February 28, 2010

Prague Day 2 and 3

Continuing on with Prague... On the second day, we hiked up to the Prague Castle (with a stop in a great bead/jewelry store). We got there at the right time because the guards were changing and their band was playing, too.

Left to right: Entrance to Prague Castle; Greg in front of St. Vitus Cathedral looking pensive (and cold!); and the stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral

The castle actually consisted of quite a few buildings within it. We saw St. Vitus Cathedral (beautiful stained glass windows all around), a Romanesque church, Vladislov's hall and the Golden Lane full of little houses and shops (one where Kafka lived at one point). We had a fantastic view of the city from up there.

Left to right: Ayelet on the Golden Lane; view from the Charles Bridge; and Greg makes a friend.

After the castle, we walked across the Charles Bridge and randomly found a pizza place for lunch. We even got the happy hour deal because our lunch was so late! Greg was very happy with that. He was still recovering from his cold so we headed back to the hotel to relax and warm up before crossing the river again to try out a lovely Spanish tapas place. The tapas were similar to the ones served in Spain so it brought me back. The Manchego plate and tortilla espanola were especially delicious. Afterward, we tried to watch a band in a bar, but they still allow smoking in the Czech Republic, much to our dismay! With Greg being a little sick, it wasn't worth making him feel worse by staying there. C'mon Czech Republic (and Austria), smoke-free is the way to go!

On our last day, we went to the Museum of Decorative Arts for its Swedish and Czech glass exhibit. This was a quirky museum filled with more than that! They had old clocks, fabric, textiles, Czech jewelry, furniture and commercial Art Nouveau posters. After that, we had lunch and grabbed some bagels (from the fabulous Bohemian Bagels) for the train ride back. Since then, we thankfully have found a nice bagel shop in Munich.

All in all, it was a lovely trip and a great city. We highly recommend it! We'll leave you with the view of Prague's famous Astronomical Clock (and all the gawking tourists)!

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