Prague, Czech Republic

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: Prague is really, really, fantastically gorgeous.

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Ok, now that’s that done, I can tell you a little more about what we’ve been up to while in the city. I think you guys know by now that I have one truly great love: curry. So, finding a good curry was mandatory. We stayed in a little flat in the heart of New Town, right around the corner from loads of restaurants and shops. It was a very busy area, but there was always something to do. My favorite restaurants in this area were INDIA HOUSE for curry and samosas, Kitchen Ramen Bar for spicy miso, and San Carlo for Neapolitan pizza that rivaled any I had in Italy.

I suppose since we’re going down this road, I may as well tell you what else about Prague I enjoyed.

We did do a majority of the more touristy things, but tried to go early on weekdays to avoid a bit of the crowds. Even if you couldn’t avoid the crowds, I’d still recommend Old Town Square, and the incredible astronomical clock (read this post from a couple days ago for amazing views of all of Prague’s spires). And a walk across the Charles Bridge was memorable and provided excellent city views.

Plus, right off Old Town Square, you’ll find a great shopping district. The street is noticably quieter and is A+ window shopping. We went to Louis Vuitton (one of the most beautiful of their stores I’ve ever been into), Moncler, Dior, and several others. Along one of the picturesque side streets was a tiny shop called Ingredients, which was a thrill to find. Super modern and all white, filled with some of the best scents on earth. It’s one of the only places I’ve found that sells the entire Byredo line, which is hands down my favorite perfumier.

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While we’re on the topic, a couple of my other favorite shops to peruse were: Under 7 Kilos, Artel Design Shop, Bric-a-Brac, and The Brow Bar.

I loved all the pastel homes along the waterfront, as well as a ridiculous number of swans. I have a thing for swans, so this was essentially heaven.

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To escape some of the crowd, we spent quite a bit of time playing with Lilly in the parks on the 3 little islands in the Vltana River. The leaves were falling and it was so nice to be able to look out over the river and enjoy some peace and quiet in the middle of a big city.

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I’d probably say Jeremy’s favorite thing was the Apple Museum. I didn’t even know this was here, and we sort of stumbled on it one day, in search of a little market we’d heard about. As two huge Apple fanatics, we had to see the largest private collection of Apple products in the world!

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It’s hard for me to pick a favorite spot, but if forced, I think I’d say the Lennon Wall. Painted with all sorts of phrases and portraits, the wall in itself is beautiful.

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But there was a guy out front playing his guitar, and when he started to play “Let It Be” I couldn’t hold it together. The world these days seems to be full of so much hate and fear, that to see a small reminder that there is still good out there… man, it was moving.

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And I suppose while we’re on unhappy subjects, might as well show you photos of a cemetery. Yes, really.

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This is Vyšehrad Cemetery outside Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, part of the Vyšehrad Fort complex. I wasn’t sure if I should be taking photos, but I thought it was wonderful how it seemed like life was celebrated here instead of always mourned.

In the same complex, which is totally worth the walk up, was the Basilica as well as some fantastic views of the city.

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And if you haven’t had enough Prague yet, check out the Travel Guide my friend Alaina put together. She lived in Prauge (lucky girl!), so she knows the best spots!

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