Day 12 – Prague, Czech Republic

For breakfast, we decided to eat at a restaurant outside of the hotel. After walking a short time, we decided on Cafe Imperial. Since it was late in the morning, I think they were hestitant to seat us because they didn’t want the table tied up through the lunch hour. Don’t they realize American’s don’t spend two hours eating breakfast?

Almost always, I will order something that I haven’t experienced before. This time it was soft boiled eggs with horseradish and fresh chopped chives. While I liked the dish, given other choices, I’m not sure I would order it again. I’m the kind of guy that squirts sriracha sauce on my eggs.

We decided  to get an overview of the city by purchasing a Hop on / Hop off bus pass. We felt that this would give us a good sense of the city and where we needed to focus are attention on.

At the Christmas Market in front of the Prague Castle
At the Christmas Market in front of the Prague Castle
One of two palace guards
One of two palace guards

We deboarded on the desired bus stop, but it took us awhile to find the Prague Castle. Many people consider this collection of buildings to be the most significant Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic.

Entrance to the palace - two guards are in the foreground.
Entrance to the palace – two guards are in the foreground.
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St Vitus Cathedral
Above the entrance to the church portion of the palace
Above the entrance to the church portion of the palace
Beautiful stained class inside the church
Beautiful stained class inside the church

IMG_3980In the research I performed before the trip, I identified a French restaurant across the street from our hotel – La Gare. Despite not having reservations, we were able to get a table at the back of the restaurant.

I ordered the Seafood Stew and Peggy ordered Coq au Vin. The seafood stew had a good amount of steamed mussels, small pieces of whitefish and shrimp in a tomato based broth.

 

Earlier in the day we agreed to attend a live showing of Swan Lake; a ballet. Our seats were only 11 rows out and you could hear the squeaking of the ballet slippers as they danced across the floor. Out of respect to the performers, I did not take any pictures during the performance.

The Swan Lake stage
The Swan Lake stage
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