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Eurotrip 2012- Prague Part 2

January 19, 2013

Ok, so where were we…

The next day we decided to start where we’d ended the previous day- so we took the tube into Old Town as I wanted to cross the Charles Bridge. We may have enjoyed a McDonalds treat before crossing… maybe. I must say I did like glancing at all the wee shops approaching the bridge lots of Bohemian glassware and such.

The bridge is littered with painters, musicians, all kinds of artists really- it was a little hectic but of course we knew this going in, traveling in the summertime means all of the tourists all of the time. The view of the Vltava was lovely and peeking at some of the baroque statues.

Our walk through old town was okay, but it felt like the worst parts of the Royal Mile smushed into a large area. All of the shops seemed to be horrible tourist fare- big hats, flags and magnets. Then it seemed that outside of each restaurant they had pushy shouty staff trying to get you to choose their establishment. There were no independent businesses- no cozy wee cafes it just seemed to be a bit of a circus. Whereas in Edinburgh you can walk down the Royal Mile along with the tourists and get to your destination and enjoy the charm of the architecture and your surroundings- I found myself completely incapable of enjoying the things around me because I felt jostled and stressed. I do admit this could be entirely due to the time of year we chose to travel in- but I still was a bit let down.

We did make our way to the Prague Astronomical Clock which is super impressive. That whole square to be honest is really picturesque. Then we just took the rest of the afternoon to wander around and just take things in. Some parts of Prague look very much like Italy- it’s a bit jarring. These pastel buildings meshed with the white/orange. I did make a special trip out to see the Dancing House. I think he’s so neat! I think I came across an article about this sucker on Neatorama or something like that. It was so cool seeing it in the flesh.

The next day we were off to Cesky Krumlov which I love, love, love, loved. LOVED.

Bye, bye Prague.