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Three Beautiful Days in Prague

We left Vienna in the afternoon and arrived in Prague at night.. hungry and tired we grabbed some Burger King at the train station and then a taxi to our hotel. The hotel, Hotel U Zlatých Nůžek was in the Mala Strana area also known as Lesser Town. The hotel couldn't be more perfect. It was a one bedroom and in the most charming area right under the famous Charles Bridge. There was no elevator but we we only had carry ons so not a big problem.

The hotel offered a free breakfast. 


We spent the day exploring the area...We stopped at the John Lennon wall. Once a normal wall, but since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles' songs. Located in a small and secluded square across from the French Embassy, the wall received its first such decoration following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon when an unknown artist painted a single image of the singer-songwriter and some lyrics. It has been painted over numerous times and the next day it is full of lyrics and flowers again.


We passed by the St. Nicholas Church.. did not go inside and headed to Nerudova street.. we walked along it peaking in to the various shops.




Nerudova street ended at the Prague Castle. We bought a Circuit B family ticket that gave us access to the castle, cathedral and the Golden Lane.


 Super creepy gargoyles on the cathedral.

 View from the castle

On the castle grounds there were food stalls, a blacksmith that captivated H's attention and other vendors as well. We ate there.. then headed to the Golden Lane where there was a armor museum


and small houses preserved as they once were.. the lane ended in the Dalibor Tower which was once a dungeon.. some torture devices still hung in the dungeon. -_-

While heading towards the Charles Bridge we accidentally stumbled upon the Wallenstein Palace. It is a Baroque palace that served as a residence for Imperial Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein and now houses the Senate of the Czech Republic. The gardens were beautiful but the best part was the white peacock who was not shy at all.




It was one of the highlights of our day. 

The boys also encountered a man with fluffy pigeonesque birds that they held.


M had a friend from Germany who also happened to be in Prague. We were going to be meeting him and his family for dinner on the other side of Charles Bridge..


Charles Bridge is a pedestrian bridge.. and so crowded! I headed up there at 7am the morning we were leaving an there were still people up there.. and so many brides too.. seems like a popular wedding photo spot.


There were still a few hours before dinner :) A chimney cake full of soft serve.

We did a quick stroll through Old Square before heading towards the selected dinner spot. We had planned to explore the square in more detail the next day..


The next morning we started off with another breakfast at the hotel and then crossed the Charles Bridge and headed towards Old Town.


You can see Prague Castle in the distance.

We headed towards the Spanish Synagogue and surrounding area called Josevov but unfortunately everything was closed.. we continued to stroll.. passed by Our Lady of Tyn Church.. we didn't go inside and eventually ended up in the Old Square. Stopped by a market to buy berries.. 



We had lunch in a restaurant right across the astronomical clock and saw it do it's thing at the hour.. it was incredibly unimpressive. If you find yourself in Prague don't stand around and waste your time to watch the clock.. even the kids were not interested.

and then we wandered around some more.. we went to Wenceslas Square which is the center of New Town.. 


a little travelling with kids pro tip - whenever our kids started to get tired of walking or the heat or anything we duck into a book store. It didn't matter that the books were not even in English.. we also play a lot of Eye Spy.


We'd all been itching for some gelato when we found Amato. Tying with the rose gelato in Budapest this was some phenomenal gelato.. the flavors were so flavorful! 




More pictures taken along the way. We walked all the way to the Dancing House aka Fred and Ginger a nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry (huge fan.. saw some of his buildings in Boston)


We were getting a little tired now.. we spotted a playground nearby, the kids played while we took a break. Along the water we noticed these large floating orbs.. which we later learned are called zorbs and decided to go zorbing!


It was such a cool experience! If you ever get the opportunity I would highly recommend it. It was a 20 min session.. D and I went in one and M and H in another. 


We crossed the Charles Bridge again and headed back to our side of the city.. we walked through Kampa Island where there were a few sculptures made by Czech sculptor David Černý I wanted to see before we ate dinner. 



Can you guess the boys favorite?

We had planned on going to a Thai restaurant but turns out we needed to make a reservation.. then found a Mexican place that too didn't have any tables available.. instead we placed a take out order and ate in our room..  the staff at the restaurant, Alebrijes were very nice and the food was good too. 
     
Before we knew it it was our last day.. it was a chilly one.. we had our morning breakfast at the hotel and after waking through Kampa Island again we made our way to Petrin Hill. We made a stop at Cafe Savoy on the way but as our luck had it, they had no tables available. 


At the top of Petrin Hill is the Petrin Tower which looks like a mini Eiffel Tower.. we took the elevator up and walked down.



There was a Mirror Maze at the park that the boys got a kick out of.


On the way out of the park we found our way back to Nerudova Street where we had lunch, aptly named Good Eats.



Now in all honesty.. looking back at the itinerary I think we could have done without this last day in Prague.. or maybe spent two and half days in Prague and spent 1/2 a day more in Budapest. We were trying to figure out what to do next. We found the Karel Zeman Museum right around the corner from our hotel. It was a small museum focusing on the special effects in Karel Zeman's films in the 20th century. While we had never heard of Mr. Zeman we still had fun and learned a little too.



Afterward we hit another bookstore.. 


then the narrowest street in Prague .. we had no idea this even existed until we saw this crowd of people waiting near what we thought was a restaurant. The street had a signal light.. when it was green you went down the stairs.. then once down it was a dead end so you had to wait for the light to turn green again so you could go up it again.. 


our last dinner at Street Burger Bistro and then our last gelato at Amorino


It was such a great trip.. can hardly wait till our next adventure :)



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40 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing travels! Love all these pics!

xoxox,
CC

Inma Orduna said...

I really Love Prague!!!!

Kathrine Eldridge said...

Such a wonderful family trip! Thanks again for sharing all these great photos of your time there.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've heard that Prague is a wonderful place to visit and your photos certainly bear that out! Marvelous!

Jennifer said...

Looks like you had fun!

Jennifer
Effortlessly Sophisticated

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

Your kids have got to learn so much on your adventures Hena!! What great experiences you do and see. I get tired just reading them...ha ha!!
That peacock was so pretty!!
XOOX
Jodie

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Looks like a fabulous trip! I love the photo of you and your hubby! That's a framer!

Billie Jo said...

Oh my goodness!
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing adventure!
I dream of traveling overseas, and until I do, I will enjoy your beautiful photos.
Beautiful family, my friend. : )

Emmylou said...

Awesome travel post as always:) Prague looks like such an awesome city. I love the idea of going to bookstores everytime the kiddos are tired:D

Ivana Split said...

Prague is such a beautiful city. I have been wanting to visit it for ages, but I don't seem to be able to see this plan through. Maybe this summer? I certainly hope so, for it seems like a perfect European destination. There is so much history in Prague. Your photographs of it are amazing. You have such a lovely family. I'm happy to hear you all enjoyed your stay. Your boys are adorable! I love how active you all were, trying different activities and doing a lot of sightseeing. I'm a fan of active vacations too.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you liked our capital city! I love it too. Hana (Czech republic)

Jackie Harrison said...

Cool castle and the peacock wow moment. Beautiful family.

Telma said...

amazing :)

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Carrie said...

Y'all always look so happy! I just love the photos of the boys with those huge fluffy pigeons on them! What a hoot!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Kelly said...

So many wonderful photos in this post, I almost don't know where to begin... I think my favorites might be the white peacock, the fascinating Dancing House, and that lovely photo of you in front of the castle. It sounds like y'all had an incredible vacation!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Prague looks like a city with so much old world charm and history. I love that about Europe.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful

Debbie said...

you officially have the cutest kids on the planet, they are such goof balls!!

your trip really does look amazing, you do a great job at capturing the highlights!! the white peacock was a favorite but the family captures always steal the show!! i can hardly wait for your next adventure also!!

ALLIE NYC said...

I would love to get to Vienna one of these days. WOW you got a lot done in short period of time. And the photo with the birds, that is priceless : )

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BLovedBoston said...

Prague has been on my must travel list for years!! it looks so beautiful! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

Christina said...

Love Prague! I have been quite a few times. My brother in law got married in Prague, it was so much fun to visit with our two oldest, then 5 and 2 years old. Glad you had a good time.

Ruth Josey said...

What a great trip! I loved your comment about the astronomical clock :) And that Dancing House - it's just amazing! It looks like somebody crushed both parts of the front in a hand. That first dessert with the softserve in the rolled cake looks sooooo good. I think it's a wonderful idea to stop at bookstores to break up the time for the kids. The gargoyles on the cathedral were grotesque. I don't mind the cute ones, but you're right - these were creepy. Not to mention that if one cracks away and falls.....how in the world did they get those to stay like that until the cement or whatever holds them up there cured? Amazing trip and pictures (love the pix of the boys and their antics - especially with the bronze crawling baby sculpture)!

Ruth
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Adriana Leandro said...

Amazing travel.
I really love your photos.
Kisses!

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Gemma said...

Such lovely pics! Looks like you had a great time.

Gemma x
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Margot said...

Looks like you had so much fun with your lovely family !
I would love to visit Prague one day too.
xx
Margot
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Sparkles and Lattes said...

Prague is definitely on my travel bucket list. It looks sooo beautiful there. I love all of your travels!

awhite said...

Sooo much to see! The John Lennon wall was too cool. :)

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Missymayification said...

This post couldn't have come at the right time. Thanks much! I will be visiting Prague in the summer if God permits. Thanks much for the ideas of places to visit. Beautiful shots! :-)

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Paola Lauretano said...

So many beautiful pics... I love Prague!
Kisses, Paola.

Expressyourself

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Prague looks like such a beautiful city. I'm glad you and your family had fun. Looks like you're making lots of fun family memories with your travels. :)

Laura Mitbrodt said...

Wow it looks like you had a great time! I have never seen an all white peacock before
xo
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Jeanie said...

What an incredible trip! It's only recently I've heard more about Prague and thought it would be a fascinating place to visit but I really hadn't seen many photos. Yours make me smile in so many ways -- beautiful buildings and plenty of things to do but especially the smiles on the faces of you and your family as you explore this city. I salute you for taking your children and exposing them to a wonderful and very big world on this trip. Traveling with kids can be tough but it is an experience I think they will remember forever.

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

What a wonderful trip! Prague looks amazing and I love seeing your photo recap! So much to do and see!

Jill - Doused in Pink

La ilusión de Nina said...

You had a great trip with so much fun!!
Have a great day! xx

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Rach said...

What an incredible trip! And that peacock looks awesome. I had no idea there are white peacocks!

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karen said...

Beautiful city to see on your blog! I love the photo of you and your husband - did one of the kids take it ? (you should frame it).

NotJessFashion said...

What a charming place indeed. Looks like you guys had a blast!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Sasha said...

What fabulous photos, Hena! It looks like you all had lots of fun! I visited Prague way back in 2001 and loved it! I'd love to go again after seeing your lovely photos! ;) XXX

Tammy Sparks said...

Wow, what a cool trip! I love seeing all the yummy food and public art😁

Stefanie said...

What an extraordinary trip. I loved all of the food you ate. The sights you saw are so cool and unique. Some made me LOL.

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