Monday, 4 April 2016

Prague 2015: Day 4

You can read up on our first three days in Prague here: 1, 2, 3.

Our fourth day in Prague happened to be Valentine's Day! We started off by grabbing lunch at a local restaurant (/pub) that our tour guide had pointed out as the local's favourite.

We ordered their meat platter to share, and asked for a small beer...

Between the two of us, we slowly worked our way through the meat feast, occasionally turning our attention to our beer. Like I said, we'd asked for the smallest size they had, since we don't really drink.

We ended up with a tankard bigger than both of my fists held together!

 Pivnice Štupartská 1869
Štupartská 745/9, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město, Czech Republic

After hanging around for a while, we started our long walk over to see the latest exhibition at the National Gallery. As our feast slowly started to digest, the Sun set slowly over the river, producing a beautiful pink landscape.

Eventually, we arrived at the National Gallery of Prague's Veletrzni Palac (Trade Fair Palace), and fell in awe of the giant paintings produced by Alfons Mucha. Titled 'The Slav Epic', twenty large canvases were presented before us, summarising the history of Czech and other Slavic nations.

Each one was produced with so much detail that we actually ran out of time to fully appreciate each them all! We highly recommend seeing this exhibition if you get the chance to - the guide books that we purchased on entry were also incredibly useful in explaining the scenes shown with the paintings and what it was that Mucha was trying to portray through his intricate paintings.

We stayed until the very last minute; right until the security guard found us and told us that the museum was now closed. (He was very sweet, and gave us a few more minutes before he told us he really had to switch off the lights and lock up!)

To fully appreciate the beauty of Prague at night, we decided to walk back to the hotel. Everything was lit up and the river sparkled in the dark!

Since it was Valentine's Day, we decided to have dinner at the hotel restaurant - we figured all the restaurants in town would have been booked up months in advance, and I personally just wanted to eat, get into my pajamas, and sloth around watching dramas till bed time. I'm so romantic, I know.

Dinner, on the other hand, was rather romantic with a live band and a special Valentine's Day menu. Kin ordered the baked wild piglet knuckle 'sous vide', with parsley potato puree and cranberry sauce, whilst I stuck with my junk food tendencies, and ordered a burger and fries!

As we left the hotel restaurant, the maître d' picked out a single rose from a giant bouquet, and handed it to me :) Nice touch, Jurys Inn!

And with that (and plenty of Breaking Bad episodes), our fourth day in Prague had come to an end. Today was relaxing, and it felt great to see Prague in a way that was less rushed that typical city breaks. The next day would be our final day in Prague, and I remember feeling sad that this magical place would be a distant memory; way too soon.

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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