Last week’s photo of the week was “Prague’s Sky Line” has inspired me to write the story behind that photo. It’s not a long one so don’t worry 😉
It all starts when my mother, my sister and I went on a week family trip to Prague in September 2010. Now I don’t know about you, but a trip with my mother means we should take shortcuts! She hates to walk (and I love to walk! Heck I walked 500 miles across Spain!)
So anyway, 3rd day in Prague, we planned to cross the river over Charles’ Bridge (Karlův most) – which is amazing in itself, just the walk over Charles’ bridge gives you some amazing views of the river while crossing from the Old Town to the Lesser Town where another side of Prague lies with loads of interesting things to see.
Slowly we crossed the bridge, taking loads of pictures under statues of the bridge and enjoying the little sun that was shinning on us for the first time since we landed in Prague.
Author’s note: Yes we were those idiots who thought it’s “summer” and didn’t check the weather forecast, and were slapped by the cold once we got out of the airport’s terminal wearing t-shirts and shorts. And it didn’t stop raining for the first two days (But we had loads of fun, and well we were forced to do some shopping which wasn’t bad.)
Finally at lesser town, we walked around, visited cathedrals, got lost and never found Lennon’s wall (which was one of the main things I was looking forward to!) We finally decided it was time to head for our last attraction in that part in Prague which was the castle.
The Stairs Surprise!
Of course me and my sister never told our mother beforehand that we will have to climb a long set of stairs in order to reach our destination. We just acted surprised and “hoped it wouldn’t be very long.” But actually it wasn’t THAT long, and it was fun to climb, with many things to view through the way.
One of the highlights of climbing was stopping for a snack, a “Trdelnik”. Don’t ask. But it was delicious, and it gave us the required energy to continue the short climb and enjoy our day above that hill.
My mom (left) and my sister (right) enjoying a sugar booster; they say they burned loads of calories that day climbing those stairs!
Prague Castle. Finally.
Above the hill, it is not just the Prague Castle where the King of Bohemia and others have had their offices; there is a lot more to see. For us, we were lucky to make it right in time for the soldiers changing time; they do put on a good show while changing. There’s also the “Castle’s Cathedral”, St. Vitus Cathedral, which is a breathe taking gothic cathedral built in 14th century (and also had earlier history dating back to the 900s).
There are also vast parks connected to the Castle and all around it (damn those kings had an amazing life!), you can go for walks or have a small picnic. Ofcourse with my mom, we walked just about 20 meters in the park, sat on a bench, and then started our way back, with her already stressing out about climbing down all those stairs again!
What made all this bearable for her? That she’ll have to walk across Charles’ Bridge again, which easily became our favorite place in Prague.
Some other photos I thought compatible…
Have you been to Prague and Prague Castle? What did you think of the views from up there? and more importantly, did you try that Trdelnik?
Also do you go on trips with your family? How energetic are they?