Trdlo and red wine waterfalls: a Christmas in Prague

A few years ago, Christmas found me here.

It was sort of an impromptu trip, devised when we came across cheap train deals from Berlin.

The first night I arrived, I came across an open tank of massive fish on the sidewalk. They were huge and dark, and thrashing in the water – why was a tub of them sitting outside in the middle of the night?!

The next day I walked past men with cleavers at pop-up tables next to them, carving up the giant carp for Christmas dinners!

I can’t quite remember exactly how long I spent there – 3 days, or maybe 4 – but I remember the lights, the wreathes on old buildings, and the graffiti.

I didn’t think much of this one at the time, but future sleuthing led me here –
‘We saw each other on tram 22. Call me at 62…533. -Honza’
A real missed encounter? A clever ad? Or something else?

Old Town was gorgeous but oppressive, overrun with visitors and the businesses catering to them. Cheap souvenir shops, tour guides, tourist restaurants, and painfully slow-moving crowds…

But I still couldn’t deny how picturesque the city was.

A friend of mine has always wanted to visit, so I carried around a cut-out picture to make an Amelie-esque Christmas gift for her.

(and somehow roped others into it as well ;)

It got dark so early that most of my memories are submerged in the twilight hour, a dull blue shading on buildings and streets.

Christmas day was spent wandering the markets, and Christmas night at the hostel – there was a big communal dinner in the cellar, and I learned the hard way to never join a drinking game with Australians ;)

And while there may be no Christmas markets for me this year, or carp dinner or red wine waterfalls (hopefully), from me in Seoul to you where-ever – happy holidays!

(Und herzlich Willkommen an alle Deutsche und -sprecher – hab ja keine Ahnung, woher ihr kommt, aber ich hab schon gemerkt, dass es mehrere und mehrere von euch gibt :) Ihr könnt immer was auf Deutsch schreiben, wenn ihr wollt – hier wirds verstanden!)

4 Responses to Trdlo and red wine waterfalls: a Christmas in Prague

  1. Kirstin 26 December, 2011 at 18:58 #

    It looks soooo much like Romania. Did you eat one of those sugared dough cones? And that graffiti just seems super romantic!

    • na-o-mi 28 December, 2011 at 01:33 #

      I totally did! That and mulled wine and langos, which is basically just fried dough with some cheese and ketchup (excellent hangover food!)

      I really do wonder about that graffiti…!!

  2. Jennifer 17 February, 2012 at 13:54 #

    I’ve never been to Prague, but from your photos… it makes me want to visit! What did you think of the fashion or shopping there? I’d love to hear more bout it.

    Hopefully you’ll follow me back, I’ll be following you.

    Thanks! Jenn

  3. Roxy 14 April, 2014 at 09:07 #

    I love Czech! Its views from the Old Clock tower to delicious street foods. :)

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