Spending Christmas in Prague
If you adore the following :
a) Rich historical characteristics.
b) Snapping pictures of spectacular landscape covered with SNOW, which can create a beautiful photo album if things are put together.
c) Inexpensive food.
d) Brilliant panorama.
...........then Prague will just be the right place for you....:-))))))
A building overlooking...
A building overlooking Staromestske Namesti The architecture in Prague is glorious and, in the center, is well renovated. Then you go to the suburbs and see the same depressing apartment blocs that were built everywhere under communism. The fairy tale we visit in Prague is not what is lived there.
Naked peeing men
Yesterday I was wondering around at the small lanes at the foot of Charles' Bridge on the opposite side of the old town. When I turned my back, I saw these 2 hilarious peeing status. Their asses could move left and right and their "brothers" could really more up and down. Watching the tourists posing all kinds of funny poses with them was really cracking me up!
This is why I like to walk around in small lanes off the beaten path, you will always have surprises!
Far from the madding crowd!
Go up the Little Quarter along Nerudova and Uvoz and you'll get fantastic views of the city. Then, behind the Loreto, walk down the little streets... Deserted most of the time, they will offer you an alternative way to go to the Castle.No shops, no tourists, but still a beautiful part of the city. Out of time... There is probably more to see, other lanes we didn't explore... Something more to do next time we go.
Wish this was my summer home!
Karlstejn Castle is probably the most famous castle outside of Prague. Its proximity to Prague obviously helps that, but it is a very interesting castle in its own right. It is a great example of the Bohemian late gothic style architecture and has a very interesting structure to it.
For me, to be honest, the tour itself was boring. It was more of a tour of the family artifacts than the castle itself(the castle was used as a place of safe-keeping for most of the royal's most important treasures, includin the crown jewels). You don't generally learn much about the castle itself. However, it is an interesting look into Charles IV's family life, etc.
Karlstejn, as a town, has basically become a tourist junction between the train station and the castle. You can find everything and anything you would expect to be sold where tourists frequent...restaurants, accomodation, ice cream, useless trinkets, etc. But it still, strangely, holds its character, as it almost seems these shops are sort of like a circus that came into town for the week and will leave it exactly as they found it.
it is a great day trip from Prague, especially if you want something that is close and important in the course of understanding the nation's history...not to mention great picturesque views!