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Old Town and Around Praha

So many people have been telling me how beautiful Prague is, and how it is a must-visit place when you are in Europe. As for me, I have always been interested to visit the place because of its historical connection to Jose Rizal, my country’s beloved national hero. But of course, Praha has so much more to offer.

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Where all the interesting and touristy places are

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The astronomical clocks

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View from atop one of the interesting towers around Old Town

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Tourist car

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This is how most of the postcards from Prague look like

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Under the famous bridge

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Halu-halo time at a Filipino bar

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Pink goth at the Vysehrad

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The weekend market

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Perfect swim weather

True enough, it was really a fascinating place with interesting culture and history. But like most beautiful places, it was a bit too touristy. To go to Charles Bridge and have a nice picture without being stampeded on by the crowd, I had to wake up at 6AM. Good thing our hotel was conveniently a 5-minute walk from there.

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Dancing House by Frank Gehry

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Kafka was born in Prague

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Cozy nook for apéro… too bad I forgot the name of the place

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City of black and gold

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Apéro time

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Funny sign

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Flying buttresses and all at Prague Castle‘s St. Vitus Church

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Marveling at the dreamy paintings of Alfons Mucha

Prague is a city that is good for walking. I guess this is why they have a lot of interesting walking tours that you can avail of. We walked around the Prague Castle at sunset with a guy doing small group tours. They call themselves The Naked Tour Guide. It was interesting to know about the history of the castle, how some parts of St Vitus Church are not exactly authentic goth and were built by atheists, the crazy kings, etc. We also visited the less touristy castle, the Vysehrad and had lunch at the weekend market by the Vltava river,  walked around the park with the nice view of the city and Charles Bridge, and on our last day when it was raining in the morning, I got introduced to the dreamy art works of Alfons Mucha in huge canvases at the museum.

I was a bit disappointed and not so crazy about the local food. They seem to like bland-tasting huge chunks of meat served with goulash. I’m not a big fan of it. We were supposed to try a walking food trip (Taste of Prague) but then the organizers had a tragic family issue at the time of our trip and so it was cancelled. They were nice enough to send us really good tips and information on which places to visit for food, shopping and other places of interest… in fact, I have some of them to share below, for those interested to have a mini food trip in Prague:

Hotel Three Storks – 4.5 out of 5

This is a five-star hotel with a very central location. It’s a few minutes’ walk to Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. Despite being central, it was surprisingly quiet. I was very much in-love with our huge room and the lovely carved beams on the old ceiling. They always kept the room clean, and the free Wifi reliably fast. The food selection at the breakfast buffet was good enough for me. And I love that I always get to have breakfast in front of a knight’s armour every morning. 🙂 The only thing that bothered me a bit was the weird and strange waiter who was serving us when we once had dinner at their restaurant. The dinner menu was a bit overpriced for what it was.

Vinograf Senovážné – 4.5 out of 5

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Excellent service, very good selection of local and international wines. I was not very fond of the cheeses, though. It was a nice, cozy and quiet place for apéro.

La Bottega Bistroteka – 5 out of 5

Excellent Italian lunch with friendly service. Good ambience, good food. A bit pricey, though.

Bella Vida Café – 5 out of 5

Excellent place to have an apéro or dinner, located at the end of a park and right next to the Vltava River, with interesting view of the city and Charles Bridge. Best to come during sunset. Some of the cruising boats with live music would stop right next to it. The staff were very nice and friendly.

Malostransky Hostinec – 4.5 out of 5

 

For a restaurant in close proximity to the entrance to Prague Castle, they have a reasonably priced menu. Food was very good. The restaurant was very old and charming and huge… but we preferred to eat al fresco, as usual. It was right next to an old church, facing a quiet square. It’s nice to people watch. Service was nice and friendly, but we found the waiter a bit too pushy with the tip.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely (long, for those in Singapore) weekend! 🙂

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