One day in Prague

Last week my mother and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to the city of Prague, for some much needed mother and daughter time. Prague has always been my ultimate favorite city in the world mainly due to the fact that I have seen this city evolve over time. And every time I land on the airport I am strongly hit by nostalgia.

I have made a small guide on some of the places I like to visit and how to get to them.

So I am just about to hit the town for one full day, can you actually see a lot in such a short time? If you know where to go you can. So please follow.

Starting from the Central Station and taking the road to Wenceslas Square  (many historical events occurred there, and it’s place for public gatherings). Not far from the square is the Stavovske Museum. You should visit it at least to see the building from inside. The interior is 200 years old and beyond magnificent. You will be brought back in time and maybe even feel the fantasia on the rivalry between composers Salieri and Mozart captured in the film of Miloš Forman “Amadeus”,  due to the fact that scenes are filmed here. Tip if you like opera or ballet book a ticket, as the performances are way less expensive than in other parts of Europe. From here at Železná street I go to Rytířská street which is near by, time for a coffee break by Café Café, here you will be spoiled by the choices of home made cakes.

Now I am heading to Staroměstské náměstí to see the Orloj, the Prague astronomical clock. This square has many beautiful buildings to admire and you can lose yourself in the small streets joined to the square. Than I  had to Pařížská ulice. If you are interested in luxury shopping, this is the place to go. Is a tree-lined street that I always visit (window shopping) but mainly to admire the beautiful buildings. At the end of the street you turn left to go to the Old New Synagogue and The Old Jewish Cemetery this is the largest Jewish cemetery which dates back to the 15th century, definitely worth to see.

We had to Cafe Savoy for lunch, I love this place as the food is very good and the interior is beautiful. Our choice are the fruit dumplings. “Ovocné kynuté knedlíky”. Best to make a reservation as it can get quite busy.  After lunch we take the tram 9 to our next stop keeping our eyes open as we pass the Prague National Theatre.

We are at our next stop and this is the Rotating 42-Layer 11 metres tall  Sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head by David Cerny. Opposite the statue is Café Louvre where we head for drinks, it first opened in 1902.  Franz Kafka used to come here with his friends and Albert Einstein even visited this café during his stays in Prague. As the weather is warm we are having drinks in the garden terrace located on the 1st  floor.

Now taking a walk to  Malá Strana, just passing the beautiful Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 , today the very old bridge is so very busy we quickly avoid the crowd and go below to Kampa area where it is more peaceful, to see the  Lennon Wall at Velkopřevorské náměstí. Once a normal wall, but since 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs. Is the only place where Graffiti in Prague is legally approved. The graffiti started almost immediately after the singer’s murder in 1980 where this wall became a place for fans to demonstrate their grief.

They say that the „John Lennon Peace Wall“ helped inspire the non-violent Velvet Revolution that led to the fall of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989. It will be a symbol forever.

Our last stop before we had to back the train station is ‘Svejk u Zeleneho Stromu’. A fantastic pub located in Betlemska street in the neighborhood Staré Město (old town). This place has a fantastic summer garden in the courtyard located at the back of this establishment and is situated next to Bethlehem Chapel. Time for the Pilsner Urquell pivo served in perfect condition.

Pity we have to leave now. Prague is a perfect place to visit in May, as we did, and just scroll around smelling the Lilacs flowers which are everywhere. But anytime of the year has it’s charm, best is to avoid holiday periods as it can get very busy. The public transport is very accessible.  

Street food is very popular in Prague so while strolling through the cobbled streets of Prague, especially in the Old Town area, you should try Trdelnik, the simple version just with cinnamon is the best in my opinion. Also delicious are the potatoes  in corns or on a stick. At Wenceslas Square they have the best fried cheese sandwiches.

For quality and tradition I will visit MANUFAKTURA stores for original Czech cosmetics and beautiful crafted poteries.

Till the next time beautiful city!

For the city triop I decided to wear this stripy preppy style dress,  and I have been wearing most of time since this moment. It works equally good in my opinion at the office.

 Maje striped cotton canvas shirt dress

Adidas original Gazelle leather sneakers

Illesteva Roma II round-frame acetate and gold-tone sunglasses

TOD’S Double T bag