Three days in Prague.

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Hello there!

This is my last post from the ‘mother of all cities’ aka Prague (cause I can’t wait to write about one of the most romantic cities in the world in the upcoming post).

Against all our fears, suppositions and hunches, by the last day we were deeply in love with Prague. So much so that I now put it next to Paris when one talks about the most charming cities in the world. We spent three days in Prague, which were clearly not enough to explore the city, let alone its environs. To make things worse (hmm or may be better) it started pouring the last day. But don’t read me wrong, I’m not complaining here, for we took refuge in 22 shops littered around Wenceslas Square. That saved the day for us and rounded up the trip for me 🙂

 

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A lone tram on a sunday evening. So much for the fear of a crowded & touristy place!

 

 

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Scary escalator of Karlovo Namesti metro station boring deep into the core of earth. Or so it seems to a hyper imaginative acrophobic tourist.

 

 

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While walking to the dancing house, clouds slowly closing on.

 

After exiting the metro station (Karlovo Namesti), the dancing house can be reached by walking the beautiful walk along the Vltava river. It is strange how one place, totally in a different world altogether, reminds you of another.

 

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The pattern on walkway reminded me of Copacabana beach in Rio, which has more undulating wavy pattern.

 

The ‘Dancing house’ is the name of  a pair of building that seem to have frozen waltzing. The former name of the building is Fred and Ginger (after the two legendary dancers). Despite not being too inclined to modern architecture, I found it very interesting and in a complete contrast to the rest of the medieval giants around the city. If I were to think  of an analogy here, it would be a white hollywood figure among a ‘baked bean’ brown Indian crowd on one of their ‘Namaste India’ tours!

 

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The Dancing house from Jiraskovo bridge.

 

 

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A kid being photographed by his father who was pretending be in a group hug with ‘Fred and Ginger’

 

 

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The part of Praha that stands in complete contrast to old town whether it is crowd, cars or castles.

 

Jiraskovo Bridge unlike Charles Bridge is a much quieter place devoid of masses of tourists but not of lovely views. So if you want to be by the river and enjoy the views without worrying about the crowd, you now know where to go. 🙂

 

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Jiroskovo Bridge on another beautiful evening.

 

 

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Jiraskovo bridge

 

We spent a good hour here and returned back to Old town square which abounds with restaurant options.

 

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Tyn Church in Old town square

 

 

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The windy alley ways in the quaint old town.

 

For the lovers of  ‘goth’ and ‘ghost stories’, there are walking tours of haunted places and places associated with ghostly legends and ‘presences’, all complete with a dressed up guide in black cape and the works. The tour group looks interesting enough, I wonder how the tour must be.

 

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Near ‘Beas restaurant’.

 

Another tip for all the vegetarians (or Indian food lovers) there is a Beas kitchen in the old town which has the most authentic north Indian food that I’ve ever had in Europe at authentic Indian ‘prices’. It is housed in a hostel complex so could be a little tricky to find. But once you do find it, you will forget you are in Europe as long as you eat there. Since it’s a small kitchen serving food buffet style, it is advisable to go early for hot food. The performers and artists in old town square, the backpackers and locals eat alike, side by side in Beas Restaurant.

The last day was already set aside for Petrin tower by us as we’d read and heard good things about the place. But the sky was chock-a-block with swollen clouds ready to yield any moment. The alternative was no brainer. It has to be shopping.

 

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Ready for the down pour and pretty smug in my shopping shoes!

 

And Prague turned about to pleasant surprise for the shopaholic souls! Starting around eleven in the morning, we stepped into some twenty two plus stores. This day ‘trip’ comprised of some Czech brands and others mostly European stores. If my word about shopping is any good then don’t miss out visiting the Mango store. It’s huge and housed in an old building and it’s just a treat to browse and shop there. I also want to give a mention here to ‘Jackpot’ store, I absolutely loved it for its uniqueness and quality. Well, there are lots of stores with updated stocks, beautiful stores, nice people and prices to suit all kinds of pockets.

 

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To beat a day as grey as that- Shop till you drop!

 

 

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Snapped it with my iphone at a mall/shopping complex that was hurriedly crossed. So no details or legends about it at hand.

 

Well, we shopped till we dropped. And dripped! By the time we reached the room, we had gathered enough attention thanks to the soaked and therefore squeaky shoes.

The rain did stop after a while and stood on my tired blanched, pruned feet to behold a sky dramatic at its best.

 

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Fiery projections of a setting sun

 

 

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The skyscape was changing by minutes giving one after another surreal backdrop to the Prague Castle

 

 

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Seized the opportunity to step out again.

 

 

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We had our last meal at the much loved Lemon Leaf!

 

 

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Absolutely loved the city and every moment of being there!

 

We visited Prague in August, which is considered a better time to visit in order to avoid crowds. But I guess, cities like Prague can never be free of tourist but it does not dampen your experience one bit. The people here were the kindest and friendliest and very welcoming in all of European cities I’ve seen so far.

Before I wrap this post off, let me put down my top recommendations for Prague.

When to visit: Most internet sources suggest between May to October. But I feel a snow covered Prague would look just as beautiful! 🙂

To see : Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Petrin Tower (we missed it 🙁 ), Old Town, Dancing House, Karlstejn Castle (for a day trip from Prague), Prague Zoo (kids would love that).

To dine: Lemon Leaf (absolutely brilliant!), Indian Jewel, Beas Restaurant and The Alcron (for sea food lovers a Michelin star restaurant at Radisson Blu Alcron)

To shop : Wenceslas Square, for wooden souvenirs and toys do visit Golden lane shops in Prague Castle Complex, for other souvenirs like bohemia crystals etc visit shops in Old Town Square.

I just shared our best moments in Prague with you. Hope you enjoyed taking this walk back  into a not-so-old memory lane with me.

Take care and see you soon!