Travelling: PragueNovember 10, 2011
My oh my, what a beautiful country the Czech Republic is!
On the 3th of November my travelling companion and me left the Netherlands for a relaxing vacation in Prague. We couldn't choose a better place to find the relaxation we both needed so much!
We left the Netherlands at 10 'o clock in the morning and arrived at 20.30 at our Hotel, The gallery hotel Sis. A nice and clean hotel with a lot of facilities and treatments; e.g a spa. We ordered some local beers, and hopped into bed a couple of hours later, both very tired of the long journey we made.
That following morning we decided to walk around Prague and enjoy the beautiful architecture. We took some breaks in fancy restaurants or café's to lunch and have a drink. When the evening came we stumbled upon two exhibitions: one of Salvador Dalí, and the other exhibition was about one of my favorite artists: Alfons Mucha.
Our first dinner was a typical Czech meal with dumplings, and it was delicious! They know how to prepare meat and bread dumplings for sure! Ofcourse we ordered Absinthe aswell. You know, that green, very strong, 70% alcohol drink you need to set a fire? The waiters were quite apalled and amused that a young lady such as I could drink more than one glass of Absinthe.
The second day of our stay we went on vintage hunting for me. Before we left for Prague I found some nice adresses on the Internet. The first we found was Art Deco gallery. My oh my; my eyes fell out of their sockets. This lady sells so many beautiful stuff; I could hang there for hours scooping between the vintage she's selling. E.g: Hats, furs, gloves, umbrella's, women and men's clothing dating from the thirties and forties, glasswork, furniture, belts, laces, costume jewellery, collector´s objects and rarities, designed items of lifestyle from the period Art Deco, and handbags to name only but a few. However, she knew what she was selling as she was a bit on the pricey side. My eye fell on a brown little forties hat. The kind of hat I always wanted to have in my hat collection. My travelling-companion, always a star in haggling, managed to get the hat a little cheaper.
We found all of the stores I wrote down, but unfortunatly Bohemian retro was closed.
I didn't found much in the other stores, until on our penultimate day I had the feeling I had to go back to a little basement shop Laly. The weird coincidence was, that I indeed found a beautiful 1950s dress I over-looked at the first time. Again it was haggle'd, but only on provide if we'd signed the guestbook! Why, sure!!
We also went to the famous bridge of Prague and a torture museum, displaying the real tools they used in the medieval times. I found it extremely interesting, though it scared me a bit how cruel people were at the time! On that brigde we've also been filmed for national television! My few minutes of fame in Prague!
On the third day we went to visit the castle of Prague. The Cathedral at the castle was breathtakingly beautiful, big, and spooky.
We also went to the wax museum and the royal summerhouse, which was unfortunatly closed. We sure could've made béautiful pictures at the house and the royal gardens.
I love it how Prague understood my forties look - compared to the Netherlands. In almost every restaurant we've dined they complimented me on my look, and told me that I brought them back to the past. They also played some Ray Charles, Sinatra and thirties and forties music for me.
I had an amazing time and I could really use this trip.
Now, enjoy the photos!