Day 2: Prague, the Old and New Town

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View of the Charles Bridge

After an amazing breakfast at the hotel, we took the subway to Starometska, where we started our walking tour under a grey sky: the Clementinum, the Smetany Museum, where we had a nice view of the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, with its beautiful Art Nouveau appartments on Parizska Trida and the Old Town Square, which was by tradition, infested by groups of tourists.

We walked around the square a couple of times and then got in position to see the Astronomic Clock strike noon, all the time keeping a close watch on our posessions, as this place is very popular with pickpockets. When the show was over (rather quickly I must add), we were left on an almost deserted square, wondering why people just rush through these things. All the tourists we saw were just so focused on following the guide that they hardly looked around or, as you should when in Prague: UP.

Obecni Dum
There are just so many beautiful buildings, no matter which street you turn into. Just look up from time to time. You'd be surprised at what you'll see. Also, you might want to look down from time to time for the occasional dog shit, although, I must admit, Prague is pretty clean.

Also, here's a warning. Try not to make the mistake of sticking your umbrella up into the air to point out something to your traveling companion, as you'll instantly be surrounded by 50 wide eyed tourists who'll be asking you in many different languages 'where we go next?'

Anyway, it soon became apparent where all the tourist groups had gone: the nearby restaurants and the local Starbucks. So we did what we always do. We found a nice little place to eat down a side street, where we had parma sandwiches and a Krusovice beer at half the price of the market square restaurants.

Art Nouveau

Well fed, we continued on our walk which led us to the beautiful Art Nouveau Ubecni Dum, the adjoining Powder Gate and down Namesti Prikope to Wencenslas Square and then on, down Jungmannova, to Karlovo Namesti. It was around this time that the sun finally came out.

We passed a supermarket where we got some groceries and then made our way back to Wenceslas Square, stopping for dinner along the way, before taking the subway back to the hotel.

The town was beautifull, but we found it a bit too touristy. Call it a victim of its own popularity, it was turning into a circus. Ok, so it was high season, but trust me when I say there is such a thing as 'too many tourists' and a better time to visit Prague than August.

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View of the Charles Bridge
View of the Charles Bridge
Obecni Dum
Obecni Dum
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Clementinum
Clementinum
Art Nouveau appartments
Art Nouveau appartments
Old Town Square
Old Town Square
St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church
Astronomic Clock
Astronomic Clock
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Karlovo Namesti
Karlovo Namesti
Sometimes this girl scares me...
Sometimes this girl scares me...
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Lucerna Passage
Lucerna Passage
Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square
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