Sunday, June 2, 2013

Travelogue: European Roadtrip Part 4 (Prague, Czech Republic)

Part 1 - Hamburg, Germany
Part 2 - Berlin, Germany 
Part 3 - Dresden, Germany 
  Prague is breathtakingly beautiful and exceeded all our expectations. 
There was so much to see, so much history to soak in, so many castles, alleys and churches to explore. 
If there's one city in the world where I could wander for days and not minding getting lost in, it would be Prague. 
We loved everything about this city and truly regretted not staying longer!
 Until we could visit again, I have these photos taken by the hubby to help me reminisce this grand, charming and quaint city that took my breath away! 

The Prague Castle reflection from the Vltava river praha at night river vltava

St. Nicholaus Church 
Whether you're a fan of Baroque architecture or not, this is a must-see. 
 There's something mystique about this church that draws you in and makes you stare with eyes wide open and jaw dropped in awe. 
We regret not getting tickets to watch a classical concert here; the church acoustics is said to be legendary with its exceptional clarity. 
The musicians also don period costumes which will take you back into that era when Mozart and Vivaldi once graced here! inside st. nicholaus church ceiling inside st. nicholaus church st. nicholaus church organ inside st. nicholaus church violins

Astronomical Clock 
Ticking since 1410, this is the oldest astronomical clock in the world in working condition. 
Don't miss the animated ceremony every hour by the hour and marvel at the genius behind its construction and design. 
Also, be sure to read about the figures flanking the clock -- vanity, greed, death and heathen. astronomical clock astronomical clock astronomical clock - figurines death and heathen vanity and greed anticipation

Charles Bridge 
Be sure to cross the bridge during midday when it's bustling with merchants 
and then again at dusk when it's completely empty -- each is a different experience! charles bridge charles bridge and view of prague castle tower near charles bridge at night

View of Prague from Lobkowicz Palace view from inside lobkowicz palace terra cotta colored roofs

Lobkowicz Palace
What would you do if someone tells you that your family owns a palace somewhere and you're the last living heir that has a claim to it?  This place is not to be missed and by far the BEST and most memorable experience we had in Prague. 
Loved the personal touch of the museum owners, the stories and the anecdotes. 
Without the story behind it, it was just another museum. 
But this family has a unique story to tell which made the whole experience very interesting, and weird enough, very relatable (not that I stand a chance in inheriting a palace from my long lost great great grandfather anytime soon!) lobkowicz palace entrance and café lobkowicz courtyard café

Random photos around the city. 
Every which way you turn, there's always something pretty to see.  
So pretty this city is that even the sewer has a character! church mosaics praha sewer flowers up to praha castle looking down a narrow street john lennon wall

Tons of souvenirs so beautiful and begging to be photographed.babooschkas infant jesus of prague vanity mirrors flasks

We stayed at Eurostar Hotel Thalia which had bigger-sized rooms by European standards. 
It was nothing too fancy nor it had any great views but it was very centrally located, a mere 5-10 minute walking distance to all the attractions we wanted to see. hotel thalia lobby hotel thalia

 Up next is Salzburg, Austria for The Sound of Music tour!

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