Prague, Czech Republic
A magical trip
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I was fortunate enough to win a three day trip to Prague with Silver Travel Adviser last autumn and my husband and I decided that we would go for my birthday weekend which happened to coincide with Mozart's 256th birthday (I am a little bit younger than that!). We stayed at the Corinthia Towers hotel and from start to finish the trip was excellent, and it is a memory that we will always treasure. The staff were extremely attentive; the room was spacious with a large, comfortable bed; there were ample supplies of toiletries which were replenished every day, plus soft towels and face flannels (the latter of which are not always supplied by other hotels); free internet access – and the computer always seemed to be available (not the case with many hotels); plus a varied and ample breakfast with hot coffee (again, not always available) and a choice of fruit, cereals, porridge, cooked and savoury foods and cake – I loved the bread pudding!
The location was not central but the metro station was literally a 30 second walk across the forecourt and there were frequent trains to Wenceslas Square (Muzeum) just two stops down the line. One could walk from there to the old town, or alternatively change to the green line and travel one stop to Muztek. Apparently the number 22 tram also goes to the town centre but we didn't get the chance to use it. Another time maybe?
There was a swimming pool on the top floor of the hotel which I did not get the opportunity or time to see or to use, as there is just so much to see and do in Prague, even in January. Which brings me to another point: the heating in the hotel was excellent, a welcome haven from the sub zero temperatures outside. I would definitely stay there again. Although it was very cold outside, it was very warm inside wherever we went and it was a delight to go into the Art Deco Kavarna Obecni Dum in the Municipal Hall for mulled wine – which we did several times
Whilst we were in Prague we went to two classical music concerts. The first was at the Estates Theatre which is where Mozart played during his lifetime. We went there on his birthday and were very impressed by the magnificent music and surroundings. We noticed that everyone seemed to be wearing evening dress. Afterwards we realised that it was because they had obviously been invited to a reception in honour of the maestro’s birthday. When we passed through the hall where they were all drinking champagne we were asked for our vouchers by people dressed in 18th century costume. As it was also my birthday I nearly said that I was a special guest but decided against it.
We also went to a concert at the aforementioned Municipal Hall. The audience here were more casually dressed. This was a memorable evening and we were delighted by the recital of Pachelbel, Mozart and Vivaldi, particularly the solo violinist’s brilliant performance of The Four Seasons.
On our last day we took a bus tour (covered and heated!) with a very helpful guide who spoke excellent English; and a never-to-be-forgotten ghost walk when ghouls and ghostly looking creatures lingered in the shadows and on one occasion jumped out at us! We asked the tour guide if they were part of the tour, but she denied it! I have to say that Prague certainly lends itself to ghost walks and stories with its cobbled dark alleys – especially in winter.
Returning to the Obecni Dum cafe – it is an absolute must!! It is like going back in time to the Art Deco era. One can sit there and sip a drink whilst white jacketed waiters and waitresses bring round trolleys of tempting and delicious looking cakes. One can also enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner there in opulent surroundings with chandeliers and Alfons Mucha paintings. In the afternoon/evening there is a pianist who adds to the 'retro' atmosphere.
I am enclosing some photos – but none of myself because I didn't like any of the ones that were taken. However, there is one of my husband in the amazing Obecni Dum cafe, and a couple of shots taken on the Charles Bridge and the old town square.
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