We all like to think we had a unique travel experience, dined at a ‘tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe down a lane way in Paris’ or discovered an ‘underground gallery so obscure and unique it didn’t have a gift shop’ (fools! the gift shop is the best part). But the fact is, unless you make a concerted effort to stray from the well worn path, you will simply end up ticking a bunch of must-see destination boxes plenty of other people have ticked before you. There is nothing wrong with this.
There have been some places I’ve been where I managed to do or see something a bit different, but not in Prague. In Prague I traipsed the tourist trail like a pro, ticked those boxes and had a wonderful time.
Here’s what I did (and what you probably did too):
1. Stood in Wenceslas Square and thought ‘so this is where good Kind Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen…’ And then got the Christmas carol stuck in your head.
2. Waited for this clock to chime and then wondered what the big deal was:
What is the big deal? The view from the clock’s tower was actually really great though:
3. Dodged literally hundreds of other tourists to cross the Charles Bridge:
4. Checked out the brick faced babies:
5. Visited the Communism Museum and enjoyed the irony of its placement atop Macdonalds:
6. Posed for a photo in front of the Lennon Wall:
And looked for the dirtiest/strangest scrawled on graffiti:
7. Did that pub crawl with the ‘power hour’ of free drinks at the start, the one that ended in a 5 storey nightclub. You probably still have the free tshirt they gave you and sometimes wear it to bed:
But it doesn’t matter how generic your Prague experience was, because it is a beautiful, fascinating and fun place to be.
Have you been to Prague? Did you do all these things?