Prague, Czech Republic
Czeching Prague Out
Prague, what can I say other than this city surprised me the most! With all the amazing cities on my itinerary, I didn't expect Prague to be so picturesque. It is the City of a Hundred Spires, it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints. The first night in Prague we orientated ourselves by walking around the city to get a feel for it. We happen to get on the Charles Bridge right as the sun was setting and to top it off there were a couple musicians playing Mama Mia on the violin. Then and there, I knew I was going to love this city.
Later that night, we decided to visit an Ice Bar. To answer your question, what is an ice bar? Well it's a bar where everything is made of ice: the walls, the bar, tables, sculptures and even your own personal glass! Drinking in a -7° C bar doesn’t sound ideal on its own, but when you pair that up with a thermal, fur trimmed polyester polar bear cape, and gloves you could get use to it. The Ice Pub in Prague is called Karlovy lázně. The bar is illuminated bright blue from the outside so you feel as though you’re walking into a glacier. After paying our entry fee, we were ushered into a second room where they wrapped us in a polar bear poncho. It’s hard to say which part of the gear are for looks and which are actually necessary, but the important part is that you have an outfit silly enough for the experience. The door opens to the ice bar and your 30 minutes begin. You can even sit on a chair completely made of ice for necessary pictures. Did I mention it was pouring rain outside too? We were all drenched in rain so naturally our hair started freezing and our shoes were sticking to the ground, but it was so much fun. I highly recommend everyone going to an ice bar at least once. If you love bizarre experiences as much as I do, the Ice Bar is sub-zero awesome.
After our time was up in the ice bar, we headed upstairs (yes in the same building) where there is a five story club, Karlovy lázně. Each floor has a different theme of music ranging from hip-hop to R&B. Some floors even have a tile ceiling that flashes different colors! We danced the night away. The next day, we got up early and saw the Charles Bridge when there were little to no tourists and also went to the John Lennon Wall, because that is a must. Toward the end of Communism in the 1980s, students started writing John Lennon lyrics on this wall as a way to air their grievances. Today, the wall represents love and peace. Tourists are allowed to write or paint on it as well. I also toured the Prague Castle, dating from the 9th century, which has beautiful stain glass windows. If I had a dollar for every castle I've seen in Europe I could buy myself a castle.
Don't worry, I'll Praguely be back ;)