October 31, 2019For a long time I dreamt about visiting Prague. My desire for Prague started to blossom when I discovered Milan Kundera's work. The latest book of him that I read was "Farwell Waltz". The first tentative to visit Prague was in September but I ended up buying tickets to Kos. But now, here I am living the dream.
I booked an early flight so, by 12pm I was already checking-in at my airbnb accommodation. I left my luggage and searched for a place to have lunch. By the way, my airbnb is located near Náměstí Míru. And in this area I found Momoichi Bistro, a premium coffee with Japanese twist. I liked here that they have also vegetarian options. Lately I avoided eating meat. I am experimenting things.
|Neo-Gothic Church of St. Ludmila in the centre of Náměstí Míru|
I stop first at the Havlíčkovy Gardens, a complex inspired by Italian Renaissance with grottoes, fountains, waterfalls, and a lake. The terrace offers views of the surrounding areas. Not to mention that the entire place creates a romantic atmosphere in the warm light of autumn.
|At the top is Grotta, artificial caves, where you can get lost|
|Grebovka vineyard and the view from the terrace|
|The perfect spot to bring your date. There are few people bothering you.|
I continue to walk to the ramparts of Vyšehrad. This mysterious, magical place was built as a fortress in the 10th century.
|The Brick Gate, with three passages, one for vehicles and two for pedestrians|
|The ramparts which offer an amazing view of the city|
|A street seen from the fortified walls. In the background, in the right side it's Prague Castle, which I plan to visit tomorrow|
|Vltava river in the background|
|The gardens with Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul|
|I am a princess in a fairytale scenery|
|The Vyšehrad cemetery|
|Alley in Vyšehrad cemetery|
|Door of the basilica.|
|Stairs downhill from the fortress|
|Another street view, but this time from the ground.|
|@Charles University Botanical Garden|
Jazz is.. An open-ended music designed for open minds
At a table next to mine there is guy with whom I make eye contact and I find him attractive. When I leave the boat, on my way to the metro station I hear in the background: "Bouna notte!", "Bonne nuit!", "Good night!". I turn and there he is. He just says: "You are so beautiful!" and we go different ways.
November 1, 2019
I need some coffee to start the day properly. I choose La Bohème Café, rated as one of the best coffee shops in Prague. The coffee is good as advertised, but I had to patiently wait for it. Also, the interior is gorgeous. Now is decorated for Halloween.
|@La Bohème Café|
|Prague Main Station in the background|
|Henry's tower, a 15th century Gothic bell tower|
|The Municipal House, art nouveau venue hosting classical concerts, opera and ballet|
|The Powder Tower, next to the Municipal House, is a city gate built in the 15th century|
|Autumn market in Náměstí Republiky with vendors offering mulled wine, chocolate, almonds, ceramics, candles, accessories, wood toys, postcards and pictures.|
|Alley in Letna Park|
|View from Letna hilltop|
|First clue that I might not like it - the hordes of people|
|St. George's Basilica is the red building|
|St. Vitus Cathedral posing grandiose in the background|
|The Golden Gate|
|View from the castle|
|The streets at castle's foot are more charming|
|If my knee allows it I want to return tomorrow to explore this area|
And it's raining! Due to rain and knee pain I use the public transport to move around. In tram they have tickets machines and they accept contactless debit or credit cards. The tickets are incredibly cheap (compared with Netherlands), for a ticket valid 30 minutes I pay 24Kč (~1€).
At the top is another entrance to the Prague Castle.
I don't have any direction in mind. I just let my steps guide me.
November 2, 2019
The anti-inflammatory cream I bought has been effective over night and the knee pain is gone. I go for a coffee and a croissant for breakfast and head to the point where I stopped yesterday. Malá Strana is one of the most enchanting and alluring districts in Prague.
I decide to buy a 24h ticket for public transport, which costs 110Kč (~4.5€). I don't want to push it too hard with the knee.
I jump in tram 22 which takes me to Malostranské náměstí and I start to stroll around at a slower pace.
|One stair at a time|
When I wander on the streets I feel I am a character in one of the city legends. The weather helps creating the mystic ambiance.
I continue to walk towards Petrin Tower.
|The enchanted forest from Petřín hill|
|The old walls of the city|
|Alley off the beaten track|
|Hanging plants creating patterns on the wall. I see an incomplete heart|
|The funicular line|
|This alley remembers me of Sinaia|
|A carpet of fall leaves|
|Striking bench in Kampa park with metal dragon-snake details|
|Devil's stream, the canal that runs under Charles Bridge and through Kampa|
|@Shakespeare a synové bookstore|
|I barely see the end of the escalator.|