PRAGUE - RED ROOFS + BEER
TO SEE + DO....
Prague is a fairytale-like city. The buildings seem to all have red roofs and the streets are made of cobblestones. There are many colors to the walls of the city and if these walls could talk, they would have many stories to tell. You feel like you've transported back into time with the different styles of architecture, from Gothic to Victorian-era, as well as with the old cable cars humming by. Prague is a wonderful place to walk around and have a good pint of brew after all the sightseeing. It's also not harsh on your wallet.
PRAGUE CASTLE + GROUNDS
For someone with a little budget, the Castle may be expensive. I was on a budget as per usual and so I did not go into the actual castle, but I did get to see the outside of it and explore the lush gardens which were FREE. It was a nice afternoon activity and was very relaxing to enjoy the architecture from the outside.
THE STRAHOV MONASTERY LIBRARY
Near the Prague Castle is probably one of the most beautiful libraries I have set my eyes upon. Wonderful painted ceilings, guided furnishings, massive globes, and a whole array of literary works along with a bug collection, this monastery library is a real treat for bibliophiles. Although you can't really walk into the main areas of the library, the feeling you get when you are there is magical.
OLD TOWN SQUARE + CHARLES BRIDGE
The Old Town Square of Prague is truly wonderful. Again, you feel as if you have turned back in time, especially with the beautifully large Astronomical Clock as its centerpiece. After seeing the square, Charles Bridge is a short walk away and its really fun to walk along and see more of the city.
After walking what feels like 40,000 steps around the Castle, the Monastery, and Charles Bridge, you deserve a beer. Find yourself a nice bar or cafe and have a brew. Pilsner came from the Czech Republic, so it's your best bet and at only $0.50USD a pint, it's sure worth it.
JOHN LENNON WALL
Near to Charles Bridge, the John Lennon Wall is an ode to peace and love through creativity. It all started in the 1980s during the communist regime as a way for young Czechs to write about their feelings. Since then, it has been painted over numerous times and people continue to write their personal sayings about love and peace and though Beatles lyrics.
TIPS FOR VISITING PRAGUE
• Currency: Czech Koruna
• Metro system is really good and really cheap; use trams to see more of the city
• Train to and from the airport is somewhat expensive
• Drink lots of different beers