Czech Republic

Praha 4 us

We were curious to discover Prague and we were not disappointed: the city is great and we have found a special host who helped us so much! Thanks Micha!

The apartment we stayed is in the middle of colorful buildings, in a residential area where nice restaurants, cafés and a farmers market made us feel like at home. We spent a morning in a cosy internet café drinking coffee from Vietnam and Papua New Guinea and planning the next steps of our trip.

Our tour started on Vaclavské namesti: one of the most known and crowded streets of Prague because of its many shops and hotels and its rich architecture. Even if we did not have a guide it was easy to find the main attractions as Old Town House, the main square and its Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge that we left for the day after. Instead we went to the old Jewish cemetery but it was too late for the visit (we do not had a guide!!!).  Plan B: lay down in the garden beside the the Czech Philharmonic and listen to a Swedish band.

Fede was crying for a big Italian pizza and a huge beer; we have found both in a Czech version of the Biergarten in a park not far from home.

One of the members of the architect community (they are everywhere…) told us about the last house designed by Adolf Loos: Vila Müller. We could not miss it! Only when we arrived we realized that we had to book; this time Cadu was crying but Superfede solved the problem: we called from the only bar in the street and we booked the English guide. The visit is very exhaustive: from the basement to the terrace (with its extraordinary view of the city of Prague) the guide explains the history of the house and the particularity of each room. Most of the interiors are originals and the restoration is impeccable: even the flowers of the garden were the same that Loos choose with something yellow (his favorite color) each time of the year.

On our way back we walked through the little streets that bring to the castle. We did not expected such a calm right behind the most famous attraction of Prague. We enjoyed the castle at sunset sitting for a while in the garden which steps down to the city. The hardest part was to cross back the Vltava river on Charles Bridge: definitely too many people for us.

Our train to the Czech border was at midnight so we had the time to wander around the Jewish district that reminded us Le Marais in Paris: full of fancy bar and shops and with a great atmosphere.

TIPS:

  • only in touristic area restaurants are open till late, elsewhere the kitchen closes at 10 pm but you will find a little market to buy something to eat.
  • If you want to visit the Vila Müller you need to book before. 7 people max for each guided tour.  http://www.mullerovavila.cz  +4202 24 31 20 12 vila.muller@muzeumprahy.cz
  • to buy a simple bus/tram/metro: easy if you know that it costs 24 Kc

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s