Prague in the Daytime, Full On Tourist Action

Nothing like a quick weekend trip to one of Europe’s most popular cities!  We planned on meeting a friend from MT in Berlin last weekend, so we thought we would swing through Prague on our way, since neither myself, Reed or Eliot had ever been there.    Google promised a 4 1/2 hour trip, which was nearly accurate if you don’t include the lunch at the ‘Saloon’ restaurant on the way.  It was very American-West which I found very strange for the Czech Republic, but it had a wonderful outdoor playground for Eliot.

At any rate, we stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment inexpensively and both walked and bused into Old Town.   It was GREAT!

Popular view of the Charles bridge as we entered into town.

Popular view of the Charles bridge as we entered into town.

I have to say, the touristy sections of Prague were just brimming with, well, tourists!  We were a bit like sardines as we approached the famous church (you can spot in the background, Prague castle) which took away the charm a great deal.

We found this happen' scene along the river when we first approached.

We found this happenin’ scene along the river when we first approached.  Beer and wine along the river abound, it was packed with what appeared to be locals as we left.

view from the river scene as we approach old town

view from the river scene as we approach old town

Sardine-like croweds as we enter Charles Bridge

Sardine-like crowds as we enter Charles Bridge

close up of Charles bridge architecture

close up of Charles bridge architecture

walking along Charles Bridge

walking along Charles Bridge(1357), a lovely walk, despite the crowds.

crazy scultpre all along

Charles Bridge is quaint because of all of these sculptures, throughout the bridge…

Some, fulfilling their Catholic duty, must touch the feet...

Some, fulfilling their Catholic duty, must touch the crucifix (the sculpture is worn clean from this practice)

View as we exit the infamous Charles Bridge

View as we exit the infamous Charles Bridge

Stair climb with a toddler, up to the castle

Stair climb with a toddler, thankfully an energetic one, up to the castle

And, once we got to the top, the crowds

And, once we got to the top, the castle and the crowds…(or would that be ‘crowd?’)

Highlight of the castle- St. Vitus Cathedral

Highlight of the castle- St. Vitus Cathedral

The view from the front would be really stunning, had it not been shrouded in scaffolding…so the whole sha-bang is not pictured.

this, an attempt to capture more of the massive cathedral

this, an attempt to capture more of the massive cathedral

Oh, the heck with it, I will just show you the inside.  So, let’s be clear- the crowd was massive, wall to wall people.  Reed and Eliot didn’t even attempt it…here is the quick peak inside.

I didn't bother to crop out the crowd, thought you might appreciate the real experience.

I didn’t bother to crop out the crowd, thought you might appreciate the real experience.

Rick Steve's says to visit this Toy Museum,but we had too much to fit into our one and 1/2 days in Prague!

Rick Steves insists a visit to  this Toy Museum is a must,but we had too much to fit into our one and 1/2 days in Prague…so we continued on.

Apparently we missed out on the Barbie collection, a century of teddy bears and 19th century model train sets...

Apparently we missed out on the Barbie collection, a century of teddy bears and 19th century model train sets…

Next up, THE EXIT (thankfully, the crowd was too much)- lovely view from up here...

Next up, THE EXIT (thankfully, the crowd was too much)- lovely view from up here…

View one!

View one!

View Two!

View Two!

Quite a town it is.  We also didn’t spend time in old Jewish Quarter, had we had another day, we would have taken Rick Steves’ advice…but we were determined to walk through Old Town and to Historic Wenceslas Square.

Czech beer is famous for being excellent, yet we passed by this cool, ok perhaps touristy, medieval pub.

Czech beer is famous for being excellent, yet we passed by this cool, ok perhaps touristy, medieval pub.

Finally, after MUCH  walking, we arrive at the massive Wenceslas Square.

Finally, after MUCH walking, we arrive at the massive Wenceslas Square.

Among other revolution-type events of the past 400+ years, in 1989 hundreds of thousands of Czechs filled this square to protest Communism by dangling their key chains and chanting “It’s time to go now.” And, of course it worked, they were free the next morning.

The center piece of urban, modern Prague.

The centerpiece of urban, modern Prague. Note the sculpture at the end…

Yours truly in front of ONE more monument...

Yours truly in front of ONE more monument…

Lastly, we manage to have a fabulous lunch, with Czech beer at a river boat restaurant..pleasing to a 3 yr old as the Czech beer was to his parents.

Our view of castle from the boat...so thankful for the sunshine!!

Our view of castle from the boat…so thankful for the sunshine!!

Lunch on this gorgeously renovated river boat.

Lunch on this gorgeously renovated river boat.

Our view of castle from the boat...so thankful for the sunshine!!

Our view of castle from the boat…so thankful for the sunshine!!

Yours in River boats restaurants and crowds, Kim

Yours in River boats restaurants and crowds,
Kim

Next up, Prague at night!

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2 thoughts on “Prague in the Daytime, Full On Tourist Action

  1. Really great pic!!! Congrats. Hi. I would like to know what the name of the medieval pub and the address. I really liked it, and I would like to go. Thank you

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