Just when I thought Prague couldn’t get any more beautiful, a romantic dusting of snow proved me wrong.
After a solid day in the hotel room recovering from jet lag, I was ready to set out for some sightseeing. I’d done some research about the local attractions, but I’m not the best with directions so I decided to just kind of wing it. Epic success ensued… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
I started out retracing my steps from the previous outing, which took me back to the Christmas markets. Here I stopped for a tasty local treat that I’d been too full to enjoy on my previous visit. They’re selling this dessert everywhere. I have no idea how to pronounce the name, but it’s a soft dough that’s wrapped around a wooden pin, cooked over a fire, then rolled in sugar. It kind of reminded me of a soft pretzel. It was delicious… just as I expected!
I continued to retrace my steps across the Charles Bridge, but this time I went farther than before. I could see a beautiful cathedral atop a hill so I headed in that general direction. I suspected that this was the castle area, but I wasn’t sure. There’s minimal English signage and I opted not to consult my guide book in the spirit of adventure.
I ventured through the streets, passing one beautiful building after another. Eventually I came to a long set of stairs (about 200 of them). This was the view from halfway up, looking back at the city below.
Obviously, the view was even better from the top.
At the top of the hill I found gates with guards standing watch. I followed the crowd through them. I thought that the surrounding area might have been the castle, but had doubts since it didn’t look as old as I expected it to. The logical thing would have been to consult the guide book that was in my purse, but I didn’t. Instead, I just kept walking around and taking pictures of these mysterious buildings. Eventually I found the gorgeous old cathedral that I’d seen from below. Old cathedrals are one of my favorite things about Europe (along with castles, cheap beer, and Nutella).
I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any signs telling me what I was looking at, but I think its beauty speaks for itself. Looking back, I wish I’d spent more time exploring the surrounding buildings and figuring out where I was, but at the time I was getting tired and I knew I had a long trek back to the hotel ahead of me. It’s probably good that I left when I did, because I made it back just before dark. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store!
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