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Prague Afternoon

After the castle we hastily headed down to the restaurant as some storm clouds started rolling in.  We did not have to walk far and in all honestly the rain did not last very long.  But while it was raining we were sitting down enjoying a nice dinner and coffee.  Good times, Prague never disappoints […]

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The Lennon Wall

Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as […]

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Evening Stroll

After a lovely dinner on the Prague Castle side of town, in the same restaurant we ate last year, we went for a stroll to walk off the 4 tonnes of food we consumed before heading home.  Let me see if I remember the meal.  Beef goulash soup in a bread bowl, fries, potato mushroom […]

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Tyn Church

Tyn Church, or The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, dominates one side of the Old Town Square in Prague. The two 80m spires of this powerful looking, Gothic church (with a Baroque interior) can be seen from all over Prague.  The oldest pipe organ in Prague stands inside this church. The organ was built in 1673 by […]

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Museum of Communism

Introduction to Life 101 in the Communist Block.  We drag our children around these odd places to show them how we lived when we were their age.  No iPhones or iPads or laptops, no video games and no internet.  However, if you were lucky you could buy a block of chocolate once a month if […]

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Day Trip – Prague

It’s a day out. A couple of  hours in the car and just like that we are in Prague having pastries at Paul.  Getting here was not a lot of fun: fog, a bit of rain and generally slow going, and by slow I simply mean we took it easy.      

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Chestnuts are everywhere at the Vyšehrad Castle grounds.  Like a lot of people in Prague we too spent some time collecting them in the park, perhaps a bit more than others.  We each took our turn throwing a stick at the trees to shake some down.   Then it got a bit windy and we went […]

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Basilica of St Peter and St Paul

Part of the Vyšehrad castle is the  Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the old cemetery, and  the rotunda of St. Martin which is the oldest surviving building in Prague.  Originally founded in 1070-1080 by the Czech King Vratislav II, the Romanesque basilica suffered a fire in the year 1249 and has been rebuilt in gothic and later in neo-Gothic […]

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Vyšehrad Castle

Vyšehrad is a historical fort located in Prague. It was probably built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as theVyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. It also contains Prague’s […]

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Golden Lane

Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is an ancient street within the Prague Castle complex with small houses built between two defence walls. Golden Lane dates from the 15th Century and has a beautiful, olden world quaintness about it. It comprises 11 historic houses, inside which period scenes have been created to show the life of the artisans who […]

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St. George’s Basilica

St. George’s Basilica

St. George’s Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague. St. George’s Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921) in 920. The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the construction of St. George’s Benedictine Convent. While visiting the basilica, we happened upon what appeared […]

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St. Vitus Cathedral

To many people St. Vitus Cathedral is Prague Castle. While the Prague Castle complex houses many buildings, St. Vitus is the one that dominates the skyline wherever you are in city.  This Gothic masterpiece was commissioned by Charles IV and it took almost 6 centuries to complete. As well as being the largest and most important temple […]

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle, founded in 870 AD, is the largest medieval castle in Europe. It was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia for centuries, and today the President of the Czech Republic rules from here. It is also the premier tourist attraction in Prague. Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is located in the Castle District (Hradčany), […]

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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a 14th century stone bridge linking the two sides of Prague. This magnificent structure is one of the city’s finest attractions, and is the main pedestrian route connecting the Old Town with the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) and Prague Castle. This is also a great place to watch unsuspecting tourists go for a swim when […]

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Old Town Sqare

Our tour of Prague today is starting with another look at the Old Town Square and its many architectural wonders – ranging from Gothic to Baroque there is something for everyone here.  From the 600 year old astronomical clock to massive statues, plenty of  churches and museums and a lot of tourists just like us.. […]

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Food Olympics

Traveling means three things really – looking at great buildings and  overeating and taking pictures of good food we eat.  We got a suggestion  to go to the Beer House for a good traditional Czech dinner and that is what we did.   The beer is brewed in houses in a dizzying array of crazy […]

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Prague at Night

  We are wasting no time sitting around in the hotel.  About 15 min walk from the hotel is  the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Petřín hill. At almost 1100 years old this city is full of treasures which we are eager to find, explore and experience.  It promises to be a great weekend. […]

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After a short 2.5 hour drive, and a couple of traffic jams we arrived in the centre of Prague at out hotel.  We have a little apartment in a small boutique hotel, which will serve as our home base for this weekend.  We are looking forward to going and exploring this lovely city.    

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