Laced up and ready to conquer 13 miles of walking through the beautiful city of Prague to see all that we could see during our only full day there! MW had a few places she wanted to see, so we decided to start the morning with her ideas! She was super excited to try this gluten free bakery called Sweet Life Bakery. We got there a little before opening so we walked to a park nearby to soak in some fresh air! When we got back to the bakery we were hungry and ready for.. pizza for breakfast! I wasn't about to pass up the chance! BHW and I shared a bacon and egg pizza and it was delicious.. and only $6! It was honestly the best gluten free thing I've ever had. I don't often try gluten free... but when I do, I'm never really impressed! When I got through my first slice I looked at MW and said, 'are you sure this is gluten free?!'.. it was THAT good!
We continued our walk down to Vyšehrad to see an old church and walk through the park! The old fortress is a common place for Czechs to celebrate New Years Eve! The weather was beautiful and we kept shedding our layers as the sun rose higher and higher. After walking through the park/fortress area.. we went home to take a nap and chill before heading out again for the evening! On our walk home MW and I stopped at Puro for some gelato! I got caramel, it was so nice to have something cold to eat while walking through the hot city!
After our rest, we headed in the opposite direction from Vyšehrad to the Old Town Square! We got there around 4:30 and wandered around the busy square until it was time for the Orlos Clock to ring at 5! The Astronomical clock is the third oldest of it's kind in the world and the oldest one still in operation! The clock was installed in 1410! I was so impressed at the condition of something so old.. granted.. it's had it's fair share of renovations, but it's still so beautiful! A crowd started to gather around the clock around 4:50PM but I had already been standing in front of it since 4:40, so I had a nice view right in the center! Each hour, the clock has a 'show' that people come together to watch! I actually read on a couple blogs to just go see the clock and to 'skip the show' because it's not worth it and it gets really crowded. I thought about it, but in the end decided to stay. I'm glad I did! The 'show' wasn't that impressive at all when you think about a huge ringing clock. The crowd around me was audibly unimpressed but I was pleased with it! Can you imagine this thing in 1410 with spinning statues and ringing bells and gold and everything else it has?! It was probably a thing of wonder back then! And to me, it still is!
We were planning to meet up with JWD (the friend we care for/live with in Colorado) for dinner, as his family was also in the area for the wedding! Before we met up with him, we stopped at a coffee shop I had been hoping to visit, EMA espresso! The coffee was just as good as I had hoped. I knew it wouldn't compare to Coffee Collective in Denmark, but it was still the best cup of coffee I had in Prague! When we were all ready for dinner, we went to JWD's hotel and picked him up for dinner. The place I had chosen was near the hotel and had great reviews with an affordable price tag! We showed up at Lokál to a packed building! The style of seating was similar to a beer hall.. a very long skinny building with as many tables crammed in as possible. We walked through and tried to find a table.. nearing the back of the hall I started to get nervous that we wouldn't find a seat! The third table to the end opened up right as we were passing it! We swooped in and sat down as quickly as possible, not risking the chance of looking any further! Our server showed up and asked us how many beers we wanted. She brought out 4 and a lemonade for MW. We all ordered something different and kind of shared with each other. I got the goulash and a huge salad with feta! The salad was more like tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta mixture on a leaf of lettuce. It was really filling and tasty! After dinner we took JWD back to his hotel and started the walk back to our apartment to pack up!
Our time in Prague was short, but I think we covered a lot of ground.. and our feet can sure agree with that! Now, off to the forest we go for the wedding we have all been waiting for!