Prague Blog

I was fortunate to spend two weeks of June in Prague for work.  The Czech Republic hadn't been on our radar of places to visit, but when the opportunity came up, and considering we had to reschedule our vacation for this, we decided to make the most of it.  I flew over on the weekend and after the 14 hour flight to Dubai and then the 6 hour flight on to Prague was ready to explore.  A few coworkers and I took the train into town, walked up the hill to the castle, and had dinner by the river.  It was a good way to get oriented and start to understand how the city works.
Moody Skies over Vltava River 
Colorful buildings near Charles Bridge
Czech beer
My work has an office in the suburbs, so every day we would ride the train to and from work.  We went into the city a couple evenings during the week, and when Phil arrived on Thursday we went into Old Town for dinner.  We had a nice dinner outside on the cobblestones with a view of the Astronomical Clock and then tried a trdelnik for dessert on the way back.  

Traditional Czech food - lots of meat and dumplings
View from the suburbs of Prague
Had to try the snails - why not
My coworkers in front of the Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock
How they cook trdelniks
The city got progressively busier towards the end of the week and by Friday night it was bustling.  We grabbed $2 beers along the river and soaked in the ambiance of the weekend.

Bustling Friday night on the river
The weekend was really our time to explore and enjoy this area.  Saturday we took a day trip to Bohemian Switzerland National Park, and Sunday we walked around Prague Castle.  We got an early start, which was the only way to see Charles Bridge not swarming with people.  The castle is up on a hill and gave us great views of the city.  We chose the ticket option that gave access to St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St George's Basilica, and Daliborka Tower.
Entrance to Charles Bridge
The colours of Prague

Charles Bridge on a quiet morning 
View of Vlatava River from Charles Bridge
Vlatava River
Prague Castle on the hill
The oldest pub in Prague
The many steps up to the castle
View of the city from the castle
St Vitus Cathedral
St Vitus Cathedral
The City from Old Royal Palace

The family crests on the ceiling of Old Royal Palace
St Georges Basilica 

Dalivorka Tower 

St Vitus Cathedral

I didn't have much time to explore the following week, but while I was slaving away at work Phil headed off to Vienna to explore on his own.

When he got back at the end of the week we had one last dinner out in Prague, one last trdelnik, and one last look at the interesting statues and buildings.
Hanging out in Prague
Hanging out in Prague


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