Prague Czech Republic- Travel photography
Prague is pure magic. It’s a dark, medieval fairytale. It’s an ornate, Disney esque story book, lavish with golden pages of enchanting mornings and dusky twilights. It’s a stunning labyrinth tangled below the peaks of foreboding Gothic towers and faded, colored pencil pastel facades. When Peter and I were planning our trip last year, one of the hardest things to answer was the looming question, “where should we go?”There were a few countries we had pinned down, but Prague took us totally by surprise. We happened to randomly watch a video about it and found ourselves tearing up. It looked so incredibly magical and unreal, we knew we had to go. It turned out to be our favorite place and we only spent two and a half days there, which will never be enough time. After checking into our Air bnb right in old town, we went in search for the most memorizing church; my main motivation for dreaming of Prague. Standing in old town square I kept turning around looking for the Church of our lady Tyn when I stopped with a gasp as it appeared directly above me. It’s blue spires tipped with 5 sided gold stars; it resembled a real life, evil Disney castle. I also learned beforehand that Walt Disney based some of his early castle ideas on this church.
On our first full day we woke early and hopped into a little cafe to get pastries and coffee. We headed over from Stare Mesto to St. Charles Bridge to view the Saint Statues in the the bright sun. The long bridge gave way to the uphill stone streets of Mala Strana. Since everything was so cheap in the Czech Republic, I bought most of my souvenirs for family and friends here, including absinthe which is everywhere here. They also sell wood handcrafted puppets, fragile painted eggs and famous Czech crystal. We took out the kroner equivalent of 40 US dollars and we able to survive all our time there just on that. Beer is also cheaper than water here. Peter and I wandered around the castle grounds of Pražský hrad which is a mesh-mash of different architectural styles through centuries. We happened by this tiny, tiny cafe on the edge of the hill next to the castle walls with a gorgeous view of the city. Peter ordered a hot mulled wine and I got an apple cider. It only took a couple sips for me to realize that it was alcoholic… Czech food is amazing. They have so many street food vendors including ones that make Trdelnik right in front of you. Trdelnik is a doughy Czech pastry covered in cinnamon that you can carry around and go to heaven while you’re eating it.
That evening I was determined to find a rooftop where I could hopelessly stare at the Church of our Lady Tyn. I found it through an almost empty roof top restaurant where Pete and I shared a chocolate sundae in the descending light of a lavender and pink sky. After we had our fill of the view we took three flights of stairs and an elevator to the basement to The Black Angles Bar, AKA- the coolest bar/place I’ve ever been. Ever. Ever. It had exposed stone walls, black statues covered in wax, dim candle light, vintage framed nautical paintings, extravagant Czech crystal chandeliers, and obscure 60s Motown playing. The atmosphere was unlike anywhere we had ever been. On our trek back I convinced Pete to get fish and chips from a place open late on the corner we had been eye-ing. We took the brown paper sack back to our room and ate on the wooden floor with our hands.
The next morning we woke at 3:15 am to get to the airport. Driving though the city in the early morning, seeing the lights and saying goodbye when we had just arrived, was difficult. But hopefully I can venture back soon to explore even more of that mystical place.
Our flight to Treviso, Italy left at 6:00am.
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