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Christmas in Prague

semi-overcast -8 °C

Prague is a fairytale place to spend Christmas. I particularly loved the architecture and the food - perfectly satisfying for the time of year.
They celebrate on the 24th (the day we arrived) so we had a pricey but tasty dinner at our hotel, Le Palais and an early night after a day of travel - Donna from Calgary, Robin and Blair from Berlin and of course my short hop from London.

So Christmas Day was our first real look at the city, and we were dropped by the hotel shuttle in Wenceslas Square (named for the Good King, of course - very fitting). We wandered from market to market then found the big one in Old Town square. A setting so charming you could hardly believe it.

Old town square

Old town square


Old town square and Our Lady of Tyn church

Old town square and Our Lady of Tyn church


Chilly Christmas Day - Donna, Robin and Blair

Chilly Christmas Day - Donna, Robin and Blair


Christmas market

Christmas market


Old town hall

Old town hall


Astronomical clock, town hall

Astronomical clock, town hall


Old town hall

Old town hall


Mmmm smoked ham

Mmmm smoked ham


Christmas market nosh

Christmas market nosh


Trdelnik - traditional pastries baked on a rolling spit

Trdelnik - traditional pastries baked on a rolling spit


Old town square, Christmas day

Old town square, Christmas day


Old town square - carriage stand

Old town square - carriage stand


Old town square

Old town square


Sisters

Sisters

From old town, we wandered through the streets and emerged at the river and Charles Bridge, with a great view towards the imposing Prague Castle. The bridge was lined with vendors and a cute blues trio, keeping the many tourists amused. There was a sea of fur hats along the bridge and streets leading away and up to the castle. It was only about -8C but nippy!

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge


Prague Castle

Prague Castle


Blues trio - Charles Bridge

Blues trio - Charles Bridge


Prague Castle from Charles Bridge

Prague Castle from Charles Bridge


View From Charles Bridge

View From Charles Bridge


Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge


Mala Strana

Mala Strana

We stopped for a hearty Czech lunch just past the bridge in the Mala Strana district - goulash, roast duck, dumplings, gravy...and mulled wine to fight the chill.
Then we popped around the corner to check out the memorial to Prague's favourite revolutionary, John Lennon.

Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall


Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall


Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall


Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall

Just beyond a little bridge was covered in love padlocks

Love locks - view toward Charles Bridge from Mala Strana

Love locks - view toward Charles Bridge from Mala Strana


Mala Strana

Mala Strana

From there, we took a tram up the hill to see the castle just as it was getting dark (and windy) but it was a beautiful time of day to catch our first glimpse. We saw the guard changing ceremony then decided to come back again during the daytime to really get a good look around.

Prague Castle - St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle - St. Vitus Cathedral


Prague Castle

Prague Castle


Prague Castle- (courtesy of Donna)

Prague Castle- (courtesy of Donna)


View from Prague Castle

View from Prague Castle

We headed back down the hill to our dinner reservation but a fortuitous wrong turn took us to a quaint little square below Charles Bridge with an unusual nativity scene.

Nativity scene - Mala Strana

Nativity scene - Mala Strana


We backtracked, found our restaurant along the river and enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner overlooking the bridge and the water.

One of the features that most fascinated me was the decorative doorways - so I had to snap a few shots of the most impressive ones:

Doorway 1

Doorway 1


Doorway 2

Doorway 2

Doorway 3

Doorway 3

There are also endless beautiful buildings, especially those with intricate sgraffito facades:

Sgraffito building

Sgraffito building


Stare Mesto building

Stare Mesto building


Old town square - Storch house

Old town square - Storch house


Stare Mesto

Stare Mesto


House of the Black Madonna - Cubist museum

House of the Black Madonna - Cubist museum


Powder gate

Powder gate

It was a great 4 day getaway - any longer and the pounds would have really piled on with all that rich food!

Dumpling time in Stare Mesto

Dumpling time in Stare Mesto

Posted by hdparker 23.01.2011 11:23 Archived in Czech Republic

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