One of the benefits of traveling with older children is the freedom to stay out late without whining or major fatigue. In fact, with young adult children I am usually the one ready to call it a night well before they are. By the time we arrived in Prague summer was in full swing with both the crowds and the heat. Cooler temperatures and less people made wandering at night especially fun.
Prague reminded me of Budapest
, but it is more compact. It has a castle hill, a river running through it with plenty of pretty bridges, and lots of beautiful architecture. The Charles Bridge in Prague and the Chain Bridge in Budapest
receive the same attention from tourists and locals alike.
I am absolutely in awe of the churches all throughout Europe. From small and humble to large and majestic, every city and town is graced by these amazing beauties. In Prague they were as elegant at night as they were majestic by day. I couldn't help but think about the people who spent their lives building them, with many taking centuries to complete. What a precious gift.
Prague's Old Town Square
reminded me of Warsaw's Old Town
. Both the locals and the tourists were enjoying the wide open squares and the smaller, more intimate, surrounding streets.
We stayed in small, boutique-style hotels with helpful staff who gave good recommendations for restaurants. But I also found the free Tripadvisor app on my phone to be a very useful tool throughout on our trip. An added bonus was free WiFi in all our hotels. The 'Near me now' tab on Tripadvisor
was particularly useful when wanting to local a good place to eat that was close by. Our hotel recommended Restaurace Stoleti and with the help of Tripadvisor we stumbled upon Rainer Maria Rilke. Both were small, charming restaurants where we enjoyed delicious meals served by attentive staff.
While we did not see the ballet at the National Theatre we did find a ballet pointe shoes sculpture hanging behind it. It reminded me of the ballet mannequins displaying jewelry in Vienna
. The windows on Dancing House
below look like pairs of ballet shoes.
Whether day or night Prague is a visual and culinary feast. I am eager to return.
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