Prague. The city that reminds me so much of a box of chocolates…rich, romantic, painted in hues of brown…full of surprises. I loved everything about it. I was desperate ( too strong a word?) for some “me time”, ready to let my feet take me wherever they wanted. I went with some of my best gal pals, one who this whole trip was in honour of, Rebekah, It was her 21st birthday and was nearly as magical as her. And for fun, because it would take too long to write about each friend on this trip I will quickly describe each of them from left to right in the photo below… Harmienke the kind Dutchie , Raquel the spicy Brazilian, Leah the American artist, Rebekah the (grew up all over the world) Joyful one, and me, the mom who was wayyyy too excited about sleeping in and reading without interruptions.
We stayed at a charming hostel called, Hostel Santini, and every morning we walked over the most gothic bridge to get to the city centre. From the bridge you could see the castle nestled on top of the highest point in the city, all pointy and blue so not to be missed. It was breathtaking.
Each morning we ate coco puffs from the hostel cafe, and then hopped from coffee shop to coffee shop, reading, writing, and talking about life. This was my favourite part. Lets be honest, all of us mothers love our little ones with all the room in our hearts, but we NEED time to ourselves and it was so good for my mind, body and soul to drink a HOT cup of coffee and, drum roll please….READ A WHOLE BOOK IN 3 DAYS. SAY WHAT!? Speaking of books, we found so many hidden book stores in Prague. Something we all agreed on was that Prague was a very walkable city. I mean that you never had to walk far to the next cool thing, every street and every new area of the city was full of new things to see.
If you ever visit Prague, you must have lunch at Cafe Lourve. Y’all, Einstine used to go there, and they have the worlds best hot chocolate. It was so rich and thick that they served it with a spoon.
Prague also made all of my Christmas dreams come true. There were about five-billion Christmas markets scattered all around. You would turn a corner and BAM, another Christmas market. They had it all. The chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the Christmas trees that were so ugly that they were beautiful, the homemade toys and trinkets, and best of all I found my favourite holiday snack, roasted almonds caramelised in sugar and cinnamon! We even had snow. The biggest, darnest, snow flakes I have ever seen.
In Amsterdam we have fries. In Prague, they have churro cones filled with chocolate and ice-cream. You guys, I can’t even. These things were everywhere and if it were socially acceptable for me to have eaten them for all three meals a day I would have. We originally thought they were made from churros, but turns out it was hot dough they would spin on fire until juuuuust baked. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it…
In high school I wasn’t into art history or history in general. Does anyone else feel that now as an adult you just want to learn about everything? History at this stage in life is fascinating to me, especially art History. Leah, my personal artist tour guide taught me so much this trip while exploring the old Prague Palace, the cathedrals, and all the art displayed throughout the city. Seriously, can I go back to school?
Before the trip I felt a bit guilty about leaving my family behind and doing my own thing. It felt awkward walking onto a plane and just, sitting down, without worrying about anyone or making sure everyone has fresh diapers and snacks. Also, only carrying a purse with my wallet in it was weird. It was like remembering what it felt like to just be me without all the cute add-ons attached. I was so excited to be back home with my family, but I am so thankful for the refreshment and adventure that Prague gave to me.
I made a little list below of all the Cafes we went to while in Prague, just incase you visit yourself!
Cafe Lourve (best hot chocolate in the world / Tri-Cafe (best chai latte in the world) / Coffee Lovers (best place for pie and cake) / Mommas Cafe ( Yummy lunch spot) / cafe Red (cozy and good tea) / EMA Coffee ( go there if you want to feel cool)
PS.The book I read was, Until We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis. You will think you are totally following the story and then when you finish it you realise you know nothing, but in the best way.
Thanks for reading!