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“Day 3…the not so tourist spots of Prague…🇨🇿”


Our last full day in Prague was no less adventurous than the previous two. We did however treat ourselves to a mini lie in as it was gone 1am by the time we went to bed after our epic escape room sessions! First stop was the funicular. Thankfully the queue was much shorter today. In fact. There wasn’t one. All we had to do was figure out how to get a ticket.The funicular, which first opened in 1891, took us up to Petrín Hill to the lookout tower. It was another beautiful blue skied day so we headed to the ‘Eiffel Tower,’ or the Petrín lookout tower. Standing 62m high, this tower gives you views as far out as the Central Bohemian Forests. Thankfully there’s a lift, which Alex and I took whilst Nathan races up the 299 steps. He’s crazy! I swear that despite the fact we had climbed many towers, overlooked many viewpoints, the views we were surrounded by were just breathtaking from every single angle. I couldn’t get enough! Prague truly is a mesmerisingly beautiful place. We exited the tower and met Ollie who was waiting patiently for us at the bottom before finding more sweet treats and the mirror maze. There really are some quirky things to see and do here in Prague so be sure to read about them before heading out! Built for the 1891 Prague Exposition the maze is full of distorting mirrors, some flattering, some hilarious and also features a diorama of the Battle of Prague, 1648.I don’t think I’ve ever laughed in a mirror so much! They were hilarious. From here we headed through the ‘woods’ and down to the Strahov Library. Needless to say the boys were massively interested in this stunning piece of work, so Alex and I ventured inside. I did also have to pay a little extra to take photos, but so so worth it!!The monastery, which was closed due to it being a Sunday, is situated next to the library. First founded in the year 1140 for the Premonstratensian order, the current buildings didn’t get completed until the 18th century and they stopped being used when the communist government shut them down and imprisoned all of the monks until they returned in 1990. Inside the library is truly stunning.First stop was the breathtaking philosophical hall. Built at the end of the 18th century, this hall is home to 42,000 volumes of books on everything from philosophy to art to maths and science. As well as much more. The ceiling took just two months to paint by a Viennese artist and one assistant. Reminded me of the Sistine Chapel, except this fresco is entitled ‘Intellectual Progress of Mankind,’ and tells the story of science and religion and the impact on each other they have. Next up was the cabinet of curiosities and the connecting passage. The collections in the cabinets contain things of science, such as the dodo, ancient books and a codex dating back to the 800s. It was fascinating!Then we came to another stunning room. The theological hall. Built in the late 1600s, the gall boasts 18,000 volumes many of which are different editions of the Bible or different languages of. These rooms are what one day I hope to have in my own home! A full on library full of history and a stunning ceiling! Wishful thinking…It was after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that the bishop of Olomouc Jindrich Zdik took the idea of building this monastery and he had the support of all those necessary. In 1143, the invitation went to the Premonstratensians and a monastery was built. The grounds host the Church of St Rochus, Basilica of the Assumption, and of course the library, the second oldest in Bohemia. Housing over 280,000 titles in total, 3000 manuscripts and the oldest being from 860, this is definitely not a place to miss!Just down the road from the library is another quirky hidden gem – The Miniature Museum. Anatoly Konyenko, a Siberian technician used to make tools for micro surgery. He had a hobby that took him 7.5 years – making a pair of golden horseshoes for a flea. Yep you read that right! This museum is fascinating and so incredibly intricate I can’t even begin to imagine how long it took to make these creations. Peer down a microscope to see the level of detail gone into these amazing miniatures.Here you can see a train on a hair and zoo!Next up there’s cars on the leg of a mosquito, a train on a hair in the needle eye, Eiffel Tower inside a wild cherry stone and a camel caravan in the needle eye. They were just outstanding! I don’t think I could keep my hand still long enough to make anything normal size let along on a hair or inside the eye of a needle. How insanely talented this guy was!!Next up, not far from where we were was the beautiful Loreta. Based on the Home of the Virgin Mary in the Holy Land, this replicas main job was the look pretty for visitors, which it does do indeed! Unfortunately, we were gutted to discover that it was closed because they were filming something there so we couldn’t go in and see anything inside. I bet that it would be spectacular though. Still, we continued towards the Novy Svêt Quarter, where not much was happening except for beautiful pastel coloured cottages.We had managed to find our way back to the castle founds and headed down the hill to bear where we had lunch Saturday but stopped across the street instead for pizza and pasta. It was delicious. Stomachs full, we stopped by a gingerbread museum, which also smelt delicious and had so many cute designs, but at a rather high price!Aware we clearly hadn’t seen enough stunning architecture or beautiful churches, we found ourselves at St Nicholas’ Church. Sadly the bell tower was closed until the end of December, but that didn’t stop Alex and I enjoying the delight of the church itself. The boys waited outside (I think they were only interested when it came to food!) and off we went. The fresco on the ceiling, painted by Johann Kracker – Apotheosis of St Nicholas, dating back to 1770, is the largest in all of Europe. It is absolutely beautiful. The whole interior of the church is simply stunning. No photos I took did the interior of this beautiful piece of architecture justice. The paintings seemed to blend in with the walls and the whole thing was just, well, WOW! We ventured up to the second floor to have a bit of a close up and birds eye view of some of the sections. We must have been in there a good hour! Or it certainly felt like it!Apologies for the photo spam…actually no scrap that, I don’t apologise because IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Do not miss out on this stunning place if you’re in Prague! Anyway, by the time we left it was starting to get dark.We found ourselves by the John Lennon Wall. A memorial to the slain Beatle legend, this wall is graffitied with political slogans and Beatles lyrics whilst gazing at the French Embassy. A vibrant, colourful memorial to a great musician! There was even a pub/restaurant named after him. We had decided on street food tonight, but first we were finally able to get into the ‘U Prince Rooftop Bar,’ which had been full every day we’d been here. It was here we would sit and drink random cocktails (the boys did anyway), too much wine, book yet another escape room and try and tie cherry stems with our tongues. I can safely say, Prague was an insane amount of fun!We could see down into Old Town Square from the bar whilst sipping our drinks underneath the heaters. It was so cosy as we reflected on our time here and planned our last days adventures. Once the drinks had flown, it was time for some sustenance in our stomachs. I mean clearly bruschetta and pizza wasn’t enough at lunch, we needed more. The smell of the market was delightful and I swear I could have eaten something from every stall. To begin with though it was time for a hotdog. Alex found herself drawn to potato cake, which to be fair although quite bland, was rather tasty and then it was dessert time…someone get us a crepe!!I love the Christmas Market when it’s on at home. The food smells are just encapsulating: hotdogs, hog roast, Yorkshire puddings, churros, fries, I could do stall to stall eating more than my weight in scrummy food. Here was no different! Once we’d eaten we had to try and locate the other escape room…not an easy task after a few drinks and a sudden desperate need for the bathroom…and no change!! You’d think we’d have learnt by now but no!Back towards Wenceslas Square, past Powder Gate and we eventually stumbled upon ‘mind maze galactic pioneers,’ where basically we had to save the world. I’m not gonna lie, it was so bloody hard, the most enjoyable bit was the last part before we eventually broke out in about 1 hour dead and seemed even more of a dodgy area so had to get another Uber back to the apartment. Still, it was a cracking last night in the city and I was loving every moment.

Until next time…

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