The wondeful old world chalm of Prague
12.01.2006 -15 °C
My friends had told me Praha was an absolute wonderland, but seeing is believing; simply the most picturesque place I have seen to date. We arrived from the airport by bus and train and could not believe how amazing our hotel was; we had found it on a last minute site 4 days ago. After unpacking we set out on a brief exploration of the local area in search of food. We found a quaint underground restraunt with excellent food. The next morning (early) it was a quick walk to the castle on the hill 'Hradcany Castle'. Stopping on the way up for a photo over the city.
Lots of walking today; there was too much to see to use public transport at this stage. The Charles Bridge gives endless photo opportunities and I am sure we crossed it at least 20 times during our stay. The sunset clouds the cities waterways in a cool winter mist making for yet another photo opprotunity.
Souvenir shopping is an experience when we were looking for some glasses for a friend's birthday back home. So many choices, we walk all over the city looking for something unique and fitting. We found what we liked and after some persuasive talking we managed to get the salesman to mix and match two sets to make the one we wanted. The pairs of glasses were the same color but we wanted a his & hers (blue and pink) set, so he liked our idea and made the switch.
On one of our walking adventures near the observatory I managed to loose my footing on the icy ground and crashed, landing on my shoulder and the camera slaming into my ribs. I suffered for the next few days, but Liara put up with me as I did have a collection of bruises, nothing broken though. On one of our many walks we decided to head to the tower on the hill for dinner. On the way we came across a restraunt refered as 'Hell' 'Peklo in czech' it was in an underground wine cellar and so called because the gardens above were so heavenly. The atmosphere and meals were simply amazing. A unique restaurant in the 12th-century wine cellar of the cloister of Premonstratesian order http://www.peklo.com
This country has so much to offer. The charles bridge is an icon but only one of the many treasure to explore. I have not walked this much for ages. By day or night there is a truely unique atmosphere to be found. I need to spend a lot more time here, but when?