Charles Bridge and Mala Strana

Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
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Trip End Mar 16, 2013


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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) Prague
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Old Town (Stare Mesto) Prague
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, March 9, 2013

After a very slow start lounging most of the morning away in a jet-lagged stupor, we decided to get off our duffs and check out some churches, Karlův Most or Charles Bridge, and the Mala Strana area of town. Before heading to Prague's most famous bridge, we made a quick stop at St. Nicholas Church on Staroměstská Náměstí.

From our apartment, the walk to Karlův Most was only about 10-15 minutes away. We spent quite a bit of time on the bridge, checking out each of the statues, artisans, musicians and the various views. Like the streets, every inch of the bridge is covered in cobblestones. Lovely to look at though after a while, hard on the feet. The bridge was surprisingly busy for early March. If it is this busy now, I can hardly imagine what it must be like in the summer when throngs of people visit the city.

Crossing the Charles Bridge from east to west led us into the Malá Strana area of the city. More gorgeous buildings (they never stop in Prague). Before visiting our second church, we decided to have lunch. It was late already and T. was cold and tired. Since we didn't want to wait long, we chose a local hot dog restaurant.

Not too far away was Malá Strana Náměstí and the Church of St. Nicholas or Chrám Svatého Mikuláše, a lovely baroque church. There seem to be a lot of churches named St. Nicholas in this city. ;) The interior was beautiful with gorgeous frescos on the ceiling. Like all churches in this part of the world, they are not heated and take on a damp chill that sometimes seems colder than what you would find outdoors.

At that point, T. was at her wits end. Having forgotten to put on her long underwear or wear jeans instead of yoga pants, she was turning into a Popsicle. She did, however, manage to enjoy the one man band, Alex, on the return trip over Charles Bridge.

We decided to return to the cheap and cheerful... NOT! (cheap yes, cheerful no) Czech Kitchen near our apartment. The price is impossible to beat, though I could have used a little less of the Communist-style service, да? And of course, we had to have desert at our local svářak (mulled wine) and trdelník vendor. T. was very happy to warm up with some hot chocolate.

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