PAGING TRAVEL BLOGGERS: I’M OFF TO PRAGUE!

…and I could really use some personal recommendations for cute, fun and off-beat places to see or eat.

Let’s backtrack for a second. When I first dipped my toe into the blogging universe a couple of years ago, both as a reader and a writer, I did it purely as an expat looking to share my own experience and explore that of other expats (and it’s been amazing). Travel was in the very far back of my mind: something passively wished for, something that hopefully was going to materialize in the middle future, but not a part of my life in any tangible way. Even as recently as January I could not have imagined that over the course of 2014 I would do nearly as much traveling as I had my entire previous life, including visiting eight new countries for the very first time.

Meanwhile, I have discovered and grown to love and increasingly rely on travel blogs — they are now my go-to resource for travel planning. Sometimes I just browse old posts for ideas; at others I actually email the bloggers directly for specific recommendations within their area of expertise. Unfooooortunately, because I was a little late to the travel blog party, I have not yet amassed a sufficient reference archive to cover all the destinations and desired activities as experienced by the travel writers I trust and relate to. London, Berlin, tiny Belgian towns — I’m all set. Other places, like Prague — not so much.

I have previously spent a week in Prague in 2009 — it was my second European vacation as a proper adult (as opposed to a study-abroad student), and I liked it well enough. It was actually the trip that blew my small American mind when I discovered that there was another kind of Budweiser beer in the world — not the kind you’d get at a Fourth of July BBQ in the good old US of A (as I have written many times, I love the latter — and I did not take kindly to this Czech impostor).Β  I’ve visited the castle and the synagogues, walked the Charles Bridge, climbed the Astronomical Clock Tower for a panoramic view of the central square, ate my fill of duck and partied at a five-floor night club — the works.

I am going back to Prague on Tuesday. It’s a pretty packed four-day work trip, but I will have two full mornings and three really late nights to myself, and I want to make the most of them. For this reason I am asking for recommendations from anyone who’s been to Prague or might know a travel blog that has covered the city at length. A great cafΓ©, an interesting store, a quirky museum — I am game for it all.Β  And as a thank you, I promise to force down a pint of that “real” Budweiser stuff in your honor.

Anna in Prague

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35 thoughts on “PAGING TRAVEL BLOGGERS: I’M OFF TO PRAGUE!

  1. I was just in Prague this spring! I have yet to cover it on my blog (I’ve just started blogging, and I’m working backwards from my last trip this fall). Here are a couple suggestions: The Sex Machines Museum (it’s near the Astronomical Clock and is open pretty late) and Petrin Hill, which was lovely in the spring but might not be so much now that it’s fall. There are some lovely views of Prague from the tower up there though, and they have a small but pretty fun Mirror Maze if you feel like being child-like for a bit. Have a wonderful time!

    • Sex MACHINES museum? I don’t know whether to be excited or scared… but thank you for the recommendation! I will go back to reading about all the beer in Portland now πŸ˜‰

  2. Budweiser? In Prague? Words fail me… why would anyone drink THAT when in a country that has really, really excellent beer?

    Hey, my Mum’s going to be in Prague this coming week, too πŸ™‚

  3. tomorrow morning im heading to Belgrade (5 nights), then Zagreb (2 nights) after all finishing in Budapest 4 (nights) if u r going to one of these spots would be great to do travelers meeting πŸ™‚

    • I’d have loved to! Incidentally, I just visited all 3 two weeks ago on vacation (I am madly in love with Budapest btw). But next week is just Prague…

  4. Prague was my second trip abroad and my first trip ever without parents. Which meant I had no damn clue what I was doing, haha I don’t know if the National Museum has reopened, I found it very interesting. The Sex Museum was fucking strange! They have a lot of beer, the ones I ordered had names I can’t even pronounce, I usually looked at the “dark beer” section of the menu and just pointed at a random one. πŸ™‚ Hope you have fun, can’t wait to hear about your trip. πŸ˜€

  5. I was there once years ago but I don’t really remember any specific places! Looking forward to your take on it though – and Riga, if you ever bloody get around to writing it πŸ˜‰

  6. So coool. Lucky you. I used to live in Prgaue so I suggest going to the Black Light Theatres in the evening. There are many in the city so to save time just go to any of the tourist information offices at the bottom of Wencelas Square and book any you fancy! The Prague National Opera is at Narodni Trida. There’s always something going on and the prices are reasonable. Here’s the website link: http://www.nationaltheatre.cz
    Wandering around the small streets in Malo Strana is always a good bet. My favourite place is a Czech American vegetarian bar/restaurant/club is called Radost FX near I.P. Pavlova. Here’s the link: http://radostfx.cz/restaurant/en/contacts.html
    It’s pretty hip. Have a drink on me!

  7. The baroque Church of St Nicholas (the one in the Lesser Town Square, not the one in Old Town Square) was pretty awesome. Otherwise, you’ve already seen more of Prague than I! Would love to return one day and am looking forward to reading about your trip!

    • Oh that’s funny! I just got back last night. I didnt do the clock tower this time (no time, really), but I climbed on my last visit and the views are AMAZING!

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