Prague, December 2016

What you’ll find below- a series of shots randomly organised that I took on my trip to Prague at the beginning of December!

We stayed for four nights, a little bit longer than most people choose to stay there for – but we wanted to see and do as much as possible, without rushing around and being able to relax in between. We kind of had a rough idea of what we wanted to see and we pretty much covered everything on that list – the Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle, Strahov Monastery, Lennon Wall, Reduta Jazz club, various christmas markets, old town, new town and Karlovy Lanze nightclub.

If you haven’t been before then you can see from the photos, how stunning the architecture is. The lanes in Old Town were so quaint and always buzzing with tourists. I wish we had more time to explore the roads off of the square as I’m sure there were plenty more fantastic restaurants and bars hidden away. The Jewish quarter for me personally was incredibly moving and thought-provoking and a highlight of the trip. Karlovy Lazne was a standard nightclub but a very big one and we had a such a great night there.

The beer, of what I had, was sooo good. We managed to avoid Czech cuisine for pretty much the whole trip. We checked so many menus but the thought of dumplings and pork knee didn’t really appeal to us. We did try Trdelnik, which was delicious for the first five bites and then we slowly began to feel sick and after a huge meal on our first night, the waiter gave us an apple strudel dessert on the house which was unbelievably tasty I can’t deny.

We had a fantastic trip and I would recommend Prague to anyone and everyone.

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Strahov Monastery

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My ginger bread Christmas dec that I bought from the gingerbread museum.

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After a heavy night of drinking we were so knackered after climbing back up the hill from breakfast the next morning, we just sat on a bench looking out over the city. I could have sat there for hours.

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This was the first and last photo I took inside Karlovy Lazne nightclub – you can no doubt guess why. This was the oxygen room where apparently if you inhale whatever is in these things, you won’t get a hang over… yeah okay

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I make a fat panda

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Charles Bridge and Prague Castle

 

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Pinkas Synagogue in Jewish Quarter has the names of 80,000 Czech Jews that died in concentration camps during the war – all handwritten on the inside walls. It was powerful and incredibly moving to see so many names in one room.

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I did learn about the Holocaust during WW2 at school but not so much Czechoslovakia’s involvement in it. I was astounded to learn on this trip how badly the Jews were persecuted in Czechovslovakia numerous centuries before WW2 even begun! In Prague, the Jews were separated from the rest of the city, they lived together, worshipped together and were buried together. They did not share the same laws as other Czech citizens that weren’t Jewish. By the late 18th century, thanks to Joseph II, the Jews were emancipated and things started looking up and no one would have predicted what was to come over a century later.

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View at breakfast

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View of Charles bridge from further up the river

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Christmas tree in the Old Town Square surrounded by the christmas market stalls

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View of Strahov Monastery from our bedroom window. This place was a thing of beauty, inside and out- it’s a must see.

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I thought I’d drink more beer whilst I was away but it just didn’t seem to happen. This beer on the other hand was so good.

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Street leading up to our hotel

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I spy Lennon

 

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Thank you Snapchat for your awesome filters 

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Lennon wall

 

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Inside St. Vitus Cathedral

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Approaching Old Town square

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Lennon Wall

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View from Charles Bridge

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St. Vitus Cathedral

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Christmas market and spectacular view from outside Prague Castle

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The famous Trdelnik pastry, one with caramel, the other with nutella….

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View of the city from the street outside our hotel

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Waiting for the Ray Charles tribute to start at Reduta Jazz club in New Town.

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Hotel Questenberk- located in the Hradcany quarter and dating back to 1620. If you like boutique hotels rich in history, then this is the place for you.

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Cannabis and absinthe shop- out the front there was a vat of absinthe beer. No I didn’t try the beer and I didn’t try the ice cream either!

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Hit the road Jack

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