Europe Trip Travel Log: Prague

We began our 6-week trip by flying to London overnight. We had a 4-hour layover in Heathrow, the London airport, before our flight to Prague. Once we got to Prague, a driver drove us to the apartment we were staying in.

The first day, we visited a Comenius museum. After, we hiked up to a Medieval tavern for lunch and then began our climb up the old steps to the Prague castle. There, we had a tour of the castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral. We then enjoyed some lemonade by the castle to cool down and then walked down Golden Lane which held many shops and historical views. The walls of the palace have great views over Prague, and we walked through the gardens after sitting on the wall for some time. We walked to a restaurant in a cave and had dinner there, and then called a taxi back to the apartment.

The beautiful giraffe exhibit in the Prague Zoo.

On the second day, we went to the zoo and after a struggle to find someone to call us a taxi, or even find the exit, we made it back to the apartment safely that night. We had dinner at a sushi restaurant.

On the 26th, we walked down to old Town Square and found the medieval astrological clock, which chimes every hour with the 12 apostles passing by the window above the astronomical dial and symbolic sculptures moving aside. Next, we walked throughout the square and around the statue of John Huss (Jan Hus), which is the John Huss Memorial. Many artists set up in the square to perform and make money.

The Charles Bridge

We then got on a tour bus which took us around the city while we listened to a narration on headphones and then got dropped off at a boat tour along the Vltava River. The captain was funny and, along with the river, took us through a man-made canal which is now one of the most expensive areas in Prague, as well as featured as “Venice” in many movies. One of the greatest tourist destinations was next on our itinerary, the Charles Bridge. Named after the influential Charles IV, the bridge is 516 meters long and took nearly 50 years to construct, beginning in 1357. Along the bridge, there are many artisans selling their works of art.

Lastly, we purchased and labeled locks which we put on the lock bridge by the canal we had toured through, and then we headed to a recommended restaurant on a boat docked in the river. The food was amazing and the server made me a special gluten-free dessert! To top off the night, everyone else got Trdelnik, a Bohemian dessert made with dough and ice-cream inside.

On the 27th, we were taken to a private statue of Comenius, and then we walked to the tram that gives rides up to the Petřín Tower, a miniature Eiffel Tower, which is about 1/3 of the French monument’s size. We took the elevator up and after looking over the entirety of Prague, we climbed the 300 steps down. They had a mirror maze, so we walked through that and at the end, messed around in the funny mirror room. We walked back through the square of performers, and back over the bridge one last time, stopping to rub the eighth statue. If you do this, it is said that you will return back to Prague in your lifetime.

On the 28th, we left Prague and began our 20-hour journey to Naarden, Holland.

 

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Eliza Grigsby
Eliza is a junior in her second year working with the BlueXpress. She is involved with many things around Millbrook such as the swim, softball and academic teams, interact club and SCA as well as dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy.
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