August 11-14, 2015
We chose Prague because it is a seasonal Delta flight from JFK, running only through summer/early fall. Return flights didn't look great but Europe has a lot more options than, say, Asia, so we knew we'd be safe.
The trip was BEAUTIFUL (as you'll see!) and we really had a great time. It was HOT but I'd love to head back when the leaves start changing color - there's still so much more I want to see.
To get home, we spent a few nights in Paris. Check out what we did on that trip here!
Where We Stayed
Hotel Corinthia is located outside of the more traditional old part of the city, where most of the tourist attractions are. It is connected to a large arena so the hotel commonly hosts conferences and business people, as well as people beginning or ending Viking River Cruises. The train makes the commute into the city really easy, and it is about $0.50 per trip.
What We Did
CitySightseeing Tour - Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) tours are one of my favorite ways to get a feel for a new place, and I do them in almost every city I visit. We've had lots of good experiences with CitySightseeing in other places, but this one was terrible. Only a few of the buses had open tops, the others were actually small, cramped buses without a/c. The narration was not good either - instead of being informative, most of the loop was a running narrative with a few fun facts thrown in here and there. I like to think that we are seasoned travelers, and are pretty handy when it comes to finding our way around a new place but the signs were tiny and terrible and almost impossible to find. I would definitely not recommend this tour, but there seem to be lots of other HOHO operators available.
The "package" we bought included a boat ride, castle tour and Jewish Quarter tour. We missed all of the tours, but the boat ride was a nice change of pace. We showed up at the Old Town office the night before we wanted to take the tour and the salesman tacked on a few "freebies" to our ticket, so we paid $41 each.
What We Ate
We opted for the daytime crowd, and finding this little out-of-the-way gem was WELL worth it. The pancakes are out. of. this. world. As far as I can tell, they're all a smiliar style - a small stack stuffed with ingredients and then covered in them. There's a huge list of options, both savory and sweet. We were both tired of sweets from all the other goodies we had been stuffing our faces with, so we went halfsies on savory stacks. Well worth every delicious decadent bite and every calorie. Do not miss this place!
We followed recommendations and split the pork knee and a side of cabbage pancakes (is this a theme?). Portions for both were ENORMOUS and even WE couldn't finish. That says a lot.
The pork knee was excellent - served on the bone, swimming in its own juices with sauces on the side. It's fatty and smokey and kind of reminded me of the giant turkey legs you can get at amusement parks....but much better. David tried drizzling some of his in vinegar to see if it tasted like traditional BBQ. You can take the boy out of the south, but not the south out of this bbq-loving boy!
I loved the pork with the garlic sauce that came alongside the pancakes. I really had no idea what to expect when we ordered these, but they seemed legit and authentic. They had a very slight vinegar tint to them (sort of like...sauerkraut?) and were freshly fried so they came out hot and crispy. Oddly addictive!
Noi - We got to New Town and walked around for a while and found ourselves STARVING (seriously. I was hangry and it wasn't pretty). The lunch menu at this Thai restaurant looked good, and we stopped in without even hesitating or doing any research at all (strange for us!). It was great, and very reasonably priced - lunch specials included a drink for about 130-150CZ.
I had the Yam Yui, a giant salad with chicken, shrimp, cashews, carrots, cucumbers and a delicious Thai sauce. David had a lunch special with glass noodles and minced chicken (I think it was Yam Woon Sen?). It was really good but much spicier than either of us expected.
One of my favorite foods to get when we travel is what I affectionately refer to as "street meat." This was much, MUCH more civilized than what I usually end up with (Hi Santiago meat-on-a-stick) but the same concept. There are actually a few big stalls around Old Town Square that roast this giant pork chunks (koleno) over an open flame while patrons stand around high top tables and nibble away. The stalls also have other fun, traditional foods. Nom Nom Nom.