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Trip Report Psst . . . I have a Prague secret for you!

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To celebrate our anniversary my husband and I took a quick weekend city break to Prague, without our five year old son. Normally we are big believers in traveling as a family but we thought that eleven years have earned us a weekend to ourselves.

This turned out to be pretty good thinking. I would not describe Prague as child friendly. A lot of the "things to do" are just walking around the different neighborhoods and looking at the different architecture. While HE would enjoy the spider and scorpion museum I know I wouldn't and while I might enjoy the Kafka museum I'm pretty sure HE wouldn't. A highlight of our quick trip was climbing the tower of St. Vitus. At 417 steps it was another thing that would have been impossible with a five year old in tow.

We stayed in a great hotel, Hotel Josef, in Josefov, the Jewish quarter. It's a pretty modern hotel. Think glass, Lucite, and orange. We chose one of the large rooms with a balcony, a beautiful view and (most important) a giant bathtub! Normally hotel rooms are just for sleeping but since this was our anniversary we chose something with comfort in mind. As it rained on us the whole time I was grateful for that bathtub at the end of the day. The staff was great. The breakfast buffet was good, with lots of fresh fruits, cured meats and cheese, streaky bacon and eggs etc. One of the best I've had in a hotel, to be honest. Breakfast in your room was also an option. We paid E189 plus an extra E50 to have a super late checkout. So not cheap but not too extravagant.

Okay, so hotel room, blah blah blah, right? I lured you in with a promise of a secret, I'm sure by now you're already scanning the list of threads on the left, ready to move on. So, before we left I did research Prague, on this forum, on others, in guide books and websites and nobody mentioned the BEST thing about Prague!

One word; seven letters and only one vowel: Trdlnik

It's a sweet bread, rolled into a thin strip and wrapped around a long stainless steel 3 inch thick cylinder. It's covered in a sugar syrup and thing rotated over the heat source. It's revolutions are hypnotic! After it's nice and brown and the sugar syrup is a bit crispy, it's rolled in any number of toppings; sugar, cinnamon, nuts, etc and then slipped off. It's either served like this or the inside is covered with nutella or jam. We took ours with sugar and then again with cinnamon sugar. As we were only there for a weekend this all we had time for, but I would LOVE to try it full of nutella, and the jam one, and maybe one more with nuts . . .

Trdlnik in Prague is up there with crepes in Paris, for me. In fact, it might even be better. I can make crepes at home, but I don't think I could genuinely recreate a trdlnik!

So there you go. Go to Prague. See the clock. See the bridge. See the castle. It's all lovely. But now you know Prague's best kept warm, sugary secret. Spread the trdlnik word!

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