Eye Wander: Prague

Eye Wander is a continuing series of investigative pieces taking aim at the world’s most intriguing and exotics ports of call, as seen through the “eyes” of The Eye staffers. 

This Month:  Diya reminisces about her days in Prague, The Czech Republic.

Prague’s picturesque charm is made apparent almost immediately. The “City of a Hundred Spires” is sprouting with architecture inspired by the gothic and baroque periods. The small, homey city is carved with cobblestone streets and colorful townhouses. My three days in Prague were packed with a few touristy excursions and lots of time spent roaming the streets freely.

Here are a few of my favorite places from the trip:

The Charles Bridge:DSC_0442

This is a classic area for tourists and locals alike. The Charles Bridge overlooks the Vlatava River, and connects two very different but equally historical sides of the city, the “old town” from “the lesser quarter” that sits below the enormous castle complex. The bridge is abundant with street vendors, and provides a beautiful view of multiple sides of the city.

Cafe Savoy

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A beautiful, opulent cafe sits on the corner of a side street across the Charles Bridge. The menu includes both traditional Czech food and western breakfast and cafe options.

Town square:

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The town square is at the heart of the city, surrounded by cafes, bars, and museums. Right off of the Charles Bridge, the area is always bustling with people. This area has is a beautiful view of the clock tower.

Vintage car ride:

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Dozens of sleek, shiny, and authentic vintage cars line the perimeter of the Town Square, ready to whirl you around the small city. This journey was one of the highlights of my trip – I got the chance to see all sides of Prague, from the tourist hub near the Charles Bridge to the winding, hilly, residential lanes on the other side of town. The cars go all the way to the castle, which has an expansive view of the whole city.

Buddha Bar:

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Settled in one of the small lanes off of the Town Square is an underground Thai restaurant. This restaurant in Prague is one of many Buddha Bars all over the world.

Jewish Synagogue:

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The architecture is a must-see here, from the stained-glass windows to the wooden carvings in every pillar. A small but palatial structure, the Synagogue is not one to miss.

Prague has a free-spirited coffee culture combined with a vibrant nightlife, syncing two very different but intriguing aspects of the city. The intricate architecture and old-world atmosphere call for an extra, unique attention to detail that isn’t required in most other places. While I didn’t have the opportunity to explore as much of the city as I would have liked, my limited time in Prague allowed me to experience the rich and intense culture that the city offers.

Author: Diya Navlakha

Diya Navlakha is a junior in her tenth year at SAS. This is her second year as a part of The Eye. While originally from India, Diya spent her childhood in New York City and Singapore. A few of her hobbies include watching "Friends", baking, and spending time with friends and family. She can be contacted at navlakha33815@sas.edu.sg.

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