Here is another episode of The Lost Life, and this time I’m exploring Prague! During my brief visit to this fantastical city, Mother Nature decided to be insufferable and attacked my face with hay fever — but through all the sneezes and snotty nose and searing eyes, I did manage to get out and explore. Of course with a packet of tissues or two. Though I didn’t document much of my wanderings as usual due to the non-stop sneezing, I’ve put together a wicked fun video of what a day wandering around Prague might look like. From the cobblestone streets (that they vacuum) or of the gasm-inducing historic architecture or the everything-fried street food, the capital city of the Czech Republic has just about everything you could dream up.
The choice to travel to Prague came by necessity, because after being kicked out of Thailand during the military not-coup, I was struggling in the budget department.
Flying to Italy didn’t help too much, since hostels were about ten times the price of Thailand, so I needed a cheap destination fast. After exploring parts of Italy, a friend of mine who was in the same predicament decided to meet me in Prague, after seeing just how cheap it was to stay there.
I mean, 5 Euro for a hostel. That’s pretty sweet. Plus, it’s Prague, you don’t really need an excuse to go. Its constantly rated one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I’d say it’s right up there with Edinburgh in the fantastical cities department.
We spent a few days staying in the city center at Chili Hostel, and when I wasn’t dangling my feet out of the 4th story window writing, I was getting lost. Below is a video and some photos of what I stumbled upon in the city, but in reality, no picture can show the mind-blowing beauty of Prague.
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[x_accordion_item title=”History, Photos, and Video Points of Interest”]Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and nick-named “The City of a Hundred Spires” for the sheer number of spired castles and cathedrals and baroque-style buildings. This Gothic city (not your black make-up type, think gargoyles and iron) is known for the more famous tourist sights like astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle perched on a hilltop above lower town.
Charles Bridge: Along the beautiful Vltava River, the historic 14th century Charles Bridge is lined with the statues of 30 saints and has seen plenty of the wars that somehow Prague has managed to stay intact from. Most selfie-takers on the bridge won’t know that it once was adorned with heads as a warning to rebels and the sight of a ferocious battle during the Thirty Years War.
The Astronomical Clock: Located in Old Town and built in 1410, it is the third oldest in the world, and the oldest working astronomical clock.
Prague Castle: Dating back to the 9th century and currently the residence of the President of the Czech Republic and the largest castle in the world. It has also been a seat of power for Holy Roman Emperors and Bohemian Kings. Within the ancient stone walls are the Bohemian Crown Jewels, hidden of course.
Offbeat Attractions: Besides your main sights, across the Vltava River you will find hidden parks, unique street art installations, and botanical gardens atop Petrin Hill.
Petrin Tower: The look-a-like to the Eiffel Tower, this cast-iron structure above Prague City was built in 1892 and is 378m tall.
Strahov Monastery: Founded in 1143, the medieval monastery houses a vast library in the baroque style building.
Lennon Wall: A random wall found on the castle side of the Vltava River, the Lennon Wall is just a normal ole’ wall that people began adding graffiti to during the communist era that is themed around John Lennon and quotes from him or The Beatles songs.
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