Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prague, Czech Republic

Two weeks ago, after czech-ing my pack twice, I left the apartment at 4am and embarked on a weekend adventure to Prague in the Czech Republic! I was absolutely blown away by how European the city was. Yes, yes I realize that Eastern Europe is still part of Europe, but I haven't heard much about Prague compared to other major European cities. In my opinion  the beautiful architecture, rich culture and deep history more than qualify Prague for a spot on the "top European destinations" list! That being said, keep reading if you want to czech out the astonishing amount of ground I was able to explore during my 48 hours in Prague! 

  First stop: The Famous Astronomical Clock Tower! 
  • Built in 1410 it is the 3rd oldest Astronomical Clock in the world and the oldest one that still works! 
  • It has a clock face that tells the position of the planets+the zodiacs+24 hour time (top L), a clock that tells the date (bottom L) , statues representing sins + death AND a parade of the twelve disciples on the hour. What more could you want in a clock??  

attempting the perfect jumping picture in Old Town Square 

enjoying the beautiful colors of lesser town + the John Lennon wall
The view from the top of the St Nicholas Church (green domed church in the background of above image) can't be beat! Yes, the wooden staircases were a bit perilous at times but so worth it!

Bits and pieces from around the city 
Have I mentioned how much I loved the colorful buildings? 

the art noveau ghetto in Prague
From Top L to Bottom R:  Jewish ghetto, key to our hotel room, a snowy morning, czech crowns, snow and rain didn't stop this one man band, the Jewish cemetery. 

Little known fact: Mozart (as in Wolfgang Amadeus) spent quite some time in Prague and in this very theater he composed and premiered the opera Don Giovanni here. So my travel buddies and I all agreed we would splurge a bit and get tickets to a saturday evening opera. Hands down: best idea of the trip. I was smitten with the vivid blue of the opera house, having our own box, and of course the opera itself! Bravo Mozart, bravo! 

'Till we meet again Prague, I can assure you that it won't be long. xoxo

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