Haló everyone. Hope the weekend treated you well. Today I share with you a post on Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. My European blog posts are starting to dwindle, with only Berlin, Munich, Madrid and London left to share. It feels like forever since we were there, with nearly five months having already passed since we got back (need to start planning the next ‘shorter’ trip).
Unfortunately our time in Prague was not blessed with the most beautiful weather. It was freezing cold and raining on most of the four days we were there. I guess the weather did add to the mystic charm of the city, with the old medieval architecture looking picturesque against a backdrop of grey clouds.
This photo was taken in the Old Town Square which is filled with ancient buildings, magnificent churches huge clock towers, restaurants, horses and even old style traditional Czech food stalls.
This was originally the central marketplace of Prague and nowadays fills with tourists during the day and night.
The Astronomical Clock is situated on the side of the Old Town Hall Tower. Tourists will all gather around in front of the tower every hour to watch the processions of the Twelve Apostles.
Within the square they also have food stores set up. I’m really wishing we had tried some of this baked ham right about now, at least I got a photo of how amazing it looks.
Throughout Wenceslas Square (Prague’s main boulevard) you will find many food stands selling a variety of sausages. We decided to stop off and have a standing lunch one day in between shopping and going to museums.
There are a variety of different sausages to choose from. I remember going for the dark red type as it was spicy.
Top up with some sauce.
You then eat standing at one of the benches that are in the Square. We topped our sausage rolls with onions and a mixture of tomato and mustard sauce.
Bella Vista – Strahov Monastery
We took the bus up the hill one day in search of Prague Castle..we got off at the wrong stop and found ourselves at the Strahov Monastery which ended up being a beautiful spot to overlook the city and walk around the grounds.
Seeing the Bella Vista Restaurant we stopped for lunch, with the good weather and sun drenched outside seating being a big drawcard.
We ordered our lunch and some drinks with the waiter bringing out some Bread, Cheese, Chutney, Nuts and Fruit plate whilst we waited.
I chose the Vegetable Soup which was served with a piece of toasted bread in the centre. Perfect Autumn meal in the sun!
Ana went for the Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken.
The menu at Bella Vista consisted of both traditional Czech and Italian food. If you are lucky enough to get a beautiful day like we did, take advantage and sit outside in the garden and enjoy the view. You wont be disappointed.
Strahovské nádvorí 1, Praha 1
Ph: +420 220 517 274
After lunch we continued walking around the grounds and back down the hill to the city. I had my knit Zara jumper on and thought I should take a picture looking like a bird with my tassle wings.
The Powder Gate with its gloomy medieval architecture. This was originally one of the 13 entrances into Prague’s Old Town.
Right near our hostel was Pivovarsky Dum a micro brewery and restaurant. Most of the restaurant is taken up with brewing equipment with a variety of home brewed beers to choose from on the menu. The girl who worked at our hostel recommended this place for its traditional Czech cuisine. We visited on a perfect night, outside was pouring with rain so after running from the hostel we settled ourselves at a table ready for a hot meal and some beer.
I am not a big beer drinker so I requested a light beer which is on the right. Ana went for something more intriguing and tried the Sour-Cherry Beer which had a cherry floating in it as well. I am no beer connoisseur but they both tasted pretty good.
For dinner I chose the Roast Pork with Bohemian Dumplings and Sauerkraut which we were told is a favourite in Czech cuisine. The sauce was similar to a gravy and the meat was tender but I cant say I was the biggest fan of the bread. It was boiled, white and soft, I’m much more of a crunchy brown/grain/sourdough bread eater.
Ana chose the Pork with Thyme in Beer Gravy with Bacon Dumplings. The dish was covered in the gravy so it almost looked like a soup, thank goodness for all the dumplings to soak it up. This is great cold weather food but not something I could eat every day. It doesn’t seem like vegetables are a big part of Czech cuisine with the only vegetable dish on the menu being a side of mixed steamed vegetables which we ordered to share.
The cosy interior of the restaurant.
Jecná/Lípová 15, Praha 2
Ph: +420 296 216 666
Walking around one afternoon we came across some street markets and had a wonder around. I loved the freshness, variety and colour of these berries so grabbed some as a snack. Cheap & healthy!
This punnet cost me about $2.50 Australian dollars.
We decided to splurge one night and enjoy dinner at Kampa Park one of Prague’s fine dining restaurants. The restaurant is located on the river, with beautiful views of Charles Bridge.
Bread to begin for the evening. Pumpernickel and Sourdough slice served with Butter.
The place was very dimly lit so excuse the darkness in the photos. We chose two entres to start and share. This is the Burrata Cheese with Rocket Salad, Forest Berries, Caramelised Pecan Nuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette.
Our second entree was the Salmon 32 with Mango, Pickled Cucumber, Wasabi Oil and Coconut Sorbet. The wasabi oil came in this cool eye dropper like instrument with the whole dish being so beautifully presented we didn’t want to ruin it.
For mains I chose the Saddle of Lamb and Crispy Sweetbreads with Mushrooms and Topinambur Ragout, Shallot Compote and Creamy Truffle Sauce.
Ana went with the Glazed Duck Breast and Crispy Rillettes with Root Vegetable Pave, Endive, Rhubarb Puree and Ginger Red Wine Sauce. Unfortunately her piece of duck was extremely chewy and tough so she didn’t really enjoy her main.
We finished off the meal with a high, and ordered the Strawberry Cappuccino with Vanilla Ice Cream, Walnuts, Meringue and a Forest Berry Skewer to share for dessert. It came out with this burning plant like incense stick which got me all excited as it looked so pretty.
The skewer stick was also made out of toffee, genius way to serve a kebab fruit stick.
Overall we had a pleasant evening except for Ana’s main dish. During the summer there are fireworks on the river every night, and we were lucky enough to watch them from the huge window next to our table. I think you would appreciate the restaurants location and view a lot more during the day when you can get a clear look of Charles Bridge.
Na Kamp? 8b, Prague 1
Ph: Tel.: +420 296 826 102
Prague on Instagram
Winter wardrobe ready before heading out one night.
My camera battery died on the day we walked over Charles Bridge so I captured plenty of pictures on my phone of the statues that line each side of the bridge.
Selfies in the Old Town Square.
Statue of Lenin in the Museum of Communism.The guy standing next to it gives you an indication on how big it was.
Found myself a Greek man in Prague.
Random art installation which we came across after walking the Charles Bridge .
Intriguing poster I captured in a bar one night…
Old Town at night…we enjoyed a few drinks whilst wrapped in blankets at a bar and watched the world go by…I miss travelling..SO much!
Prague is now done and dusted. I hope you enjoyed the photos and got a little taste of what the city is like. Have a great week everyone, here is something to make you smile…there are only three days left till the long weekend begins.
Na shledanou xxx