Friday, August 21, 2015

Prague Travel Diary - Day Two

The day began with one mission. The Prague castle. We ended up doing many other things, but that was basically how we figured we would start the day. In order to get to the castle, you had to cross the St. Charles bridge. On the bridge, there were statues of various saints lining the edges and a gorgeous view of the city. Along the sides there were also many street vendors (if that's what you would call them?) selling paintings and souvenirs.  

Prague

Prague

Promptly after getting off the bridge, we were welcomed with a nice trip up many, many stairs to reach the castle. This was definitely a bit of a workout, but it was probably necessary after all the food I had been eating so far on this trip.




Along the way to the castle, we saw various other buildings and sights and mostly just appreciated the architecture and then saw the St. Nicholas Cathedral (not pictured).




Eventually, we arrived at the castle. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the entrance very well, as it was covered in scaffolding, but we did see glimpses of the gilded gate at the entrance. Once we made it through the entrance, we were greeted by the St. Vitus Cathedral, which had a very similar architecture (on the interior) to the Cologne Cathedral, which was in my Cologne travel diary. It had symmetry and similar pillars on the inside.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

We made our way to the Royal Palace, that was actually not as grand as I expected. Maybe it's because I've seen a lot of beautiful places in my lifetime, but I think that it mostly has to do with the effects of Communism. The more extravagant accessories to the palace were removed during the Communist period. In addition to that, the murals that were likely once vibrant had faded away throughout the years. 

Prague Castle


We later visited Golden Lane, which was more of a place were the commoners lived. The best way that I can describe the Golden Lane is a narrow road lined with cute little cottages. Commoners lived in these cottages and they left them decorated with the kinds of things that people who lived there during the time period would have. 

Prague

As we were on our way out of the Prague castle, we were able to admire the view of the city, since it is located on the top of a hill. From here you can see the buildings and the bridge and even catch the tops of the buildings in Old Town square.

Prague



We then grabbed some lunch and decided to move onto the John Lennon Wall, where we could see the brightly colored graffiti on the wall and had fun snapping pictures in front of it. I'll admit that I had never heard of the John Lennon Wall before until my sister had brought it up, but it was nice to be able to check it out. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically just a wall of John Lennon and the Beatles inspired graffiti. 

Prague


From then on, we returned back to the hotel, but not before stopping at gift shops and picking up some pastries along the way. My sister was really liking Trdelnik, a pastry commonly found in Prague. It is made by wrapping dough around a stick, called a trdlo, and then sprinkling on sugar and spice and then cooking it over the flame so that it's golden brown. Lots of shops in this area had this pastry, most of them making it right in front of you, which I found interesting to see.

Prague

We left the following morning, but we did pay a visit to the Dancing House before leaving. Since this was the only thing we did the next day in Prague, I didn't find it fitting to make another post for day three when this was all we did. However, it was nice to be able to see the building before we left, because the architecture is really interesting! It reminded me of the kind of things you would see in a Dr. Seuss book.


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Romper: Dry Goods // Bag: Longchamp // Shoes: Converse

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