Our Prague Story.

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Having held itself long enough, the much feared rain that was anticipated on August 19th 2012, finally cascaded exactly a year later. But despite the rain, despite the sights unseen, despite the want of more time, ‘Praha’ was a beautiful experience.

We completed a year of being together in Prague and it will always be special to us.

 

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The fairy tale cityscape of Prague

 

It’s been over four months now and I’m still not out of Prague-effect. And this is a bit anomalous because it usually happens the other way ’round with me. I come under the so called ‘effect’ much ahead of the planned trip and after the trip – I’m mostly happy to be back home, content with the memories that travel safely back with us and a cup of chai.

This had been different – right from how we decided about the place!

After much thought, the verdict was reached over a Japanese-Chinese fusion dinner at a local restaurant. It was technically summer but the incessant rain had brought down the mercury and washed off any memories of how a summer feels. That was one thing on my mind while we walked up to the restaurant while the chill was beginning to get me at the tips of my toes. Secondly I was terribly hungry. My algorithm of thought was as tangled as the udon noodles on my plate. By then, all the names that my husband was proposing, were flying tangentially off my head. But I took a decision (and announced it) with the first mouthful of food!

I wanted to go somewhere…anywhere…where there was GOOD FOOD!! Because the food that I ordered tasted terrible, despite my hunger. Prague was already a possibility. And a little more research on its restaurants brought us hands down on Prague.

We booked ourselves in Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel and stayed in a castle view suite. I really loved the place. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The room was wonderful. It was spacious and plenty of daylight flowed in and it went well with the modern and mythic mix, which is ‘so Prague’.  Throughout our stay we enjoyed magical views of Prague Castle and were at a vantage point to capture it too. The breakfast was indulging. There! I give my ten on ten. Most places and restaurants were at walking distance. Metro and the local tram were also not too far. So this deserves to be seriously thought of if you plan to go to Prague. (You’ll get to the see more pictures further into the text)

 

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That’s us at the hotel, shortly after arriving

 

The spacious, beautifully lit bedroom of the suite

The spacious, beautifully lit bedroom of the suite

 

By two thirty Prague time, we were settled, happy and hungry and went to a thai place for lunch. It’s called Lemon Leaf and I highly recommend it.  It has great ambience, great staff, great choices and great food.

 

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Leafing through the menu ;)

 

There is more to the story that I started in the beginning of this post.

After doing all the reservations and basic research on Prague I started  reading a bit more in detail about it and found a few articles, blogs and stories that described Prague as ‘too touristy’, ‘too crowded’, ‘loosing its charm’ and ‘speckled with pickpockets’. I was getting dubious and apprehensive of the choice that we made, that too for such an important day. And our expectations went tumbling down to begin with and all other options that were striked off suddenly seemed more worthy than this one.

Since there was no way back  I consoled myself with this thought – at least there’s food to look forward to. 

As I finished off the lunch, I attained Nirvana. The hotel was good, the restaurant was great, I wouldn’t be too upset if rest of the Prague was going to be as I had been fearing. A good meal and good sleep was definitely assured till that point. And that worked for the couple turning one a day later.

But it looked like we were in for surprises in Prague.

 

Just before we were leaving the hotel for Charles Bridge, we were sent a little something by the hotel.

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The very bohemian, ‘crown’ cake

 

 

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FYI the cake tasted divine

 

 

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Someone is too eager on the cake!

 

 

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Though it was early by a few hours, we were totally in celebratory mood and went ahead with the cake.

 

I’d say that was a really good start to the trip. The excitement escalated hand in hand with expectations.

As we stepped out and blended into the ‘touristy crowd’ I knew I had a new job at hand, to write about Prague and what a beautiful, vibrant and truly beckoning city it is.

Do come back for I have lot more of Praha to show you in following posts.

Take care.

For the second part on Prague click here

Comments

  1. wow,amazing !!!!!!Nirwana in Prague——-both of u looking great. nice pics n nice write-