By Shereen Shabnam
Every time I go back to Prague, there are a host of new surprises the city that keep us busy an entire week and my favourite place to stay each time is the Buddha bar Hotel in Prague which is a place that is hard to leave and my favourite past time is exploring the city in vintage cars.
Prague is a truly unique city, unlike any other with some of the world’s most exquisite architectural styles and a city where we love walking. Apart from tours in classic cars, my family has walked together on cobbled lanes, iconic bridges, and hidden alleys and courtyards and its never enough.
Every day there are new areas to wander around especially near the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, exotic gardens, cafes with amazing views plus the vibe of art, music and live performances at every corner keeps the people entertained all day.
We lovePrague’s art galleries that offer contemporary art, sculptures, Bohemian art, Gothic altarpieces, luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha plus a magnificent collection of the 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists.
We walked most of the time and came across Prague Castle which has several buildings and palaces with a cathedral (St Vitus) that attracts visitors with its magnificent gothic architecture. We walked along the ‘Golden Lane’ and found the small colourful houses, viewing areas, and local goldsmiths, which gave the lane its current name.
The iconic Charles Bridge offers a stroll through ancient history and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed watching artists doing caricatures of us while we enjoyed live music by some very talented youth and posed near the many baroque statues along the way. Not to be missed is Prague’s Astronomical clock built in medieval times and is the world’s oldest functioning clock.
Staying at the Buddah Bar Hotel meant we were spoilt for choice at our doorstep but it is worth trying some classic Czech dishes outside such meat with bread dumplings topped with a creamy sauce, local cheeses, goulash and schnitzel.
Out hotel recommended we go to a riverbank area called Naplavka which was picturesque and lined with boats offering various refreshments perfect for a picnic while watching swans and ducks on the water. The gardens in Prague are also lovely for afternoon visits.
Retail therapy on Prague is a delight. One of the cutest images I have of my daughter is when she is holding a host of shopping bags when we discovered we could get more choice in premium brands in Prague at much better prices.
When it comes to family holidays, Prague is always a good idea – for food, long strolls, street art and music, clothes and jewellery shopping, vintage car tours, sunset boat rides and of course evenings at the Buddah Bar Restaurant.
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