at the beginning of this month we went to Prague and I visited a few Christmas markets. First I went to an english bookstore/pub (Globe), which is as cool as it sounds. The bookstore was in front (also offering second hand books) and in the back was the pub, that also serves lunch and coffee during the day. I had a sandwich and some coffee and felt some regret that I didn’t live in Prague, because they had posters announcing movie quiz nights, readings, writing evenings and other amazing things!
After my lunch I bought a book, that I carefully chose (‘Stardust’ by Neil Gaiman) and had wanted for some time. I hardly ever buy new books, since I have this theory that every book will come to me eventuelly, either through a library or in a second hand store. Really, most books turn up at second hand stores at some point (at least non fiction ones!).
After that, I went to the centre, trying to get some night photos. I wasn’t quite suceeding, since it was dark already, my hands were cold, my camera is only an amateur DSLR and I have forgotten most things that I’ve learned about night photography by now. I will definitely start refreshing my skills soon! Plus, I didn’t bring a tripod, so I tried to balance my camera on the hand rail!
There were many swans and seagulls (I think!). At first, I thought something was wrong with my lense, but then I noticed it was pretty foggy up at the castle!
The centre was pretty crowded, actually it was so crowded that at some point some security guards and police only let a few people at a time to the main squares. The next day, when I went for lunch with my boyfriend, a lady told us that this was because of a special event at the main square regarding the Christmas tree. At the time, when I was in the centre myself, I thought it’d be that bad all the time! Prague is pretty famous for its Christmas markets.
This is the famous Astronomical Clock. In the back you can see the Christmas tree!
When I was cold, I got into a big toy store (Hamley’s). There even was a merry-go-round IN the toy store and many other things. When I left the store, there was a Santa sitting on the chair where the bear was sitting first, talking to children.
After that I walked from the centre to more remote places, had some coffee and then, when I went back to the hotel, I found the cutest Christmas market (plus: Trdelnik was cheaper!).
The name of the Christmas market was at a place called Náměstí Míru, which is also the name of the metro station. The next day, I had convinced my boyfriend to go back, we returned and enjoyed the market, which hasn’t been fully open the night before.
This special sweet called Trdelnik is very good and hard on the outside, but soft inside. We even have it in Austria nowadays. At the market stalls people were selling handmade things like soaps or knit wear, some sold souvenirs.
After walking around a bit, we went to a cute little café called Mezi Srnky, where we had to wait outside for about twenty minutes to get a table. It is a very small and popular place, but the wait was worth it! The food was very good (we had sandwiches and pancakes). This is their Facebook page: Link
I really enjoyed these two days in Prague! Even though the weather was bad: rainy and cold. But the food and Christmas feeling made up for it.
Thanks for reading!