Getting Lost in Prague

Friday, 1 November 2013
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When it came to traveling, I was what you'd categorize as "anal retentive". There was always a blow-by-blow typed out itinerary that would scare the most dedicated tour operators (as well as any poor souls who were unfortunate to come along for the ride). Ah well..... the arrival of a baby put a stop to that.

I developed a new trait called slackitude which proceeded to plague all my subsequent travels and culminated in the worst planning ever on our most recent trip to Prague. Funnily enough, it was one of our most enjoyable and relaxing trips. This time, I did NO reading whatsoever nor learn a single Czech word (I've always thought it was good manners to at least learn hello, thank you and please until.....errrr..... recently). I organized our hotel/airport transfers days before our departure and just about managed to dump a few clothes into my tiny suitcase (wait a minute, did I not write a post on packing tips?!). So if you're hoping to get tips on traveling to Prague, you're barking up the wrong tree....... I mean, blogger. BUT if you want to learn how to get lost on numerous occasions, I'll be more than happy to help you.


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The area surrounding the town hall looked like and at times, felt a lot like a grown up version of Disneyland but without all the crazy amusement rides. It's jaw-droppingly stunning at every angle. It's overrun by so many tourists that we walked smacked into various tour groups everywhere we turned. Little wonder because it's (sorry to be so repetitive) simply beautiful. And very affordable. We struggled to use up £190 worth of Czech crowns in 5 days.

We walked everywhere, only referring to the map when we were on the wrong side of the river, ate, walked up to the castle, ate, checked out a mall, ate, wandered around all the back alleys, ate.....etc. You get the idea. We'd eaten goose, hare, beef, pork and duck along with dumplings the size of my fist, on plates larger than my face in a few short days. The roast goose, grilled vegetables and sauerkraut at Kolkovna Celnice were divine. The dish was barely £10. Unbelievable. So was the crispy but melt in your mouth roast duck at Amade, though the dessert was disappointing. The Czech cuisine is hearty and unpretentious which suits me to a T.


We were blessed with incredibly good weather which hit 20˚C by mid afternoon, right in the middle of autumn! Thank goodness, I'd packed light jackets or else we'd be toast. Literally. There's still so much we haven't covered in Prague that we'll have to make a second trip here and explore outside of the city.


p.s. to all the waiters and waitresses who had to put up with me photographing my food to death before eating it.... and to my poor husband and daughter who suffered the same fate but managed to survive deliberate starvation - I'm sorry.



12 comments:

  1. City of red roofs! Prague is like a city came out from story book. Food there is still that cheap? I still remember the first meal I had in Prague (more than 10 years ago!) was a burger from a food stall, costing RM2 (or 0.4 pence). And we were so impressed. As a poor student, we manage to sit in many café and restaurant to have proper meal everyday, we even went to a music orchestra (sitting on stairs inside a museum) and also a proper play. - I Ying

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    1. Now I'm seriously jealous. It's cheap but not that cheap like 10 years ago. We didn't quite make it to an orchestra but I really want to do so the next time we're back there.

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  2. Your pictures of the city are fantastic, they do it so much justice. I hate the crowds but I still think it's a must-see city.

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    1. Lin, I still need to explore all the other places you've mentioned in your email. It's such a beautiful country and we've barely scratched the surface.

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  3. Prague is stunning--and so are your photos. Wow.

    Alissa

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  4. Ohhh - I'm in love! It's a must!

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  5. I really want to go to Prague but in December when the Christmas market is there!

    xoxo
    Stacey
    Five Minute Style 

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  6. I love Prague so much - one of my favourite European cities. I love all your photos :) I know exactly what you mean I would definitely still count for an anal retentive though haha ;)

    http://www.farfelue.com/

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  7. Amazing pictures Marlene, especially of all that delicious food! Prague looks beautiful!

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  8. Gorgeous photos that are bringing back so many lovely memories. We went there for hubby's 40th and I had just found out I was pregnant for the second time (tho didn't know there were two beans in there!) so we had such fun there. Food looks amazing....know that I get lots of enjoyment from seeing your food before you eat it! It's worth the wait! x

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  9. I loved Prague - like schoolgate the photos brought back some great memories! The food is amazing here and you are right -so inexpensive as well! We'd love to go back one day.

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  10. slackitude is totally a good thing ;) i'm drooling at your food pics as much as wishing i can visit prague soon - looks amazing! and everything seems cheap compared to sydney ;p

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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