|Subject: Re: Re: Prague over 5 days of Memorial Day holiday|
Covadonga had some wonderful suggestions, especially the importance of the word pivo and having coffee at the Municipal House (Obecni Dum is its name in Slavic). This building is a premier example of Art Nouveau (Secessionism) architecture and has incredible murals by Alphonse Mucha relating the history of the Slavs.
One of Prague's most popular landmarks is the Charles Bridge. It can get very crowded but if you're an early riser you can have it all to yourself. Sunrise in Prague is spectacular due to the unique architecture of the ubiquitous towers.The early morning light silhouettes the towers throughout the city.
When visiting the castle be sure and head a little further up the hill into the neighborhood of Novy Svet. This is an interestingly quirky 15th century neighborhood. It's winding streets and ancient homes stand out even in a city as unique as Prague.
Another cafe to consider is The Globe. When we visited it was in the Holosevice neighborhood across the river and outside the tourist district. Now, it has moved into the Nove Mesto. We had come to Prague by way of Budapest and Vienna and found that Prague's cafe society was sorely lacking (beer society, now that's another story). The Globe and the Obecni Dum were the only two coffee houses we could find. I'm pleased to hear Covadonga's suggestion in the Malastrana. For more info about The Globe cafe and bookstore go to:
Here are a couple of restaurants we dined at to which we would return.
Restaurant Nepomuk Located at Hradcanske namesti 12 Tel 02/20513863
This restaurant was in the Novy Svet neighborhood (a 15th century neighborhood adjacent to the Castle you must visit), on the plaza just behind the entry to the Castle. Although we stopped in just for pastry and coffee just after they opened at 9:00am the menu looked intriguing. Bohemian cuisine with emphasis on fish and game. Photos of a visit by Pope John Paul II prominently displayed in entry way. Very friendly &helpful staff virtually dragged us in when we stuck our heads in the door to see if they had opened yet.
Restaurant U Cizku Located at Karlovo namesti 34 Tel. 29 88 91
Open daily noon to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Czech cuisine. I had a nice meal of roast goose, dumplings (of course), and a potato/cabbage side dish. My wife had a delightful soup which I cannot recall exactly. This place was in Nove Mesto (New Town) very close to the Karlovo namesti Metro stop. A painting in the restaurant is attributed to Alphonse Mucha (the great Moravian Art Nouveau painter associated with the French actress Sarah Bernhardt) who supposedly dined there often and was close friends with the owner of the time.
Na schledanou, John in San Diego