Prague Odds and Ends

Seems like there are always a few photos that slip through the cracks. Just snapshots taken while walking around that don’t seem to fit into any of the other blog posts or from small moments that don’t really need a post of their own. I’m going to share a few of those.

I remember being a little nervous about using the public transport in Prague because I wasn’t familiar with the language. I had taken French in high school and college and felt fairly familiar with German signs, at least, after living in Austria for 6 months. But Czech was completely unfamiliar. And, as we know from the finding-the-apartment-incident and the going-to-the-Old-Jewish-Cemetery-incident where I misdirected us, it was a little more challenging than in other cities. But that was mostly the trams. They don’t have easy-to-read signs like the subway. And also, the subway was pretty modern and nice.

1_Malostranska-Subway

Too bad the main line was down for most of our time there. It made it a little tricky to get back to the train station the next morning, but there was a friendly worker who helped give us directions. And then I did get approached by ticket agent on the tram asking to see my ticket while we were on the way to the train station. Luckily our 24-hour pass was valid for another 10 whole minutes.

Have I mentioned how pretty Prague is? Seriously, every building is covered in incredible details. I eventually stopped taking photos of the details because I would have had to take photos of literally everything. But here are a few lovely ones.

2_Tyn-Church-Prague-Street

3_Woman-and-Fish-Prague-Building-Decor

4_Beautiful-Prague-Buildings

5_Flower-Shop-Prague

6_Beautiful-Doors-Prague

And remember those awesome sidewalks?

7_Prague-Street-Sidewalks

8_Prague-Manhole-Sidewalk-Squares

9_Sidewalk-designs-Prague

The real benefit of waking up extra early to go for a walk along the Charles Bridge became obvious when we passed by it around 3 in the afternoon. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but it was completely packed.

10_Crowded-Charles-Bridge

For dinner that night, we wanted to try a place called Loving Hut. Before you get the wrong idea, it’s actually a vegan chain restaurant. We discovered it was in a mall. So yes, we ate dinner at a food court on our last night in Prague. It seems mundane, but it was actually really fun to go to a mall in a different country. We shopped for books and CDs (and picked up the cheapest compilation we could find for the next leg of our journey – driving on the Romantic Road). And you know, the stir-fry and sushi we got at Loving Hut was one of the best meals I had during the trip. It was so refreshing to have lots of fresh veggies.

When Cristen was looking for vegetarian restaurants, she happened to notice something called the John Lennon Wall on Google maps. Of course we had to check it out. According to Wikipedia, young Czechs would “write grievances on the wall” to express their “youth ideals such as love and peace.”

11_John-Lennon-Peace-Wall

Then we got some hot chocolate and went for another walk along the Charles Bridge.

12_Full-Moon-Over-Prague

13_Charles-Bridge-Prague-Night

14_Lights-Vltava-River-Prague

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3 comments

  1. goldenfever · December 17, 2012

    I’ve really loved your posts about Prague. It is so beautiful there. It really is everything you’d want or expect in a European city. It sort of reminds me of St. Petersburg, but without the sidewalks … those are amazing.

  2. janeisawake · December 17, 2012

    Your pictures of Prague are very different to mine- snow, clouds and markets filling up all of the squares make the whole place look different. Ill be posting about Prague soon!

    Also, Munich is beautiful – I think one of my favourites so far – I’m here right now!

    • katie · December 18, 2012

      Your pictures are making me want to be there with the snow! It looks so pretty.

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