Travel the World: Prague
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
We recently went to Europe for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Though photo editing is far from my favorite activity, I had such a lovely time in the four countries we visited that it gives me quite a bit of joy to revisit the sights we saw and the meals we ate.
I've wanted to visit Prague for the longest time. Around middle school, I read a book in which Prague's stunning architecture was the backdrop for some terribly conceived plot with some equally rubbish characters. The memory of the book didn't stay with me, but the idea of seeing these structures in person really left its mark.
The cost of dining out was much lower than what we were used to in the US, none of our meals for two in Prague exceeded $20 (and we frequently ordered multiple courses). Reservations were more serious business than in our home city - we come from an area in California where during the week, restaurants simply do not fill up and walk ins diners are standard. In Prague, we were always asked if we had booked ahead.
(I've been wanting to make that joke since I saw these giant gate figures in front of Prague Castle.)
World's oldest still-functioning astronomical clock. Death (to the right of the top face, the skeleton figure) rings his bell upon each hour.
I was hoping to go see the spectacular Klementium and view the gorgeous library with the marvelous book tunnel, but it was under renovation. Instead we stopped at Strahov Monastery (close to Prague Castle) and viewed the library there.
Since it was so cold, I tried to do as many indoor activities as possible, including seeing Salvador Dali and Alphonse Mucha exhibits. The tickets were ~$30 pp for these two exhibits (chose not to go see the third which was Warhol) and if I had to do it all over again, I would choose some other activity, as much as I like Mucha's work. Something else like say, the Museum of Medieval Torture.
Often times the floral component in his illustrations play second fiddle to the glowy, dreamy women that are prominently featured front and center. But look at the detail!
I was feeling pretty lousy on our first day in Prague, so I fear we may not have made the best use of our time. If we had, I would have definitely gone to the nearby town of Kutná Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary, better known as the Bone Church.
Overall, it was a fun few days in Prague and I really enjoyed the checking something off my destination list that I had been dreaming about since adolescence. If you're a fan of large, looming churches with more architectural details than your eyes know what to do with, and also bread, you'll love Prague.