Czech mate

Prague, day 2 started off wet and wetter.  We had to take the pup to the vet to get dewormed but got caught in a downpour.  No, she didn’t have worms, but she had to get treated to return to the UK.  It was a quick and cheap visit (60 czech krona – only $3!!) before we were heading back into the rainy gray day.  Lacey wasn’t really sure about the trams we had to take, but like the metro, she quickly laid down and was a champ.  I think she just enjoyed being out of the rain.

Once back at the hotel we got her situated and headed off for the Upper Town to explore the Prague Castle.  The approach from the metro was steep and wet but we made it.  We visited St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Old Royal Castle and Golden Lane.  The Cathedral was beautiful with vibrant stained glass windows and the ornate silver tomb of St. John of Nepomuk.  St. George’s was interesting in that it was so plain compared to St. Vitus.  There were wooden ceilings, plain bench pews, minimal painting and decor.  The Old Royal Castle was just meh…good views, but nothing terribly exciting.  Golden Lane was really cute.  It is a lane (duh!) of houses which have been setup as they would’ve looked throughout the history of the castle with some shops scattered around.  I ogled wooden toys and puppets at some of the shops but settled on a couple ornaments and a painted egg for our Christmas tree back home.  Then I came up with a great idea: every city we visit we are going to purchase an ornament and create a “travel tree” at Christmastime.  Sadly, I just thought of this after already visiting more than a dozen cities…better late than never?

Views from the castle keep overlooking parts of Prague

Views from the castle keep overlooking parts of Prague

The hike we endured to the top!

Just a part of the hike we endured to the top!

Looking over the Upper Town from the castle

Looking over the Upper Town from the castle

Rose window inside St. Vitus Cathedral

Rose window inside St. Vitus Cathedral

St. John of Nepomuk's tomb - made in all silver

St. John of Nepomuk’s tomb – made in all silver

Beautiful stained glass

Beautiful stained glass

Exterior of St. Vitus

Exterior of St. Vitus

Cathedral selfie!

Cathedral selfie!

Look at those flying buttresses!

Look at those flying buttresses!

Inside St. George's Basilica

Inside St. George’s Basilica

St. George's Basilica

St. George’s Basilica

Golden Lane

Golden Lane

Atop the castle grounds with the city behind us

Atop the castle grounds with the city behind us

We managed to work up quite an appetite so made our way to Wenceslas Square for some street food.  I indulged in another cup of burcak (it was only 25 krona…barely over $1), but sadly managed to spill almost the entire cup before getting to drink it.  Needless to say, I was pretty peeved with myself.  After lunch we walked over to the Astronomical Clock in Old Town to watch it do its thing.  When it chimes on the hour, there’s a “parade” of saints seen through the doors on the clock.  It reminded me of the Glockenspiel in Munich.  We did a little window shopping and wandering before settling in for an afternoon drink to rest our tired feet.

The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock

Street food!!!

Street food!!!

Lunch - chicken kabob, potato chips (freshly cut & cooked) and my ill-fated cup of burcak

Lunch – chicken kabob, potato chips (freshly cut & cooked) and my ill-fated cup of burcak

A random market we found

A random market we found

That evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner of traditional Czech food.  The service, atmosphere and food were all fantastic!  Plus, like the rest of Prague, the price was super reasonable!  We planned to make our way to the riverside to see the castle and the rest of the city all lit up but after waiting a while for the tram, we decided just to call it a night.   Another great day of exploring, traveling and experiencing a new culture!

Getting goofy waiting for the tram

Getting goofy waiting for the tram