After so many spoilers on OMG! Two Winters in Prague, Czech Republic (1) and enjoying Prague Castle with that view of handsome guards, I continued my walk down the street to Charles Bridge. It was super easy to reach Charles Bridge from the Castle, you just need to walk straightly down the road. Prague was always so crowded, even in that path along-way to Charles Bridge. While walking, I found my favourite souvenir (and postcard) shop there (on my second visit, I went there again and I unconsciously left my precious Ms. OMG! there). It was on the left side of the street and it also offered a service to have family or single photo studio using Czech traditional clothes. This shop sold many unique souvenirs of Prague, some with supercool photos and some with funny illustrations of Prague.
My friend and I were so hungry at that time and we stopped at a cafe (still on that street to go to Charles Bridge). We were interested on its promotion written on the window: Roasted Duck, dumplings, and soup for only 6 euros, haha! Veeeeery cheap, wasn’t it? Dumplings were always delicious. I like dumplings a lot. Muito. Oh noooo, now I am craving for that because of that picture I posted above. I know it is always not good to post and see any food picture in the middle of the night. How about the roasted duck? Sorry to say, but I love Indonesian fried duck (especially, Pak Ndut’s Fried Duck) and duck in Portuguese Arroz de Pato more.
Charles Bridge (in Czech: Karlův Most) is a historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river and links two sides of Prague (Old Town and Mala Strana). This stone bridge was build in the 14th century. I came twice during winter so I felt that this bridge was a bit gloomy and gothic. In another word: spooky. There were many statues that being build as a command of the Catholic. I didn’t really know who those statues were so I assumed that those statues were Catholic Saints. Charles bridge was full of people who just passing by, artists who sold their paintings, musicians who played music, tourists who took photos or enjoyed Prague from here, and sadly, beggars! I met a Malaysian family who thought I was Malaysian because of my scarf.
My favourite thing at Charles Bridge was when a street band playing jazz music when the sky got darker. It was like a magic. Imagine these: Prague city lights, Prague incredible view from the bridge, gloomy atmosphere, and a jazz music as a background. It sounded so romantic although my hands were trembling because of minus temperature.
My screaming stomach brought me to a Christmas Market at the center of Old Town. Winter was a perfect time to feel Christmas feeling in Europe. Porto didn’t have any Christmas Market but at the opposite, those countries I visited during Winter break had it. Because of my religion, I don’t celebrate Christmas. But I do love being in the middle of the crowd who were looking forward to Christmas, celebrating and sharing their happiness (For Moslems, this was similar with how we feel before Eid Day). People were enjoying the market with their families or relatives, they were so happy. Czech children were performing some theatrical actings on a stage and singing Christmas songs (OMG! Cuteness overload) and my favourite thing: Czech local foods were everywhere!
I ate Langose and Trdelnik at Christmas Market. I didn’t like Langose. It was a fried dough with so many garlics inside and sauce + cheese on top. It tasted very strange and I hated the taste of garlic left on my mouth. Trdelnik was a doughnut with cinnamon and sugar. This one was definitely my favourite. Luckily, we were served by a handsome Trdelnik seller’s son. We were so lucky for choosing this stall! Yaaay!!!
Nearby, you can find (and you should take some pics in front of it) the Old Astronomical Clock. Based on wikipedia, this clock is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. The problem was I didn’t know how to read that clock properly xD I paid 3 euros (yay, students price) and I went up to the top of its tower to see Prague from the top. It was beautiful. Ok, Prague is always beautiful. But it was freezing! Mine and Titis’ pictures on that tower were awful since we couldn’t make any beautiful expression at all. It was super hard to smile or even pose and smize (smile with eyes) like what Tyra Banks said in ANTM.
I have a mission here in Europe: I should try (at least having a coffee) in those world’s most beautiful cafes in Europe. Prague has one! It is Imperial Cafe. Titis & I got lost when we looked for this cafe before. Thanks God, we met Pak Denny (PPI Portugal’s former chairman) and yay we found that cafe. This cafe was incredibly full and we need to book in advance. We managed to enter one hour after. As what’s written on the list, this cafe was beautiful with its art-deco decoration. Most people who ate there dressed so chic.
On my second visit, I stayed at Cheryl’s couch and then I moved to my Couchsurfing host’s couch, Petra. Petra lived in Odolena Voda, a small village outside Prague. She has 2 sons and a super cute daughter named Gabinka. Her husband was in France at that time. Petra was a photographer and she taught me some photography tips and tricks and of course, Gabinka was very pleased to be my model.
Prague was big and two parts of my traveling here were not enough. I believe the only way to know my whole stories is by experiencing Prague by yourself. See its beauty with your own eyes and be prepared of bumping other persons because Prague is very crowded, either in Winter or Summer or Fall or Spring. I feel this Gothic city is too romantic and I hope to come back there again. Well, I have been there twice so my third should be with someone special :”>
Is there any city that you have been there before and then you want to come back there again, but with someone special? Tell me your stories here and why do you choose that city? I have four Prague postcards giveaway for you whose story is romantic in my opinion 😉