[Prague, Czech Republic] In Prague: A Monastery, An Ancient Castle, and Some Music on the Islands

Across the River Vltava, another part of Prague was waiting to be discovered. The tram to Pohorelec transported us to a new world altogether, a part of the city that was even lovelier than the one we had already explored.
A Gorgeous Day. Prague, Czech Republic.

A Gorgeous Day. Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Strahov Monastery and Mala Strana:
A visit to the ancient Strahov Monastery and its surroundings were a great start to our day. We took a leisurely walk in this neighborhood, spotted the statues of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, and took a break near the Strahov Monastery. I found a bench with a lovely view, and we cooled our heels for a while. Then, we hopped onto our feet and continued our stroll through the cobbled streets leading to the magnificent Prague Castle. I peeked into the pretty shop windows, observed the beautiful buildings, wondered about the intricate details on lampposts, and sighed at the panoramic views over the city of Prague.
Brahe and Kepler. Prague, Czech Republic.

Brahe and Kepler. Prague, Czech Republic.

Strahovsky Monastery. Prague, Czech Republic.

Strahovsky Monastery. Prague, Czech Republic.

Strahovsky Monastery. Prague, Czech Republic.

Strahovsky Monastery. Prague, Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

All that walking had made us hungry. So we took a quick detour, proceeded down the sloping streets near the castle, and headed for lunch at Mala Strana (Lesser Town). Here, we had a big birthday lunch at a great vegan restaurant. Vegetarian versions of goulash and sirloin made for a sumptuous meal.
In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

In the streets of Prague. Czech Republic.

The Largest Ancient Castle (Prague Castle):

Post lunch, it was time to explore the largest castle complex in the world, the Prague Castle. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses churches, gardens, royal residences, and courtyards. The St. Vitus Cathedral and Treasury were among the first sights on our walk. Hopping in, hopping out, ambling through the courtyards, and halting often at the spots that offered fantastic views over the city – a pleasant afternoon of discovery. The place was lovelier than it had appeared from across the river.

Prague Castle Complex. Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague Castle Complex. Prague, Czech Republic.

St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague, Czech Republic.

St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague Castle Complex. Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague Castle Complex. Prague, Czech Republic.

Looking over the city. Prague, Czech Republic

Looking over the city. Prague, Czech Republic

We followed the path leading down to the riverside.

Music on the Islands:
The day was far from over.
As we walked across Kampa island and its park, the sound of lilting music led us to a group of musicians. Warm Trdelnik (a typical Czech pastry that is made fresh in the streets of Prague) served as perfect accompaniment to the musical notes. By the time the performance had ended, we had gobbled up a lot of pastry!
Now, our hearts and feet guided us to another island, where a live concert was in progress. We hung around for a while, enjoying the foot-tapping Czech and Italian numbers belted out by the group.

 

All in a Row! Prague, Czech Republic.

All in a Row! Prague, Czech Republic.

Locked Up. Prague, Czech Republic.

Locked Up. Prague, Czech Republic.

Trdelnik, anyone? Prague, Czech Republic.

Trdelnik, anyone? Prague, Czech Republic.

End of the day. Well, not exactly. A ride on the Prague Metro hadn’t been crossed off our Junior’s list yet. And so, two exciting Metro rides later, we finally called it a day and headed back to the hotel.

 

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