Prague

For the final bank holiday of the year, we tagged along with Ben and Michelle (and Ben’s mum, Wendy) for a trip to the capital of the Czech Republic: Prague. What a lovely little town!

Prague by Day

It’s not such a big city, so three days was just about the right amount of time to wander around the place. One of Prague’s biggest icons is Charles Bridge (on the right in the photo), which connects the Old Town to the castle. During the day, it’s packed with tourists, buskers, artists, and various vendors flogging their wares.

Charles Bridge

The hike up the hill to the castle was steep! But it was well worth it, the views from the top were simply fantastic!

View from the Castle

View of Prague

I think that “Czechoslovakia” must roughly translate into English as, “Town where beer is cheaper than water”. Seriously – a half-litre of beer was cheaper than a half-litre bottle of water! Crazy, right? Even Gumby decided to get in on the action!

Gumby and his beer

On our second day, we headed to our local train station and managed to buy return tickets to Kutna Hora to pay a visit to the Sedlec Ossuary – better known as the Bone church. This place was freaky! Basically, it was a small church, decorated with bones. Heaps of them, and mainly skulls.

Wall decoration

I don’t really get the point, and the Wikipedia article doesn’t really clear things up either. Something about a blind monk who had to exhume the bones in order to make way for renovations?

Anyway, the centrepiece of the floor was the enormous chandelier, which contains at least one of every bone from the human body. It’s surrounded by four tall pillar-like candlesticks, tastefully decorated with – you guessed it – more skulls.

Chandelier

Chandelier and pillars

Yep, that’ll definitely go on my “freakiest things ever” list.

We ate dinner when we got back to Prague, though it took us a while to find somewhere to eat. We tried one place right by the water, but their service was terrible, and they didn’t have anything that we ordered. So we tried to leave after a round of drinks, and they couldn’t even serve the bill!

Well, rather annoyed (and perhaps a little tipsy), I made a bit of a scene on our exit (I yelled at the staff on the door) – and successfully prevented 4 other diners from going through the same experience. Nice!

After we finally did it, it was very late, so I went back to Charles Bridge and took some night photos with a few less people around. Prague is as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

Castle and Charles Bridge by night

On Charles Bridge at night

Our final day in Prague was spent in New Town, hunting around the shops for bargains. We didn’t really find any, but it was nice to have a wander anyway.

New Town

Prague was the perfect place for a three day getaway! My only complaint would be the food – their local cuisine was not at all to our taste. Our best meal was, ironically, had at a Brazilian restaurant! But otherwise, Prague was a fantastic city to visit, and one that I’d recommend to anyone.

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4 comments on “Prague
  1. Jo says:

    Gorgeous pics G!

  2. Sieun says:

    Hi Gerrod, hope you remember me. This is Sieun from Lemon. I tried to contact you but couldn’t find your contact details so googled for your name. And guess what, I found you here!
    I’d like to ask you about that Highly Skilled Migrant thing since I’m quite into applying for one now. Can you give me email to the address I put in above? Just want to ask a few questions.
    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
    BTW very nice pictures!

  3. Stac says:

    So the skull place was a church? very weird.

  4. Kellie says:

    Prague is such a pretty city… wish we had of stopped there on our travels. Think we might have given teh skulls a miss but ;)

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