam across this pub. This is a great spot to pop in for a drink or two, especially if you are a Beatles fan! We went inside to look around, but we didn’t stay to eat.
Also near the Lennon Wall is this Bridge covered in Love Locks.
It is a growing trend, all over the world, for couples to secure a padlock onto a bridge or fence as a token of love. Some locks feature handwritten or engraved initials or messages on them. The reason why the locks are used is because lovers see this as a way of sealing their love. Justin and I first did this in South Korea. [Check that out here: Love Locks at Seoul Tower]
We stopped across from the Tyn Church (discussed in our Prague Old Town Square post) for a few beers and some dinner, at “Meet Burger – The Burger Meetpoint” (Clever name!). Hmmm… look at those Trdelniks on sale next to the restaurant. Those yummy pastries are EVERYWHERE!
Slow Down, Enjoy the Food, Soak in the Surroundings
This was another amazing meal that we had in Prague, after walking up and down Nerudova Street (Royal Way). Above, a tasty meat and cheese platter. Justin ordered a traditional Czech meal, but I have to admit that I can’t remember what it was called. It looks like stewed meat with bread dumplings on the side. He ate something similar in Bratislava, Slovakia: Slovak Cuisine│What We Ate in Slovakia.