[travel] Eastern Europe tour: One day in Prague (part 2)

Nerudova street was actually a hilly path the led us to Prague’s castle. While I was still charmed by lovely old houses along the street, the path before me opened up to an open, grand scenery of blue sky, green hills, color-changing leaves, and a bird’s eye view of Prague.



The grand city *v*

What the view was like when we when reached the top of the hill:

Beautiful autumn day…




We passed by the Monastery Loreto Church…


Before finding our way to the Prague castle complex…


Castle Square–the entry point to the complex:

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Inside the square…

The famed Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral–the biggest and most important church of Czech located inside the complex:



Inside…

Side view of the church:



Ridiculously intricate >.<



From the complex we were in for another treat of Prague’s panoramic view…

Cool tree….

We walked down the hill~

to catch the tram up to Petrin’s Hill… Tram 22 brought us to the bottom of the hill where I caught sight of statues of these two guys I really liked xDDD

Unfortunately we couldn’t find our way to the hill :))) No worries though, because Prague always has more places to visit than you could possibly imagine:

We again crossed the Vlvata river and caught sight of the Charles Bridge:

At the end of the bridge was Prague’s Concert Hall…

And a short distance from the Hall was Prague’s humongous Jewish Quarter. A quarter now full of, well, of course, cool buildings, trendy shops, cafes, tea houses, restaurants…






A groovy piece of art…

Franz Kafka monument inside the quarter babeeeeeeee

Fortunately, the Jewish Quarter was only a short distance from the Old Town Square where we were earlier…

That was when I visited Cafe Imperial which I blogged about earlier :D

After my coffee break, we walked back to the Square to catch sight of the astronomical clock’s performance. I think that the ‘performance’ only took place once every hour, but we were lucky to catch it :D


Well this picture was taken when the performance was going on…. Hard to detect any difference, I know… But if you look closely and compare with the photos above you will notice the small windows being opened here, and there were statues moving…

After my terrific dinner (a whole roast pig knuckle…) I sadly took some last snapshots of Prague by night ;___;

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11 thoughts on “[travel] Eastern Europe tour: One day in Prague (part 2)

    • That’s right :D I, though, just used the name of the tour that UCDean gave.. Eastern Europe here refers more to the division of Western/Eastern Europe back to the Cold War, I think, as the tour does cover a lot of history from WWII and Cold War period.

      • The people in Prague actually would be itchy about being called Eastern Europeans. I, as a Romanian, I am Eastern, but there is quite a strong cultural identity of Central Europeans too. But I get the meaning of the tour though :)

      • Thanks for the clarification. The name of the tour is definitely open for discussion, even Berlin is considered ‘Eastern’ to some extent…

        How about Poland and Hungary (the tour covers these 2 countries too)? I am just curious if you know whether they identify themselves as Eastern or Central or European or themselves…

      • My parents live 5 km away from the Hungarian border: Hungarians call themselves Central Europeans too while Romanians are Eastern Europeans. Why, because they still have a powerful legacy from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Austria is Central. Poland is Central E. Culturally they push themselves as further as possible from East, well Russia and all the history before 1989. While Romanians, Moldavians, Ukrainians are basically Eastern

      • That’s exactly what I felt from the 3 cities I have been to. Budapest was far from Eastern (the atmosphere & esp. the architecture), while of course the Polish have every reason to distance themselves from the good ol’ Soviet ~.~

      • Romanians have all the reasons as well to push themselves further away from East, but and there is a BUT, geographically we are still Eastern :) Transylvania for instance is very similar to what you might have seen in Budapest so there is a regional mix. Enjoy your tour, it’s worth it :)

      • Ah… so much to see and to learn :D wish I could visit Romania AND esp. Transylvania one day… Too bad my Schengen visa doesn’t allow me to go to Romania yet :(

      • Well, Romania should have been in Schengen last year already but we did not do our lessons yet… You’ll definitely enjoy it when you’ll drop by! (spring-autumn, best seasons)

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