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Week in Prague – Part II

The following photos will give you a glimpse of the charm of Prague which can be found in the architecture.

The city is very well preserved and each street offers up secrets if you look for them.

Beautiful buildings adorned with gold and statues greet you at every corner.

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The city hall is the white building next to the clock tower. Inside this building my husband’s parents were married.

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The Prague astronomical clock dates back to 1410.

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Old Town Square in Prague was packed with people. It was hard for me to take a photo that didn’t have someone else taking a photo in it because everyone wanted to capture the moment as much as I did.

This square was one of my favorite places in Prague. It isn’t hard to figure out why. :)

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I think Prague is a must see and that it is worth taking at least three days to enjoy. A full week is best in order to get it all in without rushing. We didn’t get to see half of what we had planned due to the kids not wanting to walk.

At one point during our second day in Prague, the children were mesmerized by a spider crawling on a spectacular building without any interest whatsoever in the building! They were happiest when we went back to the village so they could play with their Czech cousins or see family. My kids are pretty good travelers but I think they were overwhelmed by the crowds and all the walking.

I definitely recommend Prague to visit and don’t think that anyone would be disappointed. However, don’t go to Prague thinking that it is the cheap getaway it once was. If you do then you will spend your time there complaining about the prices like we did. I wish we had went knowing that Prague had caught up with Western Europe. Then, we would have went there with a different mindset.

On our next visit to Prague we will be prepared to pay to get into tourist attractions that were once free and will make sure to take extra cash for souvenirs. Restaurants are not as cheap as Vilay remembered and are more in line with larger Western European cities.

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No city is complete without a carriage ride.

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Prague is full of detail.

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Several buildings are painted with designs. While walking in Prague you must look all around you at all times or you may miss something.

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The people that were dressed up were English (I think due to their accent) but I have no idea why they were dressed up.

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Marrionette shops are found all throughout the old city.

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The door to Charles Bridge.

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My first glimpse of the world famous Charles Bridge. I have to confess that I had a mad urge to push all the people over the side so that I could have it all to myself. :)

Next up…Part III

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  • Elen Prague August 7, 2008, 12:35 pm

    Well hello there,
    those are some hi-quality picture, the light worked for you just fine, gz because I always spend hours waiting for the right light to come, just to find out it is raining. Btw Prague indeed is really expensive nowadays, not only for you because Czech currency is getting very strong,but also for us, because the salaries stay the same level for years. Food, hygiene stuff and clothes are ridiculously expensive in Prague, and i don’t think it is going to change…

  • Pumpkin August 7, 2008, 1:29 pm

    Hello Elen! Thank you for stoppig by.
    The weather was beautiful the first day in Prague but it wasn’t as warm the rest of the week. However, it was perfect for walking around. I did get some beautiful photos of Prague but I felt like I missed so much. I really wish I had a better camera. :)

    My husband and I talked about how hard it must be for the Czech because even the regular grocery stores seemed expensive. We went to one of the Ikeas in Prague and it was more expensive on average than the Ikea in Strasbourg, France. I don’t understand why it is like that and don’t think it is fair to the Czech.

  • Hexe August 7, 2008, 4:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos – the city looks magical! The Czech Republic is on my list of places to visit.

  • sissi August 7, 2008, 6:51 pm

    I like this part 2 better. Great pics!
    OK, you convinced me to go and visit… one day…

  • HSB Suzanne August 7, 2008, 11:50 pm

    Awesome pictures in the post and in earlier posts as I’ve browsed through your site! (I think I came here when I did a search for “Thinking Thursdays.” I wanted to see if it’s a ‘meme’ somewhere or not.)

    Anyway, I’m trying not to be jealous of you living in Switzerland. I’ve visited there when my dad was in Germany (in the late ’70s and again in the early ’90s). Wow! I *love* Switzerland, but I’m sure it has its quirks, too. So, I may be ‘lurking’ around a bit, if that’s okay… simply because I enjoy the pictures of life in Europe. :)

  • Anna August 8, 2008, 10:52 am

    Looks really great! I’ve not been there so far, but Prague is definitely on my list of cities to visit.
    Pumpkin, do your children speak Czech too? I just wondered, as they played with their cousins and your children are already bilingual.

  • unbalanced reaction August 9, 2008, 5:32 pm

    Wow, amazing pictures! The sky looks amazing. I like your travel tips, too. I’ve always wanted to visit Prague, but now I know to budget a bit more!

  • Pumpkin August 10, 2008, 10:29 am

    Anna,
    My kids don’t speak Czech but my three year old son was starting to pick it up according to my Inlaws. However, I didn’t hear him say any Czech words. ;)

    The kids played together even if they didn’t understand one another. The youngest son of my husband’s cousin did understand some English since he is going to a school that teaches English at a young age.

  • anne September 21, 2008, 10:13 am

    Hi I found you on Chez Loulou’s blog…I am overjoyed, as we are trying to make our minds up about going to Prague. Personally I don;t know anyone that has been there..

    I will put you in my blog roll, if that is ok, and will read more.

    Great photo’s, will show my husband :-)

  • anne September 21, 2008, 10:14 am

    Sorry forgot to sign in with website. :-)

  • Pumpkin September 23, 2008, 10:49 am

    Anne,
    Thank you for visiting.

    I would recommend Prague to anyone. It is a beautiful and interesting city.

    If you want to add me to your blogroll that is fine with me. I will be checking out our blog as well. :)

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