EXPLORING PRAGUE


Prague is a truly beautiful city. A weird mix of the modern and the old that I’ve rarely seen anywhere else I’ve visited. Although London does have this feel to it, there’s something different about Prague. The way that beautiful and ancient castles are situated right next to the local dingy Costa Coffee was something that never failed to surprise me. Usually when it comes to visiting a city, I have some idea of what to expect. Prague however was slightly different, and I had absolutely no clue what the city would have in store for us. 

After landing at the airport, a mixture of buses, trains, confusion and broken English led me and Ryan to the doorway of our hotel. We were staying in Florenc, an area just one tube stop away from the centre of Prague. Our first afternoon was spent in Prague’s Central Square, a place thriving with tourists, families and stag parties alike. Ryan and I both agreed that the mix of people attracted to visit this city was a pretty weird one, and for every cute little Czech restaurant filled with families and couples, there was a Walkabout like club, crawling with stags. 

After taking in the setting, watching various street performers and listening in on a huge jazz festival taking place at one end of the square, our first meal in the city was in order. Deciding that the traditional Czech cuisine of goulash and potatoes wasn’t really for us, we opted for Italian food on the first night. We found a really cute outdoor restaurant just outside of the square, and were greeted by a waiter who had me fighting for Ryan’s attention for the whole evening – the guy was hilarious. Dinner was followed by cocktails in a cool underground bar found completely by chance, with dim lights, stone walls, a handful of men puffing on cigars and a bartender dancing with cocktail shakers.


The second day of Prague left me never wanting to walk again. We walked around the city for around eight hours, paying a visit to all of biggest tourist spots. On our list of things we wanted to see was the river, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Lennon wall. We managed to cover all of these spots in one day, my personal favourite being the Lennon wall (I’m such a sucker for graffiti). The wall seemed to be an ever changing scene. We stood and watched as two sets of street singers came and left, and as a man spray painted the words “Helena will you marry me” onto the wall.

Prague Castle was beautiful in a completely different way. We walked up what felt like a million steps, but when we got to the top the views were so worth it. You could see right across Prague, hundreds of buildings getting more modern the further away from the center your eyes wandered. This was where Prague’s divide became very clear. The Cathedral housed inside the grounds of the castle was so much bigger than expected, and the architecture was incredible. It’s so hard to wrap your head around the idea that people actually built something so grand and intricate. This was something that also became apparent when crossing Charles Bridge, the religious statues which appear all over the city are so beautiful, and each one tells a completely silent story.



Day three was much more relaxed, with a smaller amount of exploring around the main square again, and dinner at yet another lovely little Italian restaurant just outside of the square. This one was much more intimate with a less touristy feel to it, and the food was great.

Prague isn’t the first city I’d have thought to go to on a weekend holiday, but I’d definitely recommend it. The architecture is beautiful, and the whole place is just alive with colour and culture. It is a city where the modern and the ancient are intertwined, and both are just as charming as each other.

2 comments :

  1. Prague seems like a wonderful city, I loved hearing your thoughts on the visit. Great photographs too, the graffiti wall looks so cool! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank Helen! It is truly beautiful, definitely worth a visit!x

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