Prague, Czech Republic – September, 2012

It was mid morning by the time we got into Prague. Once settled we decided to go for a walk on the Charles Bridge before lunch.  This would have probably been a bit before noon.

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As we got closer to the bridge all we could see were crowds of people everywhere, on the bridge as well as in the old town. It was not a great first impression of the city. All we wanted to do is get out of there at that moment and get back to the apartment. Did we make a mistake coming to Prague?

Thank goodness we are early risers as the next  morning we discovered this absolutely beautiful, stunning city! Early in the morning practically no one was around and no matter where we looked we were taken back by this city’s beauty.

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Charles Bridge from a distance.
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Charles Bridge just before entering the old town.

Everyday we enjoyed getting up early and beating the crowds. The beautiful warm morning light on all the beautiful architecture was absolutely mesmerizing.  Evenings as well,  strolling across the Charles Bridge you could see the warm lights illuminate over the statues and the lights as well reflects back from the Vltava River. At sunset, the sun rays hits the bricks making the bridge shine bright. Could this be another reason why it is named the “Golden City”? For the romantics this city is a must!❤️

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Prague is the perfect place to relax and just stroll around always looking up to see all the detailed architecture.

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Constructed in 1410 the Astronomical Clock in Prague has a unique history. “The legend says that the clock maker Hanuš was blinded on the order of the Prague Councillors so that he could not repeat his work.  So, he disabled the clock, and no one was able to repair it for the next hundred years.” Finally, it was repaired years later. The clock is still functional today. Every hour, on the hour you can watch the small wooden figures move.

After all that walking it’s time to rest your feet.

Prague is a city that captures your heart with it’s beauty, architecture, history, and character. I think it would be  a city you could keep coming back to and discover more and more along the way. T

Prague just constantly has that “jaw dropping” effect on you as you walk around .

gue is nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires” because of it’s stunning Gothic churches and colorful baroque buildings. The Vltava River divides the city, which means it has no shortage of scenic bridges along the sparkling waters. Throw in the plethora of bohemian art and the rolling hills that offer breath-taking vantage points and you’ll quickly find Prague is easily one of the more beautiful cities in Europe.

But aside from its beauty, Prague has some of the most interesting history (in my opinion anyway). While it dates all the way back to the 9th century, what I found so fascinating on this trip was how much the recent German history spilled over into its neighboring Czechoslovakia (which I also learned was divided into two countries in 1993: Czech Republic and Slovakia). When Germany endured the communist occupation, so did Czechoslovakia. When Germany endured the Nazi occupation, so did Czechoslovakia. These back-to-back seasons of the country’s tumultuous past have had a great impact on lots of the culture you’ll still see today (and I have lots more to share about those specifics in a minute…)

The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (czk).

While most people in Prague speak English, I always encourage learning a few basic phrases in the native tongue simply out of respect to the locals.

YES = ANO (ano)

NO = NE (ne)

PLEASE = PROSÍM (proseem)

THANK YOU = DEvKUJI VAM (dyekooyi vam)

GOOD MORNING = DOBRÉ RÁNO (dobrye rano)

GOOD AFTERNOON = DOBRÉ ODPOLEDNE (dobrye odpoledne)

GOOD NIGHT = DOBROU NOC (dobroh nots)

HELLO = DOBRY’ DEN (dobree den)

Another “must-see” in Prague is the 15th-century Astronomical Clock in the center of Old Town Square. At the top of the hour, Death tips his hourglass and pulls the cord; the windows open as the Twelve Apostles go by, the rooster crows, and then: the bell rings. The dials on the clock tell everything from the phases of the moon and sunset, the current sign of the zodiac, each day’s special saint and of course, the time. But aside from watching the clock at the top of the hour, this charming little area is definitely worth paying a visit. While the cafes are touristy and a bit overpriced, they’re still relatively cheap compared to other cities you’d visit in Europe. We sat outside to enjoy the views and wait for the clock to chime and our beer still only equalled about $5 USD.

The most famous figure is the monument to St John of Nepomuk and legend has it that if you rub the bronze plaque, you will one day return to Prague.

Unfortunately we can’t seem to locate the exact apartment location and information to share on this post. It was an okay apartment but we would have to say it was our least favourite of all the apartments through airbnb that we have stayed in our travels so far..

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