This is the 3rd postcard from our trip to Prague last week – see links in the right hand sidebar for the previous entries!
Our second day was fortunately dry and sunny, after the downpour and storms the previous evening! We headed to explore the Jewish Quarter in the morning. A lot of the places here charged admission, and as we weren’t overly interested, we were quite happy wandering down the cobbled streets and admiring the exterior of buildings. As well as passing an old synagogue, I did manage to spot some creepy figurines on the outside – they wouldn’t look out of place in a horror movie (see below pic)! After a wander round we found our way to the Old Town area and had a rest – a lot of the cafes make their own lemonade, so I picked a delicious raspberry lemonade to keep me going and refresh me from the walking we had been doing in the sun!
We had planned to do parts of the Old Town later on in the week, but we did go and find a statue that Mr B wanted to find in the Old Town Square – it was of Jan Hus, who was a Chrisian theologian and was murdered for his beliefs in Prague. After we found that – we went to Praha Bakeshop to pick up some lunch. I had seen good reviews for this place on TripAdvisor, there was so much choice and it all looked excellent quality! We also couldn’t resist some of their cheesecake – mine was a white chocolate and raspberry flavour which was delish!
By this time it was mid-afternoon, so we headed back to the hotel for a drink by the bar, and then took ourselves to the recital we had booked the day before. Opposite our hotel was a funicular tram which ran up Petrin Hill, so we took that to the top, then wandered around the gardens/grounds to the Castle – which took longer, but featured no steps up which was a relief! I forgot to take pictures here, but there was a mini version of the Eiffel Tower, a mini castle which was also a mirror maze, a rose garden and lots of paths for different walks.
The recital was in St George’s Basilica, and featured work by Pachelbel, Mozart and Vivaldi. We are in no way classical music connoisseurs, so we went for this one because the pieces were popular so we had heard most of them before! The recital lasted for about an hour and the Basilica was a very good venue – partly because the temperature was cool, and the acoustics were incredible!
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our my extensive trip advisor research a good Mexican restaurant which was in the Mala Strana area, so we then took ourselves down the Castle steps to dinner at Cantina. Since it had been a long time since dinner, we shared a plate of nachos and then had a burrito each. The quality of the food was very good, but my burrito was definitely too cheesy (and I LOVE cheese) so the flavours of the meat were a little lost. I would have definitely gone back if we had been in Prague longer!