Monday, 18 April 2016

Prague 2015: Day 5 [Last Day]

You can catch up on our first four days in Prague here: 1, 2, 3, 4.

On our last day in Prague, we headed for a tasty post breakfast snack - the yummy trdlo from Casserol Bakery!

We dined at the adjacent Casserol restaurant on our first evening in Prague and the waitstaff had told us of the freshly baked breads they served, made available daily at the bakery next door. It only seemed right to go and try it :P

I really enjoyed watching the man behind the counter prepare the piping hot trdlos! The steam that came off each one as he loosened it from the metal column... we only wish that we could have tried our trdlos hot!

The store was incredibly busy, with the queue growing out of the shop itself. Granted, it was a tiny space, but there always seemed to be a queue of people!

Highly recommend. 

If I ever go back, I plan on trying plenty of their other baked goods!

Krusta Artisan Bakery
Karlova 147/44, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

With our tasty trdlo in hand, we headed towards the Petřín Tower, crossing Charles Bridge, and climbing uphill amongst what was mostly grass and stairs.

Around an hour later, we arrived at the Petřín Tower. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, it stands at 63.5 metres, with a stunning view over Prague.

On arrival, we purchased our tickets and set off for the first observation deck.

We had a great view of Prague from this half-way observation point, with little obstruction. You could easily see Prague Castle and Charles Bridge in the distance.

After a couple of photos, we headed to the observation deck at the top. Unfortunately, the view from the top deck was not as great as we had hoped; grubby windows circled the whole observation deck and made it difficult to get a good view or photo. We decided to back down to the first observation deck, before eventually making our way back towards Old Town.

We went for the tired and windswept look.
On our way back, strolling along Charles Bridge, we noticed a large number of tourists wearing sunglasses despite the gloomy and cold weather. We figured this was worth a photograph to capture the moment - we found it rather amusing.

I wish it had actually been sunny!

By this point, we felt deserving of a well-earned tea break, at no better place than Tri Cafe!

From their small menu of home-made goods, we decided on a vegetable quiche (we can't remember the exact name!), and I went for another cup of their relaxing and warming mocha.

Once we had refuelled, we headed for the Astronomical Clock. Aside from chiming every 15 minutes, the clock contains four figures that are set in motion every hour: Vanity, Greed, Death, and Lust/Earthly Pleasures - these are said to be the four things that were despised during the time the clock was made.

I completely forgot to go through the best parts of the Astronomical Clock when writing about day one - it is one of the reasons why I love it so much!

The large outer circle of the clock itself displays the numbers from 0 to 24, covering the total hours in a day. The smaller circle displays the zodiac, with the yellow sun shown in its true location amongst the zodiac. A separate dial connected to the smaller circle shows the moon's position relative to the sun. What fascinates me the most is that the model of the moon itself shows the actual phase that it is currently in. At the time of this photo (on our second day in Prague), the moon was in half phase - the model shows half black and half silver. I find it fascinating how several hundred years ago, they were able to map the position of the moon and the sun, and implement this into a fully functioning clock complete with moving status and sounds!

Enough about the clock though - the reason we headed for the Astronomical Clock was so that we could see the view of Old Town from the top :)

We walked up the spiral within the Astronical Clock tower instead of taking the lift, and before long we were faced with a pretty stunning view.

As the Sun began to set, Old Town slowly became more and more beautiful with its twinkling yellow street lamps and Disney-like castle in the distance.

Hey, Prague like to party too!

I regret not having stepped inside the Church of Our Lady before Týn (pictured above). We always walked past it, and there was never a moment when I didn't feel it defined Old Town as much as the Astronomical Clock. Seeing it lit up so beautifully reminded me of Sleeping Beauty for some reason, and has made me curious to see if it is as beautiful inside as it is outside.

On our way down, we decided to take the lift - the pod looked pretty futuristic as it rose and fell!

Inside, not so much! :P

As we left the Astronomical Clock, we took one last photo of what I had come to love, lit up in the street lights. Three days after our first photo of the clock tower, look how the face of the moon has become almost completely black in the photo below! 

Displaying a small crescent moon, we looked up in the sky to find the same shape beaming back at us.

This was the perfect end to the perfect holiday - the clock showed us once again how magical this city was, both through the views it provided and the amazing detail and mechanics behind the clock itself. I will definitely return to Prague one day - perhaps in the summer months; I'd like to see this incredible city in a different atmosphere. Perhaps with warmth and light, Prague could even become my favourite summer destination! :)

Thank you for following our Prague journey. I hope you've gained a small insight into how we viewed Prague, and that it's made you want to visit too :P

Disclaimer: The amazingly beautiful and professional shots featured in this blog post are not my own. They have been used with kind permission from Kin :) A few belonging to myself appear, but the majority do not belong to me.

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