I traveled to Prague last year in Feb, rather shortly after my delivery in December. To a lot of people’s amazement, I left my little one at home with my mother and took a much deserved and needed vacation. This leg of the trip started at Prague, routed through Vatican & various parts of Italy, also ended at Prague.
Since I had recently given birth and my body was all disfigured (read bloated), I had a big scar and the stretch marks with additional 20 pounds, this break was a needed one for me to fall in love with the precious being I was blessed with and most importantly to fall in love with myself again. My heart literally tore apart when I bid bye to the little one before leaving for the airport. But I did, for my sanity, for his well being and just for me and my man to fall in love again.
During the trip we strolled the Prague streets, took a free walking tour (you should leave tips for the guide at the end, its basic courtesy and a way to say thanks to these history enthusiasts who are incidentally, mostly students) with great student guides, kissed on Charles Bridge, splurged in beautiful boutique shops in the by lanes of Prague, drank a lot of beer, a lot – including Pilsner in the ancient Pilsner beer bar.
A few memorable highlights of this trip were:
The most beautiful Library in the world: Klementinum Library. The art work on the ceiling is breathtaking. Visitors are not allowed to go in the astronomical room and pictures are not allowed. However, not taking pictures is just a formality as many resorted to it and our guide at the library just turned around and allowed it. Well, I am guilty of doing the forbidden. I took a couple of shots too.
The Charles Bridge: Oh the Stroll! The morning, the evening, the night, the view from top of the tower, from start of the Gun Powder Tower, are all so mystical. A typical whimsical setting of fairytale inspired architecture (or should I say, the architecture that inspired many Fairytales) brings out all the mushy and happy feelings from within. I just felt blessed to have had the opportunity to walk down the town and path with so much history and marvel.
The Beer: Oh the beer! You cannot, just cannot miss the beer scene when you are in Prague. I’ve had lots of great beers (though my favorites are from Spain), but drinking beer in a vintage brewery with a bunch of locals and other travelers is an experience unmatched.
Vegetarian Food: I’d thought that finding a vegetarian restaurant in a city like Prague would be like finding a needle in a haystack. I was so wrong. Being a cold part of Eastern European country, local cuisine mostly includes red meat and of course lots of beer. Locals don’t have much idea about the vegetarian food. However, a simple google search can not only get you to a vegetarian joint but probably the best one in the entire town. I searched for “Best vegetarian restaurant” on google search and voila! There it was, the “Clear Head” Restaurant known for its Raw and Vegan food. Read more about Clear Head Restaurant.
Note: All the envious mothers who questioned: where is the little one? And kind of felt envious of the post-delivery vacation, here is a picture of me looking not so great, in my PJs (and the most handsome little baby ;).
Mums, take is picture of me below as a reminder that not all days are the same, today you might be feeling distressed, dejected and just plain tired. Remember, you are strong, be proud. You are doing great, just try to smile and sail through 🙂
Have you been inspired to travel to any of the places which I’ve written about? Let me know in comments and I just might make your day by sending a surprise little thing your way.