Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PRAGUE
So many pictures, so many new memories!
As you know we ( Elisa and I) are still visiting and touring Prague in the Czech Republic! We are just so cool!
Last night after dinner
Anyhow let me tell you how my day started: I was just so disgusted - what a freakin flippin morning! Ugh I could've screamed!
Again I kinda woke up on the early side - which was no problem. With hopes of leaving our room by 4:30a to go get some beautiful sunrise pics!
But since Elisa is dealing with some minor jet lag, I had offered for us to do the sunrise pics on Sunday morning so that she could get some more rest...Which she did ALL DAY LONG!
I figured that perhaps I'd catch a few extra Zzz's as well, well that wasn't happening - I was wide awake and since there is no gym at this hotel, I thought what a better time to write my feature FOODIE FRIDAY than right then?!
And so I did...and as I was writing it it dawned on me to go ahead and save - but I didn't - I just continued to write away, until I was all done! And then just as I was about to click on to another page, instead of opening a new page, I typed it into the browser and just like magic the new page appeared and the article had disappeared! NOOOOOOOOO
Well, yes it did, and it put a total funk in the rest of my morning. I was so super pissed off. I was so upset. I just couldn't get my act together. I couldn't even think straight. Think I'm being a bit dramatic? Well this was how my morning was going. It SUCKED.
Eventually I made it down to breakfast, and then we headed out on another sight filled touring day around Prague. Or as I like to call it Prague-O-Rama!
I'll fill ya up on lots-o-pics and for the details of our day please refer to Elisa's column - I promise you'll also get a good laugh after reading about what caused us to start cracking up laughing on the Mánesûv Most (Bridge).
I was so happy that we were able to go inside and tour St. Vitus Cathedral, which took over 600 years to build and is absolutely breathtaking, with so many magnificent stained glass panels that I just fell in love with. Beautiful. Just beautiful.
So many great views from Prague Castle!!!
I also want to share what a freakin' pack horse I felt like today...because I know you care! Everywhere we went, I had so many damn straps around my neck with cameras dangling and crap that I kept getting all tangled up - I was a total hot mess!
And after having a very light breakfast, I was famished! So I couldn't wait for our lunch cruise...
And while the cruise offers endless sights and gorgeous viewpoints for seeing Prague from the Vltava River...the lunch "buffet" wasn't exactly something to write home about (in any good way). I basically had half a plateful of tomatoes and the other half of the plate full of lettuce!
And while I really enjoy salads...contray to popular belief - they do nothing for you when you are starving...in fact I tend to think that they increase your hunger.
Anyhow while on the cruise with my plate full of lettuce and tomatoes, and Elisa's full of other vegetarian items, the server came up to us and very gruffly asked "Where's the meat?" SMH
And the last stop of the day was a very somber one. We walked through the Old Jewish Cemetery - where there is an estimated 200,000 buried in this small plot of land.
Speaking of food, I did manage to complete a brand new FOODIE FRIDAY for you to enjoy! The featured restaurant of the week is Maitrea, where Elisa and I dined last night here in Prague. Click HERE to read all about it!
I'm gonna leave you off with that...while Elisa naps and hopefully we'll be heading out to dinner at some point soon!
Hope you have a great Friday! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PRAGUE
Lunch on the Vltava River & Prague Castle
Ahoj! (hello in Czech) Another lovely day here in Prague, Czech Republic!
Tanya and I wasted no time yesterday making our way around the Old Town!! Learned lots, saw lots and took lots of pictures!!
Old Town Square, Prague, at night
Old Town Tower at night
We ended our day with a lovely vegetarian/vegan dinner at Maitrea a two minute walk from our hotel.
I ordered a Quesadilla with a "Greek" flair. Filled with tomatoes, spinach, black olives and feta cheese, it was really quite delicious! Tanya is featuring this great little Prague find in her Food Friday segment today.
Quesadilla with a "greek" flair at Maitrea Vegetarian Restaurant in Old Town, Prague
Up and at 'em early today with Day 2 in Prague. Tanya and I hit breakfast (which is complementary during our stay) at 8am and enjoyed a lovely spread of fruit, breads, breakfast meats, cereals, eggs, sausages and baked goods
No one by the Astronomical Clock this morning! We monopolized the area with tons of photos!
We were so eager to get going, since we had a full day planned of sightseeing!!
What was so wonderful was just how empty and wide open the Old Town Square and surrounding area was before 8:30 in the morning! We had the whole area, virtually to ourselves!! It was wonderful. And with the sunny, crisp, morning air, we were in heaven!
With that advantage, we took lots and lots of pictures and were able to monopolize the area in front of Prague Tower and snap away with pictures in front of the Astronomical Clock!!
On the Mánesûv Bridge with Charles Bridge in background
Charles Bridge - Old Town to the left
Onward towards Prague Castle, where we had a few little adventures along the way. First, we got some great shots of the Charles Bridge and scenery of Prague from across the Vltava while walking to Prague Castle.
Disgusting Shot of the Day - man about to do his "business" at the edge of the Vltava River
Interesting and yet totally gross story...while we were making our way across the Mánesûv Bridge, Tanya spotted a very mangy looking man standing below by the river's edge. There was a dog making a fuss and barking as well.
With a wide-eyed and appalled look on her face, she motioned me to look down. What I saw, was quite disturbing...his pants were down and he was about to do his "business."
Grossed out and all, I did manage to catch a picture of this disgusting scene. Now, folks, traveling is not only about sightseeing and culture, it is also about the unexpected that you never expect to see!!! This was one of those moments!!
Please refer to Tanya's side to see the looks on our faces after we made this observation.
Entrance to Prague Castle
Prague Castle was next -- quite an invigorating walk uphill, but we made it! We saw a number of the sights, including St. George's Cathedral, St. Vitus Cathedral, which was absolutely breathtaking inside and out, and lastly, the cutest toy store on the Castle grounds.
There is also a wonderful Toy Museum, which we did not go into (pressed for time) but for all of you toy enthusiasts, there is an exhibit here in Prague and in Germany celebrating Toys and the 50th Anniversary of Mattel's Barbie!
Secret passageway inside Prague Castle grounds
St George Cathedral at Prague Castle
Back of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle - spectacular!
Stained glass window in St. Vitus Cathedral featuring St. Elisabeth from which my name is derived! Had to snap a picture
Selfie inside St. Vitus Cathedral
Spent some good time on Castle Hill and seeing the various buildings that make up the Castle compound, as well as taking in the views of the city from this high vantage point. Lots of pictures!!!!
Some more spectacular pictures along the way to Pier 5 to meet our 12noon Lunch Cruise along the Vltava.
I was starving so I got a "Potato Snack Specialty" for the walk. I began eating with enthusiasm but quickly lost interest in this rather greasy snack.
Having had enough of this snack
The Lunch Boat Ride on the Vltava is a must-do!! Whether you go for lunch or dinner or any of the other "themed" cruises, it's so much fun to view the city of Prague from the water. Great views!! The food was a well-rounded selection of vegetables, salads, meat, poultry and fish.
After chowing down a bit, Tanya and I took a walk upstairs to the top deck, where we caught some rays and enjoyed the great breeze traveling down the Vltava!
I had a bit of a problem staying awake today - as you can see from the pictures Tanya took! I have not gotten much sleep and last night I was unable to sleep because I was too revved up over the trip to fall asleep! I could have slept like a BABY on this boat with the cool breeze and the heat of the sun.
Shopping in the Jewish Quarter
Our last stop of the day was the Jewish Quarter where we visited the Jewish Museum, as well as the Cemetery.
I managed to purchase a few souvenirs here for family members.
An that folks, ended our day of touring! I am so tired, I can barely keep my eyes open so I'm going to take a fast nap before heading out for more food!!
Come back tomorrow to hear about what we did on Day 3 in Prague!!