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A weekend in Prague

A weekend in Prague

As a surprise for my birthday, Damien brought me to Prague, a European city I was dying to discover. In the middle of June, we were delighted to fly to a warm and sunny destination for the weekend, as the temperatures in Dublin were not exactly, hum, summery. While we couldn’t believe the amount of stags and hens strolling along the streets (we actually stopped counting at some point, it was insane) we enjoyed our time in this beautiful city which is much more than a nearby destination for young people in search of cheap beer.

Old town square

Where to stay

We got an AirBnb about 3 minutes from the Old Town Square. It was very handy as we could walk everywhere and yet our room was big enough and pleasantly quiet at night - probably because it was right beside a fancy shopping area, like a Rue Montaigne in Paris with the likes of Fendi, Céline, Dior and Gucci all gathered in a few hundred metres.

Where to eat

Handily, I’ve written a story just about that for Food&Wine. I’ll let you check it out.

What to do

Castle

I couldn’t recommend enough the New York Times food tour by Urban Adventures, which gave us a wonderful taste of the city, and some inspiration for my F&W story. Our guide Jana was incredibly knowledgeable not only about Prague and its food scene but about Czech Republic and the whole centre of Europe.

I would also recommend a trip to the Museum of Communism, which will lead you through the fascinating political history of the Czech Republic in the past hundred of years. We wear quite surprised by the way the story was told, as the explanations following the exhibition aren’t short of sarcasm.

Damien surprised me with a concert at the Clementinum, in a church where Mozart supposedly played the organ. We heard the Four Seasons by Vivaldi as well as some other classics by Albinoni, Bach or Smetana’s Moldau, which is the German name of the Vltava, the river that goes thought Prague. We noticed that many concerts take place in this area at different times of the day so it’s worth checking out even if you didn’t booked in advance.

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