Prague, Czech Republic is a city where the architecture of old buildings is enchanting for someone coming from California where old is Art Deco and really old is whitewashed adobe brick.
In winter 2007 we stayed a week in Prague in a suite at the boutique hotel Residence Nosticova.
To date this is the only hotel room I have stayed with a piano. Kelley played the piano during our stay.
AD 1647 tiles mark the hotel entrance of Residence Nosticova in the Mala Strana old town.
The Charles Bridge was a close walk from the hotel. The bonus feature when walking back to the hotel from the bridge was a beer store with hundreds of Czech and imported beers.
Karlov Most Praha, Charles Bridge Prague
Cathedral on Castle Hill.
Hradcany, the castle on the hill is the landmark site in the city of Prague.
We had a view of the castle from our hotel room.
Hradcany, Prague Castle.
The haze of February winter days meant close-up photos came out better on our walks.
Hradcany cathedral doors.
The Old Town Square is where the gathering action happens in Prague. The astronomical clock in the square is the third oldest in the world and the oldest working clock.
The Orlaj, Prague Astronomical Clock installed in 1410.
One tourist tip is be careful on the escalators. I have only seen subway escalators in London as long as the escalators at some subway stations in Prague. They are so steep as to induce vertigo and their speed is about twice as fast as a typical U.S. escalator. It is a thrill ride just to reach the subway platforms.
Malostranka subway station wall.
One of the TV channels I have been watching this past week has Czech Tourism commercials. I have visited the Czech Republic twice in 2000 and 2007. I enjoyed both trips despite the language barrier when getting off the usual tourist track like in the Prague super markets and rural towns.
Prague is a beautiful city to visit.
Revisiting Praha has been on my mind.