Prague: Snow, Sunshine, and Everything Inbetween

It's nearly a month and a half after the fact, and I am finally posting some photos of our trip to Prague, the last leg of our spring break journey. Let's just say that the last month has been wonderfully full, our home here filled with friends and family from the U.S. who spent time and money to be with us. My reading has been nearly non-existent (I'm not a very good multi-tasker) and blogging has fallen by the wayside, but that is just fine with me.

Prague was just as I remembered it from a weekend trip during my study abroad days: charming, refreshingly different from the smaller town I studied in in Slovakia, and so old. Interestingly enough, John and I visited Prague at the same time of year as when I went before, and so we enjoyed the Easter markets in the old town. We would totally recommend Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore, spending an afternoon (or a day) at the beautiful, spacious Prague Zoo, going up in the tower in the Old Town Square that gives you great views of the city, and generally giving yourself time to wander the small streets and passageways. The weather was strange, ranging from cold and snowy (seriously, I did not have the right clothing!) to sunny and warm, but we made do and had a great time. We both came to the consensus that we love Prague and hope to return someday. After you see a few pictures, I think you'll know why!

The Easter markets at night in the Old Town Square. You can find decorated Easter eggs, hot cider, traditional Czech foods, and a goat or two!

The Easter markets at night in the Old Town Square. You can find decorated Easter eggs, hot cider, traditional Czech foods, and a goat or two!

Even though it was snowy/rainy/cold/warm/sunny, the trees were still in bloom.

Even though it was snowy/rainy/cold/warm/sunny, the trees were still in bloom.

View of the Old Town Square from a tower. We also spotted a rooftop bar/restaurant that we managed to find, which was so much fun.

View of the Old Town Square from a tower. We also spotted a rooftop bar/restaurant that we managed to find, which was so much fun.

Ah, the Czech language. "Say what now?"

Ah, the Czech language. "Say what now?"

We went to a string quartet concert in a beautiful music hall in downtown Prague. Well worth the money to hear professionals playing European composers' music, including a song that I played in high school orchestra ("The Moldau" by Smetana)--they played it just a little bit better than we did.

We went to a string quartet concert in a beautiful music hall in downtown Prague. Well worth the money to hear professionals playing European composers' music, including a song that I played in high school orchestra ("The Moldau" by Smetana)--they played it just a little bit better than we did.

Prague at night.

Prague at night.