PRAGUE – So Uniquely Medieval!

Prague is BEAUTIFUL – Just the way I imagined it. Walkable weather, classy locals and absolutely picturesque Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches. Some churches and streets don’t even look real – they are THAT good. I felt like I belonged there and my quirky aesthetic needs were graciously met. I wanted to visit Prague for a long time now and I’m so glad that I did.

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The view from Prague Castle

Our flight from London reached mid night in Prague and the drive to the hotel from the air port was close to 35/40 minutes. Even though the hotel wasn’t that great, but the location was perfect.  We woke up late the following day and went down to have breakfast. The sight of coffee and pastries always make me happy. Period. I saw lines of various pastries and a huge espresso machine and I knew that, my day is going to go good. Forget good, it was great.

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We sat down to a leisurely breakfast (when you have kids traveling with you, you can’t really rush them). Since I had already planned my days in Prague, I was happily sipping on the rich espresso and admiring the espresso cups.


Day 1 started with visiting Old Town Square. We took the bus to the Old Town Square. The weather was really great – not so warm, not so cold and like I mentioned earlier, just the right kind of weather where you want to get into some comfortable shoes and keep walking aimlessly.

Old Town Square catches your attention right away. Its pristine beauty is impressive. There are three main attractions here – Astronomical Clock, Jan Hus Memorial and Týn Cathedral with its iconic towers.

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The view of Old Town Square from the Clock Tower

My kids were instantly fascinated with the clock tower and we decided to go on top.  The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest and still operating astronomical clock in the world. The clock is flanked by four small statues – Vanity, Miser, Death, a figure representing lust and earthly pleasures. On the hour, the skeleton rings the bell and immediately all other figures shake their heads, side to side, signifying their unreadiness “to go.”




As I read it somewhere, quoting word by word – When the clock strikes the hour, bells ring, the walk of the Apostles begins, the Gothic sculptures move, a cock crows and a trumpeter blast sets off a tourist-pleasing show, a sight everyone should see at least once. For the most fanfare, catch the display at noon or at midnight.


We spent some good time of time in Old Town square sampling this pastry called Trdelník you gotta love these sweet pastries, watched couples do some impromptu dancing, the carriage rides and generally watching the stream of tourists.


Around late afternoon, we walked down by the river and went for a river cruise. The two-hour drift along the Vltava River was pretty scenic. We got to the upper deck enjoyed the top Prague attractions such as Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and National Theatre.

Day 2 started with a sugar rich breakfast for me and as always I was caffeine high. We didn’t rush our breakfast and sat down interacting with other tourists and ate in leisure. Back home, we never get to sit down for breakfast and enjoy a meal without rushing, right?

We had decided to devote the whole day to Prague Castle. We spent close to 6 hours inside the castle visiting St. Vitus Cathedral and Romanesque Basilica of St. George, which has stunning stained glass windows. Just walking up towards the castle was a surreal experience. I could totally imagine how people felt 4-5 centuries ago, coming from some distant town or a village and gazing upon Hradčany castle for the first time.

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Entrance to Prague Castle

The two pictures below are of St. Vitus Cathedral, which is the biggest and most important church in Czech Republic. It’s located within Prague Castle and contains the tombs of many kings and Roman Emperors.

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St. Vitus Cathedral

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Inside St. Vitus Cathedral

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Inside St. Vitus Cathedral

Our afternoon was spent crossing the Charles Bridge, exploring the Jewish Quarter and Lennon’s wall.  

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Charles Bridge – Pic taken from the boat


Charles Bridge.  Picture taken from the boat

Day 3 was spent on visiting Absinthe bars, Vegan restaurants, Prop hunting and photographing the cobblestone streets and old carved doors. I must admit, I have a thing for Old carved doors and lone park benches. I feel like they have silently witnessed a lot.

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Random –  Carved Door, Cobblestone Street and Lamp Post

We spent our last evening at Wenceslas Square which is actually more of a boulevard than a square. It was within 10 minutes walking distance from our hotel.

The statue below belongs to St. Wenceslas on his horse. He was a good King  and murdered a thousand years ago by his brother, and the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This square buzzes with shoppers, daters and tourists.

Wenceslas Square and St. Wenceslas on his horse
Wenceslas Square and St. Wenceslas Statue on his horse

Fun things about Prague –

Absinthe – I was surprised to see so many Absinthe shops and stores in Prague and as always, I started to read and found out that, centuries ago intellectuals used to gather up in Prague and get high on Absinthe. A genuine bottle of Absinthe can contain a very high level of alcohol. A friend told me recently that, Absinthe was banned in USA for a long time.

Beer – Tried Beer for the first time in my life in Prague. I had to, right? Pilsner Urquell comes from Prague. There are a lot of Breweries I spotted in Prague.

Lennon’s Wall – There is a Graffiti wall dedicated to Lennon on the other side of Charles Bridge and it was on my older son’s list of things to do in Prague but here is the thing –   Lennon never visited Prague. 🙂


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Hand blown Glass bowls


Coffee at Můj šálek kávy
Coffee at Můj šálek kávy

Prague Favorites:

We chanced upon this restaurant and became an instant fan. This place right next door to our hotel. Vegan restaurant – Etnosvet

Coffee – I had it on my list to try coffee at this place and now it’s checked off. – Můj šálek kávy.

Pilsner happy 😀

If you missed my post on London, here it is – LONDON – Grey Skies and Red Buses

Coming up – Vienna

Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

41 thoughts

  1. It looks like you had a great time! Prague is really beautiful, and at any time of year 🙂


  2. I LOVE Prague SO much. I have a close friend who has lived there for 5 years teaching English just outside the city, and I got the chance to visit her last year. It’s such an amazing city, thank you for reminding me just how wonderful it is!!


  3. Thank you for the wonderful post. I love Prague so much – have a close friend who has lived there for 5 years teaching English, and had the opportunity to travel there last year. Thanks for reminding me how beautiful it is!!


  4. You describe Prague in such a beautiful way that now I want to go. What tempted me even further were your pictures. I love the one where you capture the architecture and the buildings at an angle where you see a sea of red roofs. The food and drinks look delicious and you look like you had a blast. Lovely lovely post!! ❤

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  5. So beautiful. What a nice story about your experience. Prague has been on my list for years now and I absolutely need to get there. Your pictures are great!

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  6. Some amazing pictures here! Always wanted to visit but haven’t got round to it quite yet. The architecture seems like a real fusion, northern European but also with a very Italian twist!

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  7. I agree with you that Prague is uniquely beautiful. Seeing your photos of Prague, makes me more excited for Christmas season 😀 Very dreamy!



  8. Prague looks simply lovely. I am patting myself for getting out of the house and to a hotel for an evening for a conference but it’s def. not prague! So beautiful!

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