Friday, November 29, 2013

Prague's Pedestrian Zone

Prague is on the "must see" list when you're in Europe. We drove there a few weekends ago and I was excited to see that it was only a 2 lane highway entering the city. I'm not afraid of driving in big city traffic, but it's always less stressful in a foreign country, if there aren't a lot of lanes. We were seriously just meters away from our hotel and about to take the final right turn when a cop in the street stopped me. He was a little angry and speaking Czech very rapidly. I told him that I only spoke English. He continued in Czech. I apologized for my lack of Czech and repeated that all I speak is English. In a very Russian sounding accent, but perfect English he asked, "You did not see the big pedestrian zone sign?" "No sir, I'm sorry, I didn't see the sign." Kind of disappointed he asked, "And the medium sign, you did not see the medium sign?" "Mmmmm, I didn't. I didn't see that one either." He shifted his weight to his other leg and questioned, "How about the two little signs? Did you see the two little ones?" I was getting a little worried at this point. "Uh, no, I didn't see any signs about a pedestrian zone."
Well, he let us go and I was slightly concerned that this trip was not going to be as flawless as I had imagined. We found our hotel, checked in and got settled. We took off pretty quick to see as much as we could but our first stop was not where Trip Advisor claimed so we went in the opposite direction of all the stuff to see. We were not impressed with the city so far and were getting cold and hungry so then I was confused about what was so great about Prague.
After regrouping in our hotel we found the right direction, immediately found street food and delicious treats, along with all of the beautiful sights to see. Crisis averted, we had a great time and we're on the "Oh my gosh you have to go to Prague!" wagon.

It was cold and overcast, but didn't rain. You can't ask for much better in November :)

Back side of the cathedral

City center

Oldest working astronomical clock in the world 
Endless streets of beautiful things to look at

Lots of color

Entering the Charles Bridge. Be warned, there are a lot of bridge pics

Corey on the Charles Bridge

If you go, get up early and there will only be a few people. Wait until noon and it's like Lollapalooza on that bridge

The other side

I thought this was the world's cutest balcony

Old water mill

Buildings that I love

Door at the Prague Castle

I could live up there

In front of the Charles Bridge. A scared Czech woman took this photo for us and I was very happy with how it turned out. Corey scared her.

Swans make everything look fancier

Such a great skyline. I wish I had a better lens. And knew what to do with it.


Sarah said...

Love Prague. Awesome pics. I'm so glad you got to go. It's making me sad I didn't have my good camera back when we went. I guess we'll have to plan another trip. :)

Sarah said...

btw, here's the travel lens I'm looking into...