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Prague

On our last morning in Prague, we got up early to make sure we caught a glimpse of the famous Astronomical Clock as it struck the hour.

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We then made our way out of the Old Town for the first time, into the suburbs where the National Gallery is. It was almost deserted which was sad because they had an excellent collection. We focused mainly on the 20th century galleries, plus a special exhibition of Alfons Mucha. I had previously only known Mucha for his iconic Art Nouveau era art and design so it was fascinating to see his later work: a series of enormous paintings called The Slav Epic.

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We were there for most of the day (it didn’t help that we got a bit lost trying to find somewhere that sold a tram ticket!) so by the time we arrived back in the city and had a late lunch at an old monastery brewhouse, it was getting dark. We decided to visit the castle again to see the buildings and the cityscape at night.

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Pilsen

The following morning, The Man and I hopped on a train to Pilsen, where we pushed and heaved our packs into some lockers at the train station so we could go and explore.

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A charming old town square with impressive church? But of course!

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On the recommendation of our walking guide back in Prague, we went up to a skyscraper cafe to get not only the best view in town, but also quite possibly the best hot chocolate ever (seriously, it was like drinking fondue)!

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Pilsen

We then made our way to the Pilsener Urquell brewery, which, let’s face it, is the only reason The Man wanted to visit.

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I don’t have the slightest interest in beer, but this room of old brewing tanks definitely make the tour more interesting. It has all the hallmarks of my dream kitchen!

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Going down into the storage tunnels was pretty cool. Drinking unfiltered beer straight from the barrel: less cool. (The Man would say otherwise, of course.)

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And then, with bellies full of beer and chocolate, it was time to run (you think I’m joking) back to the station to catch our onward train.

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Prague

When The Man and I were first discussing our overseas trip (eons ago), we first needed to narrow down where in Europe we wanted to visit. Since I pretty much wanted to go, um, everywhere, we decided to concentrate on Germany and Austria since his mother’s side of the family hails from there.

My only condition was that we had to add Prague to the itinerary.

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So naturally, I was already like an excited little girl when we finally arrived there, let alone when I saw all. the. fairy. lights.

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Oooh…

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Aaaah…

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Cutest nativity scene ever? These were life-sized, just so you know.

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I may or may not have planned our entire trip around being here while the Christmas markets were on. There were decorations to be bought and sugar-coated pastries to be consumed.

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Seriously, there is something to be said for travelling in low season. We have NEVER stayed in a hotel this nice. Hello, medieval vaulted ceilings, antique furniture and beautiful parquetry floor.

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Somehow we managed to get our arses out of our gorgeous hotel room with its Nespresso machine and out into the freezing cold (which the locals were calling a ‘heatwave’ I might add, since there was not half a metre of snow on the ground).

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We had a six-hour walking tour that with a lovely girl as our guide. Apart from being a very knowledgeable local, she was also an art history student so she was particularly good with explaining all of the art and architecture, and she was even able to give us plenty of suggestions for other arty things to see later.

So unlike many days on the trip where we were inside at galleries and museums for much of the day, this one was aaaall outside, meaning there are a zillion photos. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Get that scrolling finger ready, here goes!

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Gothic cathedrals + coloured stained glass. My favourite type of building, hands down.

I’m not a religious person but they never fail to take my breath away.

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Truly awe-inspiring.

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I think I could put together a series of all the creative nativity displays we saw. So charming, don’t you think?

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Sigh.

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The markings you can see on this buildings are historical flood levels, the top one being 2002. That is the second storey window, you realise.

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We had lunch at an underground medieval-style tavern. (Thankfully they let us use knives and forks.)

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I know you guys love a good before-and-after – how’s this one?!

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Okay, so we didn’t have to walk for the full six hours: there was a boat ride down the river and canals for part of it.

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After the tour ended, The Man and I continued to explore, determined to make the most of the quickly fading daylight. I loooved the displays in the window of the Cubist Building.

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I had read that Jugendstil (this region’s version of the French Art Nouveau) had been a popular style here, so I was a bit baffled as to why we had not seen a single example throughout the entire day.

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…and just at that moment we turned a corner and stumbled into what must have been the Jugendstil District. There was not only this gorgeous building, but shops dedicated to the style and even a restaurant named after one of the era’s icons!

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Mission complete.

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