Bones & Kutna Hora

Hi all!

Our train journey to Kutna Hora was pretty interesting. With a sudden word of Bollywood, we started an interesting conversation with an Indian lady travelling with her family (though seated away from them). The station for the Seedlec Ossuary (or the Cemetery Church) and the Cathedral of Assumption of our Lady was a tad in the middle of nowhere. Haha.

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The ossuary holds the skeletons of 40, 000 to 70, 000 people arranged into decorations and furnishing for the chapel.

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Just down the road from the chapel is the Cathedral of Assumption of our Lady. It mainly held paintings and we headed up to the roof to head to the second floor of the church. It was here,  attempts by 3 members of our group for a good jump shots were met with ridiculous expression by other visitors and a slight contempt/humor by the caretaker of the church as it was caught on camera.

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Once we travelled (by train) further down to the town of Kutna Hora, we had an apple strudel and a bohemian cake that was quite good with a slight coffee taste. The chicken with croquette we had was nothing to take note of. After that we headed to St Barbara Church where we took some graduation photos on the field just outside before we headed back to Prague in the late afternoon for a sub-par dinner. We changed a majority of our koruna to forint here, leaving enough for the train ride to the bus station that night.

TIP: If the money changer wants to charge an interest rate, just walk away, they might be willing to waived it off. That’s what happened to us and we got a pretty good rate as compared to our initial attempt to change money in Budapest. We just changed at a money changer near Wenceslas Square. 

 

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There’s pretty much nothing to do in Kutna Hora, other than visiting churches. The only somewhat interesting one is the Cemetery Church. It made for a fairly relaxed day trip if you’re bored with Prague. Till the next post, bye!

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Prague, twice a charm

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Prague or Praha was beautiful. The food was good and this city became more of a food hunt then a landmark exploration. It was a city where we slowed down our exploration pace, partly due to my friend’s blistered foot, and our fatigue. When in prague, you can change euro to koruna at the bus station at the money changer (change smēnārna), there’s only one there, at a pretty reasonable rate (1 euro = 26 koruna, at our point of exchange) . You do need some koruna to get onto the train anyway. The slightly warm weather was also a breather from the dreary one we experienced in Germany. We stayed in an Airbnb, along Legerova road, near I.P. Pavlova Metro C, that was pretty equipped with a kitchen, spacious room for 5 people and a washing machine. It operates a bit more like a hotel. The only downside was no dryer.

Because we had too many of us doing laundry, limited hanging space and I had a limited set of clothes, I washed my clothes in the Airbnb, before heading to Prague Andy’s Laundromat, a 10 mins walk from our place. It’s actually pretty hard to find a laundromat in Prague because most household do their laundry at home.  But this laundromat was quite popular amongst travellers, and a dryer took about 30 mins. There’s supposedly free wifi there, but it didn’t work for me. Do note that the dryer may not dry your clothes well if you do not separate the pieces and untangle them from their squished form from the washer. I highly recommend this place though for laundry services if you’re in the area!

Prague Andy’s Laundromat address: Korunní 723/14

Prague itself is a pretty small city, and you complete your exploration in a day. Horse carriages are scattered about the old town area, near the Prague Astronomical Clock . Just round the corner was the Church of Our Lady before Týn. As we strolled towards the Charles bridge, a souvenir/market stalls made for an interesting stop.

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The entrance to Charles bridge, which overlooked the Vltava river, was loaded with tourists taking pictures and heading towards lesser town and the Prague Castle.

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An interestingly crowded signboard that made interpreting it rather confusing?

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A futuristic train, retro looking cars (tourist trap no. 1) and typical cars.

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If there’s anything you’ve gotta try in Prague, it’s their gelato (I’ll recommend one place later in the post) and their hot chocolate. Their hot chocolate is nothing like those milk/water diluted ones. Hot chocolate here comes in a small cup at 59 czk, but it’s super thick, rich, creamy and a slightly bitter note that balances the sweetness from the chocolate. Even though the weather was hot and drinking this cup would probably cause me to have a sore throat, but no regrets. It’s like having a chocolate fondue, without all the dippings. Bliss~

Prague Chocolate Cafe & Bistro address: Nerudova 226/46

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Further up from Prague Chocolate would be the Prague Castle. Although fun fact: there’s a store up the slope towards the Castle that sells cannabis lollipop. Lol, it’s interesting how a substance that is illegal in my country is made easily available here. This time, we didn’t get the tickets to enter any of the buildings in the Prague Castle area. Though, you’ve free access to enter part of St Vitus Cathedral and The Basilica of St George.

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A viewpoint from the castle area that overlooks the iconic red roof buildings in Lesser Town.

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As you walk down the staircase from the castle viewpoint, the Royal Garden (I think), is located just right beside it. There’s an interesting rock wall and peacocks that roamed the grounds.

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We actually took this route pass the Royal Garden because we were headed to Angelato, the best gelato place in Prague. Literally. While slightly pricier that expected of a gelato in Prague, the flavours was so unique, natural, thick and creamy/refreshing that made it all worth it. Do give the lemon sherbet and almond flavoured gelato a try. Both are wonderful and the almond was such a unique flavour that I’ve yet to seen made available else where. Their coffee, coupled with a scoop gelato, was also highly raved by my friend too! There are 2 branches available, if you’re not near the castle/Petrin hill area, then there’s another branch in the old town, though it’s a lot smaller.

Angelato address: Rytířská 27, 110 00 Praha 1 (Old Town) & Újezd 24, 118 00 Praha 1 (Castle/Petrin Hill)

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After the gelato to refresh ourselves, one could head to Petrin Hill for a short stroll to the top (although we did it on a separate day). Along the way up, there’s also the Strahov Monastery to visit if you’re keen on it! I found the tower a bit underwhelming in the view it presented, since it’s pretty much alike to the view from the castle area, which was free.

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Alternatively, if the hill is not your cup of tea, head to Café Savoy, a restaurant with a beautiful interior that serves traditional Prague pastries and fruit dumplings (domácí ovocné knedlíky – 185czk). The dumplings were not quite how we anticipated the taste to be, because the dough that encased the strawberries was quite thick. It’s eaten with the cheese and douse the dumpling with the sugar syrup according to your taste. I found it’s a taste that grows on me as I eat it, since we had it on 2 separate (but consecutive) occasions as we brought a friend who arrived a day later to visit this place. Their schnitzel was quite good though! But this place is a tad pricier than the typical restaurants in Prague.

Café Savoy address: Vitezna 124/5Prague 150 00

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After the meal, we headed back to Town and passed the dancing house.

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Our first night in Prague, dinner was at U Glaubiců. The food was affordable, good (tasted like home-cooked food) and the famous Czech Pilsner Urquell Beer was delicious. We had the omelette with cheese and mushrooms (149 czk), south bohemian cream of potato soup with mushrooms (79 czk) , roast duck on braised red cabbage, served with two kinds of bohemian dumpling (279 czk) and roast pork knuckles served with bohemian potato dumplings and white cabbage (299 czk). It came up to 839 czk (includes 21% VAT) for 4 people, which was pretty okay.

U Glaubiců address: Malostranské náměstí 266/5 118 00 Praha 1 – Malá strana

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After a hearty meal, we crossed the Charles bridge to find that stalls have been set up as the night falls.

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Stacks of books along the road in Old Town. And as night falls, the Tyn church had a different feel to it as compared to the morning sight.


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Of course, one couldn’t leave Prage without the famous Trdelník, a sweet pastry that is utterly delicious when freshly made. I had the original one, covered with cinnamon and it was nice but got a bit too sweet towards the end. But it’s a super feeling meal.

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To cater to my friend’s blistered foot, dinner the second night in Prague was at Roma, a cornerstone from our place. While the service was pretty lacklustre, the food was still passable. The panna cotta and the strawberry with mascarpone was quite good. That’s the end of 2 days Prague recap, till the next one, bye!

Roma address: Jugoslávská 17/6

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