Cobblestone Streets of Prague

A view of the Prague Castle from the Vltava river.

A view of the Prague Castle from the Vltava river.

A peddle boat ride along the Vltava river, fireworks in the background, a truly romantic first night in Prague.  This takes serious planning and research, or perhaps it is luck, not sure which one.

Smetana Hall

Smetana Hall

While in Prague you can feel the art culture.  Make sure to attend a symphony, ballet, or opera.  We attended the Prague Symphony Orchestra at Smetana Hall.  It is spectacular inside, and the ensemble was amazing.  Swan Lake Ballet at the State Opera House.   Another beautiful building and amazing performance.

In the Old town Square, you can see Tyn Church.  It is very unique compared to the surrounding buildings.  This church was founded in 1385.  It is a Gothic church and the two spires on the church are not symmetrical.  It truly stands out in the city, and in the town square.

Tyn Church

Tyn Church

 The streets of Prague are absolutely beautiful.  There is no pattern to follow, you can wander aimlessly, twisting and turning as if you were in a maze.  The cobble stone streets enhance the medieval ambiance of the city.

A view of Prague.

A view of Prague.

 Stroll off the beaten path, it will make you feel like a local.  When I saw residential buildings, I imagined what it would be like to live in the building.  Windows open, with the curtains flowing from the breeze.  The sun casting small shadows from the windows.  Perfection.

A side street in Prague.

A side street in Prague.

 The peddle boat ride was such a blast we went a second time.  The moon was coming up just behind the Prague National Theatre.  Although we didn’t have a chance to see a performance inside, outside it was magnificent.  The moonlight reflecting off the gold embellishments was mesmerizing.

Prague National Theatre

Prague National Theatre

A short walk up from the Prague Castle, is the Strahov Monastery.  Inside the monastery is a library.  There are two parts to the library, the theological hall and the philosophical hall.  Both equally beautiful.  Side note: pay for the permission to take pictures – it’s worth it!  The architecture and the old feeling of this library is one of a kind.

Philosophical Hall

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Theological Hall

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Nový Svět

While visiting the library, make another stop to –  Nový Svět.  It is a quaint area and not to far of a walk from the castle.  It is picturesque and attracts artists, many of who still live there.  A building will have windows with none of them dressed up exactly the same way.

Nový Svět

Nový Svět

Bobová Dráha Prosek

Yes, more alpine slides.  It’s a little bit of a hike to get there but it’s fun!  Public transportation will get you there, subway and a bus ride.  Have the name of the place and street written down to show bus drivers.  They will point you in the right direction.  As you venture further from Prague English speakers are less common.

Alpine slides in Prague.

Alpine slides in Prague.

My slide ride is a slow, steady pace.

Slow ride down the slide.

Slow ride down the slide.

The Dancing House also know as Fred and Ginger (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers).  It appears the building is squished in between the other buildings. History fact: it is built on a site of a house that was bombed by the U.S. back in 1945.

The Dancing House

The Dancing House

Wandering the streets on our last full day in Prague, we came across a communism memorial.  Dedicated to all the individuals affected by communism.  It also displays a man that is slowly rebuilt over time.  It was very humbling.

Memorial for Communism

Memorial for Communism

Rebuilding from Communism

Rebuilding from Communism

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