|Me, blissfully surprised by what was around every corner in Prague...|
So, that's how I found myself getting off the plane not knowing one word of Czech nor the currency nor the "deal" about taxis. But I spoke the international language of airport Starbucks and "free wifi" so a quick trip to Google and I was heading into the city.
I checked into my hotel, badged up for the conference and decided to take a walk. Again, I didn't so much as Google search "Prague sights" so I decided to take my restaurant map, walk to each one and scout menus for what I wanted for dinner. Along the way, here's what I found (and yes I had to Google what each was when I returned to my hotel)...
First up, I had been wondering why everyone gushes about Prague, popped off the train at this stop, not really knowing what would be there and saw the Prague National Museum:
|Prague National Museum|
The museum spilled out an avenue lined with flowers, cafes and shops, like this cute one in the center lane made from an old trolley car:
|In the shadow of the museum...|
I turned a corner and saw a small gaggle of people gawking at this gorgeous medieval clock. I snapped a few photos and later learned that it's the famous Prague Astronomical Clock, first installed in 1410 and the oldest clock that is still working.
|The Astronomical Clock|
|Musicians in Old Town Square, Prague|
|More musicians in Old Town Square|
I was inspired and awed by all that surrounded me and suddenly I wanted to learn more. So off I went with my restaurant map to find a spot that had wifi. Laeticia, who never steers me wrong had recommended Bar & Books which ended up being the perfect spot to settle in with my map, my iPhone and a gin n tonic. True to legend, it was Bond to the max, serving up solid cocktails, showing Goldfinger on the television and even playing Bond-vibe music in the early evening.
|Bar & Books in Prague|
Along the way, I found a farmers market, walked the Charles Bridge and passed tons of places I would love to come back and visit one day. I entered Mlynec conscious that I was flying solo and a tourist, so I told the hostess, "Hi, it's just me, I can eat at the bar." (once a server, always a server) and she replied, "Oh, it's sunset, we've got a table for you on the patio." Did I mention the sun was starting to set over the Vltava River, with a view of the Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle in the distance. I'm not usually that caught up in the scenery, but it was an amazing moment where I just sat back and said to myself, "Life is good."
Then I ordered the tasting menu which had some of the most creative uses of asparagus I've ever seen (who knew I would love asparagus ice cream!)
|Asparagus Salad, Mlynec Restaurant in Prague|
|View from my table...|
Are you exhausted yet? And, you didn't even fly here *and* fit in work. On the way home from dinner, I passed a singer who had a large crowd listening. He was singing in English and I legitimately loved his voice and lyrics, so naturally I looked him up - meet Kev Fox and give him a listen.
|Kev Fox performing on a Prague street|
I was exhausted and had to speak at a conference the next day. I went to bed full, happy and wanting more of Prague. Luckily, I had one more day left.