Photo Diary: Prague Day One

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

This weekend my girlfriend and I celebrated our two year anniversary, and as a belated birthday gift, I took Paige to Prague. We've visited many lovely cities together (Amsterdam, Budapest, Dublin, to name a few) so I chucked Prague onto the list with a 3 night stay in Ondříčkova. Just a few minutes walk away from Jiřího z Poděbrad, this area is home to 'The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord' which is a very impressive looking building central to a square which hosts a market on a Saturday.

The weather man wasn't kind to us during our stay and over the course of our time in Prague we were treated to torrential rain, snow, hail and winds strong enough to blow me into the Devil's Channel. This unfortunately meant our activities were limited, but we still made the most of what we could, even if it meant we were pretty soggy at most cafes and restaurants!

One of the things I found to be good about Prague was the extensive amount of public transport, so if you're not up for too much hiking (Prague is very hilly!) there are options around the city - if you can work out the ticket machines, that is. Ticketing is done by time in Prague, and a 30 minute ticket costs just 24 CZK (around 80 pence), and you can reach most places in that time. There are 3 metro lines that are easy to follow, and several bus and tram lines. The only thing I would note is that most of Prague is not translated to English - unlike many cities that are getting more and more overrun by tourists, Prague is still very traditionally Czech, and most shops, restaurants and the transport do not have an English translation. So make sure you keep an eye on the name of the stops to reach your destination. If you don't have it already, I really recommend the Rome 2 Rio app.

On the first day we visited the Italian restaurant just across the road from our Air B'n'B (which I really recommend if you're looking for a place to stay, here is the listing) called Il Capitano Ristorante. The service in here was great and the pizza was just as good - a Margherita cost 195 CZK (around £6.50). In the evening we walked down to central Prague to see the Old Town Square and generally what the city centre had to offer - it took about 30 minutes to walk with plenty to see along the way, including the famous Astronomical Clock. We stopped for dinner in Hotel U Zlatého Stromu where they had an extensive food and wine menu and a nice heated seating area outside, just moments away from Charles Bridge.

© All Images: JYDMRA

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