I’m what is called a shutterbug. I love pointing my camera and shooting anything and everything that catches my eye. I love caring my little compact point and shoot camera everywhere with me. What can I say, I just love photography.
We are lucky to have the opportunity to travel, see and have extended stays in many beautiful cities. One of those cities is Prague. This golden city, city of a thousand spires with it’s tumultuous history and stunning beauty is one that should be on everyone’s must see list. Often times I’ve heard people say that Prague is a city that has stayed in their thoughts long after their visit. This city just has something about it that evokes many emotions.
As I’ve explained I am a shutterbug and that means I’ve acquired lots, and lots of photos of Prague and our travels. Sharing some of these photos has been on my to do list for a long time. But thanks to a recent email with my sweet friend Gina I’ve finally decided it was due time. Gina suggested talking about my perspective on Prague. While this post isn’t a story it’s more of a small guide during the last days of summer, perhaps in the future I can share some funny things that have happened to us here. Until then I leave you with some snapshots of the magical city that is Prague.
This is a beautiful medieval restaurant on Jansky Vrsek 14 or right off Nerudova street in the Lesser Quarter. We haven’t been there in a long time but the food wasn’t bad, couldn’t tell you what it’s like now. They also have medieval style fire, dance and music shows.
We used to love eating here, their spaghetti Bolognese and basic tomato sauce pasta were excellent. Again we haven’t eaten here in a long time but think good homemade style Italian.
A view of the castle from Petrin Hill.
Taking the road less traveled through Petrin Hill.
Instead of climbing all the way to the top of Petrin Hill, take the funicular. Great views of the city.
View of the castle from the funicular stop.
Once off the funicular if you turn left you can go to the Prague observatory. Or…
Or, turn right and head for the Petrin Tower. Locals are very proud of this tower and often refer to it as the Eiffel tower of Prague. Except this tower is quite small compare to the Eiffel tower, but the views are fantastic.
At the ground level there is a small cafe to take a break either before heading up or a rest on your way down.
A view up of Petrin Tower.
Petrin Mirror Labyrinth, which looks like a mini castle, dating back from the late 1800s. It’s a fun place filled with goofy mirrors. Like those at the fun house when a carnival comes to town. You’ll have a good laugh at yourselves and the other visitors. Plus there is a beautiful diorama of a scene from the 30 Years’ War.
Continue walking right past the Labyrinth for more beautiful views of the city. This is overlooking the Old Town.
The building you see in the right hand corner is the National Theatre.
The two sides of Devil’s Stream.
The bridge dividing the two stream sides above has a gate filled with padlocks.
The padlocks are inscribed with names, initials and/or dates. These are placed here by lovers to signify undying love. Can I get an awwwwww!! We haven’t added ours yet, oops…
Keep walking over the bridge toward the French Embassy to find The Lennon Wall, as in John Lennon. This wall has stood graffitied since the 1980s. It was a place where young Czech expressed their desire to be free. It also signified a place to paid homage to those fallen during communist times.
Since the 1980s the wall has been graffitied with John Lennon and Beatles inspired words, quotes, and song lyrics. Anyone is allowed to leave, graffiti, their message of love or hope on the wall. It is a place where every visitor wants to leave their mark. Every once in a while the wall is painted over and a new canvas is left for those willing to leave their message. This is what the wall looked like just a couple of weeks ago, next visit it could look a bit different.
This young American girl was leaving her message. Wonder what she wrote…
Besides messages of hope, freedom and happiness you’ll also find goofy graffiti.
Not only messages but also drawings are left.
Perhaps it was because the sun was lower in the sky, or because we’d been walking for hours, but this message also stood out. I don’t need to be told twice.
If you keep walking through the ancient winding cobblestone streets you’ll come across this fantastic restaurant, El Centro. It is a Spanish bar and restaurant serving delicious Spanish food and wine.
This horrible photo does not do it justice, but the Paella Mixta is not to be missed. (My point and shoot does not like dim indoors lighting.) You can see great photos of their delicious menu here, El Centro photo gallery.