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[Prague] Day 1

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It’s a little bizarre to be blogging about winter in Prague during Paris’s gorgeous spring time, but what needs to be done needs to be done. Without further ado (….it’s been 5 months already), here are some snapshots of snowy Prague from back in December 2012.

On our way to Old Town Square, we came across “Man Hanging Out”, a sculpture by David Cerny depicting Sigmund Freud hanging by a hand and pondering whether to hold on or let go. Read more about it here.

Arrving at Old Town Square and greeted by a lively christmas market. What a dramatic contrast between Prague’s melancholy winter sky and the warm buzz beneath it!

It was on this very first day in Prague when I discovered trdelník, is a traditional sweet pastry in Czech Republic (as well as Slovakia and Hungary). It is a rolled dough wrapped around a stick, grilled, and topped with sugar and spice. It smells heavenly, and tastes heavenly too.

We went for a late lunch at Klub Architektu, a restaurant tucked into the alcoves of a 12th-century cellar. The decor of this renovated stone dungeon is certainly interesting, with exposed air ducts and hovering industrial lights, but the food was just ok.

Prague goulash with assorted “dumplings” (192,000 czk).

Pan-fried turkey schnitzel with tartar sauce and fries (186,000 czk).

Czech beer, of course.

The sky was already half dark when we exited the restaurant, but the Christmas market was still full of buzz.

Up on the clock tower. This short climb will offer you a good birds eye view of the Old Town Square, just get ready for the crowd up there.

Meandering paths in Old Town.

Hot chocolate at Choco Cafe, a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. We tried a hot chocolate with sea salt and a hot chocolate with chili, but I actually didn’t like either…the hot chocolate was very dense and probably better for dipping rather than drinking.

So we ordered a cake.

And dipped it in hot chocolate. Frankly, not bad.

After that, we attempted to burn off some calories by walking around the city.

Crossing Charles Bridge to the castle ground.

A lone guitarist.

Swan lake?

The first of the many cups of hot wine we consumed on this trip. A godsend on a freezing winter night.

Prague in winter, melancholy yet beautiful. Day 2, coming up.

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May 12th, 2013 at 3:40 am