Traveling extensively has been on my mind since last few years and something inside me tells me that this trip was the beginning of the much awaited “travel the world “plans that my little mind has been weaving since time unknown. This trip to Europe was extra special as I got a chance to travel with my beautiful sister. My sister and I live in two different countries since I moved to Canada ten years back. As most sisters do, growing up we three sisters share a special bonding, the younger one could not join us this time but we made a pact that we will be trendsetter sisters who will try to travel once a year together. Fingers crossed on that one considering the fact that when it comes to kids and family there are so many priorities that take precedence… but yes! try and try will be the motto.
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So sis flew in from India and I joined her in Prague and we are so very thankful to our lovely host, a friend of my sister who warmly hosted us in the lovely city. Also called Praha, is a Love at first sight friends! Capital of Czech Republic, this city is oozing with beauty and charm all over. They say when you travel, world seems to be a fairyland and Praha proved this right! The amazing architecture, the beautiful cobbled streets, historical medieval buildings, the smell of fresh mulled wine, lights of christmas markets and the festive spirit in the air, what could have been better than this!
Since we were there during christmas season there was a nip in the air however the beauty of the city wrapped us in its warm and rich characteristic history.We started with the heart of the city – Old Town Square which has some of the important attractions in Prague like Our Lady before Tyn Church, the famous Astronomical Clock, Nicholas Church and Jan Hus memorial etc.
One of the main attractions of the city Our Lady before Tyn Church‘s gothic tower stands 250 ft tall and it can be seen from all parts of the city! There are so many different angled shots we captured in our camera that it was hard to pick one for this post.
The famous Astronomical Clock, at the strike of every hour you can see crowd gathering around this architecture to see the mechanical performance . It is indeed one of a kind, charming medieval astronomical clock.
One funny thing about the clock is you can tell everything looking at it other than the time ;D but jokes apart this is a masterpiece!
Some more pics from the old town square and boy! you can tell it was crowded….
That is my beautiful sister and in the background is an example Prague’s famous graffiti art on buildings. Beauty in Prague can be expected in most unexpected places too!
We then moved on to explore the famous Charles bridge and Lesser Town Square area. Charles bridge over the Vltava river is the oldest bridge in the city connecting the city. It is lined up with 30 baroque style statues of Saints and beautiful lamps. Both ends of the bridge has Gothic bridge Towers which make this bridge an integral part of history. The more we explored this amazing city the more we kept falling in love with it.
As the sun was setting we were able to capture this gorgeous shot from Charles Bridge. (picture credit-Sis :D)
As we continued our adventure in Prague next up was the much awaited Prague Castle and The Castle District. So friends if your bucket list has visiting the largest ancient castle in the world, you can tick it off once you visit Prague Castle.
After you manage to climb up the hilltop stepping through the beautiful cobbled streets and stairs your eyes are set to view one of the most beautiful sight in the world. The Castle and the view from above there is breathtaking.
The stained glass and the architecture inside St. Vitus Cathedral is not to miss. This cathedral is a part of Prague Castle and is a real treat to eyes. This is the burial-place for former Czech Kings. The colourful church windows were made in the 20th century by renowned artists.
As mentioned above the view from up there is magnificent. We can see the entire city, Charles Bridge, Vltava river and the typical red roofs of the city’s architecture can be captured best from here.
This picture below of the vintage car is one of my favourite shots from the thousands of photos I captured. That one moment when the crowd clears out and you manage to get the best shot captured and sealed forever!
Christmas season made the trip even more special as we were lucky to get a taste of local Christmas celebrations of Czech culture and music.
Letna Park is another attraction in Prague that would give you the best views of the city. Below are some spectacular shots of the panoramic view.
Another interesting building in Prague which was built-in 20th century is The Dancing House. This is an aspect of modern-day Prague. This building represents a man and a woman dancing together. See for yourself in the picture of this amazing work of architecture below.
So more or less we were able to cover most of the important sights of Prague but there are still some places we would have wanted to visit but were held back due to time and weather. Well there is always a next time….
Here is me, signing off for now.
Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this post. Well if you did then do come back as I will take you along with me on our next trip to the beautiful Budapest, Hungary.
Until then… Ciao!
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