Viva las Praha (Prague) – Days 1 & 2

After 24 hours of almost non-stop travel we finally touched down on European soil and headed to our apartment in the Old Town. We decided to run around on a jet lag fuelled quest to discover all Prague had to offer in a couple of hours before our inevitible collapse… The result was a bunch of out of focus photos and accidentally buying 500 grams of hot ham with potato and cabbage. At that point we decided that maybe we should turn in and pick things up in the morning…

…and pick things up we did, starting with a 5am breakfast of leftover ham, potato and cabbage. By 6am we had hit the streets, beating both the crowds and the sun to some of the city’s best spots en route to Prague Castle and the palace.

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On arrival we were treated to the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Palace Guard, a definite contrast from the ceremonies we are used to back in Ramingining as shown in the video below:

After taking in the changing of the guard we started our tour of the palace grounds by taking in St. Vitus’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was immense with amazing architecture on a huge scale and unbelievable attention to detail.

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After the Cathedral we visited the Old Royal Palace, The Museum of Prague Castle, Basilica of St. George, Golden Lane and the Rosenberg Palace. The museum was great and walked us through the history of the region from 900ad to the modern day inclusive of a few different empires, wars and a plague.

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After finishing up at the castle we decided to make for Petrin Hill, an oasis of green in the middle of the city which promised amazing views over Prague. En route we decided a pit stop was in order to regain our strength (it had been almost 8 hours since our last ham). We were fortunate enough to stumble into Peklo, a 12th century grotto converted into a restaurant and a one time favourite of both Emperors and Kings if the marketing materials were to be believed. We can definitely vouch for the exceptional food and beer, we had a monastery platter to kick things off followed by a pumpkin risotto for Jess and a hearty broth served in a loaf for myself. The monk brewed beer was pretty good too!

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With our energy restored we approached Petrin park and its highly rated lookout tower… After a conservatively estimated million steps up the spiral stairway we made it to the top of the tower and were treated to spectacular panoramic views over the city, particularly over Charles Bridge and into the Old Town. We made the million step journey back down the tower and worked our way home to the apartment, stopping only to eat Gelato and a chocolate kebab.

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Its just pushed past 8pm here so we are headed off to grab dinner and watch some soccer. First post complete – It can only get better, I daresay Jess will be awake next time which will facilitate a much more extensive editorial process ; )

LF


3 thoughts on “Viva las Praha (Prague) – Days 1 & 2

  1. Exhausting days!!, great to see so much city green space- lovely pics and video- Good local beers, what is the chocolate verdict?

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