A Day in Old Town / by Martha Keyes

Our third day in Prague was a definite favorite for me. We headed out to Old Town, stopping to watch a street performer who was using nets to blow big bubbles. 

I even got a lucky shot of a BB8-shaped bubble floating above us. 

I already loved Old Town Square before we entered it. All the colors and beautiful buildings are just charming!

Old Town Square is so beautiful in all directions that we had to take selfies of ourselves in each one.

When walking in the Square, you are constantly approached by tour operators on segways hoping to coax you to take a free ride on the segway and then purchase a tour package. After all our walking, it was definitely tempting!

When walking in the Square, you are constantly approached by tour operators on segways hoping to coax you to take a free ride on the segway and then purchase a tour package. After all our walking, it was definitely tempting!

The lovely chandelier in St. Nicholas Church in the Square.

The most popular feature in Old Town Square is the Astronomical Clock and Clock Tower. On the hour, the clock chimes and puts on a little show. The clock was installed in 1140 (!) making it the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. 

When we travel, we are quite frugal. I don't generally go in for all the typical tourist activities, as they are usually over-priced. Sometimes they are worth the price, but often there are other ways I would prefer to get to know the city that don't cost money. One of the ways we save when we travel while also getting to know the local culture in the way that most tourists don't is by eating food from grocery stores. It is actually one of my absolutely favorite activities in other countries--shopping for groceries. You can learn so much about a country and culture by perusing their aisles! I love it! I'm actually in love with grocery shopping even at home, so you can imagine how much fun it is for me when I'm in a new place. 

However, there is something to be said, obviously, for trying the local cuisine by eating out. I ate out twice in the 11 days I spent in Prague. We really enjoyed this meal on a street not too far from Old Town Square. Because it wasn't located on the Square, it was much more decently-priced, and Yelp helped us ensure that we were choosing a quality restaurant. I ordered roasted duck and bread dumplings--a typical Czech dish--and Brandon ordered a variety of meats. We loved it! Especially the roasted duck.
Oh, and naturally, we got a side of fries because fries are always called for. 

After exploring the Square and eating lunch, we explored some of the streets surrounding the Square. We ran into a chocolate museum where we were able to watch two workers make hard candy. It was amazing! The candy is manually stretched while it is warm and malleable (those guys must have some serious muscles and endurance!). It hardens as it cools, and is chopped into small bits.

Of my 11 days in Prague, I think I went to Old Town Square on 6 or 7 of them. It was just a place that I gravitated toward--beautiful buildings, fun people-watching, and a big open area.