My mama planned us a mother-daughter trip to two particularly cool European cities the week after my sophomore year of college ended. This trip was a Christmas – Birthday combo gift that I will never forget. First stop: Prague, Czech Republic.
We stayed in the Perla Hotel, a contemporary hotel right downtown which includes wi-fi and a free breakfast buffet! The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The breakfast consists of a true European breakfast buffet, lots of meats, cheeses and bread allow you to start your morning off with a hearty meal that’ll propel you through the city. The breakfast area turns into a bar/lounge area after hours which certainly came in handy a time or two after a long day of exploring!
some most are not the highlight of any trip; however, I do believe that if you pick the right tour for you, it can be one of the greatest memories of your vacation.
We embarked on an ILikeBikes tour which really helped to show us the important landmarks of Prague in a way that we enjoyed. The tour takes place on an electric bike which helps propel your tour without wasting too much energy. Our tour took us up a winding path towards University Apartments and the largest stadium in the world (where the Rolling Stones have performed). The view as you travel up the hillside is breathtaking and learning about the multiple, multi-season uses for the park and the way of life for University students was really interesting.
We made our way to the Church of Our Lady before Týn and Vyšehrad, a historical fort with some serious 10th-century architecture. Last on our stop was the “Lennon Wall” and the Lock bridge, where people physically lock their love to the bridge. Being the lover that I am I absolutely adored both of these sights and took way to many many pictures of them. Anyone looking for a fabulous proposal spot abroad? This is certainly a pretty cool one.
My mom and I REALLY enjoyed this tour. It was incredibly personal and really informative. Unlike a lot of other tours I’m sure people have experienced in other places, which is why guided tours have such a bad name, it was exciting, upbeat and great ‘bang for our buck’! I highly suggest it if you are visiting this beautiful city. I Like Bike tours are also available in Budapest, Hungary.
One of my favorite sights to see was the Prague Astronomical Clock. Thankfully it was only a short walk from our hotel because I just had to see this beauty at least once a day, but usually twice. It was installed in 1410 which makes it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest astronomical clock still operating. Its location in Old Town Hall in Old Town Square makes it very easy to view and easy to view often! There will always be a crowd of people in awe of this work of art, however, at the top of every hour this crowd grows in size. On the hour the figures mounted around the clock create noise and move their heads while a trumpet plays from the top of the tower.
I want to make dining suggestions so badly but cannot remember the name of all the restaurants we ate at for the life of me! If only I had known, at 19 years old, that I would one day aspire to travel the world and create a blog about it I might’ve kept better records of all my trips! I will share with you the little information I do know about where we ate!
One of our most memorable meals in Prague was a late lunch at La Scala Pizzeria. Before you get on our backs about choosing Italian while in a different European Country, it just smelled so good we couldn’t resist. We sat outside and had phenomenal service! Our 2 course meal, plus wine for two was not only delicious, but wallet friendly. We enjoyed our meal and our service so much that we returned later on that evening for dessert.
Alright, so we really like Italian food. Another great stop was VINOdiVINO! VINOdiVINO is a wallet friendly establishment with delicious food and great service which takes place in a quaint dining area dressed in red; a good explanation for why they have received 4 and half stars on TripAdvisor. Please excuse my baby face enjoying my vino in Praha…
Additional Suggestions: Ladies, wear comfortable, flat shoes; the entire city is cobblestones. Eat the traditional food, even if it looks like it’ll put hair on your chest. Everyone we talked to spoke very good English, which we were very thankful for, so don’t stress about the language barrier! Last but not least, beware of random sidewalk elevators (see example photo below). I certainly plan on returning!