It’s 11 PM on my last night in Prague and I’m trying to think of how I can honestly describe my amazing time here. Between the friends I made, the food I ate, and the sights I saw, I couldn’t have asked for a more heartwarming or fantastic experience. This city has a very particular personality that I found charming and endearing, and I know I’ll definitely be back one day to share it with the people I love. For now, though, I’ll try to capture my past two days in a few words and many photographs.
Around lunchtime, I went to Narodni Divadlo for lunch with a friend from school, Michelle, who is studying abroad in Prague this semester. We ate at a cute little restaurant called Slavia Kaverna across from the National Theater, and I tried goulash (famous Czech dish) for the first time!
Afterward, I went to the Paladium and ran into Daniel, my hostel friend, randomly in the food court! He said “I found the perfect place for you, but we need to get there before sunset.” The sun was setting quickly, so we got to our feet and power walked across the river to Letna Park, an area situated on a hill overlooking all of Prague. From here we watched the sun set over the river and, although it was so cold outside, our heart were warm with the beauty of this magical scene.
Afterward, we made our way back to the Old Town Square, where we drank hot drinks and walked around. The sounds, sights, and smells of the Christmas market were truly one-of-a-kind. Vendors lure tourists to their booths with sparkling ornaments and local art, the scents of hot drinks, pastries, and hot sausage fill the air. I wish Christmas in America could be this way!
I bought a train ticket to Kutná Hora, where the Sedlec Ossuary is located. If you don’t know what an ossuary is, see for yourself:
Yeah, you guessed it, it’s a church decorated with human bones. It really wasn’t as creepy or horrific as one might expect, and the history of it was actually pretty interesting. Plus, where in the world will you ever find a chandelier made entirely of human bones?
After the ossuary, we visited some of the local cathedrals, all very striking and beautiful and unique. We stopped for lunch in the city center, which I fell absolutely in love with. Kutná Hora is so cute and charming – it definitely reminded me of a fairytale or a romance movie. It was a wonderful place for a winter walk!
And then, once I got back to Prague, I spent the rest of the evening wandering around the city squares, stopping in souvenir shops, and just soaking in my last few hours of this magical city.
It will be sad to say goodbye to Prague, but I have fantastic memories, snazzy photos, new friends, and beautiful stories to help preserve my few days here.
Tomorrow, I’m headed to Vienna by train! I’ll be sure to drink lots of coffee, listen out for street music, and take lots of photos. Until then…na shledanou!