Prague: 4 Days in a Fairytale

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Prague: 4 Days in a Fairytale

Known as “The City of a Hundred Spires” and the capital of Bohemia-  Prague, Czech Republic is packed with personality and charm.  Prague not only pleasantly surprised me, it shocked me at times and made me realize how underrated it is.  When I was planning my backpacking tour across Europe, EVERYONE told me to go to Paris, Amsterdam and Rome.  Hardly anyone told me to go to Prague, except for my friend Mark who I met at a backpackers hostel in Barcelona.
I am so glad I decided to go, I only wish I had carved out more time.  But, like I said, I had no idea how much this place had to offer.  So, if you are planning a visit, save a few more days than you think you’ll need so you can really enjoy everything at whatever pace you want.  I was rushed trying to see it all in a short amount of time, which is my least favorite way to travel- but the upside is I have another “European Love” in this city and you will too.
Months and months after visiting, I still think about my four magical days in Prague and how it felt to be there.
(I realize I am late sharing about my time here…but better now than never, right?)
As I sit with my coffee this morning I am day dreaming of my time back in the fairytale land that is PRAGUE.
Here is the “movie montage” going through my brain….
PRAGUE


Old buildings, like the Symphony House below, in the square make you feel like you’re in a far away fairly tale land.  IMG_2772 


 
Church of Our Lady before TýnIMG_2884Some of the churches throughout Europe are just so decadent (and so old) they are a miracle in and of themselves.  This one is no exception.  I marveled (and snuck as many pictures as possible).  


INCREDIBLE (and strange) David Cerny artwork.  IMG_2836
Prior to my time in Prague, I had not heard of this talented sculptor, and what a shame that was.  I became quickly obsessed with this artist- going on a scavenger hunt around the city looking for all of his hidden gems.  Cerny’s art is controversial, strange and funny all at the same time.  I love all of it but my favorite piece is the rotating head of Czech writer Franz Kafka outside the mall in city center.   kafka head.jpg


“The Dancing House” 
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This house attracts photographers from all around the world hoping to capture this dancer at just the right position.  It’s a very unique and interesting design.  You could easily walk right by and miss it during the day, but at night it is unmistakable, lit up and stunning.


Franz Kafka lives on.IMG_2840All throughout the city you can see the major impact and influence writer Franz Kafka had on the culture.  He was and always will be icon that this city is proud to have produced into the world.  


The World’s Oldest SynagogueIMG_2848 Built around 1270, this is the world’s oldest active synagogue.  It was a special experience walking into this holy place.  Half of my ancestors were immigrant Jews from Europe (some from this country) so I felt an emotional connection to this place, so I sat down by myself in a prayer seat to soak it in.  How could this building still be standing?  With all of the wars (especially the trials and tribulations the Jewish people in Europe have gone through), it’s a miracle this synagogue still exists, let alone remaining active.


 
Larger than life, Saint Vitus Cathedral is stunning.
 

Having been all throughout Europe, I have seen my fair share of churches, royal palaces and castles.  This one felt special to me, however, because it reminded me of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (my all time favorite church) but with bright stain glass windows inside.  Very unique style wise and placed perfectly on top of the city on the hill next the palace, this place is not to be missed.


Shopping all day, everyday.
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Prague is a very cool place to shop because it offers so many unique things you can’t find elsewhere.  I noticed a lot of distinct modern designs on mannequins.  Boutiques like the one above draw crowds all throughout the day with their beautiful window displays. 


Happy Hour everywhere!IMG_2869Prague is already famous for having beer that is cheaper than water, even better are the countless happy hour options around the city.  I had the above handcrafted cocktail at a Mexican restaurant for the equivalent of $3…so I had to get a second (and maybe a third).  


Strange awesomeness.IMG_2929
This is a sculpture of a child painted all black except for its little golden penis.  Why you ask?  Yeah, I asked the same thing… and so did everyone on our tour, of course.  My tour just laughed and said “It’s good luck if you touch it, according to legend,”  so everyone in our tour group proceeded to gingerly poke it, giggle and snap pictures- myself included.


And last but not least…My Czech boyfriend!Prague BF
Prague, you’re weird.  
I like you.
 

By |2016-08-22T08:26:38+00:00August 22nd, 2016|Destinations, From ___ with love, Solo Female Travel|7 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

7 Comments

  1. tashasoyster September 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Although Prague is on my list of places to visit, I don’t actually know much about what to do there. I will be using your post as a guide if I end up visiting!

  2. Cindy Coco Follonier September 2, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Hey Heather! Hope you are well! Thanks for sharing this great post about Prague! I went there 2 years ago but it was really cold and I did not visit much unfortunately but you make me want to go back there again and explore properly this time. Thanks and take care 🙂 xx

  3. andreasnotebook September 3, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Ahhh! Love Prague! Great post.

  4. Thirty30Courtney (@Thirty30Court) September 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I went to Europe for 40 days this summer, but because I had to cut it down to 6 weeks, I didn’t get to go to Prague! I’ve heard amazing things and hopefully I get to take a visit sometime within this next calendar year.

  5. Rachel Gault (@rachelgault) September 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Love this! Prague was one of our favorite stops during our Europe trip last year!

  6. […] During some points of my travels I’ve suffered from “The grass looks greener over there” syndrome.  There have been times I’ve arrived in a new place only to be called to another quicker than I probably should have.  I remember leaving early from Greece to go to Ireland after I found a flight deal I couldn’t pass up, later from Malaysia to Thailand and one time I left Berlin on a whim after seeing a picture of the Dancing Houses in Prague. […]

  7. Prague is my love ) I spent there wonderful days. Thank You!
    Wonderful photos!

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