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BF and I spent a fabulous long weekend with some friends in Prague earlier this month. My friends were visiting from NYC and Prague was the last stop on their itinerary before heading back home.

I had been kind of expecting Prague to be Stag do central and I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn't the case at all. Prague is one of the prettiest cities I've been to and the perfect size for exploring over a long weekend. It's also cheap! We ate and drank our faces off all weekend and lucked out with perfect weather.

Accommodations:
We rented this flat in Prague and would highly recommend. It's perfect for two couples sharing - big bedrooms and private baths - and although we spent little time in the flat, the common area was large and good for entertaining.

http://prague-stay.com/accommodation/apartment/146-two-bedroom-design-apartment/

Absolutely no complaints about the flat - the rooms were nice and quiet and the place was clean when we arrived. Free WIFI too!

Day 1:
BF and I arrived in Prague around 9:30 PM on a Thursday night from London. The apartment agency had arranged transportation for us in advance and our driver showed up about 5 minutes after we cleared baggage claim. The cost of the trip was about 20 Euro.

We met our friends in the flat and promptly set out to get some drinks! We bounced around a few local bars before finding O'Che's - a communism themed Irish pub (why not?).

http://www.oches.com/

For some unknown reason, mojitos seem to be the drink of choice in Prague (aside from beer). Every bar we went to was featuring them. The night carried on and soon we found ourselves in Harley's - a rock bar featuring epic amounts of Americana on every surface.

http://prague.tv/prague/nightlife/bars/harleys

Love this place! Probably the least attractive male bar staff I've ever encountered - particularly because none of them were wearing shirts (they needed them). We stayed late and stumbled home around 2.

Day 2:
The four of woke early so that we could get an early start on the Castle. We found an AMAZING cafe/bakery called Bakeshop near our flat.

http://www.bakeshop.cz/our-story-en.html

We ate breakfast here every morning. I'm back in London absolutely CRAVING this place right now...that's how good it is.

We took the tram up to the Castle and spent a good 3-4 hours exploring. The weather was gorgeous and the photo opps were wonderful. We climbed to the top of St. Vitus's Cathedral. Here's a top travel tip - DON'T be hungover when attempting this. We made it to the top of the 287 steps and were rewarded with spectacular views over Prague.

After exploring the castle we decided to walk back into town. We stopped for a few pints on the way at a restaurant near the Lennon wall.

http://www.prague.net/john-lennon-wall

We had reservations that evening at Kampa Park which is supposed to be one of the nicer restaurants in Prague. The restaurant is located right on the Charles River with wonderful views of the lights of the city. While the food was great, we had an unfortunate experience upon arriving at the restaurant. My friend had made the booking several weeks prior for 4 people. Her sister and husband decided to join which made our group 6. Friend had emailed the restaurant to increase the booking and had received a confirmation email from the restaurant saying that it was fine. Well, you can probably guess what happened. The maitre'd actually went so far as to insinuate that my friend was lying about changing the booking. He looked a bit embarrassed when she pulled up the string of emails on her blackberry. They then seated us right away and the evening was fine from then on. We tried and were pleasantly surprised by the Czech wines.

http://www.kampagroup.com/en/restaurant.php?rid=4

Somehow we ended back at O'Che's after dinner :-)

Day 3:

Breakfast at Bakeshop again, of course.

The big item on the agenda for the day was the Prague Communism Museum. The Museum is quite small but very dense with interesting documents and exhibits detailing the rise of communism through to the "Velvet Revolution". The gift shop is hilarious - lots of tongue in cheek communism paraphenalia.

http://www.muzeumkomunismu.cz/

After the museum we urgently tailed it to a sports bar to watch the United/Everton game. No comment on how that ended. On a side note, Prague was absolutely heaving with drunken Kiwis and they had 'colonised' the sports bar. Each time they finished a drink they would mark it on their arm with a stroke. Given that it was about 1:30 PM, I saw some impressive tallies.

After the dismal outcome for United, we decided to find some pork to make everything better. We found Ferdinanda based on a recommendation from our guide book:

http://www.ferdinanda.cz/

The pork knee could have fed about 6 people and ZOMG it was delicious. Especially washed down with multiple pints of yummy Ferdinanda beer.

We stumbled around Wenceslas Square after lunch in a bit of a food and beer coma. We passed the rest of the day sampling many other bars in Prague and enjoying the street fair in the Square. We returned late that night and fully aware of our early flights the next morning.

Day 4:

Woke up to a pounding head and rushed to pack up to get to the airport. Took a quick moment to google Bakeshop to see if they were yet open - THEY WERE! Ran over, grabbed bagels, got a taxi, made it back to London. All by noon, I might add.

Good weekend!

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