Our trip to Prague began with a rainbow!
The first day we took a guided walking tour of the city followed by a boat tour led by a local historian/professor.
From every angle there were red tiled roofs!
There were so many viewpoints to overlook the city – especially from the top of Prague Castle.
One of the first stops was this beautiful church tucked away in a hidden courtyard – Church of Our Lady of the Snows. Beautifully ornate with the highest vaulted ceiling in Prague besides that of St. Vitus.
Touring was tough and it was only natural that we needed a snack. The infamous Trdelnik – which we renamed the turducken because it’s one delicious items stuffed in another – is a rolled pastry stuffed with an array of options. We went with the tornado – ice cream with a secret stash of chocolate and hazelnut waiting for you on the bottom. This is in no way a traditional Czech food, but it’s a popular tourist food – and we are tourists so we must consume this.
Another stop on our tour was to the Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace. The interior space was a beautiful arcade surrounded by shops and a beautiful theatre. In the center of the space there is a striking statue of King Wenceslas riding an upside down dead horse – possibly a politic jab to the former and current leaders of the country – the artist, David Cerny, does not reveal its meaning. He has other interesting works around Prague.
Eating was a little more difficult for me in Prague. Most of the restaurants served meat and potatoes with rich sauces. The meals were delicious nonetheless, but tricky for someone who eats vegetarian the majority of the time. I ended up eating a lot of chicken. If there was a vegetarian option is was usually a huge slab of cheese – like this plate below.
One of our favorite lunches was at Vinohradsky Parlament. A perfect outdoor space right off the main square in the Vinohrady neighborhood serving a modern twist on Czech traditional cuisine.
It was here that discovered that lemonade was offered as a specialty drink on menus around town. It seemed that most flavored water was tagged with the name “lemonade” regardless of whether or not there was lemon in the drink. I ordered cucumber lemonade at one restaurant and it was more like cucumber water than lemonade.
Apple lemonade was my favorite.
So I’ll leave you with a recipe for a refreshing Apple Honey Lemonade infused with ginger and mint leaves. Sipping it just might bring you to a sunny table on the edge of a square in Prague. Gelato shop waiting for you just around the bend.
- 6 cups water
- 1 5-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 3 lemons (2 zested & juiced, 1 sliced)
- 3 granny smith apples, cored and diced into bite sized pieces (reserving cores)
- ½ cup honey
- sprigs of fresh mint
- crushed ice
- Prepare the ginger, apples and lemon zest, juice and slices.
- Combine water, ginger slices, apple cores and lemon zest in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and steep for 1 hour.
- Remove the apple core and ginger pieces. Strain liquid using a mesh sieve into a pitcher and add honey, diced apples, lemon juice, lemon slices and mint.
- Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
- Serve over ice with a garnish of fresh mint and lemon slices, if desired.