Prague Trip Report
March 13, 2013
“The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century - or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreams, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
A rowdy and rambunctious shout out from Prague, Czech Republic from your dear traveling comrades- Frank and Brooke. We arrived here after an easy and uneventful 20 hours of travel. As we made our presence into Prague, we were flanked by snowy hills and gray sky. A balmy temperature of 28 degrees slapped us in our weary faces as our breath made s shaped plumes. We are staying at the beautiful K+K Hotel, smack in the thriving epicenter of Prague. http://www.kkhotels.com/en/hotels/prague/k-k-hotel-central/welcome/ . The hotel is a beautiful, ornate , hotel, renovated to its prior opulence, with its architecthure style in Art Nouveau. If you are not familiar with Art Nouveau, it is worth looking into. It is from the early 20th century, romantic and elegant, stained glass, sumptious in style with glimmering golds. To gaze at this fine ornamentations transcends one back into the turn of the 20th century , the high class luxury and allure of a time when woman dressed in their finest gowns, men wore tuxedos, and life was a fantasy.
We were greeted by a friendly staff and made our way to the wrought iron bird cage elevator. Our room is warm and comfortable with all the comforts of home (minus the barking schnauzer). After a much needed hot shower, we took a 3 hr nap, sleeping away the weary exhaustion from travel. Awaking with energy and our usual exploration curiosity, we ventured out into the thriving city streets.
Sadly, our camera decided to die the day we arrived, so we made a much needed stop at a local, possibly overpriced, electronics store and made our first Czech Republic purchase. After purchasing our camera, we explored the city. Here's the scene: Cobblestone streets, patches of slick ice, church bells chiming, colorful stores with playful marionettes displayed in windows, and all of Czech's finest goods, tempting tourists eager to drain their wallets, large groups of loud, teenagers, chanting soccer songs and roughhousing.
We decided on a local restaurant called Svejk http://www.svejk-restaurant.cz/en/. It specialized in Czech local cuisine. The establishment is from 1896, a cavelike atmosphere, with tasty tempting pretzels as centerpieces. Frank treated himself to the beverage of Prague, a big ole' glass mug of Pilsner. We dined on hearty dumplings, and Frank enjoyed a rather small piece of roast beef, swimming in a thick gravy. We finished the meal with a cinnamon laden, multi layered apple streudel. It made its cousin, the apple pie, look pretty pathetic. A carb heavy meal, although authentic and true to its descriptions in the menu. The service was good, and the price very reasonable.
After our meal, we decided to get "lost" in the streets of Prague. We window shopped, and made a much needed purchase of furry, red ear muffs. We gazed at the churches, and interesting architechure. The buildings are adorned with sculptures, full bodies of floating ladies, straddling city buildings. We made our way to the Charles Bridge http://www.myczechrepublic.com/prague/sightseeing/charles_bridge.html. This bridge was built in the late 1300's. It is a Gothic style bridge, with Baroque statues along both sides of the bridge. The shadows in the darkness on the bridge, create an errie stillness, with the castle off in the distance and the energetic Vltava river below.
We stopped at Starbucks, sat in some comfy chairs, with my hot caramel chocolate, by the chill of the window, and took in the scene. With fixed attention, we took in the overshadowing cathedral, resting our weary feet, from the challenging cobblestone terrain.
We made our way leisurely back to the hotel, planning tomorrows events.
Tune in tomorrow for more blogging adventures
`B and F~
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Prague Trip Report