<b>Me during the first half of 'The Six Thatchers':</b> haha sherlock is so sassy and baby Watson is so cute, such a chill episode<p/><b>Me during the second half of 'The Six Thatchers':</b> my brain hurts and everything's on fire<p/></p>
still upset over the fact that when mary dies we get a half hour monologue of her just spouting out instructions vs. when sherlock dies we get a minute of him gasping and spluttering until he blacks out
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I’m sitting here trying to find one word to justifiably describe Prague and all of its wonder.
Prague is magical, to say the very least.
From the moment you leave the airport, you’re overwhelmed with an inexplicable, special aura. From the lush, colorful trees (what seems like a real life oil painting) to the beautifully unique architecture to the colorful and ornate buildings, and not to mention the refreshingly clear air. Ahhhh! So clean and crisp. You just know you’re in the presence of an extraordinary environment! And this feeling comes before the shopping, sightseeing, and food tasting! Aesthetics alone fill you with this remarkable feeling, believe you me!
I remember posting a status on Facebook, asking family and friends for any advice on Prague for those who have traveled there. My inbox was inundated with praise and travel pointers of the Czech Republic, especially Prague.
Go here! Eat this! Shop there! Visit that!
Our time spent in Prague was fantastic, yet the truth is, is we could visit at least four more times and still not see everything this incredible city has to offer. Nonetheless, my daughter, friend, and I experienced greatness during our vacation! I hope you enjoy my small, personal picture gallery from our journey!
We stayed at the Boscolo Prague Autograph Collection. The Autograph Collection is part of the Marriott chain, which was my mom’s favorite, so I felt compelled to stay in a place that reminded me of her. What I love about this collection is that each hotel is independent of one another in terms of design and aesthetics. Each destination is rich in detail according to its particular city. Not only is this particular hotel exquisitely beautiful, the customer service was beyond exceptional. Superb! We checked in four hours early, yet the hotel staff prepared our suite immediately. Within the first five minutes of settling in, we were greeted with this yummy triple chocolate mousse dessert!
Once I started to unpack, I realized I only had one pack of wipes for my daughter, and the hotel concierge kindly went to the pharmacy for me and bought both wipes and diapers. That’s how above and beyond their customer service was. I have stories for days but you get the picture - five stars!
The hotel was a short walk to basically any and everything we wanted to see. We only took a cab once, and it was more so for the sake of preserving our six inch stilettos. Hotel talk aside, wandering around the city and indulging in street food was something on my Prague bucket list. This is a fan favorite - hot wine.
When traveling through the Czech Republic, I was told it’s common to come across street vendors selling a pastry called trdelnik. These are typically sold hot with a dusting of cinnamon, sugar, and nuts. Trdelnik is sweet, a little flaky, and super inexpensive (about $2!) Trdelnik is made by wrapping dough around a stick (wooden or metal) and roasting it over an open flame until golden brown.
Although this dessert came highly recommended, I wasn’t a fan, but glad to experience this pastry nonetheless. But I did enjoy a cake donut. Hands down, the best I have ever had!
(Outfit deets: Shoes - Converse // Jacket - Zara // Scarf - Zara // Sunglasses - Jimmy Choo // Tunic - Forever 21)
We took a walk across the Charles Bridge, the historic bridge in Prague that crosses the Vltava River. Absolutely beautiful. Do I sound redundant yet? Prague was magical, I can’t help it! I loved walking across the bridge and eyeing different vendors - artists and musicians, especially. Listening to string quartettes while admiring the different color trees along the bridge was everything. So peaceful. So serene.
(Outfit deets [right]: Head to toe in Zara)
Fun Fact: Many tourists walk along the Charles Bridge and touch the statue of St. John of Nepomuk.
This was the first statue on the bridge. In 1393, the queen confessed to St. John
about her lover, and when St. John wouldn’t tell the king who the queen’s lover was he had him tortured and executed by being thrown off the bridge in front of all the towns’ people. The queen and people loved him, and later he was made a saint for not breaking his vows of secrecy. If you rub him, it’s said to bring good luck and means you should one day return to Prague. I snapped someone rubbing the statue in action.
The John Lennon Wall was about a five minute walk after the bridge. Since the 1980’s, this wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. My mom was a huge Beatles fan. We took a ton of photos, just for her, none of which we were quite ready for but hey, we will take what we can get!
Travel Tip: After you check out the Charles Bridge, stop for lunch at the Golden Scissors (U Zlatých nůžek). This restaurant offers Czech cuisine and a range of Czech beers. Deeeelicious! I didn’t try any beer, but my girlfriend guzzled her brew in delight! The salmon, potato dumplings, and cabbage were to die for! Highly, highly recommended.
We definitely put our Huaraches to use, from walking across the bridge and then back to the Old City! Isn’t the architecture fantastic?
Typically, on vacation, I steer clear of shopping and instead dive head first into the culture, food, and sites; however, my girlfriend insisted we venture off to Pařížská for some retail therapy. Located in Old Town near the Jewish Quarter, Pařížská is home to tons of designer shops and boutiques. I snagged a pair of sunglasses and a new purse. I broke my frugal spending habits on two staple pieces, both of which did not give me buyer’s remorse, thank God. The saleswoman in Jimmy Choo did not take too kindly to my daughter rearranging the visual displays. Such is toddler life!
Must See: The Prague astronomical clock (Pražsky orloj). The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
Mounted on the southern wall of Old Town Hall, the clock is made of three main components: the astronomical dial (representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky), “The Walk of the Apostles” (an hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other sculptures), and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected.
Oh! Another food recommendation… but this time, dinner! Kampapark. I can’t quite decide which was better - the food or the scenery! Our table had an incredible view of the St. Charles Bridge. Check it out!
(Dinner Outfit Deets: Jacket - Zara // Best Dressed T - Forever 21 // Bag - Gucci // Shoes - Isabel Marant // Tights - American Apparel)
There was never a dull moment during our walking expeditions. From the outdoor markets to the food vendors to the artists to the architecture, Prague certainly did not disappoint.
Easily, my new favorite city. Really and truly!
On our way back to Israel, the President was on our flight! Yes, the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin! He wasn’t flying first class, and obviously he wasn’t on his own private plane. Gotta love that level of humility and accessibility! Granted, the plane was swarming with secret service, but nonetheless, he was sitting among his people. Several of his security fell in love with Sloan, so I managed to capture a picture of my daughter and President Rivlin! What a dope way to end our vacation.
I hope you enjoyed my recap! Although I didn’t share all of our photos, experiences, and travel tips, I tried to highlight some of my favorites for you. Next up, Barcelona! Be well, y’all!
“Brion Gysin gave the world his Dreamachine—a perforated shade rotating in front of a light—so that the mind could experience a blissful “alpha state” by stimulating the brain with light. John Marriott’s is a more modest version made of a perforated Budweiser beer can, which, while functioning in the same neuro-mystical fashion as Gysin’s, suggests that there are other quicker means of becoming mentally altered.”