Enchanting City of Spires

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
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Trip End Feb 08, 2011


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So it was mid afternoon that same busy day when we arrived in the enchanting city of Prague: our third country that day. Welcome to Europe.

Prague - what a beautiful dream come true.
We had decided to take 2 days en route to Hungary to stop off in this fairy-tale City of Spires to enjoy some time, just the two of us, together. And it was beautiful.

We arrived to light drizzle, and though the weather wasn't wonderful during our stay, it didn't seem to dampen our excited anticipation and delight. With the first breath-taking Church we walked into, the impressive sound of the pipe organ was resounding at such an intensity you could imagine the Phantom of the Opera playing furiously as the sound resonated throughout the almost foreboding details of the dramatically imposing structure.

Weaving our way through the stunning architecture, we were completely enraptured at every turn, hardly believing that we were actually here in this beautiful dream. We made our way around many of the sights to be seen, and many of them more than once, just soaking up the magical atmosphere surrounding us as we explored each delight.

The Castle, seated on the hill looking down on the city, is said to have been founded around 880 and according to the Guinness book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the
largest coherent castle complex in the world with an area of almost 70,000 mē.
It was a labyrinth of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles to be admired in awe - from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century. Having been rebuilt many times over the centuries, Prague Castle virtually represents every architectural style of the last millennium.
It is home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels, and where the Kings of Bohemia, the Roman Emperors and the Presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices.
The Royal Gardens & St. Wenceslas' Vineyard were beautiful in simplicity and the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy a magnificent view of the city.

I lost count how many times we crossed over the Charles Bridge, never tiring of the wonder of it all. How absolutely beautiful it was with its cobbled passage resting on 16 arches, decorated by a continuous alley of 30 (mostly) baroque statues and statuaries situated on the balustrade, and stately towers adorning each end.
Charles Bridge is a very favored spot for Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of this hugely popular pedestrian-only bridge throughout the daylight hours. At night, the crowds die down and it is a truly romantic scene all lit up, with the Prague Castle alight in its backdrop. This city makes a gorgeous evening out, with the contrast of dramatic lighting that casts whimsical, eclipsing shadows all about. Ahh.....so dazzlingly exquisite.

We spent a lot of time taking in Old Town Square, with it's Astronomical Clock and wonderful old Churches, the welcoming cafes lining the one side and the horse and carriages just waiting to take you on a poetic tour of the city down another side.
So much to be seen, so much to enjoy...Wenceslas Square, the Powder Tower, Prague Metronome - which afforded a wonderful view, the National Theater, the Jewish Quarter...and just taking it all in with a picnic in the park looking out over the Vltava River.


I was completely disappointed to discover that we were just one day short of being able to experience the dream of seeing Swan Lake performed.....another time, perhaps. Before we knew it, our time was up and we were boarding our bus for the 7 hour ride to Budapest where another adventure awaits us...


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Gabrielle Blakemore on

I think you will need to publish a book soon, you guys write so well!
Great you are so thoroughly enjoying it.

Colleen Wills on

So glad that you were able to experience Prague! It is an absolutely magical city. You are making me relive all my fabulous memories just looking at your pictures. Were you talked into buying a bear skin hat? Very popular with lots of people selling them when I was there. lol. have fun.

samuel.rachael
samuel.rachael on

LoL, no, didn't actually notice too many of the bear-skin hats about...so no addition to the wardrobe there ;)

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