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Postcards from Prague: Part One

I had no idea Prague was going to be so beautiful and charming. I expected medieval churches and castles, but was pleasantly surprised by the bright pastel buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that surrounded them. It is this contrast between gothic and nouveau, light and dark that made Prague especially enchanting to me. Not to mention almost everything you do, see, and eat feels like a steal (The Czech Republic uses the Crown, not the Euro, and the exchange rate is crazy good)!

Prague can easily be seen in two days, although I would have gladly stayed longer if time had permitted (darn work). Once again, I was lucky enough to travel with my friend's travel company (FlorenceForFun) in exchange for taking some promotional pictures. Seriously, how could I say no?

On our first day in Prague we focused on the sites east of the river -- Wenceslas Square (where I indulged in some Starbucks), the Old Town Square and astronomical clock, the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, the Jewish Quarter (which had the most incredible cemetery), and the Powder Tower.

After our walking tour, we stopped for lunch at a 550-year-old beer hall (U Medvidku Beer Hall) where I ate my body weight in potato and cabbage dumplings (I don't really like beer, but if I did, I hear this is the place to try some traditional Czech beer). As much as I loved Prague, I must confess I really hated that smoking is still allowed in restaurants.

After an exhausting morning of sightseeing, I broke from the group and made an afternoon cappuccino stop on the terrace of the U Prince Hotel, which had the most amazing view of the Old Town Square, astronomical clock, and the giant 14th-century gothic church. I spent the rest of my day just wandering down cobblestone alleys and photographing the candy-colored buildings (I was lucky enough to have intermittent blue sky). By six the light was gone and my feet were done, so I rested a bit in my hotel (the Fusion Hotel is excellent and I highly recommend it) before I rejoined the group for dinner at another great local spot, Kolkovna SavarinStay tuned because Thursday I will be sharing day two!

Is Prague on your wanderlust-wishlist?

Ashley B
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  1. I've been to Prague several times and it's still one of my favorite cities in the world. One of my favorite places is The Golden Lane near the castle where you can buy cosmetics from Manufactura which smell sooo good. Cannot wait to see more of your beautiful pictures!

    1. I loved the Golden Lane! I am seriously in love with Prague.

  2. Prague is definitely on my wanderlust list! Such gorgeous photos!

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  4. I was on tumblr searching for stuff about Prague and found your beautiful pictures! I'm glad I did, bc I'm going to Prague in 3 days and i found this very helpful!
    Oh, and can you tell me which camera do you use? Any special lenses? Thank you :)

    1. Hi Sara, so glad you found me! I use a Nikon 3100 DSLR, but is my amazing lens that I think really makes the difference. It is a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens.

  5. Oh! What a city! I love those pastel buildings! Such sunshine-y days you had too. Hubby's family is from Eastern Europe so we hope to visit there soon. Prague will top our list of must-sees!

    1. Yes, definitely go to Prague! Unfortunately I had good weather this first day, but it was still beautiful!

  6. What an awesome place to see! It looks gorgeous , and even better than you got to go for free!

  7. The colors in the buildings are fantastic and they go great with your brightly colored sweater! So happy you'e having a great time exploring.

  8. Prague is the loveliest city...the people, the food, and the surroundings. Everything is so charming. Glad you had a fun trip. Thanks for also sharing your research with us. Rooting for you and for a very fruitful research trip this semester!

  9. Thanks Haley! I agree the best word to describe Prague is charming. I am also glad to hear you enjoyed hearing about my research. I always worry that it isn't interesting to others.

  10. Prague has been on my wanderlust-wishlist for the past two years! It seems like an incredible city and everyone I know who visits loves it! I love your pics! Your colorful outfit was too perfect for the streets of Prague :)



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