Things To Do In Prague: Part 3
On our last day in Prague we finally gave in and walked Charles Bridge from under the tower, through the throng of people and the vendors, and out onto the small side street that led to Kampa Island. While the bridge is an architectural beauty, it looks best from afar, and crossing it was easily my least favorite experience in Prague. We went during the off-season; I can’t imagine how obnoxiously overcrowded it is during peak season.
The best views of Charles Bridge can be had from Kampa Park, which is an oasis of green trees, beautiful blossoms, and an abundance of benches for comfortable seating. The swans and paddle boats gliding along the Vltava lend the park a harmonious but still lively ambience that Prague itself tends to inhabit. (more…)
Best Of: Prague
Best Treat: Trdelnik
The trdelník, or after its brand name Trdlo, is a traditional Czech pastry comprised of dough that is rolled around a cylindrical stick (the Trdlo, made of wood or metal) and placed over hot coals where it spins until it is almost done. It is then rolled in sugar and again set over the coals until the outside is crispy. The result: a crispy-on-the-outside-doughy-on-the-inside pastry that tastes like some churro-cinnamon roll hybrid, only so much better.
J and I shared one at the Easter Festival since we wanted to try the many, many other food specialties, but on its own it is decidedly a one-person treat that should not be missed.
Best Meal: U Parašutistů on Resslova
U Parašutistů is the home of potato pancakes and gratinated camembert that melt in your mouth as well as delicious stuffed jalapeños, and a pot of three kinds of meat, onions, peppers and roast potatoes called the Parachutist’s Pot. We also had local beer and a waitress who celebrated with a dance and the performance of playing an air guitar (it was amazing) when she got the foreign card reader to work (this was one of the few places that took a card so we chose to save our koruna). The place is dim, rather small, and the patrons do stare at you when you enter (some with smiles on their faces), but the ambience is friendly, the servings are huge, the prices are more than reasonable, and the food is excellent. (more…)
Things To Do In Prague: Part 2
It’s nearly impossible to talk about Prague without talking about Prague Castle. It is one of the few “tourist attractions” that I strongly recommend adding to your list of things to do when in the city (or really, in all of Europe). It isn’t so much the castle itself that makes the visit worthwhile, but rather the stunning views to be had from its grounds, the ornate details that went into the landscaping and construction of the castle’s surroundings, and the overall feel of being in a walled fortress that is like a city within a city. (more…)