We Heart Praha
We started off our trip by meeting our friend The Vegan Engineer at New Street Station in Birmingham. We booked our flight out of the Stansted Airport in London because it was much cheaper than flying out of Birmingham.
|Train Journey is about 1.5 hours from Birmingham to London Stansted Airport.|
We had to get off the train in London Euston and catch the tube to the train station Tottenham Hale.
We got to the airport and had a meal deal from WHsmith, as they have a few vegan selections. Then we boarded our plane to Prague!
Easy Jet was alright to fly with. Their carry on limit was smaller than Ryanair's so we had to pack even lighter than usual.
|Flew over some European cities.|
We safely landed in Prague, Czech Republic! We caught the airport transfer coach bus to city centre. It was cheaper than catching a taxi. It would have been cheaper to catch the Metro, but we didn't know how. We went with the easier option on the way in.
We did it! We made it to this beautiful city. We had about a 15 minute walk from where the coach dropped us off to get to our hostel.
We checked in and rid ourselves of our stuff. We packed pretty light with only a back pack (rucksack) each. We stayed in "Prague Square Hostel" which we booked on Hostel World. We had to put down a 10% deposit and pay the remaining balance when we arrive. Note: Prague Square Hostel only takes cash. We were planning on paying with card but had to go get cash out of a bank machine.
We still had about an hour to wait for our friend Crazy Banana Lady to arrive. We went to Plevel a vegan restaurant near our hostel but they were done serving food for the night. We ended up at a Thai place around the corner that made us some stirfrys for dinner. Crazy enough all of their vegetarian options on the menu had fish or eggs in them but they said they would make us a vegan stirfry without the fish sauce or the eggs. It turned out pretty good.
We finished eating then went and met Crazy Banana Lady at the hostel. We walked through old town square towards an establishment called "Pub". Pub was suggested by the reception guy.
Walking around Prague at night was really fun. It was pretty peaceful out and everything was lit up nicely. The weather was colder than Birmingham but it was a crisp fresh feeling that we didn't mind too much.
|Not very busy on a Tuesday night in Prague. Nice and peaceful.|
|Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Old Town Square.|
The gimmick with Pub is that you get to pour your own drinks and then you pay for how much you poured.There is a machine that keeps track of how much you have poured. We learned that we are terrible at pouring beer. The robots are slowly taking over....
After our night out we went back to the hostel and slept. We woke up and got ready. The showers and toilets were shared with the other hostel goers. There was a common area to hang out in and a kitchen to eat breakfast. We all had corn flakes with orange juice because there wasn't any soya milk.
Anyway, we made a plan to explore Prague and find a vegan restaurant for lunch. We used the happy cow app to find a Loving Hut location. Loving Hut is a chain of vegan restaurants that have locations all over the world.
We saw the Prague Astronomical Clock which is a 600 year old clock. It is in the Old Town Square. Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is in the background.
Some guy offered us free Segway rides because he was trying to sell us on going on a Segway tour around Prague. We took him up on the Segway rides but didn't end up purchasing tickets for the tour. A Segway tour is a great idea and it wasn't overpriced but we prefered to walk.
The buildings are pretty neat in Old Town.
|Random Vegan Sticker we found.|
We walked to the waterfront and walked towards Charles Bridge or Karlův most.
|Charles Bridge is a 14th century bridge. This bridge has a lot of character.|
|Trams were passing us everywhere.|
|Kostel Nejsvětějšího Salvátora|
|Karlův most or Charles Bridge.|
There were a lot of tourists on the bridge including us taking pictures of the statues and views of the Vltava river.
We were getting a bit hungry so we made our way to the Loving Hut. There are a few Loving Hut locations in Prague.
|Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Bronze Statues Walking Up the Steps.|
|Prague has cool old trams but also modern looking ones as well.|
We found the Loving Hut! Yay!
They had a choice of buffet or ordering off of the menu. We were too hungry to wait so we went with the buffet which had a great selection.
That fried chicken looking thing at the top of the plate is deep fried "cheezy" cauliflower which was amazing and probably the best way to eat cauliflower ever invented.
After lunch we walked to the park on our way to Prague Castle.
We got our workout going up the hill. The Castle was at the top we figured.
The trail just kept going up and doing switch backs. The Segways were sounding pretty good about now.
|Always take time to catch your breath and enjoy the view.|
There were construction workers fixing up this lift to the top of the hill. It's a long way down. See how far we climbed.
We made it to the top of the hill where Petrin Tower is located.
We were happy that we found the tower to get an excellent view of Prague. The tower looks like the Eiffel Tower a little bit.
The view from halfway up the tower was pretty good, but the top was even better. We had to climb around 300 steps to get to the top of the tower.
Turns out the Petrin Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and that's why it looks like a mini Eiffel Tower.
|Don't want to fall from the top.|
That was fun. Now on to Prague Castle.
There was a mirror maze which only The Vegan Engineer went in. The lady said it takes about 15 minutes to complete but it only took him about 5 minutes or less. The Vegan Engineer's mirror maze skills are unmatched. It must be all that logical thinking and problem solving he does on a daily basis.
Prague Castle was off in the distance so we made our way over there.
|There you are Prague Castle|
We just followed the signs to bring us to Prague Castle. The google reviews for the Castle said that it was difficult to says where exactly was considered inside Prague Castle. One guy said that he thinks he was inside but not quite sure.
There were some pretty neat buildings. The architecture in Prague is amazing. We were in awe of how everything looked.
From what we gather, this is the entrance to Prague Castle. You can walk through without going inside any buildings. There are different galleries and museums inside the buildings, within Prague Castle, which you can explore for an entrance fee. At the entrance to the castle there were protesters and guards. Our Czech is not so good so we had no idea what they were on about.
The Cathedral was amazing too. Everything seems to be photo worthy in Prague so it was difficult to not just continuously take pictures.
We were starting to get a bit cold since we walked around for hours and it was probably 2 degrees outside.
We made our way back to the hostel and warmed up for a bit before heading out for dinner.
For dinner we went back to Plevel since it looked really good before.
|The soup was really nice. Carrot Ginger?|
|Cuban Tofu dish|
We took a chance on a bizarre looking muffin for dessert.
We headed back to the Hostel afterwards and hung out and went to sleep.
The next day after getting ready we headed to a Veganz location for food before taking the train to Kutna Hora to check out the famous chapel decorated with human bones.
The Veganz location turned out to be a cafe called Puro which had some excellent food.
They had all kinds of bagels, wraps and sandwiches along with coffee, tea and cakes. They had a selection of vegan specialty products like cheeses and vegan sausages. There were food bars, shakes, and plant milks for sale too.
Afterwards we made our way to the train station to get to Kutna Hora. to visit the bone church called Sedlec Ossuary. Read about it here: http://wanderlustvegans.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/sedlec-ossuary-aka-bone-church.html
Back in Prague we went out on the town.
We found a cafe that had vegan cakes on the menu so we decided to stop in.
We didn't end up eating any of the vegan cakes but we had some beverages before heading to a vegan restaurant. We went to Clearhead restaurant or Lehka Hlava.
|We ordered some appetizers.|
|Sweet and sour sauce stirfry.|
Afterwards we went to a bar that came highly recommended called U Sudu because it is all underground with neat tunnels.
The bar was cool but really smoky so we didn't stay that long since none of us are smokers.
The Vegan Engineer and Crazy Banana Lady wanted to stay out later than us so we parted ways.
The next day we woke up much earlier than our friends so we decided to try out another vegan establishment. We went to a cafe called Etnosvet. The food was excellent.
The bread was extremely fresh. It tasted like it was just out of the oven fresh.
We had a great lunch there and went for a walk exploring afterwards.
We met up with our friends near the hostel and went for another walk.
|Old Jewish Cemetery from the 15th century.|
We decided to walk along the rivers edge as the views were amazing.
Crazy Banana Lady went back to the hostel for a nap but The Vegan Engineer joined our walk to see the Dancing House.
|This is the multi story club our friends went to the previous night while we were getting a good nights sleep.|
While looking out at the water we noticed a gigantic rat thing. We watched him for awhile and followed him as he swam around. Turns out they are called Coypus. This Coypu entertained us for a good 10 minutes.
We made it to the Dancing House which is a building by architect Frank Gehry. It was neat. Good job Frank Gehry.
We had some tea in a cafe for a bit to warm up and then we slowly made our way back to Prague Square to our hostel stopping in shops along the way.
We went out to dinner to a restaurant called Maitrea which was excellent but we didn't take any pictures of the restaurant or the food. The food was great though. We had Gyros and Green Thai curry. Our friends had Kimchi and some other stuff. After dinner we had a bit of an early night as we all had to wake up early to return home. The two of us went for a walk after dinner and the city felt really safe and clean. We enjoyed our evening stroll.
We caught the metro back to the airport which was easy and we had a smooth journey home with our flight to London Stansted and train back to Birmingham.
It was a great trip to Prague and we had lots of fun hanging out with The Vegan Engineer and Crazy Banana Lady and eating lots of great vegan food. We enjoyed traveling in a group as it felt safer getting around and being with friends can be quite entertaining.
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