Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Prague Gardens

The green spaces throughout Prague are fantastic. And that is all I have to say about that. Enjoy these snaps, which hardly capture the beauty that they intended to. 

Prague Shopping

There is some really good shopping in Prague. Like, kind of amazing. But after a few days I realized there are only 6 essentials:

1. Painted things (nesting dolls and eggs)
2. Sparkly things (chandeliers, glassware, crystal stuff)
3. Anything from Manufaktura
4. Street food
5. Czech native costume
6. Markets

1. Painted eggs and Matryoshka dolls (which may be from Russia, but they sure are everywhere in Prague) - Natch I had to have a doll. The biggest one I could find, because in this case bigger was definitely better. I am loving my girl(s).  And I bought a dozen eggs too, because, well they are fabulous.

 2. Chandeliers and other fancy glass/crystal stuff. Somehow I left the Czech Republic without a chandelier or anything crystal and sparkly. This was probably a mistake.

 3. Wooden toys and soap at Manufaktura. Someone please tell me how on earth this store has not caught on in Portland, Oregon? Homemade soaps, some made from beer hops, and beautifully crafted wooden toys...all in one shop. Loved.

I struggled trying to decide what to get for the kids, but chose a really cool wooden/cardboard/magnet stage and characters which enables them to put on a little red riding hood show. They have really had fun with it, and it mixes very well with existing favorites like playmobile and kapla. Below is a snap of the "field trip" they set up...

As for moi...I grabbed some yellow Savon de Praque and a sweet purple soap dish...wish you could smell it, its good stuff. 

4. Street food! Praque's answer to Paris's crepes? The Trdelnik. I tried to limit myself to 2 a day, which turned out to be a limit I just couldn't adhere to, they were too amazing. They are cooked over open fire, and taste like a flakey hot donut dipped in sugar...very similar to what a cronut must be like, though I have never had the pleasure. Portland food carts, take note...I am coming home someday and I'd love to see these on the menu...

I am mostly a sweet tooth, but a good savory option was the spiral cut potato on a stick. Because anything tastes good on a stick...this fried, salted potato was no exception.

5. Czech native costume. I am embarrassed to admit how hard I looked to try to find a shop selling any of the clothing pictured below. Admiring these pictures (and outfits) a week+ later I realize I should have tried harder...

At a minimum I should have bought this sweet girl, but I did not. 
6. Markets - I don't know much about the market scene, except that there seemed to be lots of them and they were all great. 

Prague Views

Prague is a city that invites you to climb up to get a better view...all day long. Each church, tower, hillside, bridge, hotel and park offers a unique vantage point to admire the red roofs, gorgeous architecture, and buzzing city below.

When I am old, if I remember nothing else about Prague, I hope I remember the views...or better yet I hope to remember the take-my-breath-away feeling I got when I saw the views...

 The staircase below went on and on, and I climbed it a few times in the few days I was there, the view at the top was worth it.

 Here is a view of the city captured from the vineyards of a super old winery...just above the city

 This mini eiffel tower at Petrin has about a jillion stairs (300) inside...but how could you not climb up?

 Chai latte is better with a view...

All the climbing gave me sore legs and made me nervous about race day, but in the end the race was a success and I was glad to have admired the views. Love me a win-win.
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