2016 Europe Day 7
Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Prague

The Unitas Hotel is in a quiet section of Prague. Old building on the outside but very modern on the inside. Our room was large and airy as it looked out into a courtyard. It had a comfortable bed, couch, and an ottoman. There was a desk and chair and the bathroom was extremely clean and stocked with soap, towels, bathrobes, and slippers.
The room we’d booked includes breakfast so we have a hearty breakfast of egg, bacon, sausages, yogurt, coffee, and juice before we head out to a tour the city. The weather is spectacular today as it’s sunny and warm and we can walk around with only a light jacket.

The hotel is a five-minute walk from a tram stop and that makes it convenient to travel to various parts of the city.

Heading out to see Prague
In the area near Wenceslas Square
They put a blanket on every chair at almost all sidewalk cafes here
Prague Castle
Fashionable Lee in a fashionable area of Prague
One of many lawns in the Castle
In front of the cathedral
The cathedral is apart of the Prague Castle
Steps, walls, arches, sidewalk cafes... How charming!
The red tile roofs
The walk from Prague Castle to Lesser Town
Having lunch in Lesser Town
Heading back to Old Town
We then take a couple of tram rides and make a stop at Prazsky hrad where the Prague Castle is located. The Castle is Prague’s No. 1 tourist attraction because of its vast royal garden, magnificent church, and ornate buildings.

​​The Castle was constructed in 860, hit with various disasters including a terrible fire, rebuilt and rebuilt, and today, the beautiful complex serves as the official residence of the Czech Republic presidents. We wander around the complex, admire the architecture, listen to the folk songs sung by a quartet of young Czech men, and take a lot of pictures.
A quartet performing Czech folk songs
The Castle vast square overlooks the city
and admiring Eastern Europe architecture
From our hotel we walk down Narodni Boulevard then take Tram 9 to Vaclavske Namesti stop. This is where Prague’s other major square, the Wenceslas Square, is. It is a popular place that is packed with modern hotels, restaurants, shops, and night clubs. Wenceslas is a boulevard with a wide park-like median that restaurants use to set up their outdoor dining areas with umbrellas.

The south end of the square is anchored by the State Opera and the National Museum. We wander around, go down the boulevard, stop at some of the shops, and just generally enjoy our walk.

Castle Square
An area not too far from Charles Bridge
The beautiful Vltava River

Please Sign Guestbook

From the Castle, we head to the Lesser Town clustering around the Castle’s foothills. It’s a lovely area that is full of small shops, restaurants, ancient homes, and narrow coble stone streets. We have such a relaxing lunch at one of the outdoor cafés and just let time go by. This is life!

The rest of the day, we take Tram 17 to ride up and down along the Vltava River. Tour boats, dinner barges, kayakers, and canoers share space in the vast river enjoying the last sunrays of the day.
Old Town Prague
Horse-drawn carriage
One of many many charming sidewalk restaurants
Making donuts
Reluctantly saying goodbye to Prague