Sunny day in the city
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March 4th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
According the World Guinness records, it is the largest old castle! It is 570 meters long and 128 meters wide. It has the size of 7 soccer (not sure) fields! It was founded in the IX Century and became the residence for the royal family. Inside the castle walls you find the Prague Cathedral, Saint George’s Convent, Saint George Basilica, the Royal Palace and some art galleries spread all around.
Once we took millions of photos of the area, we walked towards the gardens in Malastrana heading the Petrin Tower and the next to Kampa Island! We wanted to visit as many places as possible, as we heard next day was snowing. Right on the way to Charles Bridge, we came across a Spanish Restaurant, so we decided to grab something to eat. It was soo good that we spend almost a couple of hours to continue our visit! I am attaching a review.
There are 18 bridges in Prague, and Charles Bridge is the oldest of all. Its construction started on 1357 on top of Judith’s Bridge by Carlos IV supervision and was finalized in the beginning of the XV Century. At the time it was the only way to communicate the Old Town and the castle, so it turned into one of the busiest areas in the city.
Before coming some people told me it was too touristic, but I do not agree. As we walked along we found beautiful picturesque streets, lots of Gothic and Barroc constructions, an intense cultural and artistic life, concerts happening in many churches, restaurants all over the place, shops, coffee places… woaw, that was overwhelming!
Between the Old Square and the Powder Tower there is a street named Celetná where you find tons of souvenirs stores, but what really got our attention was a chocolate store! We went in and we bought some fruits covered with melted chocolate! Mmmmm that was delicious!! With our happy stomachs we kept walking until we reached the Powder Tower and then turned to Na Prikope.
From there we walked until the Dancing Houses. I saw many photos from other travbuddies, so we decided we had to see them! You find them at Rasinovo Nabrezi, right next to the river Moldova. ING wanted to build an emblematic building for its firm, so with unlimited funds, they hired Frank Ghery to design it. Its construction began in 1994 and it finalized two years later.
We were quite far away from our hotel, so we decided to take the bus. Next to the Dancing Houses we found a bus stop and we took the first bus we saw. There were two wagons, and the driver was not there. We had no idea where to get the tickets, so a friendly local woman heard us and told us nobody really buys tickets at night. She was heading to the castle too, so we followed her around. We changed buses a couple of times ☺
Very close to our hotel, and right next to Charles Bridge, we found a beautiful restaurant called Kampapark…. We had dinner there… read my review!!!!
By the way, did you know that Prague means “door”?
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