Praha - 2. Babylonis Habsburgensis

Trip Start Sep 01, 2011
Trip End Sep 18, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, September 9, 2011

We've spent whole two days on our feet in this city and we're going to spend few more hours tomorrow morning and it still will be not enough. The Prague is overwhelming. It needs at least a week or two plus a local guide to just slightly lift the lid of this trunk full of lots of surprises and all sorts of pleasant goodies.

This city knocks you down from the very first minutes. It's like a huge anthill hence the name of this entry. The streets are full of tourists of both types*, homeless, gypsies and policemen. No locals can be found at a first glance. Esp. in the historical centre.  The most spoken languages on streets are English (UK mostly) and Russian. Or heard. Because Czechs speak surprisingly quiet, murmuring, which makes this totally unknown to me language even harder to understand.  
The concentration of attractive details of architecture and history here is over the top. I was totally lost and couldn't make a single shot the first day: I wanted to grab and take with me every square feet of Prague. It's still hard to me to fight with this feeling.
The transportation system is very convenient although pricey (~UAH55 a day). I think Yarynka has not used Kyiv subway even one tenth as much as the local metro: we used trams and metro as much as possible and even more. It's a pleasure to use local trams in particular because of their dense network which also covers the city centre very well  and also because they are quite and fast (even those ancient Skodas similar to ours). Daily tickets are sold in tobacco shops (sic!), so keep it in mind. 
It's allowed to smoke in local pubs and unfortunately somewhere there's no another option. Prices in the historical centre are high and you won't find a real citizen of Prague amongst their visitors. However these restaurants are pretty good and look as authentic as it is possible considering their all-tourist directivity. Though I would really recommend to chase locals up to their favorite "pivnicy" (which happen to be located a little bit further off the old downtown, but still in charming Habsburg-built districts): the choice of good beer there is usually much more richer and prices are a bit lower. 

NB: It's PitA to edit photos from the netbook so I'll add them to all entries later.
* - first type is those tourists who are walking quickly from one sight to another; second type are those who just wander distraughtfuly with their jaws dropped gazing around. exactly like we did :) 
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