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Old Town Square


After a loooong layover in Heathrow, I finally arrived in Prague... Instead of following the directions to the hostel provided to me which was too tired to figure out, I decided to take the taxi to the hostel... It wasn't difficult finding one cause they hound you in the airport like you are zebras and they are the lions in the jungle haha.  My luck being that it was late at night, only the shadiest drivers were on duty.  The drive to the hostel took forever, and half way through I was convinced that he was taking us to a very remote part of czech republic a la "Hostel" movie and torturing us, as the area around us became seedier and seedier and I saw very few people or lights :( .

Famous Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square
  But, to my amazement the guy was legit and found our hostel like he said he would. 

Upon arriving to Old Prague Hostel, quickly settled and went out to explore Prague.  The hostel is very close to Old Town Square so I decided to head there.  Old Town Square is kind of where the Old Town(Stare Mesto) starts and is home to the Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace, and is decorated for the holidays...  It is also the meeting point for Prague walking tours, the tour leaders you can easily spot, they are holding a green or yellow umbrella.  Walking through the streets you hear people mumbling, "walk faster I can barely see the lady with the yellow umbrella" :)))    From Old town square, I headed down to the Charles Bridge via "Karlova" street.

Old Town Square dressed up for the holidays
.. Charles Bridge is merely a few minutes away, as long as you can get past the 50 or so bohemian crystal shops...  Charles Bridge is quite breathtaking, crosses the Vltava River and connects Prague Castle and Old Town.  Walking through the Old Town Tower and onto the bridge you feel like you have time warped into medieval times.  The was built in the 14 and 15th century and is decorated by Saint statues like those of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Xavier.   The bridge reminds me of Pont Alexandre III in Paris. 

Even though there is still a few days until the New Year, you will find plenty of people who are out in Old Town Square enjoying the local food, the sights and the awesome pork kabobs from the many food stands.  For the few hours that I have spent in Prague, I am feeling liking it so far :)

viciousv04 says:
I love Prague..Im going back since its under a 3 hour drive for me...Xmas looks nice!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008
Devika1985 says:
Posted on: Jan 30, 2008
akikaye says:
Wish i can visit someday.amazing pics
Posted on: Jan 12, 2008
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