Prague – A Land of Stories

Fresh from a 17-hour journey (figuratively; I wish I could say that literally), I emerged from Staromestska Station and was greeted by the cool autumn wind. I can’t believe it. I’m finally in Prague. I’m finally in Europe!

I trudged the cobblestoned streets, luggage in tow, searching for my hostel. It didn’t take me long to find it as I easily spotted Tyn Church’s spires, so I knew the Old Town was close by.

I arrived at the hostel earlier than the official check-in time, so I left my luggage at the storage room first, and made my way through Old Town.

I was too excited to explore.

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I meandered through Karlova’s alleys lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.

It didn’t take long for me to reach the Astronomical Clock where people flock for the hourly show. I decided to just check it out at a later time, and went straight to the center of Old Town Square.

The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings. Its center is filled with tourists, buskers and various street performers, and even Segway operators.

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I walked towards St. Nicholas Church where a bunch of tour operators were gathered, then headed straight to Parizska Street – a street lined with luxury boutiques.

From my aimless wandering, I eventually found myself in the Jewish Quarter, but did not explore it further. I figured I better visit it on a guided tour so I can get a historical background.

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Parizska Street – a piece of Paris in Prague

When I got tired from all the walking, I grabbed a snack, sat on one of the benches around Jan Hus Memorial to people-watch.

Later that night, I checked out one of Prague’s oldest markets, Havel’s Market (Havelske Trziste) then went back to Old Town Square to watch the last night of Signal Festival where they project light art onto some of Prague’s notable landmarks.

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