One of the goals we set for this year was to try and travel throughout Europe as much as possible. We have been very fortunate to take some time to see different parts of Norway, but we have also escaped to some great cities of Europe in order to discover the world and it’s history together. And just before the close of 2017 in late December, we made a memorable trip to the beautiful trip to Prague.
We stayed in Old Town with it’s crowded cobble stone streets and markets, but we covered much walking-ground to uncover so many nooks and crannies of this beautiful and provocative city. Prague (better known as Praha) is the capital of the Czech Republic and also the historical capital of Bohemia. A political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe, it stuns you with it’s rich history which reveals itself anew around each and every corner. As the main residence for several Holy Roman Emperors (i.e. Charles IV), it was a key city for the Habsburg monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War. But its more recent stories (from 20th-century history -during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era) can really leave a deep imprint on your understanding of the shifting of world power and it’s political structures.
We were there at Christmas time (which is magical in and of itself). We watched as the famous medieval astronomical clock, built in 1410, chimed the changing of hours in Old Town square. We strolled over the famous Charles Bridge and touched the good luck statue of St. John Nepomuk (ensuring our return to Praha). We explored the infamous John Lennon wall, we ate delicious hearty Czech dumplings and drank Prague’s famous beer, we explored Prague Castle and the Strahov Library, we lingered over delicious coffee, hot chocolate and treats in the famed Cafe Savoy, and spent some memorable reflective time at the Kafka museum.
Prague is truly full of so many wonders, and it serves as a fantastic base for the unearthing of so many important histories. It was the perfect place to wander while wrapping up 2017, while thinking about what might come in 2018!