Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Prague 2015: Day 3

You can catch up on our journey so far here: 1, 2.

We decided to explore locally today, and started off with Old Town once again, stopping to see the buildings and sights that we had missed on the free tour of Prague.

There was a small food market selling hot food just outside the shopping centre - it smelt so good! As we planned to have lunch soon, we decided to hold out and didn't get to try any of it... Just look at how good it was!

We then headed over to the Estates Theatre to purchase tickets for the Don Giovanni opera that was showing that evening. Mozart loved Prague so much, he gifted to them the premiere of Don Giovanni and held it at the Estates Theatre! On our first evening, our tour guide had also pointed out that opera shows in Prague are the cheapest you can find in the whole of Europe. With such history and a great deal, naturally we had to see it before we left!

Lunch was at a cafe that we'd found on TripAdvisor. Down some side streets away from the more populated areas, there were still many souvenir shops dotted every where.

Before long, we found exactly what we were looking for - The Artisan Cafe Bistrot!

With a cute looking exterior, we were lucky to find a spare table as it was relatively small inside (around 7 tables), and busy! There were a wide range of cakes and hot drinks on offer - we tried the honey cake and another which I have since forgotten the name of (it had a layer of yoghurt-like fondant, covered in chocolate chips, with a base of what seemed like marble cake).

After we'd filled up on cake and coffee, we headed further away from the city centre to see what else we could find and how different things would be.

I feel like this is such a 'Humans of ...' photo!
We were about to head back towards Old Town for the opera, when we noticed an interesting looking building at the end of the road...

Without intending to, we'd found the Dancing House!

A strange bit of architecture resembling a pair of dancers, it is situated next to the Vltava River, along which was lit up by magical yellow street lamps. (I never thought I would call street lamps 'magical' either.)

In the distance, we could see Prague Castle standing out in the dark. I feel lucky to live where I do - never too far from the city centre or beautiful woodlands, but countries like Prague without its glass skyscrapers and crowds of people has always seemed like a distant dream. I am not sure if I would ever leave London, but I sure get tired of it. Prague reminds me there is so much more out there than bustling city life.

I know there is a quote that says he who is tired of London, is tired of life, but why does it need to be so extreme? Perhaps we just need a change of scenery every once in a while. A chance to take life slowly and absorb yourself in the surroundings along the way.

Tell me this isn't beautiful.

Eventually, we headed back to the Estates Theatre, stopping at Bageterie Boulevard in Wenceslas Square for a quick baguette dinner.

Our last minute ticket purchase meant we were left with seats at the tip of the U-bend - closest to the stage, but off to one side, which left us craning our heads to watch the show. The theatre's interior was incredibly stunning. Looking exactly the way it did when it was first built, there was plenty of gold everywhere giving it a great sense of occasion.

Imagine having this in your home..!

We had never been to the opera before, and I actually thought we might end up bored (everything was in Czech but there were English subtitiles). Instead, we were so absorbed, that we spent the entire interval discussing what happened and what we thought was still to come! It was intense, but also such a great night of talent and an opportunity to experience something new :)

Once the opera was over, we headed back to the hotel, stopping at the Billa supermarket opposite the hotel for some post-opera dinner!

We ended our evening with our pot pastas and some smoked salmon that didn't make it into the photo, before jumping into bed to charge up for the next day ahead!

I loved being able to walk around comfortably, exploring the country in a way that we don't often get to do in other countries. It was a really chilled out day, and even though we don't speak a word of Czech, I really enjoyed the talent at the opera. Would I go back? 110%.

Have you been to Prague? What did you like/dislike about it?

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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